3K for All by Growing Up NYC
3K for All by the Department of Education
3-K for All provides free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education for three-year-olds. Visit nyc.gov/3k to find programs for the 2021-2022 school year.
3-K for All handout
Spanish 3-K for All handout
Explore your child’s 3-K options with MySchools or by phone (718) 935-2009, Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 9am-1pm. Interpretation services are available in more than 200 languages for over-the-phone applications.
► Head Start: Free services are available for at least 8 hours per day, all year long, including the summer.
► District Schools: Elementary schools with 3-K programs.
► Pre-K Centers: Pre-K Centers are run by DOE staff and only offer grades before kindergarten. Consider Pre-K Centers if you want your child to attend a program with only young children.
► Family Child Care (Home-Based Programs): Home-based programs, also known as family child care programs, offer 3-K in a home setting by a licensed, qualified, child care provider.
During the application period, families can apply online with MySchools (Open external link) or by phone at (718) 935-2009. 3-K admissions is not first come, first served, and you can make changes to your application any time before the set deadline. The deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year is April 30, 2021.
Looking for a 3-K placement now? Email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov to explore your options. Please note, 3-K for All is not yet a city-wide program, so placement is not guaranteed.
Learn more visiting nyc.gov/3k.
Updated on March 13, 2021
Free and low cost child care options in the New York City area.
3K for All (children born in 2018) application deadline is April 30, 2021. Learn how to apply here.
Find a handout about child care for children ages 0-3.
Spanish handout about child care for children ages 0-3
Find a handout about child care for children ages 3-5 here
Spanish handout about child care for children age 3-5
Updated on March 13, 2021
Childcare Subsidy explained by IncludeNYC
Based on your income, childcare can be free to low cost with a childcare subsidy. Use the ACS Eligibility Wizard to see if you qualify by visiting
To apply for an ACS childcare subsidy, the application and a list of other forms you will need to complete can be found here: https://on.nyc.gov/2KYia3W. Submit applications to an approved ACS funded childcare provider. You must submit three months of consecutive pay stubs in order to verify employment. If you cannot, your employer can complete the “Referral to Employer for Income Information” form.
Find more information in this tipsheet by IncludeNYC.
Updated on August 31, 2020