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Greenwich House

Offers, via the Children’s Safety Project,¬†counseling and support services for children, adolescents, young adults, and non-offending family members who are attempting to cope with the aftermath of physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, or other violent crimes. 27 Barrow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014, (212) 242-4140, Ext. 237

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

NYC’s only primary health care center dedicated to meeting health care needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and people living with HIV/AIDS. (212) 271-7200

The Door

offers young people ages 12-21 primary health care, prenatal care and health education, mental health counseling, legal help, GED, ESL, computer classes, tutoring and homework help, college preparation, career help and training, job placement, daily meals, arts, sports and recreation activities. (212) 941-9090

Hetrick-Martin Institute

creates a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth between the ages of 12 and 21 and their families. Offers a comprehensive packages of direct services and referrals. (212) 674-2400

NYC Youthline

a 24-hour free confidential phone service for youth, their families, and concerned service providers. Offers resource directory and referrals to thousands of youth programs, social services and other community resources in local neighborhoods. Fully accessible to people who are hard of hearing or who speak any one of 152 different languages. (800)246-4646

Planned Parenthood Federation

provides quality reproductive health care in a safe, supportive environment.

Inwood House

a leader in teen pregnancy prevention programs, youth development and family support services. Also provides a residence for pregnant and parenting teens in foster care and a Teen Parent Services Center in the Bronx. Serves ages 13-21. (212) 861-4400

Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

provides confidential, comprehensive medical, mental health, family planning, and health education services to young people between the ages of 10-21. (212) 432-3000

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center Community Services for Children and Families

offers medical care, GED classes, assistance with entitlements and housing. Serves ages 12-18.

Union Settlement Association

Offers the East Harlem Teen Health Project, which provides comprehensive age-appropriate, and culturally sensitive sexual health education to area teens. Conducts parent workshops, financial literacy courses,  health living courses and college trips.

Washington Community Center, 1175 Third Avenue at 98th Street


Effective Alternative in Reconciliation Services (EARS)

Teens improve their job preparedness skills, self-esteem and confidence by teaching workshops on conflict resolution, teen dating violence prevention, life skills for foster care teens, peer pressure, and other topics to other young people citywide. (718) 654-4931

Narco Freedom

Alternatives is an outpatient drug abuse program for teens. Bronx (718) 402-9000, Brooklyn (718) 246-5840, Queens (718) 786-9609.
Regenerations is a residential treatment center for women over 18 with children under 9 years old. Bronx (718) 993-2772.


Outpatient and residential services for teen drug abuse. Offers individual, group and family therapy.
Outpatient (631) 351-7112 or (631) 351-7113
Residential (845) 876-4275

The Dome Project

Offers programs for youth in juvenile justice (preventing reincarceration), academic tutoring and college prep programs. 486 Amsterdam Avenue (212) 724-1780

Parent to Parent of New York State

Matches parents with a trained support parent who also has a child with a similar disability, chronic illness, or health care concern. Helps families receive the information and services they need. Can help explain Medicaid Service Coordination. (866) 727-6970

ADHD/ADD Skills Group for Boys 6-10

Organizational and behavioral skills group at Mount Sinai Hospital for boys aged 6-10. Group leader will work with families as well. Support for children’s ability to be organized, pay attention, stay on task, follow directions and more. Emphasis on encouraging self-esteem, cooperation with others and fun. Call Sharon Gordon, MSED, at (212) 241-6127.

Manhattan Mothers and Others

Support group for parents/family/friends of children with special health care needs. Ask about their newsletter. (212) 570-6860

Eihab Children’s Services

connects disabled children to service providers, advocates, helps with entitlements, Medicaid waivers, financial assistance. Care coordination. 222-40 96th Street, Queens Village. (718) 465-8833

Jacobi Medical Center Special Needs Clinic

(718) 918-4027

League for the Hard of Hearing

hearing habilitation and human services agency for children and adults who are hard of hearing, deaf, and deaf-blind. Evaluations, family support and more. Accepts many forms of insurance. 50 Broadway, 6th floor, New York, NY 10004; (917) 305-7700 (voice); (917) 305-7999 (TTY)

United Cerebral Palsy of New York City

This local affiliate of UCP provides direct services, technology and advocacy to children and adults of all ages with cerebral palsy and related disabilities. Services include: early intervention and preschool; evaluation; day care and pre-k; school age education, adult day programs, vocational and supported employment programs, afterschool and weekend recreation programs; summer day camp; assistive technology resources; health care; residential programs; family support services including respite. Call Project Connect at (212) 979-9700.


(877) 377-2017

Autism Society of America

Information for parents of children with autism. Topics include health, education and safety. Search for local events and resources.
Bronx (718) 519-4797
Brooklyn (718) 336-9533
Manhattan (212) 628-0669
Queens (718) 464-5735

Brain Injury Association of NY State

offers community-based services and support for persons with brain injury and their families. Also available are speakers, publications, newsletters, events, safety programs. Family Helpline: (800) 228-8201.

Center for Family Support

Serves children and adults with developmental disabilities with home care, parent training, help with daily tasks such as bathing and meal preparation; parent training; reimbursement of some at-home expenses; respite care for caregivers. Call (212) 629-7939, ext. 212.

Day programs: developmentally disabled persons meet 5 days a week to learn social and living skills that can lead to greater independence and self-esteem. Programs include speech and behavior therapy, crafts, prevocational skills such as volunteer work, as well as recreational outings in the city. Call (212) 629-7939, ext. 284 for more information about this program.

Cerebral Palsy of NY State

a multi-service organization which advocates and provides direct services for persons with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. (212) 947-5770; CP Transport: (718) 205-0906

Easter Seals New York

assistance for children and adults with disabilities and their families, including medical rehabilitation, inclusive child care, camping and recreation, education services (212) 244-6053.

Epilepsy Foundation

helps people to understand the medical and personal issues associated with epilepsy. Adventurers Club sponsors outdoor trips for kids with seizure disorders. Also offers counseling, parent support, peer support, temporary financial help, information and referral. (877)995-9100

Heartshare Human Services

Community organization that providers wide range of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, families in crisis, and people with HIV/AIDS. Programs include school programs, residential services, family support, Medicaid service coordination; foster care and adoption, energy assistance. 60 locations in New York. For More information call (718) 422-4200.

The League for the Hard of Hearing

Information on therapy and hearing devices and a guide to New York City resources for the deaf and hard of hearing. Free hearing screening every Tuesday from Noon to 2pm&Thursday from 4pm to 6 pm. To schedule a screening call (917) 305-7766.
Main numbers: 917-305-7700 (Voice) 917-305-7999 (TTY)

Learning Disabilities Association of New York City

an information and referral service for learning disabilities resources in the five boroughs. Monday-Friday 9-5 pm. Spanish spoken. (212) 645-6730

Lighthouse International

provides services for blind and visually impaired persons. The Child Development Center meets the needs of children from birth to age five; older kids are served by the Youth Services Division, which offers a wide range of educational and recreational activities (888) 222-9320.

Resources for Children with Special Needs

Call for an appointment or log on to search this comprehensive database for services, camps, afterschool programs, and other help. (212) 677-4650

Rhinelander Children’s Center

Saturday programs for deaf and hard of hearing children and teens. (212) 876-0500

SKIP of New York

provides advocacy and service coordination for families who care for their chronically ill, medically fragile, or developmentally disabled children at home. Service Coordinators provide an interface between parents and the health care community. (212) 268-5999


promotes the independence of people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. (212) 625-1616; (888) 245-8333.

Young Adult Institute

A searchable list of more than 100 citywide services for people with developmental disabilities. Respite programs, recreational and cultural activities, mental health services, afterschool programs, camps and more. (212) 273-6182

New York City Department of Homelessness Services

offers information on programs and procedures to follow. Hotline: (718) 402-2156.

Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH)

346 Powers Avenue, Bronx. Open daily 9-5, including holidays. Take #6 train to the Cypress Avenue stop. Or take the #33 bus to 138th Street and Cypress Avenue. For families with children applying for shelter for the first time. Must apply in person.

St. John’s Family Place Center

1630 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn; (718) 771-7720

Coalition for the Homeless

Provides food and housing in times of crisis. Programs include soup kitchen, help with finding permanent housing and job training. Free voicemail is available to keep in touch with employers or landlords. Also offers summercamp for homeless children.
Main Office (212) 776-2000
Bridge Building Program (Housing) (212) 360-6273

Community League of the Heights

Provides a shelter for the homeless, counseling, after school activities, a school, and more. 500 West 159th Street; (212) 795-4779.

Covenant House

Provides services and shelter to homeless pregnant women and young mothers with children. Also programs for homeless youth 18-21. Teen crisis hotline (800) 999-9999. 460 West 41st Street; (212) 613-0300.

Emergency Assistance Unit (EAU) Family Shelter

151 East 151st Street, Bronx (corner of 151&Walton) – the place to go for immediate help or after hours. Open 24/7. Take 2, 4 or 5 train to 149th Street&Grand Concourse. This is the family intake center that determines need for shelter and best course of action. If known to the system, persons may report to their previous shelter. (800) 994-6494.

Administration for Children’s Services

Site contains lots of information on child safety including a video. Or call 311


Great interactive site for kids, parents and teachers containing information, games and good advice about staying safe, including such topics as bullying, cyberspace, gangs, cycling and more.

