Eligibility for Pre-k

  • Because space in pre-k is limited, City Schools uses a priority system to enroll children. If space is not available at a family's neighborhood school, school or district staff can assist in finding a place at a nearby location. 

    Priority 1 children are eligible for City Schools pre-k. These are children who

    • Are four years old by September 1 of the school year and
    • Are considered low-income (see below) or are homeless or receive special education services

    Priority 2 children can be registered for pre-k and will be enrolled if space is available. These are children who

    • Are four years old by September 1 of the school year but
    • Are not considered low-income (see below), are not homeless or do not receive special education servicesa group of students smiling

    Priority 2 children are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis beginning August 1 for the 2017-18 school year.

    For children who turn four years old between September 2 and October 15 and are considered low-income (see below), are homeless or receive special education services, early admission to pre-k may be an option.

    Income eligibility for pre-k 

    Students who turn four by September 1 and are considered low-income are given priority placement when it comes to registering for pre-k. 
    To determine whether a family is considered low-income, City Schools uses the 2017 federal poverty levels, which takes into consideration the number of members in the family (including children) and the family's total monthly income. The total income includes monthly earnings, TANF, child support, alimony, food stamps, benefits for immigrants, retirement, Social Security, and foster care.
    If your family's total monthly income is at or lower than the amount listed below, next to your relevant family size, and your child is turning four by September 1, your child is included in the Priority 1 placement group.
     Family Size  Total Annual Income
     1  $21,978
    2  $29,637
     3  $37,297
     4  $44,955
     5  $52,614
     6  $60,273
     7  $67,951
     8  $75,647