NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Preschool registration for the upcoming school year is now open.

To be eligible for the free program, kids must turn 3 or 4 years old by Oct. 15, 2017, according to a flier from New Brunswick Public Schools’ Office of Early Childhood Education.

The school district places children in classes on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Pre-K runs 6 hours per day for 10 months. Families who meet certain guidelines may be able to send their children to an extended year-round program through another registration process, according to the district.

As reported last year by TAPinto New Brunswick, New Brunswick’s preschool program uses the Tools of the Mind curriculum, which teaches kids a number of social and educational skills through different activities, like pretending to run a bakery or act as a customer.

Internal studies by the district have shown that kids who attended preschool typically scored 12 points higher on future exams than those who did not.

Parents who wish to enroll their child in preschool for the 2017-18 academic year must schedule an appointment with the school district by calling 732-745-5300, ext. 4060.

Parents who believe their child might be showing signs of learning or developmental disabilities may also request an evaluation.

To enroll their child in the pre-K program, parents must provide their kid’s original birth certificate and immunization record, along with two proofs of their New Brunswick address.