All Families with Children Born in 2012 Can Apply Starting Today, Online at, Over the Phone, or In Person at a Family Welcome Center 

Applications Open a Month Earlier Than Last Year – Giving Families More Opportunities to Find the Right Program

NEW YORK – Chancellor Carmen Fariña visited Bambi Day Care Center in Brooklyn today to announce the opening of 2016-17 Pre-K for All applications. All New York City families with children born in 2012 are eligible to apply starting today, and the first round of applications closes March 4. There are enough free, full-day, high-quality seats to meet the demand of every four-year old in New York City, and this year, a record 68,500 students enrolled in free, full-day, high quality pre-K. To make the enrollment process even easier, the Department of Education has moved up the application timeline. Families are now able to apply a month earlier than last year and will receive offer letters a month sooner.

“Pre-K is critical year where students learn new vocabulary, experiment with science and make new friends. I’m proud that we have enough full-day seats for every four-year old in New York City. We are putting more students on the path to success than ever before. I urge all families with four-year olds to go online, call or visit a Family Welcome Center to apply,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

“Children in full-day pre-K develop the skills they need to be successful not just in kindergarten, but for the rest of their academic career,” said Deputy Chancellor for Strategy and Policy Josh Wallack. “Families should know that all our programs are held to the same high standards and that quality is our most important priority. I encourage all families to review the directory, visit pre-K programs and apply to the programs that best meets their needs and the needs of their student.”

All New York City families with children born in 2012 are eligible to apply to pre-K for the 2016-17 school year. This includes children with disabilities and children whose home language is not English.Families can complete the single application process online at, over the phone at 718-935-2067, or in person at a Family Welcome Center. The single application allows families to list up to 12 full-day pre-K programs – including DOE district schools and DOE-run Pre-K Centers and NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) – ranking programs of interest in order of preference. The online application is translated into all nine of the DOE’s languages, and families can submit an application over the phone or in person in over 200 languages. Families interested in half-day, 5-hour NYCEEC pre-K programs or charter school pre-K programs should contact those programs directly to apply.

The DOE has also continued to identify a variety of language supports offered at certain programs. Twenty-seven pre-K programs have been designated as Dual Language (DL) and nearly 200 pre-K programs are designated as Enhanced Language Support (ELS).

The earlier application process will give families more time to prepare for the transition to pre-K, and allow pre-K programs to pre-register students and make waitlist offers before the end of the school year. A second round of applications will begin the first week of May and will feature any newly awarded Fall 2016 pre-K programs; families will be able to explore new options and apply to more programs of interest.

To guide families through the application process, the DOE will host information sessions in every borough between January 27 and February 3. Details and times below:

Thursday, January 28 at 6:00 pm
Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus
500 East Fordham Road
Bronx, 10458

Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00 pm
Clara Barton High School
901 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, 11225

Tuesday, February 2 at 6:00 pm
JHS 167 Robert F Wagner
200 East 76th Street
Manhattan, 10021

Monday, February 1 at 6:00 pm
Forest Hills High School
67-01 110th Street
Queens, 11375

Staten Island
Wednesday, January 27 at 6:00 pm
Staten Island Technical HS
485 Clawson Street
Staten Island, 10306

To explore their options, families can access a variety of resources. Families are encouraged to use the 2016 Pre-K for All Directory available on the pre-K website in ten languages. The Pre-K Directory contains detailed admissions information and updated program lists. Families are also encouraged to use the online Pre-K Finder for the latest information and program updates, with helpful mapping tools to help families plan their programs. Enrollment specialists will also be available to help families throughout the process to ensure they find a program that best fits their child’s needs.


Contact:  Chancellor’s Press Office (212) 374-5141

Community Boards Now Accepting Applications


Applications to join your local Community Board are now available if you wish to serve.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2016

Click Here To Apply Online

For those that do not know, Community boards are local representative bodies. There are 18 community boards in Brooklyn and each one consists of up to 50 non-salaried members appointed by the Borough President, half of whom are nominated by their district’s City Council members. Members of the community board must reside, work, or have some other significant interest in the community.

Each community board employs a District Manager who establishes an office, hires staff, and implements procedures to improve the delivery of City services to the district. While the main responsibility of the board office is to receive complaints from community residents, they also maintain other duties, such as processing permits for block parties and street fairs. Many boards choose to provide additional services and manage special projects that cater to specific community needs, including organizing tenants associations, coordinating neighborhood cleanup programs, and more.

Sunday, January 31st: Ice Cream Social @ Brooklyn Bell’s The Local


Please join us from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday, January 31st as we partner with The Free Portrait Project: Crown Heights and the Five Boro Story Project for an Ice Cream (and hot soup!) Social, and story circles led by Five Boro Story Project’s Bridget Bartolini, with #wearecrownheights portraits on display, and live music by Amos Rose and Everything Forever.

The first 25 scoops of ice cream are on the house, courtesy of the Crow Hill Community Association, so come early!

This event is free to attend and open to the public.
Drinks and Kosher Fare will be available by donation.

Hosted by Brooklyn Bell Foods & Co. (843 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238)

CB8 Meeting Notice


DATE: Thursday, January 14, 2016

PLACE: Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

727 Classon Avenue  (corner of Park Place)

Brooklyn, NY  11238

TIME: 7:00 PM

1. Meeting Call to order

2. Roll Call

3. Acceptance of Minutes

4. Action Items:

  • Housing/ULURP Committee
  • SLA and Sidewalk Café Review Committee

5. Elected Officials/Public Comments/Announcements

6. A representative from the NYC Parks Department will give an update on the Community Parks Initiative

7. Update from the following committees:

  • Economic Development
  • Environment/Sanitation
  • Health
  • Parks
  • Public Safety 
  • Seniors
  • Transportation
  • Youth & Education  

8. Old Business/New Business

9. Adjournment

Participatory Budgeting Meeting Tomorrow


Participatory Budgeting is coming to Brooklyn’s City Council District 35, home to Crow Hill. Below is a letter from Council Member Laurie Cumbo, who is responsible for bringing PB to our District:

Dear Friend,

I am proud and excited to launch Participatory Budgeting in the 35th Council District. This process will be an incredible opportunity for the community to come together to discuss how they would like to spend $1 million dollars within the community. The success of this endeavor can only happen with your assistance. I want to make sure that the diversity of the District is incorporated every step of the way and I certainly need your support.

One of my goals for Participatory Budgeting is to identify new leaders and or the next generation of leaders. Your leadership throughout Brooklyn is undeniable and I would be so honored if you would participate in this process and also bring a new leader to the table to serve as a Delegate to the Participatory Budgeting Process to represent different neighborhoods, segments of the community (i.e., schools, art and culture, transportation, etc.) and the many voices of the neighborhood. Please let me know the name of the person that you would like to become a part of this process and a short paragraph about their professional affiliations and relevant work within the community.

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 9 at Medgar Evers College, Nadeen Lawe Activity Center, 1650 Bedford Avenue 2nd floor, Room B2024 Brooklyn, NY 11225 from 6:30PM – 9:30PM. All of the relevant information pertaining to the responsibilities of a delegate as well as the upcoming meetings is attached for your reference. It is important to note that all delegates would be required at all three meetings and or workshops. 

I look forward to your response by the close of business on Thursday, September 4.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact my Legislative and Budget Director, Drew Gabriel at (212) 788-7081 or

Yours in Partnership,
Laurie A. Cumbo
Member of the New York City Council