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NYC Mayor de Blasio urges families to apply for pre-K as deadline approaches

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On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein encouraged families to apply for universal pre-K, two days ahead of the deadline.

“If you’ve been considering applying, today is the day to do it," de Blasio said while visiting a pre-K program in Riverdale. "If you thought there were no options in your neighborhood, check again."

"We have been getting the message out to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors: apply now. There has never been a better chance of your child getting into a free, high-quality, full-day program than there is right now,” he continued.

"I urge all families with a 4-year-old to apply today—together, we can help our children achieve a world-class education, starting with this crucial extra year of expanding vocabulary and building critical-thinking skills through rich experiential learning,” Fariña said.

“Universal pre-kindergarten is a major victory for the families of this city, but if we do not get our children registered, that victory will be for naught. I join Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña in their call to get more children registered for this critical program,” Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said in a statement.

The deadline to apply for pre-K in public schools online or in person at an enrollment office is Wednesday, April 23. The application period for community-based early childhood centers is still open. In the coming months, other options will become available to families.

A record 4,268 new full-day pre-K seats will be available in public schools by September — a total of more than 20,000 public school seats. And more than 53,000 children will have high-quality, full-day pre-K as an option this fall when additional seats open up at community-based early childhood centers this spring.

To be eligible for pre-K, children must be turning 4 years old this year and currently living in New York City. The DOE will notify families about public school placements in June.

Click here to apply for pre-K online.