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How to Find a Pre-Kindergarten Program

The District of Columbia is committed to a mixed delivery system for free universal pre-kindergarten. District residents are able to choose a variety of programs from DC Public Schools, DC Public Charter Schools, and participating Community Based Organizations.
School-based Pre-K Programs

Parents can use the My School DC website to apply to a pre-K program in all DCPS schools and most public charter schools.  In particular, the My School DC application is a single online application for:

  • Participating public charter schools (PK3–12)
  • DCPS out-of-boundary schools (PK3–12)
  • PK3 or PK4 programs at any DCPS school
  • DCPS selective citywide high schools (9–12)

Participating schools will only accept the My School DC application. Each student can apply to up to 12 schools.  Please see the My School DC site for more information.

Parents can also access DCPS school finder to research DCPS schools, and/or the DC Public Charter School Board’s website to search for public charter schools.

How to Find pre-Kindergarten Programs

Pre-K Programs with Community Based Organizations

The Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Program, funded by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), offers a free pre-K option for families through participating community-based organizations (CBOs) in DC. For SY 2016-17, 22 diverse CBOs offer this program with nearly 40 classrooms throughout the city. To be eligible, children must turn 3 by September 30 and must be DC residents. Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis by participating organizations. Parents must contact these organizations directly to inquire about enrollment. Please see the My School DC site for a list of participating organizations.