New York City Department of Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Offers services for families related to lead poisoning, a serious risk for children in our community. Or call 311. To order materials or speak to an information specialist, contact the National Lead Information Center at (800) 424-5323

New York City DOT Child Car Seat Fitting Station

Offers a FREE inspection of an installed child safety seat by appointment; nine out of ten seats are not installed properly. Children’s bike helmets (mandatory in New York) can be checked for proper fit as well. In Manhattan call (212) 442-7672

New York State Quitsite

Secondhand smoke hurts children. Find a free smoking cessation programs near you.
(866) NY-QUITS (866) 697-8487

Poison Control Hotline

Offers instant help if the parent is worried a child has ingested a poison (800) 222-1222

Safe Kids Worldwide

A group seeking to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer or children 14 and under. Information in both English and Spanish. Contains lots of tips for preventing injury.

Stay Safe

Site contains resources on internet safety and security for people of all ages.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

for parents who have questions about the safety of the products their children use, such as cribs and strollers. The USCPSC is committed to protecting the public from products that can injure children. Call or check out the website to find out if there have been recalls of any products or to report an incident or unsafe product (800) 638-2772. You may also e-mail

Window Guard Safety

For families with young children living in or visiting one’s home, the landlord is usually required to install window guards. Call 311 for more information or (877) 692-3647 to lodge a complaint. To obtain information on installing window guards or a copy of the law or educational materials, call the Window Falls Prevention Program at (212) 676-2162

AMT Children of Hope Safe Haven Program

Provides a safe place for a mother to leave her newborn child and not be charged with a crime. The child must be no older than five days old. All hospital emergency rooms, police stations, and fire houses are considered safe havens. No questions asked. Helpline: (877) 796-HOPE (4673)

Your New Baby

Contains lots of information for expectant and new parents, from breastfeeding, back to sleep, immunizations, child development, smoking cessation, and more.

Planned Parenthood Federation of NYC

provides quality reproductive health care in a safe, supportive environment. (212) 274-7200

March of Dimes – NY State Chapter

with the goal of reducing premature births and birth defects, March of Dimes offers the Pregnancy Workshop, a step-by-step program that informs women how to care for themselves and their babies during pregnancy. Offered to Latina women as Comenzando Bien. Young men should call and ask about Project Alpha. 233 Park Avenue South, New York 100003. (212) 353-8353

La Leche League International

A group dedicated to encouraging and supporting breastfeeding. A breastfeeding consultant can direct you to a group in your neighborhood or offer advice over the phone.
(800) LA LECHE (800) 525-3243.

New York Online Access to Health

information on pregancy by topic. Available in English and Spanish.

Postpartum Resource Center of New York

Self-help organization founded to provide emotional support. Information, healthcare and support group referrals to mothers suffering from prenatal and postpartum depression. Online and phone support. (631) 422-2255

Resolve of New York City

Provides support and information for families facing infertility issues. Toll Free Helpline (888)765-2810

Baby College

A valuable nine-week series of child development workshops offered to parents of children between the ages of 0-3. Free. Offered to pregnant or newly parenting residents of Harlem between 116th and 135th Streets and between Madison and Eighth Avenue only. Located at 2039 7th @ 122nd street. (212) 665-9832

Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership

offers outreach, health education, and case management for pregnant, parenting or at-risk teens; referrals, peer education for HIV as well as a pregnancy prevention program. English and Spanish spoken. (212) 665-2600

MIC Women’s Health Services

Onsite clinic provides family planning counseling; condom and other contraceptive distribution; well-woman and prenatal care; HIV and pregnancy testing; referrals for mental health counseling; social services; onsite Medicaid application. West Harlem location. (212) 283-5542

Little Sisters

The family health services program serves mainly East Harlem residents and offers an array of services to families in their own homes and at the center. Services include a maternity outreach program with visiting nurses for pregnant and post-partum women and their children. Also sponsors an early childhood development program, family life program including parenting classes, summer day camp trips for children of clients, and a day care center.

Mount Sinai Medical Center Lactation Specialists

Call the hospital’s breastfeeding ‘warm line’ at (212) 241-6578 and leave a message. A lactation specialist will return your call.

Morris Heights Health Centers

Comprehensive free or low-cost health care centers at five locations in the Bronx. In addition to primary care, centers offer home visits for new mothers and expectant families, HIV programs, a counseling center, helping with filling out insurance and WIC applications, and more. Urgent care hours 5-9 pm. M-Fri; Sat 12-6. Call (718) 716-4400 for an appointment or locations and services.

St. Anthony’s Free Medical Clinic

Offers services to treat problems related to dental and urinary health, women’s issues, immunizations, physical exams, and asthma care. Free. Hours: 9-12; arrive before 9 to register. 421 East 155th Street, Bronx. (718) 401-9705.

Corona Health Center

offers adult medicine, pediatrics, immunizations, sexually transmitted infection testing. Sliding scale fee. Hours: M 11-1. 34-33 Junction Blvd. Jackson Heights. (718) 476-7626

Queens Health Center

offers health care for adults, HIV, children, birth control, prenatal and postnatal care, immunizations, school checkups. 97-04 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica. Sliding fee scale. (718) 657-7088.

Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center

services include care for HIV, dentistry, birth control, nutrition, pre and post-partum care, children, mental health, substance abuse assessment, men’s health, urology, heart, foot and ankle, and eye issues. Sliding scale fee. 1413 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. (718) 636-4500.

CABS Health Center

Offers HIV testing, pediatrics, birth control, pregnancy care, immunizations, checkups. Sliding fee scale. 94-98 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn. (718) 388-0390.

Caribbean House Health Center

offers HIV testing, pediatrics, birth control, pregnancy care, immunizations, checkups. English, Spanish and French spoken. 1167 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn. Sliding fee scale. (718) 778-0198.

Dr. Betty Shabazz Health Center

offers adult medicine, pediatrics, HIV, birth control, prenancy care, mental health, immunizations, school checkups. 999 Blake Avenue, Brooklyn. Call for appointment. Sliding fee scale. (718) 277-8303.

Mobile Health Vans – Comnmunity Healthcare Network

offers family planning, HIV/STD testing, women’s health. Free. Call for hours and locations. (646) 296-1122.

Sister Thea Bowman Family Health Center

offers women’s health, dentistry, pediatricws, eye and foot care, disability services. Sliding fee scale. 1205 Sutter Avenue, Brooklyn. Call for appointment. (718) 647-2600.

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

Provides medical, dental, and social services to the Chinese American community. Serves people of all ages with or without health insurance. Three locations–two in downtown Manhattan and one in Flushing. For more information call (212) 226-8339.


Provides information, guidance and a network to share with other families with children at risk for or suffering from type2 diabetes.

HIV/AIDS Information Outreach Project

This comprehensive site contains information about the many organizations providing HIV/AIDS related services in NYC. Organizations listed provide case management, education, hospice care, law and legal services, mental health and counseling, services for women, children and teens, employment, housing, support groups and more.

NYC HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA)

offers a single entry point for applications, information, referrals for such services as help with housing, insurance, finances, benefits, and much more. For persons with symptomatic HIV or AIDS. Call M-F 9-5 (212) 971-0626.

New York City Free Clinic

offers a wide range of free medical services to the uninsured people of New York City age 18 and older, regardless of immigration status. Hours: Saturday from 9-12:45 pm. When calling for an appointment (no walk in visits at this time), please follow the recorded instructions, spellling your name, with date of birth, and leave a phone number where you can be reached. There may be a small charge for prescription medications. (917) 544-0735.

East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP)

a clinic operated by the students of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine providing primary care to uninsured residents (adults)of East Harlem (zip codes 10029 and 10035)at no cost. 1470 Madison Avenue, between 101 and 102 Streets. Open Saturdays 9-12. For appointments and information, call (646) 942-6519.

Harlem Children’s Health Project (Children’s Health Fund)

for health, dental and other services. 35 East 125th Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10035. (646) 537-4200.

Mount Sinai Department of Dentistry

Provides comprehensive care in all kinds of dentistry for adults and children. To set up an appointment, call (212) 241-7681.

Harlem Children’s Zone Asthma Initiative

Offers a comprehensive program to address the high incidence of asthma in central Harlem. Home visits and a wide variety of services for families with asthma are provided. CHZ’s area extends from 132nd Street to 116th Street, from Eighth to Madison Avenues. 35 East 125th Street, New York, NY 10035. (212) 534-0700.

Institute for Urban Family Health

operates 10 health canters in Bronx and Manhattan for babies, children, and adults. Family doctors care for everyone in the same family. Services include vaccinations, school health exams, care for illnesses such as asthma, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, dental care (in the Bronx), and more. Medicaid and most insurance plans accepted. Sliding fee scale for patients with low income. (212) 924-7744 (Manhattan); (718) 293-3900 (Bronx)

ECHO Free Clinic

Provides health care for uninsured from age 19 and up. More than 300 Einstein school of medicine students, as well as attending physicians, provide medical care, health education and social services. Social workers will enroll children in CHIP (Child Health Plus health insurance)and will try to obtain health insurance for adults. Located at Walton Family Health Center, 1894 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453. Saturday morning hours. Best to make an appointment. (718) 583-3060.

Jacobi Medical Center HIV/AIDS Clinic

(718) 918-4664

Bronx Health Center

offers services for HIV, pediatric, reproductive medicine, prenatal and post partum, immunizations, checkups. Charges depend on ability to pay. M,T,Th,F 9-5; W 12-8; S 9-3. 975 Westchester Ave. (718) 991-9250.

