Kindergarten Application Process

The kindergarten application process officially today. All students born in 2012 who currently live in New York City are eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2017. All families, including those of students with disabilities and current pre-k students, must submit an application in order to receive a kindergarten placement. Admission is not first-come, first-served. All applications received by the January 13 deadline are treated the same, according to schools’ admissions priorities.

Families are able to apply in one of three ways:

  • Online at The online application is available in ten languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Korean, Haitian Creole, Bengali, Urdu and French)
  • Over the phone, by calling 718-935-2400. Families can access translation services over the phone in over 200 languages
  • In person at one of the DOE’s Family Welcome Centers. Families can find their local Family Welcome Center by using the information below or visiting our website here

Families looking for more information about the application process should review the kindergarten directory available online here, and translated into nine languages. Additionally, hard copies of English and translated directories are available for all families who need one. Hard copies are available at our Family Welcome Centers, all elementary schools, and at local pre-K programs that are part of the City’s Pre-K for All Program.


Family Welcome Centers


1 Fordham Plaza, 7th floor
Bronx, NY 10458
Districts Served: 7, 9, 10


1230 Zerega Avenue, room 24
Bronx, NY 10462
Districts Served: 8, 11, 12



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 (BS12)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Districts Served: 13, 14, 15, 16




333 Seventh Avenue, room 1211
New York, NY 10001
Districts Served: 1, 2, 4


388 West 125th Street, room 713
New York, NY 10027
Districts Served: 3, 5, 6



28-11 Queens Plaza North, 3rd floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
Districts Served: 24, 30


30-48 Linden Place, 2nd floor
Flushing, NY 11354
Districts Served: 25, 26


90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, 1st floor
Jamaica, NY 11435
Districts Served: 27, 28, 29


Staten Island

715 Ocean Terrace, Building A
Staten Island, NY 10301
District Served: 31


Open Mon-Fri, 8 am – 3 pm

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Carmen Pabón, Lower East Side Activist and Gardener,Dies at 94***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 15, 2016

Contact: John Blasco, (212) 788-7366,

Carmen Pabón, Lower East Side Activist and Gardener,Dies at 94

cvug5xcwcaal2h0Carmen Pabón born June of 1922 in Ciales, Puerto Rico died Saturday night surrounded by her family. Pabón migrated to New York City in 1946. She lived in the Bronx and worked in a factory. A few years later, she relocated to Manhattan and in 1955, she moved into NYCHA’s Lillian Wald Houses where she lived until a few days prior to her death.

Pabón well known for her humanitarian acts was fondly referred to as the “Madrina of Loisaida” (the Lower East Side Godmother) and as the Mother Teresa of the Lower East Side. She volunteered in not-for-profit organizations such as Charas/El Bohío and Loisaida, Inc. She served on the Board of Housing Works. Among other things, she was active in the Committee to Save Charas and the Coalition to Save St. Brigid’s Church.

In the 1970’s, Pabón became active in the community garden movement. She with the help of other residents removed the rubble from several empty lots located on the southwest corner of Avenue C and East 7th Street. The garden named “El Bello Amanecer” (A Beautiful Dawn) bears the same name as a mural on the side of the building abutting the garden. She tended to the garden for several decades where she was known for feeding the homeless and providing social services referrals.

In the late 1990’s, the City of New York under then Mayor Rudolph Giuliani conveyed many community gardens sites to developers for housing construction. The Lower East Side community lost Esperanza Garden located on East 7th Street and two of the three lots that comprised El Bello Amanecer Garden for the construction of the Eastville Gardens building. A year later, Pabón had to leave the garden to make way for construction equipment.

In 1999, a NYC Council land use hearing with then Councilwoman Margarita López determined that the lot known as Carmen Pabón’s Garden would be permanent community garden with a not-for-profit garden association that would receive a 99 year lease. After many obstacles, the garden finally re-opened on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016. Pabón attended the re-opening ceremony of the garden that was renamed in her honor now known as the Carmen Pabón del Amanecer Garden.

Councilwoman Rosie Méndez said: “When I moved to the Lower East Side, Lisa Kaplan told me that the first thing I had to do was meet Carmen Pabón. Lisa took me to Carmen’s garden and when she wasn’t there, she walked me to Loisaida, Inc. There was Carmen with a broom in one hand sweeping the floor and a pen in her hair that she was using to register people for tables for the upcoming Loisaida Fair.”

Méndez continued: “I will miss her dearly. All of Loisaida will. I am grateful that she was here for the re-opening of St. Brigid’s Church and that we were able to clear all the hurdles to re-open her garden. I was so thrilled that she was able to go to the garden and cut that ribbon.”


