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Pre-K Education

Through the historic Pre-K for All initiative, New York City is leading the nation in making free, full-day, high-quality pre-K available to all of its four-year-olds—an initiative propelled by great teachers. Pre-K for All teachers design dynamic classroom experiences that captivate New York City’s youngest learners and instill the critical vocabulary, oral language and problem-solving skills they need to flourish in kindergarten and beyond.

Types of Programs

Pre-K for All programs operate in a variety of settings. Early childhood educators can teach in one of 650+ district school programs or in one of more than 1,000 New York City Early Childhood Education Centers (NYCEECs) operated by a diverse range of community based organizations.

NYC Early Education Centers are independent organizations that contract with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) to provide free, full-day, high-quality pre-K programs for four-year-olds. These partnerships offer diverse options for families in all five boroughs.

Candidates may submit an online application through the NYCDOE to explore opportunities in both district schools and NYC Early Education Centers. Applications for positions at NYC Early Education Centers will be reviewed by NYCEEC hiring directors, since NYC Early Education Center teachers are not hired or employed by the NYCDOE.

For more information on teaching opportunities at both district schools and NYCEECs, please visit the TeachNYC Pre-K website.

Earn Your Early Childhood Certification

Applicants who want to teach pre-K must hold or be on track to hold one of the following New York State teaching certificates to be eligible to apply:

  • Early Childhood (Birth – Grade 2), or
  • Students with Disabilities (Birth – Grade 2).

To teach in a district school, candidates must hold one of the certificates listed above by September 1, 2015.

To teach in a NYC Early Education Center, candidates must either hold or be on track to earning one of the certificates above. It is an opportunity for educators passionate about working with young children to earn their early childhood certification while teaching. NYCEEC teachers must complete their certification within three years of being hired.

For more details on certification, please visit the TeachNYC Pre-K website.

“When the chance to teach full day pre-K opened up in my school in 2009, I jumped. It’s an exciting time. The Chancellor has a wonderful vision for the children.”
Phyllis Berk, Pre-K Teacher, Queens