Mobile Health Van

offers women’s health services free of charge: family planning, STD/HIV, mammograms, gynecology. Call for locations and hours: (646) 296-1122.


Open to members of all faiths. Scores of classes for kids, birthday parties, playgroups, afterschool program, parenting workshops and more. East 14th Street. (212) 780-0800

Sinai Parents

A free parenting e-mail group mainly for parents of children infant to 6 years on the Upper East Side and Southeast Harlem as a way to share information and resources. To join, e-mail

Baby College

A valuable nine-week series of child development workshops offered to parents of children between the ages of 0-3. Free. Offered to pregnant or newly parenting residents of Harlem between 116th and 135th Streets and between Madison and Eighth Avenues only. A Harlem Children’s Zone program. (212) 665-9832

Harlem Dowling West Side Center for Children and Family Services

Helps children and their families in crisis and distress. Services include foster care and support for foster parents including teen mothers, adoption, therapeutic placement and supportive housing for youth aging out of foster care. Offers respite and case management services to Harlem families with children with developmental delay. Related preventive services include family preservation, HIV/AIDS services, family support services and after-school programs for children and families in Central Harlem, Washington Heights, Southeast Queens, and Far Rockaway. Parenting classes in English and Spanish. (212) 749-3656

Brooklyn Male Involvement Consortium

Part of the Bed-Stuy Early Childhood Development Corp. Helps African-American men reconnect with their families and communities. 510 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221; (718) 455-4806.

Catholic Charities of Brooklyn&Queens Fatherhood Program

Provides individual&family counseling, visitation, group counseling, parenting skills, budget&financial help, independent living skills training. 52 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237; (718) 628-1905.

Little Flower Children’s Services

Offers foster care prevention services as well as parenting skills classes and more. 186 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201; (718) 260-8840.

Citizens Advice Bureau

key services include low-cost child care, home instruction for preschoolers and their parents, pre-K program, afterschool programs, adolescent career and school career help, summer jobs program, pregnancy prevention, help for families at risk of losing children to foster care, help with benefits, eviction prevention and more. 2054 Morris Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453. (718) 365-0910.

Administration for Children’s Services of NYC (ACS)

Part of NY City government that supports children and families. Assists in becoming foster or adoptive parent.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Website packed with resources for parents, including a guide to finding a pediatrician, preventing injuries, and information sheets on health topics.

Attachment Parenting International

A kid-friendly parent group that provides information and networking for local families. Free monthly meetings on parenting and child development topics with the goal of building strong emotional bonds between parents and kids. Free, but $45 membership fee encouraged. (212) 473-4525

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York (Manhattan&Bronx)

Services include counseling, help in getting benefits, emergency financial aid for rent, utility bills, transportation, food, and clothes. Specific problems such as unplanned pregnancy, substance abuse, mental health, childcare, domestic violence, health care, job training, and immigration issues are handled by this group’s agencies and programs. The staff will meet in person or consult by phone.
(212) 371-1000

Center for Effective Parenting

Website contains loads of parenting information handouts in English and Spanish.

Children’s Aid Society

Provides medical&dental services for women and children, counseling, teen pregnancy prevention, foster boarding homes, winter respite camps for disabled children, programs to help keep families together, early childhood obesity prevention, legal advocacy. (212) 949-4800

Children’s Rights Council

Website for single parents contains information on parental rights, visitation, education, job sources, and more. In Spanish, too.

Fatherhood Initiative Program

offers free parenting workshops to all fathers at locations throughout Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens&Manhattan. Also offers free relationship skills workshops for couples. Participants receive incentives for attendance and completion of workshops. Program can be presented to schools, daycare centers, churches, and social services agencies. For more information, call (718) 963-4430 ext. 4496 or 4501.

New York Foundling Hospital:

Offers family-centered preventive services to help the entire family, among them classes to teach parents and single mothers to care for their new babies and help for parents to overcome addictions and provide for the emotional and physical needs of their families. (212) 633-9300.

Nurse-Family Partnership

a free program for women having their first baby. A qualified, specially trained nurse will visit an expecting mother’s home throughout her pregnancy and continue to visit until the baby is two years old. Nurses help ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby; help babyproof the home; obtain referrals to other support services; model effective parenting skills. Women who are pregnant with their first baby and who are less than 28 weeks pregnant are eligible. The program is now available in Harlem, East New York, Astoria, Coney Island, Staten Island, and the Lower East Side. Call 311 and ask for “Nurse Family Partnership.”

NY State Parent Education&Awareness Program

Are you a parent separating from your spouse or partner or going through a divorce? Contact this program to learn how the breakup affects your children and to learn to make your new family life easier for you and your kids. Trained providers in all counties in NY state. Call (888) 809-2798.

Parent to Parent of New York State

Matches parents with a trained support parent who also has a child with a similar disability, chronic illness, health care concern or help with parenting issues. Helps families receive the information and services they need. Can help explain Medicaid Service Coordination. (866) 727-6970

Parents: The Anti-Drug

Website in many languages to promote awareness of drug use among teens, with advice and information. Get a ‘parenting tips’ newsletter. Sponsored by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.

Room to Grow

Is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their first three years. Clothing, toys, books, and some gear as well as parenting support to qualified parents from the 8th month of pregnancy until age 3. Need a referral from Mount Sinai’s OB/GYN clinic. (212) 620-7800

Welcome to Parenthood: A Family Guide

Information from the State of New York on new parenthood, including information on what life with a new baby is like.

Young Mothers Mentoring Program of Big Brothers Big Sisters

provides female mentors for pregnant and parenting teen mothers ages 19 and under. Mentors offer support, friendship and positive role modeling. The baby can come along on their outings. The pair spends eight hours a month together for a minimum of one year. (212) 686-2042

Little Sisters of the Assumption

Located in East Harlem, Little Sisters provides a range of services including a family life program which offers parenting classes, day camps for children, a day care center, classes in English as a second language, an emergency food pantry, and more. (212) 987-4422

Child Welfare Organizing Project

Offers a free, confidential peer-led support group for NYC parents involved with the local public child welfare system. Held every Wednesday from 11am-1 pm at the East Harlem Neighborhood Center, 80 East 110th Street, between Park and Madison.
(212) 348-3000 Spanish spoken.

Loisaida, Inc.

Serves Lower East Side children and youth. Programs include parenting support groups and a young fathers program. (212) 505-6902

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

click on link for ‘People with Medicare and Medicaid’ at the top of the page (800) 505-5678.

Healthy New York

information on insurance coverage for small businesses and individuals (866) 432-5849.

Institute for Family Health

helps people in the Bronx and Manhattan apply for Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and other government entitlement programs. Spanish spoken. In Manhattan call (212) 924-7744 and ask for “help getting health insurance.” In the Bronx, call (718) 293-3900.

New York Online Access to Health (NOAH)

provides lots of information about health insurance, including New York State programs.

New York Prescription Saver (NYPS) Card

For people age 50-64 years old with income restrictions; for persons under age 50 and have a disability. Free card enables user to get discounted prescriptions. (800) 788-6917.

New York State Insurance Department/Insurance Information for Consumers

describes the different kinds of subsidized insurance plans available to New Yorkers, including PCAP (Prenatal Care Assistance Program), Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and more. Many languages spoken (212) 480-6422.

NYC Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program

helps guide consumers through the health care system–with information, advice, and advocacy on all types of health insurance. Services offered include finding the right health coverage, doctors and specialists to resolving billing problems and questioning or appealing treatment decisions by health plans. Hotline: (212) 614-5400.

Resource Entitlement Advocacy Program (REAP)

a service of Mount Sinai Medical Center, Madison Avenue between 97th and 98th Streets. Provides a central source of information and help to hospital patients and neighborhood residents to apply for Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and other government entitlement programs. Call for appointment. Spanish spoken. (212) 423-2800.

Centers for Reading and Writing

coordinated by the New York Public Library, these classes help adults who have trouble reading and writing to reach their goals and help their communication skills in a student-centered environment. Small group instruction by trained volunteer tutors. (212) 340-0918

English Classes for Speakers of other Languages

sponsored by the New York Public Library. Classes are held at library branches. For information about registration, call M-F 9-5 (212) 340-0918.

Esperanza Family Literacy Program

Esperanza family literacy program offers the entire family the way to improve their reading and writing in English. Learn how to help your child perform better in school. Also offered: ESL classes, childcare for children 0-4, parenting classes, homework help, and more. Open to all immigrant families with at least one child between 4-10 years. 1030 East 178th Street at Boston Road, Bronx. Call (718) 542-0109.

Literacy Assistance Center

provides literacy programs for adults, out-of-school youth, and families. Over 800 programs across NY state provide free and low-cost programs in English for speakers of other languages, adult basic education, and GED preparation.
To find a program in NYC (212) 803-3333.

Literacy Inc. (LINC)

works in low-income neighborhoods to bring local resources together in teams to plan and carry out early partner programs and community literacy events. Connects with literacy groups in every borough. Committed to the idea that every child can read on time. (212) 620-5462

New York City Literacy Programs

The Department of Youth and Community Development coordinates the city’s literacy services.