Funeral & Wake Arrangements:
Wednesday, November 16th 4-9pm, Ortiz Funeral Home, 22 1st Avenue
Thursday, November 17th , 9:45am, St Brigid Church, 119 Avenue B

November E-Newsletter


Community Board 3 – HPD Presentation on HDFC Regulatory Agreement

cb3-land-use-housingHPD has proposed changes to HDFC Regulatory Agreements for limited equity cooperatives in NYC. As a result, Rosie has received multiple calls from HDFC cooperators about the proposed changes. Rosie will meet with the HDFC Coalition, as well as the HDFC Task Force to discuss what their group sees as the detriments and benefits. Rosie’s and her staff are reviewing and analyzing the proposed regulatory agreement which she recently received from a community resident. Rosie was working on organizing a community forum where HPD would come to answer questions. Instead HPD has decided that it will attend community board meetings and make a presentation (with no opportunity for Questions and Answers) to inform residents about the proposed changes.

HPD will make a presentation to CB3’s Land Use, Zoning and Housing Committee on November 9, 2016 to be held at Cooper Union’s Great Hall located at 7 East 7th Street at 6:30 p.m.

The Opening of the Carmen Pabon del Amanecer Garden
cvug5xcwcaal2h0On October 26th, 2016 Rosie, BFC Partners, L&M Development, and Board members of the Carmen Pabon del Amanecer Garden organized a Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony for community residents. In 1999, the City of New York conveyed four lots in a ULURP disposition to BFC Partners to build “80/20” housing. As a consequence, the Lower East Side lost Esperanza Garden located on East 7th Street and two of the three lots that comprised El Bello Amanecer Garden. During the hearing of the NYC Council’s Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions, Donald Capoccia of BFC Partners agreed to permanently set aside one lot that would be a community garden. The community would need to create a not-for-profit garden association and BFC would provide a trust fund for the perpetual care of the garden and issue a 99 year lease. Don Capoccia BFC Partner worked with Carmen Pabon del Amanecer Garden Board to draft up a 99 lease and landscaping of the garden. Carmen Pabon attended the event and celebrated with her family, friends and the community.

Rosie and Advocates Call for the Passage of Intro 1233, the Exotic Animal Ban
CvN6cy0WYAA5her.jpgOn October 20th, Rosie joined various animal rights advocates to call for the passage of her bill, Intro 1233, that she first introduced in April 2006. Intro 1233 would require NYC to prohibit the display of wild or exotic animals for public entertainment or amusement. Rosie said, “I’m excited to get a hearing after 10 years of proposing legislation that would ban the display of wild or exotic animals now known as Intro 1233. I want to thank Councilmember Corey Johnson for co-introducing this bill with me. Intro 1233 is and always has been about the safety and security of animals and human beings. This bill is a step in ensuring that animals are in their natural state, not confined in boxcars or treated in other inhumane ways and thereby protecting humans from animals that might and have acted ferociously.”
Advocates Call for Passage of Rosie’s Legislation that would Protect Tenants from Asthma Triggers found in Apartment Buildings
CvixDO2WgAAzspD.jpgRosie and the Asthma Free Housing Coalition held a press conference in front of 225 East 14th Street, a building in which many tenants have been impacted by mold, to call for the passage of Rosie’s bill Intro 385B. The New York State Department of Health estimates the annual cost of asthma is $1.3 billion in direct medical costs and lost productivity to the state. Rosie issued the following statement: “For 10 years I have worked with advocates for passage of the Asthma Free Housing Act which is now known as Intro 385B. Asthma has a debilitating effect, especially on our children and senior citizens. Pests and mold are asthma triggers that produces poor indoor air quality and, in New York City, there are approximately one million individuals who have been diagnosed with asthma. A report just released by the Independent Budget Office found that the financial impact to New York City in implementing this proposed legislation is estimated at $1.6M to $3.5M per year. This amount is down substantially from the $20M that the Department of Housing Preservation and Development estimated under the previous draft version of this bill.”

NYC Council Committee on Aging Hears Rosie’s Bill on Right to Counsel for Seniors
Cvs2FH0WcAERYXV.jpgOn October 26th, the NYC Council’s Aging Committee heard Rosie’s Intro 96, a bill that would provide legal counsel for seniors facing eviction, ejectment, or foreclosure proceedings. Rosie issued the following statement on her bill: “Intro 96, Right to Counsel for Senior Citizens, is a bill that I introduced approximately 11 years ago. This legislation would provide our most vulnerable New Yorkers, senior citizens, with an attorney irrespective of whether they rent or own their home. Senior citizens are more apt to be subject to predatory lending or harassment by unscrupulous landlords. The poverty level and the number of seniors in NYC shelters have risen. In NYC, anyone who is about to lose their home should be provided a lawyer, but if we can’t do that now, then we should ensure that we do it for the elderly.”

