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Universal Pre-Kindergarten Info

March 6, 2012

The deadline to apply for free Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program is fast approaching.  If your child was born in 2008 and lives in New York City, you are eligible to apply for free Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) programs. UPK programs are available at both public elementary schools and community-based organizations (CBOs), though there are different application timelines and processes.

Here’s more information about how to apply:

  • To apply to public school pre-kindergarten programs, submit an application online or in person at an enrollment office. The application deadline is April 5, 2012. The application process is not first-come, first-served; placement offers are made based on standardized admissions priorities.
  • To apply to community-based organization (CBO) pre-kindergarten programs, deliver the CBO application directly to each CBO site to which you would like to apply. There is no specific application deadline; CBO programs have rolling admissions through the start of the school year.

The 2012-2013 Pre-Kindergarten Directory is available here. The Directory gives detailed admissions information and includes a list of all public elementary school and CBO pre-kindergarten programs.

For more information about pre-kindergarten admissions, please visit the pre-kindergarten website.
Pre-Kindergarten Admissions for the 2012-2013 School Year

Date Activity
March 5, 2012 Application period begins; directories and applications available
April 5, 2012 Deadline to submit application
Week of June 11, 2012 Offer letters sent to families
June 12 – June 22, 2012 Pre-registration at schools

Pre-Kindergarten Admissions Information Sessions
Families are invited to attend an information session to learn about pre-kindergarten admissions for the 2012-13 school year.  All information sessions will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.


Date Borough Site Street Address
March 12, 2012 Brooklyn Sunset Park High School 153 35th Street
March 15, 2012 Manhattan The High School of Fashion Industries 225 West 24th Street
March 19, 2012 Queens Flushing High School 35-01 Union Street
March 20, 2012 Bronx P.S. 121 Throop 2750 Throop Avenue
March 22, 2012 Staten Island P.S. 69 Daniel D. Tompkins 144 Keating Place