Despite the ongoing fight for funding, the admissions process for pre-k is officially open.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña spent Monday morning making calls to inform parents that now is the time to get their kids enrolled for the upcoming school year.
The city Department of Education says that approximately 53,000 spots are open this year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes to have more than 73,000 spots open by the 2015 school year.
The application deadline for public school was pushed back to April 23.
Fariña says it's to accommodate the expected expansion once Albany secures funding.
She says she's confident it'll happen, but for now, she's more concerned that parents get their kids registered.
"We're keeping a very optimistic outlook on all this, so we well cross that bridge when we come to it," Fariña said. "Right now, we're saying we're going to have UPK for everyone that wants it, and we just hope people do the right thing."
Parents can learn about public school pre-k options online at nyc.gov/schools/prek.
Applications for the programs can also be found online.