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Paige, a bright third grade student on the autism spectrum, sat at home for nearly two months waiting for a school placement that would meet her needs. 

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2.09.2012 | When children miss out on kindergarten, they start behind and, far too often, stay behind. Speaker Quinn’s call for mandatory kindergarten is an important step toward ensuring that all children get the start they need to succeed in school.... Read statement

01.26.2012 | New website provides parents, students, and educators access to hundreds of free, education guides and resources, and important information about New York education issues and education law .... Read press release

12.12.2011 | As Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott moves to implement the latest round of school closures, AFC urges the Department of Education to learn from the lessons of prior years .... Read statement

10.11.2011 | AFC’s response to New York State’s announcement that it has reached an agreement with the New York City Department of Education on a plan to improve educational services for English Language Learners.... Read press release

3.2.2011 | The ARISE Coalition kicked off its new campaign which aims to improve transition planning for students with disabilities in New York City.... Read press release

10.28.2010 | In New York State, 14.5% of graduating students in 2009 received a local diploma, rather than the more rigorous Regents diploma. But the State is phasing out the local diploma as an option.... Read press release

8.3.2010 | State Education Commissioner Makes Clear That Special Education Schools Are Protected By State Law. New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner issued yesterday afternoon decisions in two appeals that Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. filed on behalf of public school parents challenging the New York City Department of Education’s decision to give more public school space to two charter schools.... Read press release

3.1.2010 | Advocates for Children of New York delivered an appeal to the New York State Commissioner of Education challenging the decision of the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) of the Department of Education (DOE) to expand the co-location of PAVE Academy Charter School and P.S. 15 Patrick F. Daly.... Read press release

04.22.2015 | Families with children born in 2011 may apply to Pre-K by Friday, April 24th. To apply to full-day Pre-K for All programs at public schools and New York City Early Education Centers (community-based organizations), you should use the Department of Education’s centralized application form. You can list up to 12 Pre-K for All programs on your application and should list programs in order of your true preference. There are three ways to apply: 

  1. Apply online at until midnight on 4/24; or 
  2. Visit a Family Welcome Center in person, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., until 3 p.m. on 4/24; or 
  3. Call (718) 935-2067, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., until 6 p.m. on 4/24. 

The application is available online in ten languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. The DOE will also provide interpreters in more than 200 languages to help families who apply in person at a Family Welcome Center or over the phone.

You can use the Pre-K Finder on your computer or mobile device to help you find nearby Pre-K programs. If you would like assistance in finding Pre-K programs, you can also complete the form on the Pre-K Finder (“I would like a call about Pre-K”) to receive a call from the DOE.

To learn about the Pre-K options and admissions priorities, you should review the Pre-K Directory. Directories are available in ten languages.

Dual Language Learners
All families with children born in 2011 may apply to Pre-K programs. The DOE directory updates state which public schools offer Dual Language Pre-K for All programs. If you wish to apply to a Dual Language program, you must list the specific Dual Language program on your application. The DOE directory updates also indicate which NYC Early Education Centers offer Enhanced Language Instruction (ELI) programming in a language other than English. An ELI program may offer books in the target language and a staff member who speaks the target language.

Students with Disabilities
All families with children born in 2011 may apply to Pre-K programs. Preschool students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) that recommend Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) services or related services only can receive these recommended services at the Pre-K program site. Preschool students whose IEPs recommend a half-day special class or half-day special class in an integrated setting may participate in a Pre-K class for the rest of the day. For more information about preschool special education services, see AFC’s Guide to Preschool Special Education in English [PDF] or Spanish [PDF].