Welcome To Kaleidoscope Pre-K for All Page!
If your child is turning four years old in 2019, it’s time to think about pre-kindergarten. Children born in 2015 who live in New York City are eligible to participate in full day, free pre-kindergarten programs that are offered at ECDC Kaleidoscope.
Early Childhood Development Center Kaleidoscope is an education center created for young children to increase their exposure to the arts, nurture their creative expression, and to build a strong foundation for school readiness and life-long learning.
In our playful environment, children develop a strong kinesthetic awareness of themselves, build social skills, self-esteem, self-expression, and independent thinking.
Early Childhood Development Center Kaleidoscope offers morning snacks and lunch for Pre-K students and additional snacks for children that stay for the afterschool program. We also offer Morning, After school, Enrichment programs, mini camps and a Summer Program for a fee.
Pre-K for All Schedule
Free Pre-K runs from 8:40 am – 3:00 pm Monday-Friday for 176 days during a school year. Pre-K for All closely follows the NYC public school schedule.
Pre-K Special Education
• Parents who believe their child has special needs can have them evaluated by their local Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE). Let us know if you would like us to assist you in writing a request for your child’s free evaluation.
• If a student is determined to need special services, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be developed by the CPSE and the parent and the student will begin to receive free special services at his/her Pre-K center.
Early Childhood Development Center Kaleidoscope incorporates 10 Interdisciplinary Units of Study created by the Division of Early Childhood Education to support student learning in all domains using developmentally appropriate practice. During the year, the units we explore are: Welcome to Pre-K, All About Us, Five Senses, Where We Live, Light, Transportation, Water, Plants, Babies, and Transformation.
September 2019 – June 2020
8:40 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:40 am
3:15 pm- 3:45 pm
Extended Day After Enrichment Program
3:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Extended Day Program3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mini Camps and Summer Program8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pre-K for All
$20/day - planned
$25/day - unplanned
$28/day - planned
$35/day - unplanned
Children who participate in Extended Day Programs enjoy group games, music and movement activities, story time, snack, and outdoor and indoor play.
After School Enrichment Programs for children born in 2014
Gifted and Talented Preparation Workshop
September – January
Mondays and Wednesdays
Early Childhood Development Center Kaleidoscope offers Gifted and Talented Preparation Workshop for children born in 2014. The course will prepare the students for OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test) and NNAT (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test). We conduct small group workshops (6-12 students), in which children play games, are familiarized with the test questions, and practice.
Reading and Writing
January – June
Mondays and Wednesdays
With our pre-K reading and writing program, we use a multi–sensory approach to introduce your child to the wonderful world of letters, their sounds, and writing. Through a variety of activities, your child will see, hear, touch, write and move around. In this program, your child will learn:
- Phonemic awareness
- Form letters and write words
Our Pre-K reading program is a great fit for kids who:
- Are ages 4 to 5 years old
- Can sit down and listen to a story/poem from beginning to end
- Show interest in letters of the alphabet and books
- Can relate pictures in books to stories
Musical Theater Club
September – June
In Musical Theater Club, kids will develop their skills as singers, dancers, and actors through many fun games and activities that include imitating, acting out, creating a dance, and more. In Musical Theater Club, we will play games that utilize imagination and energy, build on children’s ability to focus, problem solve, and cooperate. Musical Theater Club will help children activate the creative portions of their minds, role play different emotions, learn to trust and cooperate with one another, and to better understand themselves. It is also a lot of fun and a great chance to work out some physical energy in a positive way.
September – June
Art Club students receive technical art instruction in a variety of artistic mediums. Most importantly, Art Clubs are designed to give students a nurturing environment in which to practice problem solving through art, build self-confidence, and improve communication skills.
Spanish Language and Culture CLub
September - June
In the 2019-2020 school year, we will continue to introduce the Spanish language and Culture to our Pre-K students. Trough music, movement and puppetry approach students will learn new vocabulary words and short phrases and traditions of some Spanish speaking countries.
How to Apply to Pre-K for All
The Pre-K application process begins in February and the deadline to apply is March.
The single-application process will allow parents to easily review the City’s high-quality, full-day Pre-K options in the directory and rank up to 12 choices. Based on the admissions priorities for district schools and NYCEEC, students will receive one offer from the NYCDOE to their highest possible program choice in late April to mid-May. Students will automatically be waitlisted in programs they ranked higher than the program to which they were matched.
Apply Online: To apply online, all you need is an email address. If you do not have access to a computer at home, you may complete an application at a New York City public library location. Access to computers is available with a free library card. To sign up for a library card, you need to provide proof of address. To find a library in your area, call 311.
Apply In Person: Visit your local Pre-K Family Welcome Center to fill out a paper application.
Apply By Phone: 719-935-2009
The online application will be translated into nine languages, and additional translation services are available over the phone in more than 200 languages.
Families that apply by the deadline will receive offers in late April – mid May.
Students ranking pre-K for All programs on their application will be placed in the programs based on the following structure:
· Priority Group 1: Current students enrolled at the NYCEEC matriculating from three-year-old and 2018 Summer Program
· Priority Group 2: Siblings of current students enrolled at the NYCEEC
· Priority Group 3: Students whose families currently receive social services from the organization operating the NYCEEC
· Priority Group 4: Students speaking a native language other than English that the NYCEEC specializes in serving
· Priority Group 5: All other students
Family Welcome Centers of Brooklyn
1780 Ocean Avenue, 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11230 Districts Served: 17, 18, 22
415 89th Street, 5th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11209 Districts Served: 20, 21
1665 St. Mark's Avenue, Room 116 Brooklyn, NY 11233 Districts Served: 19, 23, 32
29 Fort Greene Place (BE12) Brooklyn, NY 11217 Districts Served: 13, 14, 15, 16
131 Livingston Street, 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 Districts Served: 13, 14, 15, 16
After you receive an offer for Pre-K for All
In order to pre-register for the offer they received, parents must go to the site in person with their child and all required documentation:
- Child’s birth certificate, passport, or Green Card;
- Child’s immunization records;
- Proof of residence (two documents) must be
dated within the past 60 days, which will be verified by any two of the
- A residential utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident’s name issued by National Grid, Con Edison, or the Long Island Power Authority;
- Documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state or local government agency, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), City Housing Authority, Human Resources Administration (HRA), the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) or an ACS subcontractor indicating the resident’s name and address;
- An original lease agreement, deed, or mortgage statement for the residence;
- A current property tax bill for the residence or a water bill for the residence;
- Official payroll documentation from an employer such as a form submitted for tax withholding purposes or payroll receipt; a letter on the employer’s letterhead will not be accepted.
Looking forward to see you at Kaleidoscope!