2006-03-10 / Community

DOE Sets Early Registration for Pre-K To First Grade

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) has announced the beginning of the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade enrollment process.

Enrollment for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten begins March 6; enrollment for first grade begins March 13.

Parents are encouraged to apply as soon as possible at the public elementary school closest to their home.

Children who will turn four years old by December 31 are eligible to be enrolled in pre-kindergarten for the 2006-07 school year.

Children who will turn five years old by that date are eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten, and children who will turn six years old by that date are eligible to be enrolled in first grade.

To apply, parents must provide proof of age and proof of New York City address, but do not need to provide proof of citizenship or a green card. Children must be present during the admission process and must meet all health requirements for entry into the City's public schools, including a complete physical examination and, as appropriate, immunizations.

Before applying for pre-kindergarten, parents should obtain the directory of pre-kindergarten services from their local school or online at www. nycenet.edu/earlychildhood (under "Resources"). Parents may list up to four different program choices on their application. Programs run either full-day or half-day and are conducted in elementary schools and community-based partner locations. Details are available in the directory.

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