Through our Pre-K for All, 3-K for All, and EarlyLearn programs, the Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) is committed to providing high-quality early childhood care and education that gives all children a strong start in school and life. As educators, you are the foundation of early childhood care and education in New York City, and play a critical role in ensuring that all children and families are on a path to lifelong success. Working together, we will strengthen and expand early learning opportunities as we continue to create a unified birth-to-five system of early care and education programs.
Our Vision for Quality
As of July 2019, the NYC Department of Education's early childhood system includes programs serving children from six weeks to five years old. In order to account for all ages and program types, the Early Childhood Framework for Quality (
Resources to support in the use of and training in the EFQ can be found on the Operations and Policy - Supporting a High-Quality Environment section.
Have a question? Contact the DECE at EarlyChildhood@schools.nyc.gov.