  • Adolescent Literacy Program – After school program for students in grades 6 and 7, designed to strengthen reading, writing, and communication skills.
  • Adult Literacy Program – Helps adults acquire reading and writing skills.
  • English Language Program – For those who speak little or no English.
  • Family Literacy Program – Offers parents and their school-aged children the opportunity to work together on developing their reading, writing, and English-language skills.

    Inwood Community Services

    In addition to ESL and literacy services, this community-based organization offers youth services such as afterschool and camp programs, mental health counseling, drug/alcohol abuse counseling and other services in English and Spanish.651 Academy Street, 3rd floor; (212) 942-0043.

    Child-Support Enforcement Hotline

    For single moms who are owed child support, the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services will send them a free handbook complete with good advice and all their local contact numbers for help. (877) 696-6775

    Door Legal Services Center

    free legal services for young people ages 12-21 including help with immigration and family court and on such matters as establishing emancipation. (212) 941-9090 ext. 3280.


    Links women who need legal help (domestic violence, custody, child support and more) with no-cost lawyers. New free walk-in clinic in the Bronx on the second Saturday of each month at 2432 Grand Concourse #506. English and Spanish spoken.
    Bronx (718) 562-8181
    Manhattan (212) 695-3800.

    Law Help.Org

    Outstanding gateway site for lower-income New Yorkers to learn about free legal services available in the city. Find lawyers that can help with issues of immigration, public benefits, health, housing and much more. Many languages represented.

    Legal Aid Society

    Provides free legal services to residents of NYC who meet income requirements.
    Main Office: 212-577-3300
    Juvenile Rights Divisions:
    Manhattan (212) 312-2260
    Brooklyn (718) 237-3100
    Queens (718) 298-8900
    Bronx (718) 579-7900
    Staten Island (718) 981-0219

    Legal Health

    offers weekly legal clinics at Mount Sinai pediatric associates and other hospitals and also represents patients in legal matters. Make appointment through child’s pediatric clinic.

    LIFT – Legal Information for Families

    provides legal information to families navigating the family court system. Services include legal resource guides, information hotline, and education and information sites located in the family court buildings in each county. Accepts collect calls from incarcerated parents, answers questions about child support, custody, ACS cases and more. English and Spanish spoken.
    Hotline: (212) 343-1122

    New York Legal Assistance Group

    offers a wide variety of legal services to low-income New Yorkers (212) 613-5000.

    Partnership for Children’s Rights

    Formerly Legal Services for Children.
    Provides free legal help to disadvantaged children in NYC. Can help in finding special education services, Social Security disability benefits. Also provides training and education programs to families in need. Spanish spoken. M-F 10-12 noon. Call to find out what to bring to first appointment.
    (212) 683-7999

    Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division

    Handles cases of neglect and delinquency, represents children in family court proceedings. Spanish spoken. Free. 111 Livingston Street, 8th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201; (718) 250-4270.

    South Brooklyn Legal Services

    Offers free legal help for low-income families in the following areas: employment, childcare, housing, HIV, special education, SSI/disability, taxes, government benefits. Call before coming in. 105 Court Street, 3rd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 237-5500.

    Alianza Dominicana Inc

    Works with the Dominican community to help families break the cycle of poverty and fulfill their potential as members of the global community. Offers GED, ESL, citizenship and computer training classes. (212) 740-1960

    Arab-American Family Support Center

    Provides comprehensive social services to Arab-American families and children and helps Arabic-speaking immigrants to adjust to a new culture; offers legal advice, help with citizenship and green card applications and Special Registration.
    (718) 643-8000

    Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund

    Conducts free multilingual legal advice clinics for new immigrants and low-income Asian-Americans as well as education about their legal rights.
    (212) 966-5932

    Asociacion Tepeyac de New York

    Works with the Mexican community. ESL classes, legal advice, ID cards, employment advice, computer classes and support groups.
    (212) 633-7108

    BOC Network – Refugee Microenterprise Development Project

    Persons who desire to start or expand their own business in NYC and who can provide proof of their refugee/asylum status can get free expert advice from BOC’s trained multilingual counselors. This service has helped people with such businesses as stores, contracting, restaurants, fashion, import/export, internet, child care, and more. (718) 624-9115.

    Catholic Charities of New York

    Assists immigrants and refugees with legal help, case processing, resettlement services, refugee reception, employment help, telephone hotline, information and referral for legal and undocumented aliens, individual case advocacy, general education emergency assistance and outreach. (212) 371-1000.

    Chinese Progressive Association

    Supports immigrant rights education, counseling and advocacy, English and citizenship classes, lead poisoning and environmental issues outreach, social activities, youth internship program. (212) 274-1891

    Chinese-American Planning Council

    Offers comprehensive and accessible benefits for low-income residents and non-English speaking immigrants in the primarily Chinese neighborhoods. Services include job training and placement; medical, housing, education and legal advice.
    (212) 941-0030

    Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

    Only children’s advocacy organization for Asian-American community, serving children to age 22. Works with the East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian communities, challenges stereotypes about Asian Americans, connects communities and policy makers, empowers parents to advocate for their children. Website provides directory of services targeted to Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Vietnamese persons. (212) 809-4675.

    Haitian Americans United for Progress

    Primarily serves the Haitian community but is open to all NYC residents. Offers information and referral services for immigration and other legal issues. Also offers ESL, citizenship, computer and literacy classes. (718) 377-1745

    Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan NY

    Undocumented residents (adult and youth) can come for resettlement assistance and cultural transitioning help. Asian Minors program helps unaccompanied youth from Asia and other areas find homes with relatives or sponsors. Holds support groups. Helps with green card. (212) 265-1826.

    Union Settlement Association

    Serves mostly East Harlem residents, offering free classes in ESL (English as a Second Language), GED (General Education Development), Basic Education in Spanish (reading and writing in Spanish for native speakers in preparation for continuing studies), Home Health Aide (a full-time program) and basic computers.

    Office of Adult Education, 237 East 104th Street


    Caribbean Women’s Health Association

    provides legal, counseling, support, and educational services designed to foster family unification, assist immigrants in becoming American citizens, and help families access needed services, adjust to their environment, and resolve immigration problems. Multi-lingual, professional staff also work with CWHA’s social support programs to connect clients with housing, educational, entitlement, employment, family support, and health services. (718) 868-4746

    Haitian Centers Council, Inc.

    Various locations serving the Haitian community. Offers services for immigration/refugee assistance and citizenship education. (718) 855-0972

    Asian Americans for Equality

    offers open access and computer literacy programs for adults and children–in English, Mandarin, Cantonese&Spanish. Free for kids, low-cost for adults. Also offers housing legal help, immigration and naturalization services, health care access, food stamps enrollment and benefits advice. (212) 979-8988; Queens: (347) 438-0062

    Filipino American Human Services

    Improves social conditions and enhances self-reliance of vulnerable segments of Filipino-American community in NYC, particularly youth, women, recent immigrants, and the elderly. Offers youth development, case management, counseling, domestic violence prevention, health outreach. (718) 532-9606

    African Cultural Center Inc.

    Dedicated to offering artistic and educational programs of African culture for economically disadvantaged youth and providing immigrants with resources that will help them adjust to life in the U.S. (646) 383-4991

    Upwardly Global

    organization that brings highly qualified immigrants and progressive employers together. Jobseekers must be already permanent residents of the U.S. and work-authorized. Help is offered in resume writing, interviewing, and networking.401 Broadway (near Canal St.) Suite 800; (212) 219-8828.

    Arab American Association of New York

    Founded after 9/11, this agency provides services to members of this community including counseling, access to healthcare (for documented and undocumented persons), transportation and interpretation help, legal and immigration help, after-school tutoring and more. Although focusing its attention on Arab-Americans, no low-income or immigrant person will be turned away. 7111 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn (718) 745-3523

    Caribbean Immigrant Services

    Information and referral on citizenship and legal issues, mental health and social services. Open M-F 10-6 pm. 15905 Hillside Avenue, second floor, Jamaica, NY 11432; (718) 523-2861.

    Puerto Rican Family Institute

    offers culturally and linguistically sensitive services to the Latino community Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan. Mental health, case management, foster care prevention, Head Start and other services. Of special note is the Fatherhood Initiative Program; workshops for fathers and couples are conducted in English and Spanish. For the Fatherhod Program call (718) 963-4430, ext. 496. For all other Puerto Rican Family Insitute services and locations call (212) 924-6320.

    Haitian Americans United for Progress

    Offers many services including Medicaid service coordination, services for developmentally disabled children including respite care, afterschool programs, help with health insurance, parenting classes, health education. 221-05 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights, NY 11411 (718) 527-3776.

    New York Immigration Hotline

    Referrals in several languages. (800) 566-7636

    Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA)

    Helps immigrants find out which city services they can access, helps locate community groups with staff who speak their language; provides information about pending applications from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Call 311

    New York Association for New Americans

    Assists new immigrants and their families in every aspect of their lives, from education and healthcare to legal advice and job placement. Programs include refugee resettlement, citizenship and ESL classes, legal services, job training and placement. (212) 425-2900.

    US Citizenship and Immigration Services

    Provides information and help on matters concerning immigration services and benefits.
    (800) 375-5283

    U.S. Immigration Support

    Download applications for green card lottery, visas, citizenship papers, sponsoring relatives and more. Site available in English and Spanish. Not part of the U.S. government.

    NYC Public Advocate’s Guide to Benefits for Immigrants

    Multilingual guide to accessing public benefits for immigrants in New York City. Very useful and comprehensive.

