ACS's Division of Early Care and Education (ECE) administers the largest publicly-funded childcare system in the country, serving over 100,000 children. ACS recognizes that early childhood programs play a critical role in supporting young children’s development, learning, and preparation for both school and life success. Through our contracted system EarlyLearn NYC, a unique, groundbreaking education model that merges child care, Head Start, and Universal Pre-K into a single, seamless system, ECE provides quality early education services to eligible children ages 6 weeks to 4 years old in center and family child care settings. In addition, eligible families with children ages 6 weeks to 13 years old can be issued vouchers to purchase childcare from providers in the City.
Why is early education so important?
||90% of brain development occurs before age five
||Children who learn early are more likely to succeed academically, graduate from high school and become part of the workforce.
ACS recognizes that early childhood programs play a critical role in supporting young children’s development, learning, and preparation for both school and life success. Early care and education programs foster children’s healthy and positive cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. The Division of Early Care and Education is committed to ensuring that New York City’s young children have positive early learning experiences.
About the Child Care Program
About the Head Start Program