Early Intervention Website by the Department of Education
311 (ask for Early Intervention)
The Early Intervention (EI) Program helps young children (birth to 3 years) who are not learning, playing, growing, talking, or walking like other children their age. The program works with your family to set goals for your child and create a plan to help your child and your family meet these goals.
EI provides free, evidence-based physical, cognitive, social, and adaptive therapies for children under 3 years of age with developmental delays. It is available to all eligible New York City children, regardless of race, ethnicity, income, disability, or immigration status, and services are provided at no cost.
Children that are eligible for Early Intervention services (therapy) are those who:
► Are younger than 3 years old (must refer before 2 years and 11 months)*
► Have a delay in one or more of the following areas of development: physical (motor skills), cognitive, communications (verbal/talking), social-emotional, and/or adaptive.
In order to receive services, a child must have a 33% delay in one functional area or a 25% delay in 2 or more areas. Exception: If a child has only a communication delay, they have to score 2 standards below the mean in an assessment of that skill. Children with known medical diagnoses that have a high probability of resulting in developmental delay such as Down’s Syndrome are automatically eligible for services.
*If your child is 2 years 11 months or older and you think he needs special education, visit “Preschool Special Education Services”.
How can I get services?
Speak to a social worker for assistance (ask your child’s doctor for a referral). Doctors can also make a referral by completing the Early Intervention Program Referral Form. Alternatively, you can call 311 and ask for “Early Intervention Evaluation Services”.
Important note: Expect delays from the EI agency that will provide evaluation services for your child. During the pandemic, operations have changed as well as the availability of service providers. Please be patient while EI agents are doing their best to contact your family.
What happens after my child gets referred?
1. A service coordinator will contact you. They will explain what are the EI services, begin the evaluation process, and then select with you an agency to use for the evaluation. (This same person will continue to provide assistance while your child is in the program.)
2. Your child will have an evaluation by a specialist from the agency you select. The evaluation will tell you if your child is behind in developing skills compared to other children their age (like taking the first step, smiling, waving).
3. If your child has a delay, they may be eligible for EI services.
Remember that therapeutic early intervention services have been shown to improve developmental outcomes, mitigate behavioral concerns, and increase caregiver confidence.
Early Intervention handout.
Spanish Early Intervention handout.
Find more information about EI services in NYC by visiting the EIP website by NYC Health.
Preschool Special Education Services by the NYC Department of Education
Contact Your District’s Committee on Preschool Special Education Services by email
The Early Intervention (EI) Program provides services to families concerned about their child’s development. These services are provided free of charge to families.
If you are concerned about your child’s development and you are interested in a preschool special education evaluation, you can write a letter to your local Committee of Preschool Special Education CPSE . This letter is called an “initial referral” and it must be made in writing.
Handout about requesting special education services
Spanish Handout about requesting special education services
Preschool Special Education Services Template Letter.
Preschool Special Education Services Template Letter with Spanish instructions.
You may provide the referral to your CPSE in person, by fax, or by mail. To find out which CPSE covers your child’s home address and to get your CPSE office’s contact information visit this website. You will need to know your child’s school district. To find that district, look up your school’s address with the Find a School tool.
3K for All by Growing Up NYC
3K for All by the Department of Education
3-K for All provides free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education for three-year-olds. Visit nyc.gov/3k to find programs for the 2021-2022 school year.
3-K for All handout
Spanish 3-K for All handout
Explore your child’s 3-K options with MySchools or by phone (718) 935-2009, Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 9am-1pm. Interpretation services are available in more than 200 languages for over-the-phone applications.
► Head Start: Free services are available for at least 8 hours per day, all year long, including the summer.
► District Schools: Elementary schools with 3-K programs.
► Pre-K Centers: Pre-K Centers are run by DOE staff and only offer grades before kindergarten. Consider Pre-K Centers if you want your child to attend a program with only young children.
► Family Child Care (Home-Based Programs): Home-based programs, also known as family child care programs, offer 3-K in a home setting by a licensed, qualified, child care provider.
During the application period, families can apply online with MySchools (Open external link) or by phone at (718) 935-2009. 3-K admissions is not first come, first served, and you can make changes to your application any time before the set deadline. The deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year is April 30, 2021.
Looking for a 3-K placement now? Email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov to explore your options. Please note, 3-K for All is not yet a city-wide program, so placement is not guaranteed.
Learn more visiting nyc.gov/3k.
Updated on March 13, 2021
Childcare Subsidy explained by IncludeNYC
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.
