Operations and Policy: Supporting a High-Quality Environment

We are committed to providing policy and operational supports that aid programs in delivering the highest quality care and education to 3-K for All and Pre-K for All students.

Policy Handbooks

The Policy Handbook highlights operational guidance and best practices on a variety of topics, including health and safety, facilities and materials, staffing, general program oversight, and instructional programming to support leaders, teachers, and staff in operating high-quality early childhood classrooms.

Please note that there are separate handbooks for NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) and District Schools/Pre-K Centers. Please refer to the handbook that provides guidance for your program type to ensure you are adhering to the appropriate policies/regulations.

If you have any questions about the guidance provided, please contact EarlyChildhoodPolicy@schools.nyc.gov.

Statement on Positive Behavior Guidance

Programs are responsible for structuring an environment and approaching interactions in ways that build positive relationships with children and families. Children and families should feel secure, supported, and recognized as important members of a program’s community. The Statement on Positive Behavior Guidance outlines the expectations and guidelines around supporting positive behavior in a developmentally appropriate way.


This sections contains fiscal resources for program leaders.


NYCEEC leaders play a key role in shaping a vision for how their programs will help students learn and grow within the community each program serves. These resources will help support the management of administrative systems and tasks. 

Registration & Attendance

Everyone works toward the shared goal of preparing students for success in school and beyond, and this begins with a student's first day in the classroom. Use resources here to ensure proper registration, enrollment, and attendance of students in NYCEECs.

Student Record Transfer

As school years come to an end, we work to transfer each child’s cumulative records to the kindergarten they will attend next school year. A few documents are involved in the process, which are provided here. This process supports a smooth transition from pre-K into elementary school, ensuring that each child can continue their success in their next classroom.

Health & Safety

NYCEECs provide a safe and healthy environment as the foundation for children as they learn and grow. These resources will help support programs’ efforts towards this goal.

Additional Resources

For more operational resources, please visit the Vendor Resources section of the Pre-KIDS portal as well as the new Program Operations website. For questions, email DECEProgramOps@schools.nyc.gov.

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