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Early Learn provides a number of free or low-cost programs for families that qualify for children from birth to two years old. NYC Early Education offers public preschool for children from ages 3-5.
– New York City resident.
– For Early Learn qualification is based on income and/or other factors.
– See more at schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/earlylearn-nyc
– 3K: 3 years old by 12/31/2023 | 4-K: 4 years old by 12/31/2023 | Kindergarten: 5 years old by 12/31/2023.
– All programs have priority to attend programs in their own districts.
How to Apply
Early Learn (6-weeks to 2 years old)
— Visit myschools.nyc to find an infant and toddler program near you.
— For Early Head Start (6 weeks to 4 years old), apply directly through the program.
— For other Extended Day/Year Infant/Toddler options, you must apply directly through the program. All new applications and recertifications should be emailed to CCapplication@schools.nyc.gov.
NYC Early Education (3-5 years old)
– Online: Visit Myschools.nyc
– By phone: Call 718-935-2009 Monday through Friday, 8am – 6pm
– In-person Visit Family Welcome Centers
Deadlines for applications
– Childcare (children born in 2021-2022): Rolling basis.
– 3K for All (children born in 2020): April 2023.
– 4K for All (children born in 2019): March 2023.
– Kindergarten (children born in 2018): January 20, 2023
3-K and Pre-K admissions is not first come, first served! You can make changes to your application any time before the deadline.
Payment Assistance with Vouchers
Learn more visiting this link cap4kids.org/newyorkcity/childcare-funding
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Find a handout about child care for children ages 0-3.
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Find a handout about child care for children ages 3-5 here
Spanish handout about child care for children age 3-5
For enrollment questions with Early Learn call 311 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about 3K to Kindergarten admissions, send an email to ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.
Updated on December 7, 2022
The Day Care Council of NYC is an organization that works to connect parents to day care centers near them, while also working with day care providers themselves to assist in the development of quality child care. They also assist with information about ACS vouchers. Find a childcare center near your home on the DCCNYC database.
Parents with children 0-5 years of age residing in New York City
— What to Look for in a Child Care Program / Provider
— Cost of child care
— Nursery school
— Child care search
— Child care in the summer
— Special needs
How to Apply
— Phone: Call 212-206-7818.
— Online: make a request at dccnyinc.org/families/child-care-request-form.
— A member of their team will assist you in finding childcare options in NYC.
For more information go to dccnyinc.org/families/child-care-request-form.
Updated on March 4, 2022
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Child care vouchers help cover the cost of child care for children 6 weeks to 13 years old. Children with disabilities up to 18 years old are also covered. Funding for vouchers is extremely limited, and the wait for a voucher can be very long.
Children currently on the Voucher Waitlist may be eligible for Special Childcare Funding (SCCF). The Voucher Waitlist eligibility is based on:
Family Size Income
2 < $40,068
3 < $46, 692
4 < $49,032
5 < $58,032
6 < $66,444
Social Guidelines/Other Needs
— You are enrolled in an approved training or educational program, or looking for work. If two parents, same criteria applies for both
— You are ill or incapacitated
— Your child or family is receiving services from either ACS or Human Resources Administration (HRA)
— You must be absent from your home, leaving your child(ren) without supervision
To determine if you may be eligible for early care and education services go to access.nyc.gov/programs/child-care-voucher.
How to Apply
— If a family is interested in applying for a low-income child care assistance voucher, they should complete the Childcare Contact Link and submit it to the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) according to the directions on the form.
— ACS invites families with children on the Voucher Waitlist to apply for SCCF based on available funding and length of time a child has been on the waitlist. Once a parent receives the SCCF-1 letter and the accompanying SCCF application, s/he must complete and submit both parts of the application with the required documentation.
— Parents must mail all documents along with the application to: NYC ACS, ATTN: SCCF Unit, 66 John Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10038. Parents may also scan and email applications to SCCF@acs.nyc.gov
Assistance with Payment with Special Needs Care
Use this form if you are a Parent or Guardian who currently receives an ACS voucher and you are interested in requesting a Special Needs payment rate.
Find more information at nyc.gov/site/acs/early-care/special-child-care-funding-application-instructions.page.
All families, including families that may need child care assistance eligibility, can contact a Family Welcome Center by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 311 to get help with finding a program. For FAQs about special childcare funding go to nyc.gov/assets/acs/pdf/early-care-education/SCCF.pdf.
Updated on May 5, 2022
Based on your income, childcare can be free to low cost with a childcare subsidy. Use the ACS Eligibility Wizard to see if you qualify by visiting
To apply for an ACS childcare subsidy, the application and a list of other forms you will need to complete can be found here: https://on.nyc.gov/2KYia3W. Submit applications to an approved ACS funded childcare provider. You must submit three months of consecutive pay stubs in order to verify employment. If you cannot, your employer can complete the “Referral to Employer for Income Information” form.
Find more information in this tipsheet by IncludeNYC.
Según sus ingresos, el cuidado de niños puede ser gratuito o de bajo costo con un subsidio de cuidado de niños. Utilice el Asistente de Elegibilidad de ACS para ver si califica visitando
Para solicitar un subsidio de cuidado infantil de ACS, la solicitud y una lista de otros formularios que deberá completar se pueden encontrar aquí: on.nyc.gov/2KYia3W. Envíe las solicitudes a un proveedor de cuidado infantil financiado por ACS. Debe enviar tres meses de comprobantes de pago consecutivos para verificar el empleo. Si no puede, su empleador puede completar el formulario “Remisión al empleador para información de ingresos”.
Updated on August 31, 2020