    Eviction Intervention Services

    A nonprofit housing organization for people who live on the East Side of Manhattan. Two evenings a week EIS offers housing advice to low-income residents and helps with Jiggetts applications. Other services include legal advice, anti-eviction help for woman-headed families, declutter homelessness prevention, tenant education workshops, housing maintenance repairs and followup. Located on ground floor of Lexington United Methodist Church between Lexington and Third Aves.
    (212) 308-2210.

    Coalition for the Homeless

    Provides several programs to prevent homelessness, such as a rental assistance program which provides a monthly stipend to defray the expense of housing, coupled with case management to create a plan for being financially self-sufficient. The Scattered Site Housing Program offers permanent housing, personal support, and services to homeless persons and families living with HIV/AIDS. The Bridge Building program provides apartments for women and children, many of whom need housing in order to reunited with children in foster care. (212) 776-2000.

    Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood Association (RENA)

    Provides housing and community service programs where people can learn about tenant rights, receive assistance with housing benefits, organize tenant associations, and teach tenants how to improve their buildings.544 West 157th Street; (212) 234-2285.

    Emergency Assistance Unit


    Brooklyn Housing and Family Services

    Contact this group for help with your housing issues. Brooklyn Tenants’ Council, 415 Albemarle Road, Brooklyn 11218; (718) 435-7585.

    Common Ground

    Offers affordable housing for working theater professionals and the formerly homeless, some of whom live with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, or physical disabilities. Supportive services are offered. Buildings offer amenities such as rehearsal space, exercise rooms, computer labs, rooftop terraces, and laundry facilities. Go to the website to download an application for the building of interest. Only studio apts. available.

    Good Shepherd Services

    offers community group residences and supportive housing throughout Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan. Call (212) 243-7070 for more information.

    Progress of People’s Management – Family Housing Program

    Write to indicate interest in family housing or call the number, which is updated daily. Progress of People’s Management, Attn: Family Housing, 191 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201; (718) 722-6079.

    Brooklyn Community Housing and Services

    Provides safe, clean supportive housing for formerly homeless children and families. 105 Carlton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205; (718) 625-0635.

    Catholic Charities

    Rental assistance program. Prefer phone calls rather than walk-ins. Harlem: (212) 694-3939; Lower Manhattan: (212) 777-3111; Central Office: (212) 371-1000.

    Midtown Center: St. John the Baptist, 210 West 31st Street; (212) 564-9070.

    Brooklyn and Queens: (718) 722-6000.

    City of New York

    All buildings are required by law to maintain apartments in safe, livable condition and to provide heat from October 1-May 31 and hot water all year. Report problems to 311

    Eviction Prevention (Community Service Society of NY)

    Rental assistance in five boroughs. M-F, 9-5 pm. No Walk-ins. 105 East 22nd Street, Room 409; (212) 614-5351.

    Jiggetts for Families

    Available for some families on public assistance. Provides a monthly rent supplement (in addition to the regular shelter allowance) and may pay all back rent. To apply, call the Center for Housing Assistance (CHAT) Center at (212) 666-8401 or (212) 894-8094.

    Homelessness Prevention Services

    If you’re at risk of becoming homeless, your first step should be to call the City of New York helpline at 311. Out of the city call (212) NEW YORK.

    New York City Housing Authority

    Call for answers to public housing questions. Find out what programs may be helpful. Closed Wednesdays. Dial 311 in New York City.

    Application offices:

    Brooklyn/Staten Island – (718) 250-5900
    Bronx – (718) 329-7859
    Manhattan/Queens – (212) 828-7100

    New York City Affordable Housing Resource Center

    Join the housing lottery. For information call the Affordable Housing Hotline at 311.

    Rental Arrears Grants for Families

    NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) can help tenants who have legal possession of an apartment or applicants who have been evicted but whose landlords are willing to re-rent the apartment to you. This program may pay back rent through a ‘rental arrears grant.’ Call 311 to reach the HRA Job Center and ask for a rental arrears grant

    Tenant Support Services

    Provides many services for families in NYC managed buildings to prevent homelessness. Provide referrals to helping agencies, classes on family and life skills issues such as parenting, health, nutrition, home and money management. (212) 863-5777.

    Healthy Neighborhoods Program

    Operated by the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Addresses health issues like asthma, home injuries, lead poisoning. Will make home visits, work with landlords to correct unhealthy building conditions, make referrals to helping agencies and medical care. All services free. (212) 360-5980

    Listing of Landlords

    These landlords are accustomed to working with Section 8 housing vouchers and might be a good place to start in your search for an apartment in New York City.

    Neighborhood Preservation Project

    Provides advice and legal help to New Yorkers threatened with loss of housing; also helps with public benefits issues when these impact ability to pay rent. From 2-4:30 on Wednesdays and Fridays (212) 417-3700


    Helps families avoid homelessness by solving problems that can lead to loss of housing. Offers family mediation, landlord mediation, household budgeting help, legal services, financial help, household repairs and more. (917) 492-1019

    Supportive Housing Network of New York

    Information on what’s available in single occupancy residences. Click on the comprehensive “Guide to Supportive Housing Resources in New York.” (212) 870-3303

    The Door

    Its legal services center may help those in foster care ready to live on their own obtain a housing subsidy to help pay a portion of rent.
    (212) 941-9090, ext. 3280.

    Mortgage Payment Assistance Hotline

    For families falling behind on mortgage payments, this national agency will work with a family’s mortgage company to arrange a plan to catch up missed payments. Housing counselors will discuss all options available to avoid losing your home. The agency does not make loans or buy property. (800) 750-8956

    Pathways to Housing

    provides help to those suffering from mental illness or substance abuse find and keep apartments. Sobriety is not necessary for obtaining housing. Helps to ensure that apartment repairs and emergencies are handled. Provides support and treatment to clients. 55 West 125th Street, 10th floor. (212) 289-0000.

    Federal Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

    Website with information on how to apply for WIC benefits and programs. For local WIC office in New York call (800) 522-5006

    City of New York

    Family guide website on getting help with nutrition programs such as WIC, food stamps, and reduced price school meals (breakfast, lunch, after-school snacks) as well as meals in the summer. Call 311

    Council on the Environment of New York City (Greenmarkets)

    Sponsor of the city’s Greenmarkets which bring fresh fruits, vegetables, and other fresh items straight from the farm to New Yorkers. Site contains a map of all Greenmarkets in the city, including the Mount Sinai one at Madison Avenue and 99th Street, which is held from July through November on Fridays from 8-5.

    Food Bank NYC

    An organization that services community food programs throughout the city. Their website has a searchable agency directory of food pantries and soup kitchens.

    For emergency food help, call (866) NYC-FOOD. English, Spanish and Russian; press 8 for Food and Hunger Hotline.

    Food Help Hotline

    For referrals to food pantries and soup kitchens all over the city, call (866) 888-8777.

    State of New York – Department of Health

    Department of Health nutrition home page with information on WIC, farmer’s market programs, and community nutrition programs. Hotline provides confidential information and referral 24/7 in English and Spanish.
    (800) 522-5006

    New York State Childhood Obesity Prevention Program

    website contains information on community-based programs aimed at preventing overweight/obesity.

    Community Kitchen of West Harlem

    Operates a daily 4-6 pm dinner program at no cost. Families can also pick up prepared food to take home for their children. Also operates Culinary Training Program which trains people for entry-level positions in the food service industry. An Entitlements Clinic assists people with their income taxes, eviction prevention and other issues related to housing. Located at 252 West 116th Street.

    Community League of the Heights

    This community based organization offers a food pantry serving 1000 families per month; open daily from 1-3 pm. 500 West 159th Street, New York, NY 10032; (212) 795-4779.

    Food Program Locator

    Enter your zip code to find convenient food assistance in your neighborhood. More than 1000 programs in the five boroughs are listed.

    Good Shepherd Church

    108 Cooper Street (take A train to 207th St); Sat. 9-10:30. Bring ID. (212) 567-1300.

    Fortune Society – Help for Formerly Incarcerated

    Helps formerly incarcerated men and women successfully reenter the community, through housing, counseling, drug treatment, family/legal services. To receive help, go to the drop in center on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from 8-9 am at 29-76 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, Queens.

    Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

    Offers a full-service career center for low and moderate income people who need a job or to advance their career. Also helps with crisis intervention and training for jobs in accounting, medical billing, and healthcare (paramedic, nurse, physician assistant). Call (212) 453-9520.

    New York City Employment and Training Coalition

    The NY City training program database. Look for a job or a specific kind of educational or job training program. (212) 253-6873

    NY State Department of Civil Service

    How to find out about working for the government in New York State and taking the civil service exam. (877) NYS-JOBS

    New York State Department of Labor Workforce

    Information on unemployment benefits, career services, and more. (800) HIRE- 992

    NEW/Nontraditional Employment for Women

    Helps women find skilled blue-collar jobs in fields dominated by men. These jobs offer more opportunity for good wages and benefits that those traditionally held by women. (212) 627-6252

    Henry Street Settlement Workforce Development Center

    Comprehensive range of job training, placement and retention services for adults and youth. Daytime and evening courses. (212) 478-5400

    Strive – program for Women Only

    Offering a free training program in three fields of work where there’s a demand for skilled workers in computer networks, office operations, and customer service/retail sales. Preference given to women on or eligible for public assistance. Contact Strive East Harlem Employment Services, 240 East 123rd Street in Manhattan; (212) 360-1100.


