Free Universal Pre-K in the Archdiocese of New York

//Free Universal Pre-K in the Archdiocese of New York
Free Universal Pre-K in the Archdiocese of New York2020-02-06T15:50:44-05:00

Over 73 Catholic Schools across the Archdiocese of New York have partnered with the NYC Department of Education to provide free full day 3K and PreK for All programs. Click here to see the full list of Catholic Schools offering Free PreK and/or 3K programs for the 2020-21 school year.

  • For New York City: Be sure to reference the UPK Site # of your chosen school when applying for UPK/3K admittance in Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx. Click on the name of each participating school below to find that school’s UPK Site # in the description. Click here to apply with the City of New York.
  • Outside NYC: Click here for information about FREE Pre-K Programs Outside of New York City.

3K For All (for three-year-olds)

Who May Apply: Children who live in NYC who were born in 2017 may apply for 3K for All.

The 3-K application opened on Wednesday, February 5. All NYC families with children born in 2017 can apply to 3-K by the April 24, 2020 deadline. Visit or  click here to apply.

PreK For All (for four-year-olds)

Who May Apply: Children who live in NYC who were born in 2016 may apply for PreK For All.

The pre-K application for the 2020-2021 school year opened Wednesday, February 5. All NYC families with children born in 2016 can apply to Pre-K between February 5 and March 16, 2020. Visit or  click here to apply.

Information regarding the admissions process can be found:

Interpretation services are available in more than 200 languages for over-the-phone and in-person application submissions.

Accept Your Pre-K Offer by June 2020

All families who submit an application by the deadline will get an offer letter in May 2020. To accept your offer, pre-register in person at the program where your child got the offer—contact the program to schedule a time. Learn what you need to bring to pre-register your child.

FREE, Pre-K Programs Outside NYC

If you are interested in applying for Universal Pre-K outside of New York City, please contact your Catholic school of choice for further information.

Universal Pre-K (UPK) is excellent, high quality Pre-K education for 4-year-olds, available at no cost, regardless of household income. Offered in partnership with New York State and local public school districts, UPK is designed to help more children begin their education at an early age and get a solid start on the road to active learning – and it’s completely free!

Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) is the time to turn your curious child into an active, interested student who looks forward to going to school. A love of learning that begins in Pre-K starts your child down the road that leads to success in high school and beyond.

Your children will enjoy a safe, caring environment; but UPK is much more than a daycare. Each academic subject (literacy, math, science and social studies) has its own physical center. As they play, learn, make their own choices and socialize, children develop creative and critical thinking, as well as large and fine motor skills, through active, hands-on exploration. Learn more about our curriculum and Center-Based Learning.

UPK is offered in many of our schools, with a maximum of 18-20 children in each class. Full day sessions are available starting 7:30am-8am and ending 2pm-3pm. The full day program is a 6 hour and 20 minute school day. Half day sessions are Monday-Friday, generally from 9:00am-11:30am and 12:30pm-3:00pm. Children will participate in only one session, but families of 4 -year-old children in need of additional time can take advantage of our Wrap-Around Program at a reasonable cost.

Click on all of the page numbers to see all participating schools.

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