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.
Registering for School
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:
- Your child's original birth certificate, passport, or baptismal certificate
- Your child's immunization record (PDF)
- Your child's most recent transcript or report card, or IEP, if applicable
- Two proofs of address: an original Electric Bill (Con Edison), a deed to your home or a letter from your employer verifying your home address. If the cost of electricity is included in your rent, you must secure a letter from the real estate management company.