Students Born in 2012 Can Apply to Attend Kindergarten in September 2017

Students Born in 2012 Can Apply to Attend Kindergarten in September 2017

Since November 30, the kindergarten application process is officially underway! All students born in 2012 who currently live in New York City are eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2017. All families, including those of students with disabilities and current pre-k students, must submit an application in order to receive a kindergarten placement. Admission is not first-come, first-served. All applications received by the January 13 deadline are treated the same, according to schools’ admissions priorities.

Families are able to apply in one of three ways:

  • Online at The online application is available in ten languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Korean, Haitian Creole, Bengali, Urdu and French)
  • Over the phone, by calling 718-935-2400. Families can access translation services over the phone in over 200 languages
  • In person at one of the DOE’s Family Welcome Centers. Families can find their local Family Welcome Center by visiting our website here

Families looking for more information about the application process should review the kindergarten directory available online here, and translated into nine languages. Additionally, hard copies of English and translated directories are available for all families who need one. Hard copies are available at our Family Welcome Centers, all elementary schools, and at local pre-K programs that are part of the City’s Pre-K for All Program.

Applications for pre-K will open in January.

The following is a quote from NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña:

“Kindergarten is a critical part of starting all our children on the path to college and careers, and families should apply before the January 13 deadline. We are meeting families where they are with translated materials, online and in-person support and information, and we’ll continue working to make this process easier for families.”

Family Welcome Centers


28-11 Queens Plaza North, 3rd floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
Districts Served: 24, 30

30-48 Linden Place, 2nd floor
Flushing, NY 11354
Districts Served: 25, 26

90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, 1st floor
Jamaica, NY 11435
Districts Served: 27, 28, 29