Star America 3K & Pre-k Program’s registration starts on Feb 24, 20201, Please contact us for more information!



In New York City, you can apply to 3-K in the calendar year that your child turns three. If you have a child born in 2018, apply to 3-K on Feb 24, 2021

Pre-K for All Program Quality Standards
Every day, throughout New York City, we work to ensure all our students will be ready for the
next stage of their education, and ultimately, prepared to succeed and engage as citizens in the
21st century. As part of this mission, and for the first time in New York City’s history, every four-year-old                                                                                                                              will have the opportunity to begin their path to success in free, full-day, high-quality pre-K through NYC’s Pre-K for All.

The NYC Pre-K for All Program Quality Standards define the New York City Department of
Education’s (NYCDOE) vision for high-quality for Pre-K for All programs in NYC. They describe
the key practices of family engagement, rigorous and developmentally appropriate instruction,
professional collaborations, and leadership that support children in gaining the knowledge and
skills outlined in the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core (PKFCC).
Grounded in the NYCDOE’s vision for school improvement across the pre-K to 12 continuum,
the DOE Framework for Great Schools, the Pre-K for All Program Quality Standards establish a
shared set of expectations for pre-K programs across all settings. The NYCDOE Division of Early
Childhood Education (DECE) staff, pre-K program leaders and teachers, and pre-K families will
use the Program Quality Standards to understand and advance program quality and positive
outcomes for children.

Pre-K is a critical and irreplaceable foundation for our city’s young learners, and is the beginning
of their educational relationship with the NYCDOE. As such, the Program Quality Standards
provide a new opportunity for collaboration between the NYCDOE, Pre-K for All educators and
leaders in New York City Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) and elementary schools. Pre-K
children and their families will benefit from smooth transitions between pre-K and
Kindergarten, and the NYCDOE can continue to build on the quality foundations for learning
and development established in the pre-K year. Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, the
DECE’s tailored supports and professional learning opportunities will be aligned to the Program
Quality Standards and the DECE will engage with programs and school communities to deepen
a shared understanding. The Pre-K for All Program Quality Standards will drive a unified effort
to improve quality in our practice, preparing all children for success in Kindergarten and