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Child Care & Head Start

What’s EarlyLearn NYC?


EarlyLearn NYC is an innovative, high-quality early education program for families across the five boroughs. Our mission is to provide social and intellectual development from birth to age five, preparing your child for kindergarten today and a successful future tomorrow.

Why is EarlyLearn the right choice for your child?

EarlyLearn programs offer quality Child Care and Head Start programming in safe, clean and loving settings. Your child is cared for by experienced and trained teachers and caregivers who offer social, emotional and educational instruction. There are always free daily nutritious meals and the program is available for low to no cost for eligible families.

What’s Child Care?

  • Children are cared for either in group Child Care centers or in the homes of Family Child Care providers.
  • For children ages six weeks to five years old.
  • Department of Education Universal Pre-K services available for 4-year olds.
  • Services available for up to 10 hours a day.

What’s Head Start?

  • Children are cared for in group Head Start centers.
  • For children ages three to five years old.
  • Department of Education Universal Pre-K services available for 4-year olds.
  • Services available for up to 8 hours a day.

  EarlyLearn Eligibility Information
  Want to find out if you’re eligible? Visit our eligibility page to learn more about the age, financial, and social requirements or try out our Eligibility Wizard.
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  EarlyLearn Program Directory 
  Find an EarlyLearn program in your borough or neighborhood. Click on these links to find contact names, phone numbers and addresses.
Bronx |  Brooklyn |  Manhattan |  Queens |  Staten Island |  Family Child Care

  Day Care Information 
  If your family is not eligible for EarlyLearn, visit these sites to find alternative care for your child from a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene licensed Day Care center or provider.
  Day Care Facility Search | Bureau of Day Care 

Special Needs Application Referral and Instructions

Special Needs Applications are only available for children receiving child care subsidy. Parents can request a special needs designation for their child, along with a special needs rate for the child’s provider. To request the special needs designation, parents should complete and submit the Special Needs Application (ECE-001).

Download the Special Needs Application Referral and Instructions