Early Grade Application Process for 2012-13

Information on the Pre-K, K and 1st grade enrollment process for 2012/13

Welcome to 2012-13 Pre-Kindergarten Admissions! 

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) programs provide a nurturing environment where children’s natural curiosity is used as a springboard to learn skills that are necessary for success in school. In pre-kindergarten, children learn how to share, take turns and work in groups. They also develop the skills that form the foundation for reading, writing, and mathematics.

All UPK programs are free of charge. Programs can be half-day or full-day; half-day programs may take place in the morning or afternoon. UPK programs are available at select New York City Department of Education (DOE) public schools and at many community-based organizations (CBOs). CBOs are independent groups that contract with the Department of Education to provide pre-kindergarten programs and other services to families.

How to Apply 

Public School UPK Programs: If you are interested in sending your child to a public school pre-kindergarten program, you must submit an application through the centralized admissions process in order to gain admission for September 2012. The 2012-13 pre-kindergarten admissions process begins on March 5. Pre-k directories and applications will be available in early March. 

CBO UPK Programs: CBO programs manage their own application process. If you are interested in a CBO program, contact the CBO directly to ask about seat availability and enrollment.  For more information about community-based programs near you, contact an Early Childhood Education field staff office. 

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Questions: If you have questions about pre-kindergarten admissions, call (718) 935-2009.  


Visit the Pre-Kindergarten Calendar and Events page to see important dates and deadlines.


Elementary Schools


Applications and Publications for the 2012–2013 School Year

Please visit the Publications and Translations page for District 1, District 25, and District 29 application materials for the 2012-2013 school year.

Welcome to Elementary School Admissions!


kindergartenLearn more about the kindergarten admissions process. gandtLearn more about the Gifted &  Talented (G&T) admissions process and eligibility requirements.
Learn how to enroll if you are new to the New York City public school system. specialedLearn more about enrollment for students with pre-school Individualized Education Programs.
publicationsAccess elementary school admissions publications, including school directories, flyers, and translated materials. calendarKeep track of upcoming elementary school admissions events and deadlines.

Contact Information: If you have questions, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (718) 935-2009.