Head start for 3 & 4 year olds

EarlyLearn NYC Head Start | NYC Administration for Children's Services

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

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the EarlyLearn NYC Head Start website for more information.

Call 311

Ask for EarlyLearn Head Start if you need help finding a program.

Visit a center

Visit an EarlyLearn center near you to get help in person.

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
1 $11,676 $973 $243.25
2 $15,732 $1,311 $327.75
3 $19,800 $1,650 $412.50
4 $23,856 $1,988 $497
5 $27,912 $2,326 $581.50
6 $31,980 $2,665 $666.25
7 $36,036 $3,003 $750.75
8 $40,092 $3,341 $835.25
for each additional person, add: $4,056 $338 $84.50

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

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.

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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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)

Proof of your income

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For each income source of each income earner, any one document:

Wages & Salary

  • W2
  • 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)

Self employment

  • Records of earnings and expenses
  • Signed and dated income tax return and all schedules

Cash Assistance

  • Cash Assistance Budget Letter

Military pay

  • Current award letter
  • Current check stub

Child Support/Alimony

  • Alimony check stub
  • Child support check stub
  • Letter from court
  • Letter from person providing support

Unemployment Income

  • 1099-G
  • 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

Veteran’s benefits

  • Current award letter
  • Current benefit check stub

 

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply in person

  1. Use the EarlyLearn NYC program finder and choose a provider.
  2. Visit the program of your choice and get an application.
  3. Complete the application and submit it with the required documents to an EarlyLearn NYC Head Start program of your choice.
  4. 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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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the EarlyLearn NYC Head Start website for more information.

Call 311

Ask for EarlyLearn Head Start if you need help finding a program.

Visit a center

Visit an EarlyLearn center near you to get help in person.

Updated December 20, 2017