Got a 4-year-old? Now’s the time to apply to pre-kindergarten! Last week we shared our picks for the Bronx and Manhattan. This week, we’re bringing you the best bets in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, based on our visits and intel on schools most likely to have space. Generally, we have been impressed by the pre-k centers we’ve seen across the city as good alternatives to crowded neighborhood schools. They only enroll 4-year-olds, are run by the Department of Education (DOE) and are located in schools, renovated warehouses, or wherever the city can find space. An early childhood specialist supervises each one.
In District 29, we recommend PS 176, a well-run neighborhood school that had space for out-of-zone students in recent years. Also, take a look at the pre-k centers on Jamaica Avenue and Springfield Boulevard.