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The 2024-25 Pre-K Lottery (UPDATED)


MKES Pre-K students pose in front of garden


The Pre-K Lottery is now closed. All families should have received an email with your lottery number from If you did not provide an email in your application, you should have received a text or phone call with this information. We will now begin the process of calling families, beginning with number 1 and working our way down the list, to have families choose their pre-k location. We will proceed until all slots are filled. This process will take several weeks to complete. Once all slots are filled, we will communicate with families who did not get a spot and let them know their number on the waitlist, which we will use to fill spots as they become available.

The Bedford Central School District (BCSD) will be offering a full-day, tuition-free Pre-K program for eligible 4-year-old children for the 2024-25 school year. This program is being funded through a Pre-K Expansion grant awarded to BCSD by the New York State Department of Education and is contingent upon budget approval and continued availability of NYS grant funding.

Age and Residency Requirements: To apply, students must reside within the BCSD attendance area and must be 4-years-old on or before December 1, 2024. Students who are age-eligible for Kindergarten cannot apply for the Pre-K lottery as per NYSED regulations.

Locations and Total Number of Spots: There are a total of 46 slots for Pre-K students. 

  • Bedford Hills Elementary School: 18 slots

  • Mount Kisco Elementary School: 18 slots

  • Boys and Girls Club in Mount Kisco: 6 slots

  • Country Childrens Center in Bedford Hills: 4 slots

Transportation: Transportation will NOT be provided.

Calendar and Length of Day: The Pre-K program will follow the BCSD school calendar, including vacation days and school closings. The school day will run from 9 am - 2 pm. There is no before or after-school care provided by BCSD at BHES or MKES for Pre-K students.  However, at Country Children’s Center and Boys and Girls Club, there are options for before and after-school care. Please contact these schools directly for additional information.  


For more information, please email or call:

Jessica Rivera



Maria Carrieri 

914-241-6000 EXT 1530