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Registration for the 2021-2022 Free Statewide Universal Pre-K at the Jewish Early Learning Center will take place on Monday, November 9th and Thursday, November 12th from 12 - 2 pm at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life.

Due to social distancing guidelines, you must sign up in advance for a time slot to register your child. See below for details.

The following is important information on the registration process for the Free Statewide Universal Pre-K:

1. Registration will take place in the main lobby at 2174 Hewlett Ave, Suite 100, Merrick, NY.  You must schedule your 10-minute time slot on the calendar below. Please arrive at the scheduled time in order to avoid having too many people waiting at the same time.

2. When you come to register, please wear a face mask and bring along the following: Your photo ID, a copy of 2 proofs of residence, your child’s original birth certificate along with a copy for our files.  

3. Child must turn 4 by 12/1/2021 to qualify for a spot.

Please note we have only 40 spots for this program.  In order to be considered for this lottery, you must register your child during the above noted times.  Interested families that do not come to register during the registration times will not be able to be considered for the lottery. 

We will be holding the lottery in December 2020 and will inform you via e-mail of the results.  If your child's name was picked, we will send you an email to register your child for an assessment and tour with our Educational Consultant, Gayle Benno.  If a student is found to be eligible for the free 5 hour Universal Pre-K program, the student will be accepted in the program and  a registration form shall be completed. A parent handbook along with additional forms to complete will be e-mailed closer to the start of the school year.

If your child's name was not selected, we will notify you via e-mail as well, and we will hold your child’s name on a waiting list for any available spots that open up.

If you have any further questions, please contact Gayle Benno, director of admissions at 516-833-3057 ext 110 or e-mail [email protected]org.

*Please be aware that Free Statewide Universal Pre-K is a grant awarded to us from the New York State Education Department for a full day (5 hour) Universal Pre-K program. Your placement in the program is contingent on the funding, laws and regulations of the NYSED.