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Free early childhood education for children of student-parents

Living for the Young Family Through Education (LYFE) | NYC Department of Education (DOE)

1. How it Works

Parents who are students can get free early childhood education for their young kids though LYFE. LYFE also provides counseling, referral services, and advocacy to help parents achieve their educational and parenting goals.

  • Services are free to all eligible families, regardless of immigration status.
  • LYFE’s services also include:
    • Counseling and referral services for parents.
    • Helping student-parents graduate from high school or complete high school equivalency.
  • There are over 30 LYFE locations in the five boroughs.
  • LYFE is a NYC Department of Education program with certified teachers, trained paraprofessionals, and licensed social workers at each site.

2. Determine your eligibility

You may be eligible for LYFE if you answer yes to the following questions:

  1. Are you enrolled in or eligible to enroll in an NYC Department of Education school or program?
  2. Is your child between 6 weeks and 4 years old, and not age-eligible for Pre-K for All?

3. What you need to include

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the Living for the Young Family through Education website for more information.

Send enrollment questions via the Enrollment Inquiry Form. A staff member will contact you.

Email LYFE

Email LYFE at [email protected]

Call 311

Ask about the Living for the Young Family through Education (LYFE) program.

Call the office

Call the LYFE Central Office 212-609–8520 for help.

Visit the office

Contact LYFE’s Central Office with any questions about LYFE.

Last Updated May 1, 2023

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