Pre-K Applications Spike In NYC

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:27 PM

A pre-k class at P.S. 261 in Brooklyn (Yasmeen Khan)

The Department of Education said it received 41,603 applications to pre-kindergarten in the New York City public schools, a 36 percent increase over applications last year.

While the applicants included families seeking half-day programs, the majority of them were vying for one of the 20,387 full-day seats in the public schools. Of these, education officials said, 4,268 seats will be new this fall.

Offer letters go out in early June. To accept an offer, families must register by June 20.

For those who did not get a seat, Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said not to worry. The matching process has only just begun.

“This is the beginning of many more full-day pre-k options in Community-Based Early Childhood Centers and in our public schools, and we’ll continue our extensive outreach to families as we roll out additional options for four-year-olds across the city,” she said in a written statement.

Also, families who missed the application deadline will have a chance to get on school wait lists, starting in mid-June.

Most of the pre-k seats will be offered through community-based organizations, with about 33,000 full-day seats in CBOs available by September. The first group of "thousands" of new seats will be announced on Friday, the D.O.E. said. Families apply separately to CBO programs, and admissions operate on a rolling basis.

If you want to offer education officials some feedback on the pre-k process, you can take a survey here


Comments [1]

Kerri from Long Island New York

Is there a site I can go to & apply to be a Pre-K teacher in the NYC Schools? I am certified in the following

New York State Professional Certifications:

Students with Disabilities (Birth - grade 2), 2009
Students with Disabilities (Grades 1 - 6), 2009
Childhood Education (Grades 1 - 6), 2009
Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2), 2009
Permanent School Administrator / Supervisor, 2009
Permanent School District Administrator, 2007

I am confident that I have the credentials and teaching experience for a position at your school. I am a motivated, student oriented and hard working educator. Should you require any further information regarding my credentials, please contact me via cell phone number 516-297-2650 or email address I look forward to hearing from you.


Ms. Kerri McConnon
270 W. Hudson Street
Long Beach, N.Y. 11561

Apr. 29 2014 09:01 PM

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