    Helps people prepare for the job they want. Offers job search resources, career counseling, interviewing advice, resume help, job placement and GED and ESL classes and vouchers for job training. Offices in all boroughs.
    Manhattan: (917) 493-7000

    YWCA of the City of New York: Re-Entry Employment Program

    for displaced homemakers. Helps women compete in the job market. Provides women with the opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and confidence to enter or reenter the workforce and thus support themselves and their families. (212) 735-9573.

    Dress for Success

    Offers services to help clients enter the workforce and stay employed. Each client receives one suit when she has a job interview and a week’s worth of separates when she gets the job. The Professional Women’s Group program then provides ongoing support to help the client build a successful career. (212) 684-3611

    STRIVE – East Harlem Employment Service

    provides help to young adults who have had trouble finding and keeping a job. Highly successful program offers job training, placement. East 123rd Street location. (212) 360-1100

    Osborne Association

    Programs for people involved in the criminal justice system including employment and training services, prison re-entry, and family services. (718) 707-2600

    Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corp

    Helps people obtain and keep stable jobs. Offers work supports like child care referrals, job skills training, and credit and career counseling.
    (718) 839-1100

    Highbridge Funds

    979 Ogden Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452. Food pantry, GED/ESL/Citizenship Certificate program. Job training, job preparation. Northern Manhattan also served. Call ahead. (718) 293-4352.

    Good Shepherd Services

    sponsors educational support services and transfer high schools throughout Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn. Call (212) 243-7070 for more information.

    Advocates for Children of New York

    AFC’s Education Helpline provides answers to your school-related questions, including:

    * the best school programs for a child;
    * options for a student in need of medical accommodations;
    * school transfers;
    * special education evaluations, programs, services;
    * promotional standards and timing of specialized high school exams;
    * options available in bilingual education and ESL;
    * school discipline and suspension issues
    English and Spanish spoken.
    (212) 947-9779

    Alternative High Schools and Programs

    offers information on the various alternative schools in NYC, GED programs, adult education and more.

    Association for the Help of Retarded Children

    offers general and educational advocacy services to people of all ages with developmental disabilities who are experiencing difficulty accessing services or have problems with services being rendered. Generally provides assistance with education related issues but may help with other issues as well. Provides training for parents and professionals. (212) 780-2500.

    Cornerstone Learning Center, Inc.

    Provides tutoring, workshops on school, college, career and life skills and a week-long college tour out of the city. Academic summer day camp for middle school students. Helps kids improve their academic skills through the efforts of volunteer tutors. West 65th Street location. (212) 362-3920

    Head Start of New York City

    NY School District preschool program designed to meet each child’s individual needs in a developmentally appropriate setting. Also concentrates on family-focused health, nutrition, and social services.

    Find answers to homework questions! New site contains study guides, tips for writing research papers, online calculator, guides to best books, websites, magazines, printable library card application, links to “Ask a Librarian” and “Dial-A-Teacher” for live and online homework help.

    Inside Schools

    From registration to graduation, everything you need to know about the NYC school system. Includes parent discussion forum and a section on where to get help. Information on gifted programs as well. Sponsored by Advocates for Children. Helpline: (212) 947-9779. Many languages spoken.

    Liberty Partnerships Program Barnard College

    Academic and social supportive services to intermediate, middle, junior or senior high school students who need help to complete high school. Broad range of comprehensive services to increase students’ desire to learn and their abilities, with the goal of entering college or the work force. (212) 854-7520

    Literacy Assistance Center

    Provides information about literacy programs for adults, out of school youth and families. Free and low-cost programs in ESL, adult education and GED preparation. (212) 803-3300

    Living for the Young Family through Education

    Provides comprehensive services to meet the needs of teenage parents who wish to stay in school or resume their education. Provides a school-based child care program for the babies of teenage parents. (212) 348-0608

    National Center for Learning Disabilities

    NCLD’s mission is to increase public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities, conduct educational programs, and provide national leadership in shaping public policy. Site includes information on types of learning disabilities and how to obtain and advocate for services. (888) 575-7373

    New York City Dept. of Education

    This site provides everything everyone might want to know about the Department of Education. Lots of information for parents, students, educators, including a complete listing of public schools by region, Special Education District 75, alternative high schools and programs, charter schools, high school directory, new schools, summer school and more. Call 311.

    New York Public Library

    Free classes in English for speakers of other languages are offered at 20 branches in association with the Riverside Language Program. (212) 340-0918

    U.S. Department of Education

    Many resources just for parents, from preparing one’s child for school to finding schools, helping children read, special needs.

    East Side House Settlement

    services include child care and Head Start programs; educational, recreational and drug abuse prevention programs. Building on the success of its educational work, has created a high school for young people in the South Bronx who aspire to higher education. Also programs for families and the elderly. 337 Alexander Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (718) 665-5250

    United Community Centers

    offers service programs to residents of East New York including preschool and afterschool youth education, health and HIV prevention. Evening programs include adult ESOL classes, citizenship training, basic education, computer skills. 613 New Lots Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207 (718) 649-7979

    ACE Integration Head Start

    An early childhood education program for low-income children in Bushwick. A child-centered approach, this program integrates children with disabilities into the classroom. Enhances readiness for school while providing social services to families. 1419-23 Broadway, Brooklyn; (718) 443-3917.

    NY State Parent Education and Awareness Program

    Are you a parent separating from your spouse or partner or going through a divorce? Contact this program to learn how the breakup affects your children and to learn to make your new family life easier for you and your kids. Call (888) 809-2798.

    Early Childhood Direction Centers

    Provide information and referral to families with children 0-5 years of age with or suspected of having a developmental disability. There is no charge for their service. They know where the schools are, the therapists, and much more and can be a lifeline to families. There is one in each borough and a total of 13 throughout NY State.

    Manhattan: (212) 746-6175
    Bronx: (718) 584-0658
    Brooklyn: (718) 437-3794
    Queens: (718) 374-0002, ext. 465
    Staten Island: (718) 226-6385

    Head Start

    Head Start and Early Head Start offer development programs for children from birth to 5 years old from low income families. The website gives information on how to apply to Head Start and has a locator to help find a program in your area.

    Mount Sinai Therapeutic Nursery

    An early intervention treatment program serving children from 12 months to five years of age. Two programs help the social and emotional development of the child through special instruction, behavior management, speech/language therapy, and play therapy. The Early Intervention Program meets three half days per week (ages 1-3) while the second program meets after school (ages 3-5). The preschool program also provides a parent support and education group. For more information, please contact Mona Dreier at (212) 241-6878.

    New York State Department of Health Early Intervention Services

    part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. To be eligible for services, the child must be under 3 years old and have a confirmed disability or established developmental delay in one or more of the following areas: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, adaptive. This site provides links to a brochure, parent’s guide, publications, an the program’s mission and goals. Go to section on ‘family and community health’ on right, then click on early intervention under ‘infants and children.’ (212) 219-5213

    Violence Intervention Program

    For women and their children who have been victims of domestic violence (either physical or mental), particularly Latinas. This agency offers counseling, case management, safe housing and supportive services. Call the bilingual 24-hour hotline (800) 664-5880. All services are free, confidential, and completely bilingual (English/Spanish). Check out the website for useful information about what constitutes abuse.

    The Hope Line (La Linea de la Esperanza)

    provides social services to domestic violence victims and others, including clothes, food, financial guidance, referrals to domestic violence shelters, immigration work and more. 421 East 155th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 (718) 402-1212

    Family Justice Center

    One-stop center for victims of domestic violence; clients need only to go to one office to have all their needs met. 350 Jay Street, 15th floor; (718) 250-5111.

    Safe Homes Project

    For those being hurt by their partners, threatened, abused, controlled, put down, isolated. Free and confidential services in English and Spanish. Offers individual counseling, support groups, safety planning, legal advocacy and referrals. Call the hotline (718) 499-2151 M-F, 9-5 pm.

    African American Planning Commission, Inc.

    Offers information on housing and support services, electronic forums for people affected by domestic violence. (718) 218-7254

    Day One

    provides help for victims of domestic or dating violence ages 18-28. (212) 566-8120

    Domestic Violence Hotline

    (800) 621-HOPE (4673) Bilingual
    (800) 810-7444 Hearing Impaired

    DV Guide

    Comprehensive listing of resources for those affected by domestic violence, including websites to assist with finding shelter or housing/relocation, legal advice, counseling, lock and document replacement.

    Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation

    A website for adults and kids containing information and resources coping with domestic violence.

    National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza)

    A group of nationally recognized advocates, community activists, practitioners, researchers, and survivors of domestic violence all working together to end domestic violence in Latino communities.
    (646) 672-1404 (800) 342-9908
    English and Spanish website

    New York Asian Women’s Center

    Provides direct services (safe shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy) in language and culturally appropriate settings. Languages include Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and other Asian languages. Serves undocumented persons.
    (888) 888-7702

    New York State Attorney General’s Office

    Contains advice, phone numbers, and important steps for people in an abusive relationship to take.
    (800) 771-7755

    Safe Horizon

    Provides support, prevents violence, promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. Services include counseling and support groups, legal help, shelter, practical and financial assistance.
    (800) 621-HOPE (4673) Bilingual

    Sakhi for South Asian Women

    Confidential advocacy, referral, support services for battered South Asian Women. For Asian Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Pakistani and Sri Lankan women. (212) 868-6741

    Sanctuary for Families

    Dedicated to the safety, healing and self-sufficiency of battered women and their children. Offer such services as shelter, legal help, and counseling. English: (800) 942-6906; Spanish: (800) 942-6908;
    Gay and Lesbian: (212) 714-1141

    Victim Services Agency

    (800) 247-8035
    (718) 923-4325

    Women’s Law.Org

    state-by-state legal information for women living with or escaping domestic violence. Use pull-down menu on left to access information by state. Find out about obtaining an order of protection, custody laws, divorce. English and Spanish versions.

