Pre-Kindergarten (age 4)

All children who live in New York City and are 4 years old on or before December 1 of the current year are eligible to attend a FREE pre-kindergarten program.

Public School (age 5-21)

All NYC residents have the right to attend public school until graduation or until the end of the school year in which they turn 21 years old.

After-School and Community Programs

The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) provides after-school and community programs for children and families, including free after-school help, information about jobs and internships, English-language and adult education, and free immigration legal help.

  • Call (800) 246-4646 for more information.


All residents of New York State are eligible to pay in-state tuition at City University of New York (CUNY) and State University of New York (SUNY) colleges and universities.

  • For more information visit CUNY; or call (800) CUNY-YES (286-9937).
  • For more information visit SUNY; or call (800) 342-3811.

Learn more about Adult Education.