Nursery Schools

Voluntary Registration of Nonpublic Nursery Schools and Kindergartens

Voluntary Registration of Nonpublic Nursery Schools and Kindergartens

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This site is for the voluntary registration of nonpublic nursery schools and kindergartens, which must comply with Commissioner's Regulations, Part 125. Registered nursery schools provide programs for preschool children between the ages of three and five years. Registered kindergarten programs must adhere to the age eligibility requirements established by the public school district where the child resides. Registered schools receive a certificate that is valid for a five year period.


ONLY applications that are complete will be accepted for review and consideration for new registrations and/or registration renewals.  Upon review, only those in compliance with Part 125 of Commissioner's Regulations, including those pertaining to staffing requirements, will be scheduled for a site visit.  The Educational Director MUST HOLD a New York State certificate or its equivalent in early childhood education (nursery, Kindergarten and primary grades), or nursery-kindergarten, or elementary education N-6 or K-6 with specialized preparation for teaching in early childhood grades, or shall present evidence of substantially equivalent instruction and experience.  In addition to the above qualifications, the Educational Director must give evidence of instruction and/or experience in supervision and administration.

In addition to submitting a Staff Background Form for the Educational Director, as well as each Lead Teacher and Teacher Assistant/Aide, a study plan must be submitted for any individual who is not fully certified.  A sample Staff Study Plan can be found on the Nursery School Website, under “Forms”.  It may be expanded to reflect a complete picture of your staff’s plans to become certified as per Commissioner’s Regulations, Part 125.6(g).  When College coursework is in process or completed, it is recommended that a transcript be attached.

If you have any questions, please email our office at or contact us at (518) 474-5807.



The Annual Report is due in our office no later than July 31 each year. This two-page Report provides our office with an update on critical information for our database as well as significant changes in program implementation.    You are required to submit this information to verify compliance with Part 125 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education - See Part 125.10 (b) (1).    Failure to provide this information may result in the registration being terminated by the State Education Department.   Both pages must be completed and returned to our office by the July 30th deadline.    Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience at 518:474-5807 or via email at

Annual Report

New York State Education Department
Office of Early Learning
89 Washington Avenue
Room 320 EB
Albany, New York 12234

Also included with your Annual Report should be your Annual Fire Inspection Report and a Study Plan for each teacher or teacher assistant that is not certified.

Annual Report and Study Plan Forms may be located on our website at .

If you have any questions, please email our office at or contact us at (518) 474-5807.

Last Updated: January 12, 2015