Please expand one of the following sections for answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Questions:

Note: Please click here to visit our Reopening Plan page for more information about the upcoming school year, including information about staggered drop off & pick up schedules, class capacities, birthday parties, and other pertinent information.

All students entering grades K- 5 must take an entrance exam.

Building: (as of the 2022-2023 School Year)

*All locations are closed Saturdays & Sundays.

Cortelyou Main:

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Cortelyou Annex: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Afterschool students)

Cortelyou Academy: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  *Please note the hours of operations may differ based
on the program your child is enrolled in.

                   Pre School Program                         Elementary School Program


Class Name

Class Size



Class Name

Class Size  

Main: Nursery A 11 students  


Kindergarten A 18 students
  Nursery B 11 students   Academy: Kindergarten B 18 students
  Toddler A 11 students     1st Grade 18 students
  Toddler B  11 students     2nd Grade 18 students
Annex: 3-K A  15 students     3rd Grade 18 students
  Pre-K A 18 students     4th Grade 18 students
  Pre-K B 18 students     5th Grade 18 students
  Pre-K C 18 students        
  Pre-K E 18 students        
Academy: 3-K B 15 students        
  Pre-K D 18 students        

                   Pre School Program                        Elementary School Program

                                 We typically receive about 5-6 applications for every available space.


Class Name

Class Size



Class Name

Class Size  

Main: Nursery A 11 spaces   Main: Kindergarten A 18 spaces
  Nursery B 11 spaces   Academy: Kindergarten B 18 spaces
  Toddler A 11 spaces     1st Grade 18 spaces
  Toddler B  11 spaces     2nd Grade 18 spaces
Annex: 3-K A  15 spaces     3rd Grade 18 spaces
  Pre-K A 18 spaces     4th Grade 18 spaces
  Pre-K B 18 spaces     5th Grade 18 spaces
  Pre-K C 18 spaces        
  Pre-K E 18 spaces        
Academy: 3-K B 15 spaces        
  Pre-K D 18 spaces        

Our average class size is 17 students, but it may also depend on the program itself.

All students are required to wear their uniform, which must be labeled with their name, throughout the academic year (September – June). Preschool children must also have an extra set of labeled clothing as required by the NYC Health Code. The center is not responsible for stolen articles or improperly marked clothing.   

Boys: Yellow shirt, green pants, green cardigan & #83 plaid tie.

Girls: Yellow blouse, #83 plaid v-neck or bib-front jumper, green cardigan, and #83 plaid tie.

Academy Girls (3rd grade and higher): yellow blouse, #83 plaid skirts, green blazer, and #83 plaid tie.

On Fridays, children are not required to wear their uniforms. They can dress down in appropriate attire, such as jeans, dresses, pants, etc. Children are not permitted to wear articles of clothing that contain lewd or offensive language and symbols.

Academy students MUST wear their gym uniforms on Fridays.

Yes. Currently, birthday parties are only held on Fridays. If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with his/her classmates, you may have permission to do so provided we are notified at least one week in advance of the day you’d like to celebrate.

Lunchtime or the afternoon snack period are the only times when this activity will be allowed. The hosting parent may bring in party favors, grab bags, and/or provide a festive, nutritious meal that meets the Department of Health standards. In the past, class parties have been a welcome treat for the students. We would be happy to offer suggestions or assist in any such planning.

Parents hosting birthday parties must refrain from including peanuts or anything containing peanuts in party favors, grab bags or food. Some children are extremely allergic to peanuts and peanut products, and will have an allergic reaction should they eat or come in contact with these products.

Also, please do not include toy guns/weapons in party favors or grab bags. While we understand that these are toys, any implication of violence is not condoned at Cortelyou.

Payments can be made in cash, check, money order, credit/debit card or certified check. PLEASE NOTE: There is a service charge for making payments with a credit/debit card. (Visa/Mastercard/AMX only, *see the note below)

We also provide an EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) system for our parents, where a payment account of their choice can be charged on a recurring basis. Payments under this system can be made with a credit/debit card, or with a checking account (ACH). Processing fees still apply for credit/debit cards, and there is a processing fee for checking accounts as well. Please click here for a sign-up form for our EFT system. Please contact us for more information.


Note: As of 2020, CECC is encouraging the use of more contactless payments due to health & safety precautions, including: 

• Online payments through our invoices

• Online Bill Pay (set up directly with your bank)

• Through our EFT system

• Over the phone

• ... etc.


In effort to achieve this goal, CECC has decided to TEMPORARILY waive ALL electronic payment processing fees until the end of the 2021-2022 school year (6/30/2022). This applies to all credit/debit card or ACH payments. We will let parents know if we decide to extend this decision into the 2022-2023 school year.

Tuition is due by the 5th of every month. There is a late fee of $50 if tuition is received after the 5th ($30 for After School). If payments are not received by the 15th of the month, your childcare services will be subject to suspension.

Please visit the "Tuition & Financial Aid" tab to learn more about our partnership with Children's Scholarship Fund, who provides scholarships to families in need from Kindergarten Through 5th Grade.

Free lunch is provided to families who qualify under CACFP Income Eligibility Guidelines.

It's delicious! Faculty, staff and students all eat from our cafeteria, where we serve everything from barbeque chicken to Lo mein. Hot breakfast and lunch are available every day, with many healthy snack choices. There are vegetarian options available and we also have "Meatless Mondays" each week. Students can choose to bring lunch from home, or eat available school meals. See a sample menu here!