Map: See Which Neighborhoods Benefit the Most from Pre-K Expansion

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:30 PM

As New York City's universal pre-k program expands, availability and demand vary widely throughout city neighborhoods.

Mayor Bill de Blasio released details Friday of more than 10,000 new full-day seats in community organizations, adding to the 4,000 seats in public schools he announced in AprilThe mayor said details of a third round of about 8,000 seats, also run by community groups, would be released over the summer.

The new programs are part of the city's goal to offer at least 53,000 full-day seats in September.

Where are those seats located and which neighborhoods have the greatest availability? To find out, Schoolbook mapped the estimated population of four-year-olds against all known full-day pre-k seats. The result is a picture of surplus and scarcity even as almost every corner of the city has seen an expansion.

In Manhattan's Chinatown on the Lower East Side, there are nearly one-and-a-half seats for every child, according to data from the Census Bureau and the Department of Education. That's not the case in most of the borough, however. Areas like the Upper East Side and Yorkville have fewer than five seats for every 100 four-year-olds. 

Several neighborhoods in Queens, the South Bronx and Brooklyn, benefited from the community-based group seats. In North Buswhick, for example, there are only 126 available seats in city schools, but 517 in community groups. In the Elmhurst neighborhood in Queens all 396 full-day pre-k seats are at community-based groups. facilities. 

We will update the map as information on more seats becomes available.


Comments [8]


I would be more interested to see how actual demand matches with available seats. An area may have many 4 year olds, but perhaps the parents of those children do not wish to send them to pre-K. The question to ask is - how many children were turned away in each area?

Jun. 04 2014 01:13 PM
roosevelt island girl from NYC

There is now, and will be for some time to come, incredible confusion for parents of 4-yr olds (and more than a few 3-year olds) about:

NYC DOE PreK in public schools vs. NYC DOE PreK in community-based organizations vs. NYC ACS EarlyLearn in ACS contracted sites, vs. NYC DOE PreK in ACS-CBOs and lets not forget the UPKs in Head Starts, non-ACS child care programs and lets not forget the NYSED-approved, NYC DOE-contracted early childhood special education programs (4410 schools for preschoolers w. IEPs).

Still waiting to see a clear message from NYC DOE EC and Special Education offices along with ACS and others on all this.

Jun. 04 2014 08:01 AM
Coulter Jones from WNYC

The geography we are using is the city's "Neighborhood Tabulation Areas," which can be found here:

They are city-designated neighborhoods that align with Census tracts. We used Census data to calculate four-year-olds in each area, which is the best way we could determine potential need.

Thanks for your comments.

Jun. 03 2014 02:30 PM
gailvachon from Brooklyn

Is there any information about how they decide who's in and who's not? Is it a lottery?

Jun. 03 2014 01:32 PM

What geography is this?

Jun. 03 2014 01:21 PM
Summer from NYC

What data is being used to determine how many 4 year olds there are per neighborhood? Some of the neighborhoods that you say are severely under-served have lots of EarlyLearn programs, which are technically UPK funded. Were these worked into your numbers?

Jun. 03 2014 11:25 AM

Follow the money.

(So cynical!)

Jun. 03 2014 08:31 AM
Keri Goldman

Districts 30 and 24 in queens are grossly under served with too few seats in k-12 grades.

Jun. 02 2014 09:52 PM

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