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Education & Child Care

 Education Resources
Special School Programs
Child Care
Parenting & Child Safety 
 

Education Resources

Family Guide
The Family Guide contains information for families about the City’s Children's First school reforms, what students are learning, and the kinds of services that are available to the City’s public school students. Information about how families can get involved in their children’s education—and how they can find answers, help, and support is also here included.
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Family Literacy Guide
The Family Literacy Guide helps parents and caregivers strengthen literacy in the lives of their children from birth to grade 12.
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Great Expectations Learning Guide
The Department of Education developed guides for each grade describing what children should know by the end of each school year. The guides lay out the major elements of what children are learning.
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Guide for Parents of English Language Learners
This guide provides information on English Language Learner (ELL) identification and eligibility, the three types of ELL programs, and ways parents can participate in their child’s education.
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High School Students with Disabilities 
This brochure provides information on the High School Admissions Process for parents of students with disabilities.
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New High Schools Directory
The directory provides information about the new public high schools that open each September.
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Specialized High Schools Student Handbook
This handbook provides descriptions of specialized high schools and their application and testing processes.
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Students with Disabilities Transitioning from Preschool to School Age 
This brochure contains information for parents of students with disabilities who are entering kindergarten.
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Special School Programs

Afterschool Brochure
The Parks Afterschool Program seeks to enhance communities and enrich the lives of children in the City of New York by providing safe, supportive, and structured environments that support overall health and well-being. Parks Afterschool offers quality educational, recreational, and cultural programs that promote the social, physical, intellectual, and emotional development of children.
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Head Start Information
This brochure describes free services provided by the Head Start program to all children ages 3 to 5. Head Start is also available for parents who are looking for adult education and job training services.
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Out-of-School Time (OST) Emergency Consent Form
This form authorizes emergency medical asistance in the Out-of-School Time program.
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Out-of-School Time (OST) Evaluation Consent Form
This is a consent form for a participant to be surveyed in a NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) authorized evaluation.
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Out-of-School Time (OST) Media Consent Form
This is a consent form to participate in Out-of-School Time photos, video or interviews.
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Out-of-School Time (OST) Participant Enrollment Form
This form allows your child to participate and learn in a range of structured group activities every day after school, on school holidays and during the summer.
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Out-of-School Time (OST) Participant Enrollment Form High School
This form allows high school students a chance to participate and learn in a range of structured group activities every day after school, on school holidays and during the summer.
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Young Adult Borough Center 
The Young Adult Borough Center offers late evening programs designed to serve older students who have been in high school for at least four years and have a minimum of 17 credits.
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Child Care

Child Care and Early Education 
This page describes child care services in NYC, eligibility for child care services and the types of funded child care options. It also shows parents how to apply for child care and early education services.
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Choosing a Day Care Center
This brochure includes tips on how to choose a licensed day care program, including questions to ask and things to look for.
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Choosing Child Care in New York
This brochure includes what every parent needs to know about choosing child care in New York City and what the law requires.
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Manage Your Child Support
Information about how to manage your child support.
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Parenting & Child Safety

Children's Rights Pamphlet
This pamphlet includes questions and answers for young people going into foster care.
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Office of Advocacy Brochure
This brochure describes how ACS Office Advocacy provides impartial resolutions to conflicts between clients and partner agencies or The Administration for Children's Services offices. The Office of Advocacy also provides information to the public about child welfare policies and procedures in an effort to ensure that parents, foster parents, and youth are aware of their legal rights and responsibilities.
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Parents' Guide to New York State Child Abuse and Neglect Laws
This guide describes parents' or caregivers' rights and child welfare laws. It provides a list of resources to help parents or caregivers access the assistance they may need.
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Recognizing Child Abuse & Neglect
This brochure provides the definition of child abuse and neglect, the different types of child abuse, and how and where to report child abuse and neglect.
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Recommended Preschool Immunizations Schedule
Vaccines are required for your child to attend day care and school. Start your baby’s shots on time and stay on schedule.
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Take Good Care of your Baby
This brochure provides advice and tips on how to prevent child accidents and protect a baby from harm. It povides parents with a list of things to look out for to ensure that the baby is safe at home and with a caregiver.
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Your New Baby Brochure
This brochure includes tips to help keep you and your newborn safe and healthy.
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