January 2014 Kindergarten Admissions Update

From NYC.gov:

If you live in New York City and your child is turning five years old in 2014, your child is eligible to attend Kindergarten in September 2014.

Below are important dates and resources to guide you through the application process. 

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Daycares, Preschools, and Pre-K: the Difference

The difference between preschools and daycares has become increasingly blurred. There is now a lot of similarities in programing, structure, and childcare. Many preschools mirror play based learning typical of daycares. Vice versa, daycares now offer more educational structure. Throw Pre-K into the mix, and it can get even more confusing - especially in Park Slope where early child care centers line the city’s blocks.

Here, PSP breaks it down


The PSP Guide to Preparing Your Child for School

The beginning of school is a wonderful, albeit sometimes scary, time for kids. Park Slope Parents members have shared wisdom and tips for how to prepare them and pull off a smooth transition—and the nine-page guide is available to the PSP community for free!

Prekindergarden & Kindergarten Application Process

Important links to Public School Pre-K,  Kindergarten and First Grade information.

2012-2013 Pre-Kindergarten Directory & Info Sessions

2012-2013 Pre-Kindergarten Directory

The 2012-2013 Pre-Kindergarten Directory is now available online. The Directory includes a list of all public school and community-based organization (CBO) pre-kindergarten programs, and information about how to apply.

Holding off on Kindergarten? Advice from the Brooklyn School Lady

School districts outside of NYC have earlier age cutoffs for kindergarten. Why can't NYC parents whose children have late fall birthdays request that their children wait a year to start school if they feel that their children aren't ready and they will be the youngest in the class?

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Preschool Deposit and Tuition

Whether it's a layoff, a sweet PreK spot, a move, or a new job schedule, circumstances change. So what do you do when your chosen preschool isn't an option anymore - and you've already put down that killer deposit? Park Slope Parents members talk about their experiences with preschool tuition deposits and tuition.

Need guidance on the preschool process? The Park Slope Parents Guide to Finding and Securing Preschool can help you sift through the


The PSP Shopping List: Backpacks for Little Ones

In the early schooling years, kids need a backpack that can fit schoolwork and snacks without slipping off their little shoulders. Check out PSP member-approved backpacks below—and if you’re not a member of Park Slope Parents, join us to connect with a community that will share their wisdom from the expectant months all the way through the college years!