Get your little New Yorker into Pre-K

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Applying to New York City’s Universal Pre-K program is an overwhelming, frustrating process. It’s certain to confuse even the most hardened, informed New Yorkers. As a parent who suffered through this process last year, I’m making myself available to help lessen the pain for you.

My program consists of a 45 minute coaching session (in-person, or via video chat), a copy of my weighted ranking system and how to utilize it, and answers to as many of your questions as possible.

Learn more about UPK Coaching

Who are you?

I’m a normal New York City parent, just like you — ok, maybe slightly less normal. After all, I did turn my kid’s Pre-K application process into an intensely catalogued experience.

My background is in graphic design, and I like to build things that help other people with real-world problems. This, I can assure, was a real-world problem for me (and probably now for you, too)!

My goal is to help other parents have a less traumatic experience than we did.

Why should I hire you?

Through this experience I’ve become something of a reluctant expert on the subject. We applied in spring 2017, and after being waitlisted at every school we applied to, our daughter finally got in just before school started. I have helped many friends prepare for their application, and I’m confident I can help you as well.

If you live in New York City, and you are crazy enough to do so with a small child, you have undoubtedly heard about the city’s Pre-K For All program. Every kid is guaranteed a seat, which is fantastic! The problem is, there are far fewer Pre-K programs than there are for your normal K–12 programs at public schools.

How much does it cost?

My goal is to provide affordable, effective coaching for parents. Sessions will consist of either a 45 minute video chat for $69, or a 45 minute in-person visit for $99 (Manhattan only at this time).

When do we apply to Pre-K?

New York City families with children born in 2014 can apply to pre-K from February 5 — March 30, 2018. It’s time to start thinking about this, if you haven’t already!

Are you affiliated with the Dept. of Education?

No! I am just a regular parent like you.

How can I get in touch?

If you have a question, comment, or would like to chat, please send me an email, connect with me on Facebook, or find me on Twitter.

Originally published at on January 1, 2018.