Pre-Kindergarten Program

NYC Public School: Pre-K Program Description

Pre-Kindergarten Program Description

In New York City, children begin pre-K in the calendar year they turn four. Children who attend free, full-day, high-quality pre-K learn through play, build skills, and work together.

In a typical classroom day, your toddler or preschooler will learn in many different ways, including but not limited to:

  • Short whole group and small group activities.
  • Choice time where they are able to work with a variety of materials.
  • Outdoor playtime.
  • Rest/nap time.
  • Meal and snack time.

These experiences lay the foundation for your child's future successes in school and life by building on the five key parts of a child's development:

  1. Early social and emotional skills.
  2. Learning skills such as problem solving, imaginative thinking, and persistence.
  3. Pre-reading and writing skills, such as understanding that letters have meaning and can be combined to form words, and that reading and writing can be used to share information and ideas.
  4. Early math skills, such as learning about numbers, shapes, sorting and patterns.
  5. Physical strength and coordination skills, such as running and being able to use paint brushes and crayons.


Pre-Kindergarten Photos