2010-03-12 / School News

Department of Education Announces Pre-K Timeline

The New York City Department of Education today launched the Pre- Kindergarten admissions process for the 2010-2011 school year. Children must turn four years old by December 31, 2010, to be eligible. Beginning today, families can obtain the 2010 Pre-Kindergarten Directory, which includes the application for public school programs, online at http://schools.nyc.gov/ ChoicesEnrollment/ PreK/default.htm. The directory is now available at borough enrollment offices and, starting March 8, at any public elementary school with a Pre-Kindergarten program. The application deadline is April 9. The Department also announced that it will hold information sessions beginning March 4 regarding the application process.

The directory contains a list of public school and Community Based Organization (CBO) Pre-Kindergarten programs. It also includes the public school Pre-Kindergarten application, which allows families to list up to twelve programs in order of preference. These materials will also be available in nine languages on the Department’s Web site at http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollm ent/PreK/default.htm.

Families can complete the application either on paper or online. The online application helps families verify that the information they enter is accurate, and families will receive a confirmation e-mail after they submit an application online. Families who do not have Internet access at home can visit their local public library branch to complete the online application after they sign up for a free library card. Parents can call 311 for the hours and location of their neighborhood’s library branch.

Families should either return the paper application in the envelope provided with the directory or submit an application online by April 9. Like last year, students with siblings attending a school in 2010-2011 will receive preference over applicants who will not have siblings in the school. The Department will notify families in early June about placements. Families whose children receive a placement will also receive instructions about how to pre-register their child at their assigned school.

Although a public school Pre- Kindergarten placement is not guaranteed, the Department will work to accommodate every child who applies for a seat. Placement in a public school Pre-Kindergarten program does not guarantee admission to kindergarten at that school for the following year. All Pre-Kindergarten students must apply for admission to kindergarten.

The application for CBO programs will be available at CBO program sites and on the Department’s Web site. Families should return applications for CBO programs directly to the providers they choose. Families are encouraged to contact CBOs about seat availability since they may continue to accept applications as long as they have openings. CBOs will notify families directly about placements.

Over the coming weeks, the Department is hosting five information sessions about the Pre-Kindergarten admissions process for families at locations throughout the City. At each session, representatives from the Office of Student Enrollment and the Office of Early Childhood Education will present an overview of the admissions process and answer questions. Translation and interpretation services will be provided. The list of sessions is below. All sessions will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The same information will be presented at each session, so families do not need to attend more than one. The Queens session will be held on March 24 at Jamaica High School, located at 167-01 Gothic Drive.

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