In light of changes to “red-shirt” changes in 2013 – Park Slope Parents have updated all you need to know. With advice updated January, 2015 and again in May, 2017
Kindergarten / Pre-K Advice
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.
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...
Important links to Public School Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade information.
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.
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?
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...