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 York 2018-08-17T16:46:58+00:00


Universal Pre-K in New York City is now referred to as “PRE-K FOR ALL.” Parents can apply for PRE-K FOR ALL in NYC online at, or by calling 718-935-2009. Please be sure to specify the Catholic school of your choice from the list provided by the NYC Department of Education.

New York City families with children born in 2014 can apply to pre-K between February 5 and March 30, 2018:

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 2018

All families who submit an application by the March 30 deadline will get an offer letter in May 2018. 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 the local school district where you reside, or 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.