Updated on August 31, 2020
Music-Making Group by JB for EH Residents
The Jewish Board’s Harlem Child Development Center (HCDC) has launched a new community music-making group for families. The group is a drop-in family-centered community music therapy group focused on early childhood development. The music-making group is intended to support caregivers and their little ones together. It is also intended to maintain the whole family’s general well-being and to strengthen community ties by giving families space to meet new families they may not have known before. The program is free.
Families with children 0-5 years old that live in the East Harlem neighborhood.
Activities and Schedule
Parents and their little ones’ ages from birth to 5 years old meet virtually on Thursdays from 4-5 pm via Zoom. In the hour session, parents and children make music together using songs and everyday objects found in their homes. For more information and to register for the group, please email email@example.com or call (212) 582-9100.
75 Maiden Ln #1102, New York, NY 10038
Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a research-driven intervention that provides children with books during pediatric checkups so that families can read to their children at home.
ROR partner with health care providers to put books in the hands of children, from birth to 5 years old, and literacy resources in the hands of caregivers. Learn more.
Want to find a pediatrician who participates in Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, so you can receive a FREE children’s book at every visit (from birth to five years old)? Click Here.
ROR GNY launched new virtual resources for your families! ROR NYC launched an 8-week virtual summer camp!
All of the content lives on the ROR GNY YouTube channel.
Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are a part of public education. They are given to eligible kids who attend public school. That includes charter schools. Furthermore, students with IEPs participate in the same admissions processes as their non-disabled peers. All schools serve students with disabilities.
An IEP is a map that lays out the program of special education instruction, supports, and services kids need to make progress and thrive in school. The term IEP is also used to refer to the written plan that spells out the specific types of help kids will get.
IEP handout and template letter of request for an evaluation
Spanish IEP handout and template letter of request for an evaluation
All Digital School is an online education resource platform that curates lesson plans, materials, and educational tech with the sole goal of helping educators and parents create better learning experiences for students.
Find guides for teachers and parents.
Elementary school to high school grades
Get a library card for services
Access free one-on-one tutoring for children from 2pm-11pm with Brainfuse at the New York Public Library. To set an appointment with a tutor, log in with your library card number. If you do not have a library card yet, get one by signing up here.
► Get live tutoring for core areas such as mathematics (basic skills to Calculus II), science, reading and writing assignments, social studies, Spanish, English as a Second Language, Writing and essay feedback, and academic skills building.
► For older students, there are test prep and career services. To get more information about Brainfuse visit https://www.nypl.org/about/remote-resources/kids-and-teens/homework-help-brainfuse
Visit Brainfuse to learn more.
The Backpack Project NYC website
Dropoff 1: 1396 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11216 (Nicholas Brooklyn Store)
Dropoff 2: 4112 41 Street, Long Island NY 11104 *dropoff box located in the lobby
The Backpack Project is providing each student with the necessary school supplies to have a successful school year. For more information about events and how to get school supplies for your child, call 347-227-1709.
Fresh Air Fund Website
633 3rd Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Fresh Air Fund offers outdoor summer programs for children to help them earn, grow, and thrive in New York City and beyond.
Each year, thousands of children experience outdoor summer adventures through visits with volunteer host families and at The Fund’s sleepaway camps in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley. Fresh Air children also participate in academic enrichment and leadership programs throughout the school year.
Summer: fresh air everywhere, summer spaces, teen programs, family wellness
Host family program: friendly towns program
Sleepaway camp: learn about camps, sign up for camp, work at camp
Enrichment and leadership programs: academic enrichment programs, leadership programs
Sharpe reservation: learn about sharpe reservation
Device Request form
Find Your School
Have the student’s ID number in hand
If you need a device for your child for the fall, use the DOE’s Device Request form. This information will be shared with your school so they can work with you to ensure your child has a device for blended or remote learning this Fall. If you need to contact your child’s school, use Find A School, and click on the General Information section of the school details.
Who Can Request an iPad
Any child, from 3K to grade 12, who attends an NYC public school, DOE Pre-K, or 3K program (NYCEEC/FCC) and who needs a device is eligible to receive a device for remote learning.
Charter school students who are eligible for devices:
–3K-12 students with individualized education programs (IEPs)
–3K-12 students who are living in a shelter, foster care, or are living doubled up who need a device
Private School Students who are eligible for devices:
–K-12 students who were recommended for non-public school placement by the DOE and placed at a state-approved non-public school by the Central Based Support Team
–K-12 students who attend a private or religious school and also receive special education services from the DOE, typically through an Individualized Education Services Program (IESP), who need a device for such services
Preschool students who receive special education services from the DOE, including students in NY State-Approved 4410 providers and students receiving related services or Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) services.