    Child Care Inc.

    Provides child care referrals, information about what to look for from a child care provider, how to train to become a provider and more. Resource and referral line: (212) 929-4999.

    Committee for Hispanic Children and Families

    Parent counselors can help with day care referrals. (212) 206-1090.

    Day Care Council of NY Inc.

    Find child care in your area. (212) 206-7818.

    New York City Bureau of Day Care

    Comprehensive information on finding and choosing day care for all ages of children. Information for providers too. (212) 676-2444.

    New York City Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium

    Services include resources and referrals to help parents access quality child care, training, technical assistance, fingerprinting, and support to help child care programs. Also provides answers to child care questions and help with applying for child care subsidies. (888) 469-5999.

    YMCA of New York

    Child care programs in 14 locations include nursery school, preschool and pre-K. Scholarships available. (212) 630-9600.

    YWCA of New York

    Child care provided in their early learning centers. (212) 755-4500.

    Chinese-American Planning Council

    Twelve day care and after school centers as well as many other social services for Chinese-speaking people. (212) 941-0030.

    Child Care Subsidy Hotline

    When daycare costs are too high, there is help. The National Association of Child Care Resources is a federally funded agency that provides helpful information about financial help in your local area. Call (800) 424-2246

    Child Development Support Corporation

    assists Brooklyn families by helping them find quality child care, emergency food, training in becoming a child care provider, youth services, emergency food, and more. Spanish services too.

    Union Settlement Association

    sponsors six child care locations in East Harlem emphasizing quality–Head Start, wholesome meals, health services, and more. 237 East 104th Street, New York, NY 10029 (212) 828-6000.

    Child Care Aware

    Information on finding quality child care in your area, with information on costs and much other helpful information. Simply enter your zip code to find your local referral source. (800) 424-2246.

    New York State Child Abuse Hotline

    Accepts calls 24/7 from mandated reporters and the public of suspected child abuse, neglect or maltreatment. Click on links at right of homepage. Information is available in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Arabic. (800) 342-3720.

    Mount Sini Parent&Child Trauma Family Program

    This research program helps kids and families cope with sexual abuse through cognitive-behavioral therapy. The four-month program involves girls and their non-offending parent and offers in-depth education about abuse, coping and safety skills in addition to treatment. Evaluation and treatment free of charge. Girls aged 11-14 who have experienced sexual abuse are eligible. Other restrictions apply. Call (212) 659-8698 for more information.

    Prevent Child Abuse New York

    A statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse. Information in English and Spanish on parenting, discipline, safety and preventing abuse. 24-hour prevention and parent helpline (800) 342-7472.

    SAVI – Seeking Safety Treatment Group

    Mount Sinai’s Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program is sponsoring a 12-week free and confidential treatment program for adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse with self-harming behaviors such as substance abuse, cutting, eating disorders. It will be held Tuesdays from 3-4:30 pm at Mount Sinai. Call (212) 241-7394 for more information and to register.

    Child Welfare Organizing Project

    Offers free, confidential peer-led support groups for NYC parents involved with the local public child welfare system. Held every Wednesday from 11 am-1 pm at the East Harlem Neighborhood Center, 80 East 110th Street, between Park and Madison. Spanish spoken. (212) 348-3000.

    Covenant House

    Offers emergency food, clothing, and shelter to all children who come to their crisis center. 460 West 41st Street in Manhattan. (212) 613-0300

    Hale House

    Provides a safe place for children birth to age for while parents stabilize their personal lives. West Harlem location. Call and ask for the family advocate. (212) 663-0700

    Cardinal McCloskey Family Outreach Center

    Provides services to families at risk of having children removed and placed in foster care. Also offers day care, food pantry, foster care, adoption services and services for children with special needs. For families in the Bronx and East Harlem. (718) 542-0255

    Jacobi Medical Center Child Protection

    (718) 918-4013

    Little Flower Children’s Services

    Offers family day care, adoption services, independent living preparation for teens in foster care, parenting skills classes, foster care prevention and more. 186 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201; (718) 260-8840.

    Child Help USA

    A national group with a 24-hour hotline for parents and professionals on abuse prevention and counseling services. (800)-4-AChild

    Harlem Dowling Services

    2090 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., 7th floor; M-F 8:30-6 pm. Rental assistance, foster care/adoption services, domestic violence prevention, HIV services. Walk-ins allowed. (212) 749-3656

    Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services

    Offers wide range of mental and social services for families and children. (212) 582-9100
    24-hour helpline: (212) 532-2400

    Mount Sinai Medical Center, Child and Family Support Program

    A multidisciplinary team that evaluates and treats children of all ages who are referred with a concern of physical or sexual abuse or neglect. (212) 241-4086

    New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)

    Protects children from abuse and neglect and provides neighborhood-based services to help children grow up in safe, permanent homes with strong families. Call this number to report a case of suspected abuse/neglect and to find information on preventive services, teen pregnancy/parenting services, child support enforcement, day care, foster parenting, and abuse prevention programs.
    (877) KIDSNYC (212) 341-0900

    New York Foundling Hospital

    Offers child abuse/foster care prevention services, including respite care for overwhelmed parents. (212) 633-9300

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    A free 24-hour service supported by the federal government. Call (800) 273-TALK.

    SAVI – Seeking Safety Treatment Group

    Mount Sinai’s Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program is sponsoring a 12-week free and confidential treatment program for adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse with self-harming behaviors. It will be held Tuesdays from 3-4:30 pm at Mount Sinai. Call (212) 241-7394 for more information and to register.

    Substance Abuse Hotline

    A federal helpline which will provide referral for services in your area. (800) 662-HELP.

    Inwood Community Services

    provides a wide range of services for neighborhood residents: mental health, ESL, literacy programs for adults, youth services such as after school programs and day camp, drug/alcohol counseling and more. English and Spanish spoken. 651 Academy Street, 3rd floor. (212) 942-0043.

    Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center

    Child and family services include outpatient mental health services, family support and case management. Also offers PACT – a bilingual program for ‘at risk’families.
    Child, Adolescent and Family Services 718-960-0389
    Rev. David Casella Children’s Services (DCCS) 718-933-1500
    PACT 718-960-0224

    Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center

    (AKA Emma L. Bowen Community Center) – provides comprehensive services in a caring environment. Bilingual staff of 160 healthcare providers serves children through adults with a broad range of mental health issues. (212) 694-9200.

    Mount Sinai Child&Adult Psychiatry Family Therapy Program

    Family therapy is available through the Child and Adult Psychiatry Department for adults and children who receive their medical care at Mount Sinai. Generally, patients should live in zip codes 10128 or 10029 and have either Medicare, Medicaid or 1199 insurance. Note: the zip code rule may be waived in certain cases. If an adult is the primary patient call, with the social worker, (212) 241-7181; if a child is the primary patient, call (212) 241-7175.

    Compassionate Friends Manhattan Chapter

    provides friendship and understanding to bereaved parents and their families who have experienced the death of a child at any age from any cause. TCF assists families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child and provides information to help others be supportive. Support group meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm at Marble Collegiate Church, 3 West 29th Street (off Fifth Avenue). Meetings are open to parents, grandparents and adult siblings of children who have died at any age or from any cause. (212) 217-9647. Visit the website for moderated online chat schedules.

    Ackerman Institute for the Family

    offers family therapy which brings together family members to solve their shared problems. Also sponsors the Center for Children and Relational Trauma and other programs. (212) 879-4900.

    Asian LifeNet

    offers toll free and confidential crisis intervention and referral services for mental health and substance abuse programs for Asian-language speaking metropolitan NY residents (Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Fujianese). Bilingual specialists will help callers find the best resources for their needs. Also offers seminars on stress reduction, anxiety and depression screening. Hotline hours M-F 6am-10 pm, Sat-Sun 12 noon-midnight. (877) 990-8585

    A Caring Hand – Billy Esposito Foundation Bereavement Center

    Free-standing comprehensive bereavement center in Manhattan. Offers individual evaluation and help for grieving indiviuals as well as 8-week group bereavement sessions for children, teens, and caregivers. Free of charge. Call for information and help. (212) 229-2273.

    Compassionate Friends

    assists families in resolving grief after the death of a child of any age and provides information to help others be supportive. Sibling resources, online chat. Support groups in English and Spanish in NYC. Call for the location of the nearest chapter(877)969-0010.

    Families Together in New York State

    offers lots of information, resources for families of children with emotional and behavioral challenges; moderated chat. Toll-free referral line (888) 326-8644.

    Institute for Urban Family Health

    offers individual and family therapy and psychiatry at health centers in the Bronx (for adults and children 5 years old and up) and in Manhattan for adults and teens age 16 and up. (718) 293-3900 (Bronx); (212-924-7744 (Manhattan)

    Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services

    offers broad range of mental health services for parents and children’evaluation and assessment, crisis intervention, psychotherapy, psychological testing, program for bereaved children and their caregivers, play therapy, therapeutic nursery. Helpline – someone to listen, someone to care 24/7: (212) 582-9100. Youth Counseling League (for teens): (212) 481-2500.

