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Child care for babies & toddlers

EarlyLearn NYC Child Care | NYC Department of Education

1. How it Works

EarlyLearn NYC is free or low-cost child care and education for children six weeks to four years old. There are hundreds of locations across NYC offering services in safe and positive learning environments.

  • EarlyLearn NYC is available for families who qualify for free or low-cost care
  • Services are available for children with special needs
  • Children can play, learn, and build skills to prepare for kindergarten and beyond
  • Eligibility is based on your family’s income, size, and needs

2. Determine your eligibility

EarlyLearn programs have income and other eligibility requirements. If you qualify, your child can begin a program any time during the year.

With a few questions, we can help you find out if you may be eligible.

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

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3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

Proof of who you are

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For each person applying, any one document:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Baptismal or other religious certificate
  • Official hospital or birth records
  • Adoption records
  • Naturalization certificate

Proof of where you live

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Proof of your income

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Proof of citizenship/immigration status

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply in person

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  1. Use the EarlyLearn NYC program finder and choose a provider.
  2. Download the application, visit the program of your choice to pick one up, or call 311 and request one be mailed to you.
  3. Complete the application and submit it with required the documents to the EarlyLearn NYC Child Care program site of your choice.
  4. If your child is approved for a seat in an EarlyLearn NYC center, ACS and the program will contact you about when your child can start attending. If your child is eligible, but the program has no vacancies, you may be placed on a waiting list.
  5. If you are receiving benefits from the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and would like to enroll in an EarlyLearn NYC program, visit your assigned Job Center.

Find a program

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the EarlyLearn NYC Child Care website for more information.

Call 311

Ask for EarlyLearn Child Care if you need help finding a program.

Visit a center

Visit an EarlyLearn center near you for help in person.