1. How it Works
EarlyLearn NYC Head Start programs provide a safe, caring environment for three and four year old children. Care is provided at a center for eight hours a day and children are fed healthy meals and snacks.
- Care is only available at centers
- If you are receiving Cash Assistance and in an HRA-approved work, education, or training activity you are probably eligible
- Pre-K is offered to all four year olds in partnership with the NYC Department of Education
- Services are available for children with special needs
2. Determine your eligibility
To be eligible, you should be able to answer yes to these questions:
- Is your child three or four years old?
- Is your family already receiving services from either ACS or the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA)?
- Is your income equal to or less than program income requirements?
|Family size||Income in a year||Income in a month||Income in a week|
|for each additional person, add:||$4,056||$338||$84.50|
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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.
If you are receiving Cash Assistance, you are automatically eligible for Head Start.
For each person applying, any one document:
- Birth certificate
- Baptismal or other religious certificate
- Official hospital or birth records
- Adoption records
- Naturalization certificate
For the household, any one document:
- ID card with your address
- Driver license issued within past six months
- Current letter/lease/rent receipt with home address from landlord
- Postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with your name and date (cannot use if sent to a P.O. Box)
- Correspondence from a government agency with your name and address (not a P.O. Box)
- Utility bill (gas, electric, or water)
For each income source of each income earner, any one document:
Wages & Salary
- Income tax return
- Business records
- Letter from employer on company letterhead, signed and dated (this document is acceptable, only if you do not have the other types of documents)
- Paycheck stubs (from the last four weeks in a row that you worked)
- Records of earnings and expenses
- Signed and dated income tax return and all schedules
- Cash Assistance Budget Letter
- Current award letter
- Current check stub
- Alimony check stub
- Child support check stub
- Letter from court
- Letter from person providing support
- Award letter or certificate
- Correspondence from NYS Department of Labor
Social Security benefits (SSI, Dependent, Disability, Survivor’s, Retirement)
- Correspondence from Social Security Administration
- Current award letter or certificate
- Current benefit check
- Current award letter
- Current benefit check stub
4. How to apply
Here are your options.
Apply in person
- Use the EarlyLearn NYC program finder and choose a provider.
- Visit the program of your choice and get an application.
- Complete the application and submit it with the required documents to an EarlyLearn NYC Head Start program of your choice.
- 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.
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