Early Childhood

Admission to PS9 for Early Childhood (Pre-K and Kindergarten) is managed centrally by the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) − not at the school level. Each grade has its own application process. Grade specific information for Pre-K and Kindergarten applications is available on the NYCDOE website

A hard copy of the most recent New York City Public Schools Admissions Guide is available at schools, early childhood programs and public libraries. A digital version can be found on the NYCDOE website. The guide is available in the ten official NYCDOE languages - English, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese, Haitian Creole, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

Early Childhood admissions is not first come, first serve. All applications submitted by the deadline are treated the same (based on standard admissions priorities). Preference is given to students who reside in the school’s zone, and/or have siblings who currently attend the school.



Every child in New York City has the right to a free, appropriate, public education. Eligibility for each grade is based upon the year in which a student was born.

Students enter pre-kindergarten in September of the calendar year in which they turn four years old.

For kindergarten, students enter in September of the year in which they turn five. While students are not guaranteed a seat at the school where they attended pre-k, once a child enters kindergarten they can remain at the same school until its final elementary grade. PS9 goes up to grade 5.

How to Apply

The window to apply to is only open for a period of time each spring. Sign up for a MySchools account to prepare for that time and to receive updates about the application process.

During the appropriate application period, families can apply in one of two ways:


Use the MySchools website to apply online in any one of the ten official DOE languages.


By phone

Call (718) 935-2009. Interpretation services are available in more than 200 languages for over-the-phone applications. You can ask questions and request information about admissions in any language when you call.

Dual Language

Dual Language Spanish - English Immersion (DL) classes are offered in every grade at PS9. Application to this program for Early Childhood is also done through your MySchools account. Students whose native (or home) language is Spanish are given preference in admission.

Open Houses

We host a series of daytime Open House events in-person during the school year. Please refer to our public calendar for any upcoming dates. 

For an overview of our Early Childhood program, including curriculum and enrichment, please got to: Early Childhood Program Overview.