You and your child must be NYC residents at the time of registration.
Children aged 4 years by December 31 of the school year are eligible for public pre-kindergarten (also referred to as, Pre-K or UPK) services through their home school district. Pre-K programs are typically available for 2-1/2 hours in the morning or afternoon; a limited number of school day programs exist. Enrollment in a public PreK program is not guaranteed.
Children aged 5 years by December of the school year are eligible for Kindergarten. Public kindergarten in NYC is offered for a full school day (8:40 a.m.-3:00 p.m.). Kindergarten enrollment is guaranteed to all families who seek it, however registration is optional. In NYC, children *must* enroll in school by the 1st Grade.
When you are ready to register your child at your local school, your child must accompany you. You are required to provide the following documentation: