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Parenting Support

14th Street Y

Offer parenting classes including parent or caregiver with child classes ( Offer parent support groups ( Early childhood programs, youth programs, and camps also available, look on website to learn more. 344 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003. (212) 780-0800

Administration for Children’s Services of NYC (ACS)

Part of NY City government that supports children and families. Resources about child welfare, juvenile justice, early care, and youth to keep children safe and healthy.

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. Learn more about the New York support group at

Baby College

A valuable nine-week series of child development workshops and home visits offered to parents of children between the ages of 0-3. Free. Classes are offered in English, Spanish, and French to pregnant or newly parenting residents of Harlem. 212-360-3255


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. Look on the website under “Programs.” Call the hotline at (718) 731-3114 or visit a walk-in office listed here:


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

Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens – Family and Youth Support Centers

Family & Youth Support Centers are for families with children under the age of 18 who are at risk of foster care placement. Services include individual and family counseling, domestic violence counseling, case management, behavior management, school advocacy, home visits, referral services, parent skills training and more. Locations in Brooklyn and Queens. 161-10 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11432; 1165 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11236; (At the Dr. Lutas Family Support Center) 3060 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208


Center for Effective Parenting

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

Children’s Aid Society

Provides family and parenting support, medical and 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

Three programs are offered to young fathers aged 16 – 24 years; fathers aged over 24 years, and fathers with prior involvement in the criminal justice system. Programs help fathers by providing them and their children with up to six months of case management, with follow-up services as needed for up to one year. For more information, visit the website and call 1-800-246-4646

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

Healthy Children

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


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. 630 Flushing Ave Brooklyn, New York 11206; (718) 260-8840.

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. 646.672.5200

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 baby-proof 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. 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. 1-800-405-8818

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

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