Early Literacy Resources
Every day, there are fun and easy ways to help your child build a lifelong love of reading.
Ages 3–4 (3-K and Pre-K)
- Talk to your child in any language.
- Make up stories together. Take turns imagining what comes next!
- Describe the sounds you hear, like beeping cars, vrooming buses, and barking dogs.
- Sing songs and play rhyming word games together, in any language.
- Visit the playground and count each time the swing goes back and forth!
- Go to the park and look for interesting objects. Compare them by shape and color.
- Read street signs, labels, and even cereal boxes!
- Help your child pick out their own books at your local library. Sign up for a free library card!
- Re-read your child’s favorite books in any language your family speaks.
Who Can Apply to 3-K?
Apply to 3-K the year your child turns three. Your child must be a current New York City resident to apply.
To learn about 3-K options for your child now, fill out the Get-in-Touch form at 3-K Finder(Open external link).
Subscribe to our email list to get updates on when and how to apply for the 2019-2020 school year.
Want to Apply for Pre-K?
Children Born in 2015 can apply this winter.
Children born in 2015 will begin pre-K in September 2019. Your child must be a current New York City resident to apply.
All of the following students are welcome to apply to pre-K:
- Current 3-K students at public district schools, Pre-K Centers, and NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs)
- Current students in three-year-old programs at charter schools, private schools, parochial schools, or other preschools
- Students with disabilities
- Students with accessibility needs
- Students learning English
- Students in temporary housing
- LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students
- Students who are new to NYC public schools—if you move to NYC during the school year, visit the New Students page to learn how to enroll.
- Learn more about the Pre-K Process
Waitlists. Did you Know?
3-K/Pre-K Waitlists have Expired
Newly arriving 3-K families should be directed to fill out the Get in Touch form to receive a call from the Outreach Team to explore what 3-K options may be available.
Families may also register directly at district schools or pre-K centers.