We know applying to preschool can be stressful. That’s why at the Downtown Little School we try to keep this process as simple and fair as possible. We don’t screen children or families; instead we use a lottery system for admissions. We believe that a high quality program does not need to pick and choose the children who can attend; rather we bring together a diverse range of children and families who form a cohesive community and build relationships that last well beyond the preschool years.


Application Steps


  1. Apply. Complete our online application for the 2020/21 school year.

  2. Pay Application Fee. Click the PayPal button at the bottom of this page to pay the nonrefundable application fee of $65.

  3. Tours. When we have received your application and fee, we will email you inviting you to take a tour of the school. Tours for the 2020/21 school year begin in October.

  4. Admissions Lottery & Notification. Spots are filled by lottery. Admissions letters for the 2020/21 school year will be sent via email during the first week of February 2020. After the lottery we continue to accept applications for our waiting list.  If a family declines their spot, we contact the next family on the list. 

Financial Aid is available for qualified families. Please click here for information on Financial Aid for the 2020/21 school year. 


The Downtown Little School is a not-for-profit organization. The Downtown Little School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.  

The Downtown Little School
15 Dutch Street  New York, NY 10038

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