Question: Brooklyn Public School Parents: Who Do I Contact about Pre-Kindergarten Issues?
That first year of school, whether it's a half or a full day of pre-K, can be so important to how a child feels about school. So, you want to do all you can to make sure he or she has a good experience. Here are some key phone numbers to call for more information about the Brooklyn pre-kindergarten programs run by the New York City Department of Education.
Answer: The NYC Department of Education has tons of information in many different languages for parents of young students. See the NYC Family Guide for Pre K and Kindergarten
Contacts for Pre-K Parents at the New York City Department of EducationHere are some useful numbers:
- Who are Brooklyn's Pre K directors? For Brooklyn North: Virginia Lora, (718) 636-3206, and for Brooklyn South: Ana Gomez, (718) 390-1487
- If I need to transport my child on a bus or subway, where do I get information about buses and Metro cards? How do I contact the NYC Department of Education? The NYC Dept. of Education phone number is (718) 935-2000. Be prepared to wait.
- Is there a Parent Support phone line? Yes, there's a system-wide number. Call (718) 935-2009 for general questions about school zones, enrollment, pre-kindergarten registration and gifted and talented programs. It's open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- If I need to transport my child on a bus or subway, where do I get information about buses and Metro cards? This is probably not an issue, as the MTA says, "Up to three children 44 inches tall and under ride for free on subways and local buses when accompanied by a fare paying adult." But if you still have questions, call the Office of Pupil Transportation at (718) 392-8855. Monday–Friday, 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Who do I ask about free school breakfasts and lunches, food and menus? Pre-K programs can be half day (two and a half hours, AM/morning or PM/afternoon or full day). If your child has allergies, special food restrictions, or if you have other concerns about snacks and lunch, contact the school or the Office of School Food .
- Who do I ask about gifted and talented programs? Testing is available for all pre‐ kindergarten through grade 2 students who are current New York City residents and wish to be considered for NYC Gifted and Talented Programs. To get up to speed, read the handbooks provided by the Department of Education about the NYC Gifted and Talented Programs . Or, call the Gifted and Talented programs at (212) 374-7693.