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An introduction to NYC public schools

  • The New School's Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10011 (map)

Join Clara Hemphill, founder of InsideSchools and author of New York City’s Best Public Pre-K and Elementary Schools. We'll highlight some undiscovered gems and walk you through the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten application process.

We'll also show you the NEW InsideSchools search tool for 3K, the city's free pre-school programs for 3-year-olds.

Clara and the InsideSchools staff will tackle these topics and more:

  • What's the difference between childcare and pre-kindergarten?

  • What should I look for when I visit?

  • How do I decide between progressive vs. traditional?

  • What about gifted programs, charters and other options?

  • How and when do I apply?

A 1-hour presentation will be followed by Q & A. Children are welcome.

The access to the event is free, but if you want a copy of our book: New York City’s Best Public Pre-K and Elementary Schools, 4th Edition, you should buy a $25 ticket. This essential guide is based on visits made by the InsideSchools staff to more than 150 public schools in all five boroughs. is a project of The Center for New York City Affairs, an applied policy research institute based at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.

InsideSchools is proud to partner with Bowery Babes to offer this workshop. Bowery Babes is a 3,000+ member downtown NYC nonprofit mothers group dedicated to supporting women from pregnancy through the early years of motherhood and beyond.