Tuesday, March 17, 2009

ATTENTION: New Universal Pre-K Application Process

The New Universal Pre-K Admissions Process: What You Need To Know

Applications are being accepted March 6th, 2009-April 3rd, 2009

Things to know before you apply:
• Your child must have been born between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2005 to be eligible.
• The child must have the same address as the adult applying (custodial guardian)
• There are two application options: online and paper

Online application:

Eventually will be available in 8 languages
[This is the main page for UPK enrollment. From this page you’ll find the deadlines, calendar, a place to sign up for email updates, download the online directory, and get the online application.]

The application itself can be found at: https://prod.semsnycdoe.com/parentsite/

After you set up an account, you will receive a confirmation email, which will tell you how to activate your account.

The system prompts you to review your application before submitting it. After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email with a verification number. You will also have the opportunity to print your receipt immediately or download it in PDF form. You can log back in and make changes until April 3rd, 2009.

Entering School Preferences:

-When entering schools, must enter the school number with punctuation (example: P.S. 003 not ps 3).
-The same school can sometimes be entered up to 3 different times (for full day, am, or pm slot).
-If you are using the paper application, do not place all three times in the same ranking.

Paper Application:

Printed Application is included in the printed directories.

Available at: public schools, enrollment offices, through elected officials
-Directory is organized by district
-Shows for each school- the number of seats, how many applied the previous year, how many were given offers the previous year
-Includes description of the priority system


Must be enrolled in K-grade 4 for the 2009-2010 school year.

Student ID number can be obtained from ID cards, report cards, or the school itself.


Can apply to different schools or the same school.

Online: must submit two applications (one per child)
Paper: must mail in two separate applications (one per child)

Community Based Organizations:

Included in the directory, application is NOT in the directory.

Individual applications necessary for each place you apply.
Apply directly at the Community Based Organization.

Questions concerning the process can be directed to the Office of Council Member Letitia James at (212) 788-7081.

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