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New York City offers many free or low-cost child care and educational programs for families that qualify. These programs provide care and education for children from birth to thirteen years old (or up to 19 years old for children with disabilities), all year round. Eligibility is based on your family's income and reason for care. If you qualify and there is a seat available, your child can begin any time.

Child Care Vouchers

Child care vouchers help cover the cost of child care at hundreds of home based and center based providers across the city. Vouchers may also be used to pay approved relatives, neighbors, or friends for care. These programs serve children 6 weeks to 13 years old (or to 19 years old for children with disabilities) and are available all year, up to 24 hours a day. Use the navigation links on this page to learn more about how to apply for child care vouchers and find child care providers.

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EarlyLearn, 3K For All, and Pre-K For All

Families interested in these programs can apply with New York City Public Schools (NYCPS). EarlyLearn, 3K For All, and Pre-K For All extended day/year programs serve children six weeks to four years old and have the same eligibility requirements as child care vouchers.

More Information on Applying to These Programs

Comprehensive After School System of New York City (COMPASS)

The Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS NYC) comprises more than 900 programs serving young people enrolled in grades K-12. Through its network of providers, COMPASS NYC offers high quality programs with a strong balance of academics, recreation, enrichment and cultural activities to support and strengthen the overall development of young people.

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