Rosie and the NYC Council’s LGBT Caucus Sponsor First-Ever Transgender Sensitivity Training
CvJiwUhW8AA3UUF.jpgThe LGBT Caucus of the New York City Council under the leadership of its Chair Rosie sponsored the first-ever Transgender sensitivity training for Councilmembers and Council staff. The training was facilitated by the New York City Commission on Human Rights and the LGBT Center. It included the history of the LGBT community and terminology often used in the community, as well as role playing of scenarios with appropriate and inappropriate responses. All attendess left with a better understanding of the Transgender community.
Rosie Joins Advocates in Opposition to Hotel over Housing
With the pending demolition of 112-10 East 11th Street looming, advocates, elected officials and preservation groups gathered in front of the 5 buildings to hold a press conference. Rosie has gone on record opposed to the loss of housing for another boutique establishment and her disappointment with the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s response to the site’s landmark application. These buildings’ unique look added to the diverse and distinct architectural history of our district. Here is Rosie’s most recent statement about this project:

“I stand by my original statement and my continued disappointment that we are losing five buildings in my district that contained several dozen affordable rent regulated units, as well as the fact that these were architecturally and historically significant buildings built in the late 1800’s. Instead we will have a hotel that will be architecturally out of character and out of scale with our neighborhood. I am extremely disappointed that this mayoral administration has not come forward with any legislative/zoning solutions to prevent these types of “as of right developments” from reoccurring. Not surprising is that AirBnB is distorting the facts for its own self-interest. The facts remain that legal hotels are a bitter pill when we are losing affordable housing, but illegal hotels are against the law.”

Rosie Attends Community Forum about MSBI Transition Plans
On Thursday, October 27th Rosie attended a community forum held at Baruch College to inform residents of the downsizing of the Mount Sinai Beth Israel campus located on 1st Avenue. These changes in provision of services will take place over 4 years. The Mount Sinai Health System has released a restructuring plan that will cost half a billion dollars after reports of serious financial losses.

Over time, the Beth Israel facilities will close with a new hospital appearing a couple blocks away along with an upgraded Eye and Ear Infirmary and enhanced Downtown Network, covering south of 34th Street from river to river. The new building will hold just 70 inpatient beds with flexibility to add on top of the proposed design should it be needed.

Although it is reported that only half of the approximate 800 beds were in use, many residents expressed their anxiety of such a low estimate, along with the loss of another level-1 trauma emergency room after the closing of St. Vincent’s on the west side.

Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation. Elected officials commented that Mount Sinai and the State Department of Health did not address all of our concerns but had brought a lot more information to the public compared to the last informational meeting. Mount Sinai plans to start construction by 2018, and will sell the property after the transition is complete. Their portfolio may be subject to a public hearing and they have been asked to partner with a developer of affordable housing to address the crisis in our city.

Tips for Election Day on November 8!


Make sure you are prepared for Election Day on Tuesday, November 8. Read the following tips to make sure you have an easy time exercising your right to vote.
Please make sure you learn the number of your Assembly District (AD) and Election District (ED). Visit the NYC Board of Elections website and enter your street address to find these numbers, and to check the location of your poll site, as it can change.

Having this information with you when you go to vote will allow you to bypass the check-in table at your poll site and go directly to the sign-in table for your AD and ED. Computer response times may be slow on Election Day itself, so do this before Tuesday.

Voting early seems to be the best way! Make sure you cast your vote earlier in the day so that you can avoid forgetting to vote later on. This may also set up your day nicely where you wont have to rush to the polls before 9pm.
Check out the ballot by visiting Voter’s Edge New York, a non-partisan website operated by the NYC Campaign Finance Board. All New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote for President and Vice President, as well as in the races for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Chuck Schumer, for the U.S. House of Representatives, for State Senate, and for Assembly.

If you would like to vote by absentee ballot, there is still time to apply, but you must do it in person. Download an application online, fill it out, and bring it to your local Board of Elections office by November 7. The hours are 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday and on the weekend prior to Election Day. You cannot apply for an Absentee Ballot on Election Day. You can deliver a completed Absentee Ballot and envelope to the Borough Office on Election Day up until 9:00 P.M. If you are mailing in your absentee ballot, the last day to postmark it is November 7.

Finally, if you experience any difficulty casting your ballot on Election Day, you can contact the New York State Attorney General’s office at 1-800-771-7755 or

Please remember to vote on Tuesday, November 8!