ARCH NYC Headquarters
83 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038
AHRC is a family governed organization committed to finding ways for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to build full lives as defined by each person and supported by dedicated families, staff, and community partners. Find services from medical and dental care, school services, and recreational programs.
AHRC’s ACCESS Community Health Center located in downtown Manhattan offers evaluations, therapy, and a full range of primary and specialty health care services, including a special needs dental clinic.
Most insurance plans are accepted. Sliding scale for the uninsured. Call 212-895-3410 for more info or to schedule an appointment.
AHRC runs various educational programs:
—Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary School for children ages 5 to 12 with autism spectrum disorders.
—AHRC Middle/High School for ages 13 to 21 who are classified with autism spectrum disorders, emotional disturbances, multiple disabilities, or other health impairments.
Children ages 3 to 5: can receive evaluations at no direct cost to families through the Early Intervention service system. These services are funded through the state and city in accordance with federal law. The child with a suspected developmental delay will need an Early Intervention Services Coordinator. For more information on preschool services, call the intake coordinator at 800-459-7596.
Various activities, including social groups for children, theater, sports, and arts and crafts, are available for all ages. Travel and vacations are even made possible for adults with disabilities. For information about activities taking place in all five boroughs, call AHRC’s Referral and Information Center at 212-780-4491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn how to boost your child’s confidence, keep your child on track with school work, protect your child from bullies, and keep your child healthy.
Visit Every Student Present by the NYS Parent Portal and learn to 1) boost your child’s self-confidence, 2) keep your child on track with school work 3) keep your child healthy, and 4)protect your child from bullies.
116 E. 16th Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-4650; Text 646-693-3175 | Español: 212-677-4668; Texto: (646) 693-3157; Whatsapp (212) 858-0795
INCLUDEnyc is the leading provider of training and information for children and young people with any disability (age 0-26) in New York City, their families, and the professionals who support them.
Connect with INCLUDEnyc to get support and learn about: education resources and programs, preschool and younger, navigating NYC schools and applications, special education, developmental disability services, busing/specialized transportation, bullying and behavior, family issues, child socialization, recreation, financial support, health, legal services and more.
Call the helpline at (212) 677-4650 to get connected with the best programs that fit your child and family needs.
Compass NYC Website
Discover DYCD Website with the “afterschool programs” filter
Afterschool programs for middle schoolers
DYCD Youth Connect at 646-343-6800 (teens/adolescentes)
Also call or visit the after school program staff at your child’s school for more information about their afterschool programming.
Afterschool programs take place right after classes, in the evenings, weekends, summer vacations, or holidays.
These programs help children do better in school, have better health, lower risky behaviors, and are a safe environment for children of working parents.
Afterschool Programs handout.
Spanish Afterschool Programs handout.
To find more after-school programs, visit the Comprehensive After School System for NYC (COMPASS NYC).
Growing Up New York City
Text FUN to 97-743 for free new susbcriptions
Internships are a great way to apply knowledge from the classroom to the real world. They help students explore different career paths, build skills, gain workforce experience, and professionalism. Search for programs in the handout below.
Jobs, Internships, and Summer programs for Teens Handout.
Spanish Jobs, Internships, and Summer Programs for Teens Handout.
Summer Internships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Frequently Asked Questions
The Met offers undergraduate and graduate students paid internships that would help them gain professional experience and explore museum careers in the arts. In the internship, students have the opportunity to learn about public engagement practices and develop or lead tours with the public.
Open to current
► Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors
► Recent undergraduate graduates from a bachelor’s or associate’s program
► Master’s-level graduate students
► First- and second-year PhD students. Those who will have qualified as Ph.D. candidates by the time the internship starts are not eligible, but should apply to The Met’s Fellowship Program.
Note: Individuals must have completed their undergraduate or master’s degrees no more than one year prior to the application deadline. Current first-year students are not eligible to apply for this internship, but may apply for a part-time internship.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, contact email@example.com.
Dates and Compensation
► June 7–August 13, 2021.
► 5 days, 35 hours per week.
► $17 per hour, plus $1,500 toward housing/travel to New York City (less applicable taxes and deductions).
How to Apply
Apply using the online application. Deadline: January 27, 2021, 11:59 pm (ET)
Notification: by the end of April 2021. Find more details about the application form at https://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/internships/undergraduate-and-graduate-students/summer.
Find more detailed instructions at https://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/internships/undergraduate-and-graduate-students/summer.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Website
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center offers hundreds of internship opportunities each year across four campuses located at:
—Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia
—Goddard Institute For Space Studies, New York City
—Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility, Fairmont, West Virginia
–GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
–High school students: at least 16 years of age and a current sophomore, junior or senior
–Undergraduate or graduate students: at the time the opportunity begins, must be accepted/enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. college or university.
