Now offering free 3-K and Pre-K for all

Beanstalk Academy is now offering UPK and 3K for all. There are limited seats available, please register as soon as possible to reserve your child’s seat.


In New York City, children begin Pre-K in the calendar year they turn four.  If you have a child born in 2017, you can apply to Pre-K now and your child will begin in September 2021.


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Locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island

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Monday - Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm
3 Months to 5 Years old



Who Can Apply?

All NYC families with children born in 2017 (including residents who have temporarily moved out of New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic) can apply now to begin Pre-K programs in fall 2021. There is a  Pre-K seat for every eligible four-year-old child. Children do not need to be toilet trained to attend Pre-K.

The DOE welcomes current 3-K students in 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; children with disabilities; children with accessibility needs; children learning English; children in temporary housing; LGBTQ and gender nonconforming children; and children who are new to NYC public schools.



In New York City, you can apply for 3-K in the calendar year that your child turns three. If you have a child born in 2018, you can apply now for 3-K programs that begin in fall 2021 .

Who can Apply?

Apply to 3-K the year your child turns three. Children born in 2018 can apply now to begin 3-K programs in September 2021.

All children who meet this age requirement who are also NYC residents (*including residents who have temporarily moved out of New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic*) are welcome to apply, including children currently attending EarlyLearn or other preschool programs, children with disabilities, children with accessibility needs, children learning English, students in temporary housing, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming children, and children who moved to NYC during the admissions process. Children do not need to be toilet trained to attend 3-K.

Extended Day

Extended Day/Year Programs

Your family may qualify for other 3-K/4-K extended day/year care if at least one of these categories applies to you:

  • You are enrolling a child who is in foster care
  • You are enrolling a child with an active child welfare case, preventive and/or protective
  • You receive public assistance and are compliant with HRA’s work activities
  • Your family’s income falls below a certain amount AND have an approved “reason for care”:
    • You work 20+ hours per week
    • You are in an educational or vocational training program
    • You have been looking for work for up to 6 months
    • You live in temporary housing
    • You are attending services for domestic violence

These 3-K extended day/year programs are funded by the Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant. Because of the requirements of this Federal funding, you must provide proof that your child is a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident or refugee to be eligible for these particular programs. Documentation is only needed for the child in need of child care; you will not be asked for the immigration status of anyone else in your household, including your status. Documentation for the child in need of care can be one of the following: a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, naturalization certificate, alien registration card (including permanent resident or green card), or Form FS-240 (report of birth abroad of a U.S. citizen).

The DOE is committed to welcoming all children and families, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, into our schools and programs. Families do not need to provide proof of citizenship or immigration status to attend any other 3-K, Pre-K, Head Start or Early Head Start programs. If your family is unable to meet the extended day/year documentation requirements listed above, the DOE will help you explore any available program alternatives that meet the needs of your family.

How to Apply Online:

  • Step 1

    Go to www.

  • Step 2

    Create your account by following the few simple steps.

  • Step 3

    Complete the dashboard for your child with the basic info requested.

  • Step 4

    When choosing a school for your child, enter the code for your child’s school, in the box where the school code is requested. You can apply for more than one school at a time.

    NYC Early Learning – Elliot
    Code: 09XAVA
    Visit Elliot

    NYC Early Learning – White Plains 1
    Code: 11XBZY
    Visit White Plains 1

    NYC Early Learning – Southern Blvd 2
    Code: 12XBZK
    Visit Southern Blvd 2

  • Step 5

    Complete the rest of the questions to the best of your ability (remember that income doesn’t affect the registration in any way.

  • Step 6

    Confirm the information by checking the 4 boxes at the end of the application.

  • Step 7


  • Step 8

    You will receive a confirmation that your application was submitted.

How to Apply By Phone:

You can call the NYC DOE Family Welcome Center at 718-935-2009, they will be happy to assist you. Their available times are Monday through Friday from 8am-6pm. Please make sure to have the school codes with you when calling to make the process smoother.

How To Apply At Your School:

Please reach out to your family advocate to set up an appointment, and they will be happy to help you navigate the application process.

NYC Early Learning – Elliot Code: 09XAVA NYC Early Learning – White Plains 1 Code: 11XBZY NYC Early Learning – Southern Blvd 2 Code: 12XBZK
Pre-K Extended Day

3K Extended Day

Apply over the phone by calling (718)-589-6100. Families can visit and for more information.

We look forward to helping you through this application process and partnering with you as your child embarks on his or her educational journey!!

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