    To guide parents through the process of obtaining emotional health services for their children in Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx call (212) 632-4668; Brooklyn (718) 859-4500, ext. 111; Queens (646) 483-7859.

    Jewish Child Care Association

    Services for children with mental health diagnoses. 3003 Avenue H, Brooklyn, NY 11210; (718) 859-4500.

    Loss and Bereavement Program for Children and Adolescents

    provides bereavement groups designed to help children and adolescents cope with the death of a parent or caretaker. These groups are held at Jewish Board of Family Counseling Services throughout the city. Individual and group counseling are also available for surviving caretakers. (212) 632-4692

    Mental Health Association of New York – LIFENET

    runs family support programs, helps families receive up-to-date information and referrals, provides in-home respite care for parents of children with mental health issues. Programs for teens too. (212) 964-5253. LifeNet: for mental health crisis or emergency, hotline 24/7, provides free, anonymous help in three languages: (800) LifeNet (English); (877) Ayudese (Spanish); (877) 990-8585 (Asian).

    Mental Health America

    Find a support group in your area or online for just about any mental health issue. Call (800) 273-TALK.

    Metropolitan Center for Mental Health

    On the Upper West Side of Manhattan, provides a wide range of mental health services including individual and group psychotherapy, child and adolescent therapy, Hispanic family services (bilingual). Sliding scale fees; Medicaid accepted. (212) 864-7000

    National Alliance on Mental Illness of NY State

    Ask about the Family to Family Program, a 12-week course offered to and taught by people who have a loved one with a serious mental illness. (212) 865-2770

    Community Association of Progressive Dominicans

    offers youth services like tutoring, high school and college prep, summer camp, substance abuse counseling, mental health services, parenting groups, case management services as well as ESL&GED classes, help with benefits, food pantry and more. 3940 Broadway, 2nd floor (212) 781-5500.

    East Harlem Tutorial Program

    Tutoring in reading, writing, math science, computers/technology and much more. Upper East Side. Free, but must enroll over summer. Ages 6-18 years. (212) 831-0650

    Go Project

    an acacemic assistance and social service organization that helps elementary age public school students in lower Manhattan. Go Summer is a 5-week classroom program where students build basic skills in reading and math with enrichment in computers, art, music, drama and sports. Go School comprises 21/2 hours of tutoring on Saturday mornings and Go Families is a year-round social service program which empowers parents to help their children with learning and behavioral issues. 86 Fourth Avenue, (212) 533-3744

    Harlem School of the Arts

    Offers programs in visual arts, theater, dance and music; summer programs; college prep. Ages 4 and up. (212) 926-4100

    Harlem RBI

    Uses baseball and softball and the power of teams to provide inner city kids with opportunities to play, learn and grow. After-school programs in East Harlem location include mentoring, homework help, as well as summer camp. Free, first-come, first served. (212) 722-1608

    Lower East Side Girls Clubs of New York

    For girls 8-18, offers arts, athletic, cultural and life skills programs. (212) 982-1633

    Pelham Fritz Recreation Center

    After-school program provides homework help, activities (arts and crafts, outside play, performing arts, karate), field trips. Monday-Friday 3-6 pm, for ages 6-13 years. Mount Morris Park and 122nd Street. (212) 860-1380

    Stanley H. Isaacs Center

    Offers after-school and summer programs. Upper East Side location. (212) 360-7625.

    Creative Arts Workshops for Kids

    Uses visual and performing arts to help young people in East Harlem deal with life issues. CAW sponsors art programs that empower youth to voice their needs, enhance their self-esteem, build social skills. Holds Saturday art workshops, Summer Arts Job Program for teens. Workshops are held on first and third Saturday of each month. Tangible job skills in design, construction, landscaping and urban revitalization are also taught. (646) 424-0392

    Union Settlement Association

    Offers childcare, afterschool programs, homework help, sports, day camp and more. Also has an education center where children can stay and do homework or other activities in a supervised environment. Washington Community Center, 1775 Third Avenue at 98th Street (212) 828-6125.

    YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood

    provides many kinds of recreational and educational activities for kids (playgroups, after-school program, school holiday trips, summer day camp, sports, teen social program, mentoring). Also has fitness facilities and a gymn. 54 Nagle Avenue; (212) 569-6200.

    Baychester Youth Council

    Offers after-school, holiday and summer camp programs; college prep, leadership and computer training; health referrals, legal and counseling referrals, arts programs and recreational opportunities.1220 East 229th Street, Bronx, NY 10466; (718) 325-9484.

    Casita Maria

    offers children age 6-14 summer camp, homework help, leadership, test prep, computer literacy, skill building, tutoring, and arts (music, dance, theater); also offers programs during holidays and mid-winter breaks. Also offers community support and referrals to entitlement programs. 830 Southern Blvd. 4th floor, Bronx (718) 589-2230

    Boys Clubs of New York

    Comprehensive programs for boys at sites in Flushing, East Harlem, Lower East Side. After-school, summer sleep-away and day camp programs. Strong educational services.
    Flushing (718) 886-5454

    Queens Community House

    Services for young people include summer day camp, afterschool activities including homework help and computer training as well as fun, an evening teen center M-F nights, leadership programs for boys and girls 12-18. Many locations throughout Queens.
    (718) 592-5757

    Sunnyside Community Services

    provides a wide array of services for Western Queens kids 6-21 and parents, including after school programs, advice on choosing a NYC public school, SAT prep and college advice, help and placement for teenage job seekers, aid in obtaining government benefits, ESL classes for adults and kids, GED prep. In addition, the Beacon Community Center at IS 5 in Elmhurst offers activities for kids after school and during school vacations. Spanish and Chinese spoken. (718) 784-6173, ext. 420.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Catholic Charities of Brooklyn&Queens

    Single parents should contact this organization, which provides carefully-screened mentors for their children. (718) 722-6066.

    Center for Family Life in Sunset Park

    Sponsors summer day camp and an afterschool program and seeks to maintain a creative and supportive environment for young people all year long. Also offers family counseling and other helpful services. For Sunset Park residents, Spanish and Chinese spoken. 345-43rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232; (718) 788-3500.

    Association to Benefit Children

    provides integrated services for families including nursery programs, health care, housing help, mental health services, crisis intervention, job training and employment assistance, afterschool and summer camp programs, mentoring and legal help. (212) 831-1322.

    Fresh Air Fund

    City kids can stay with a host family in the country or attend one of the Fresh Air Fund’s five camps in upstate New York. Year-round programs also offered. Register early! (800) 367-0003

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York

    Provides mentors to children who need a caring adult role model in their lives, a friend who can help to expand their horizon and enrich their futures. Children ages 7-17 are matched with adult mentors 21 years or older to spend 4 consecutive hours every other week for at least one year. Mentors and children have fun together; activities are first approved by parent or guardian. Mentors are carefully screened.
    To enroll: 212.686.2042
    To volunteer:, or apply online

    Coalition for the Homeless

    sponsors two programs to help kids living in shelters: Camp Homeward Bound, the first summer camp for homeless and low income children, and Bound for Success, which offers children the opportunity to complete their homework, receive tutoring help, make friends and play in a safe, nurturing environment within the shelters. (212) 776-2161

    Homes for the Homeless Sleepaway Camps

    Offers a safe and fun environment for campers from NYC from 7-13 years old. Two week sessions. Campers will have the chance to hike and explore the wooded trails, swim and boat in a mountain lake, sing and tell stories around a campfire. To qualify, kids must have an active public assistance case. Priority is given to children now in a shelter or who have lived in a shelter in the last year. So even families who have moved out of shelter before summer can send their children to camp. For information, call (718) 616-6100 (Bronx); (718) 244-0670 (Brooklyn); (212) 765-4557; (Manhattan); (718) 244-0670 (Queens); (718) 244-0670 (Staten Island).

    New York City Department of Youth and Community Development

    Allows you to search for New York City after-school programs by zip code, age of student and whether ‘in’ vs. ‘out’ of school program. This phone number also provides information and referrals for counseling, shelter, summer jobs as well as crisis intervention which is free, anonymous and confidential. (800) 246-4646

    YMCA of Greater New York

    For ages 6-11, after-school programs at 43 locations around the city. Homework help, quiet and active games, health and fitness education are offered. Scholarships available. (212) 630-1544.

    New York City Parks and Recreation

    Athletics, arts and academics at 33 recreation centers around the city. Call 311

    Resources for Children with Special Needs

    Enables user to search database of programs for kids by disability or neighborhood or type of service. Tremendously useful.Parents can also call for recommendations.
    (212) 677-4650

    Asphalt Green

    Offers summer day camp, arts, sports and gymnastics, after-school activities, swimming (including swimming for children with disabilities ages 18 months-12 years). Upper East Side location. (212) 369-8890

    Boys Clubs of New York

    Comprehensive programs for boys at sites in Flushing, East Harlem, Lower East Side. After-school, summer sleep-away and day camp programs. Strong educational services.
    East Harlem (212) 534-2661
    Lower East Side (212) 533-2550

    Boys and Girls Harbor

    Offers preschool, after-school programs, college prep, summer camp, performing arts, behavioral health services. East Harlem location. (212) 427-2244