How to Apply
To apply for NASA internships visit NASA’s OSSI site at https://intern.nasa.gov. Deadline for Summer 2021 is March 5. Deadline for Fall 2021 is July 9.
For additional information sent an email to GSFC-Education@mail.nasa.gov.
Internships are a great way to apply knowledge from the classroom to the real world. They help students explore different career paths, build skills, gain workforce experience, and professionalism.
The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) offers exciting employment opportunities for young people between 14 and 24.
Visit the DYCD Discover website and check the programs’ enrollment dates, requirements, and additional information.
Check off “Afterschool Programs” and click on the “Search” button. In the new page type “Workforce Connect” into the keyword search box. Then filter programs by zip code or neighborhood. Click on Search.
Also, find a summary of programs by age, skill, and location here.
345 East 102nd St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY 10029
SCAN HARBOR is one of the largest children and youth services providers in East Harlem, Harlem, and South Bronx that serves families with children and youth “at risk”.
SCAN HARBOR offers a wide range of programs including early childhood education, after-school programs, building job skills, counseling, tutoring, test preparation, nutrition help, cooking classes, violence prevention, a safe space for LGBTQ youth, and family services for domestic violence survivors, substance abuse and rehabilitation.
Workforce Development Program: the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) / Academic Year Youth Employment each summer hires Harlem, East Harlem and South Bronx youth to work at SCAN HARBOR program sites and summer camps. SCAN-Harbor is also sponsoring a “first ever” Academic Year Youth Employment Program. Learn more.
ABC (Association to Benefit Children)
Administrative office: 419 East 86th Street (between 1st and York Ave.), New York, NY 10028
ABC Schools’ addresses
Echo Park Children and Family Center
1841 Park Avenue (between Park and Lexington Ave.), New York, NY 10035
ABC offers distinctive programs that respond to the unique and changing need of a child and family.
Early Childhood: programs that offer therapy and lessons at the centers or at home for children of low income families, with disabilities, or those that have gone through trauma or homelessness. ABC Schools and program details at www.a-b-c.org/early-childhood.
Family Support: Open Door offers programs for all family members such as computer and job training, English classes, help getting citizenship, immigration help, domestic violence support groups, and more. The Saturday Program offers a safe refuge for children and families from all across the city and provides nutritious meals for all participants. Learn more at www.a-b-c.org/family-support
After School Programs and Youth Services: available at Echo Park, ABC offers to children 5-21 years old academic round support for school with the Therapeutic Afterschool Program. In Afterschool, students also participate in “Study Buddies Connect”, a program where they connect with volunteer buddies who help them achieve their academic goals. Camp Calvin is a 6-week Therapeutic Summer Day Camp. Learn more at www.a-b-c.org/youth-services
All Children’s House: serves children from birth to age 5—those at highest risk for morbidity and mortality resulting from abuse and neglect. All Children’s House builds child-parent attachment to help shield children against the extreme strains of poverty and complex trauma. To learn more visit www.a-b-c.org/preventive-services
34 West 139th Street New York, NY 10037
The Harlem Child Development Center is a program that is part of The Jewish Board and has many services that will help children of many ages with many developmental, neurological, emotional, and behavioral problems.
There are individual and group services for the children, their families, and those who take care of them.
The services include a Therapeutic Nursery School, Special Education Itinerant Teaching Program, Early Childhood Consultation, and an Outpatient Clinic.
|Therapeutic Nursery School
|For children 3 to 5 years of age presenting with developmental delays, communication problems, social/emotional/behavioral difficulties, or attention and learning deficits.
|Special Education Itinerant Teaching (SEIT) Program
|Certified Special Educators work with children ages 3 to 5 who require additional support in their regular education settings to integrate them into their class while working to achieve child-specific goals. SEIT provides for 1:1 work and group work in the child’s classroom, consultation to the child’s teacher, parent guidance, and coordination of related services. (NYSED and NYC DOE funded)
|Early Childhood Consultation||Specialists in child/family development provide ongoing, on-site consultation to private and public preschools. Consultants observe children, meet with directors and teachers, conduct workshops, and offer parent guidance, including child development referrals for assessment and services when needed.
|Virginia and Leonard Marx Outpatient Clinic
|Serves families with infants, toddlers, and children through elementary school age (up to age 8). The clinic offers evaluations and treatment planning; parent-child psychotherapy; individual, family, and group therapy; and family guidance. Learn more about the Virginia and Leonard Marx Outpatient Clinic.
For more information about programs and services offered by The Jewish Board click, here or call (212) 690-7234.