Millman Encourages Families to Register for Kindergarten at NYC Public Schools

January 15, 2009
Brooklyn – Assemblywoman Joan Millman urges families to apply as soon as possible to for Kindergarten in the 2009-2010 school year. To apply, families must visit all schools in person, including their child’s zoned school. Applicants must bring to each school they visit two types of proof of residence, birth certificate, immunization records and names of any siblings who will attend the school during the 2009-2010 year. Children must be five years of age by December 31, 2009 to be eligible.

“I am pleased that the DOE has not centralized kindergarten applications,” said Millman. “As we experienced last spring with the attempt at centralizing pre-kindergarten applications, processing applications at an out-of-state company unfamiliar with our communities is not feasible. This year, when my Assembly colleagues and I decide whether to extend mayoral control, we will be examining whether mayoral control has improved the school system, including the application process.”

As many disgruntled parents will recall, the NYC DOE’s centralized application process for pre-kindergarten last spring was a debacle – many thousands of families found the process frustrating, alienating, and difficult to navigate. These issues have long plagued the middle school and high school application process, and now they seem to affect nearly every level of the school system. While a uniform application system is necessary, families benefit from direct contact with schools.

As usual, schools will give priority to zoned children and those with siblings enrolled in the school for the 2009-2010 year. For detailed information, families can call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/schools.