GROWING UP NYC
Growing Up NYC is mobile-friendly website that makes it simple for families to learn about and access City programs, as well as services and activities available through government agencies and community partners in English and Spanish.
NYC Families & Caregivers of children and young adults ages 0-24
NYC Children’s Cabinet
Development milestones, parenting tips, and more with age guides for ages birth to 24 years old.
Over 80 easy-to-read education, health, and recreation programs, benefits, and resources.
Neighborhood Events & Activities
Over 100 local events and activities at local libraries, parks, and cultural institutions.
HOW WE CREATED GROWING UP NYC
Growing Up NYC was built in collaboration with residents, policy makers, and community partners. We spoke with hundreds of families around the city in shelters, during storytimes at libraries, and elsewhere about what’s important to them, what resources are most helpful, and how they want to receive them. We also worked with benefits administrators and service providers to learn how Growing Up NYC could help connect communities to their resources. Our partners at Blue State Digital provided design and website development services.
Through numerous iterations we released the first version of Growing Up NYC in October 2016, and the second version with enhancements and Spanish content in October 2017. In March 2018 we released the Growing Up NYC Summer Guide. We continue to engage residents to make improvements to Growing Up NYC.
TECHNOLOGY POWERING GROWING UP NYC
Growing Up NYC is developed on WordPress, an open-source content management system, and hosted on WP Engine. We leverage the robust community of plugin developers to manage content, some functionality and custom themes.
Program content, which is shared with ACCESS NYC, is publicly available through the Benefits and Programs API on the City of New York's Open Data portal.
BSD Tools is the email client that powers our newsletter, allowing us to collect sign up information from users and send custom content based on location and age group preference.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Growing Up NYC Receives Award for “Best External Application”
Blog Post | Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity | 11.2.2017
READ MORE ABOUT GROWING UP NYC
Growing Up NYC Shares Process to Creating an Award-Winning Mobile-First Website
Blog Post | Adobe Blog | 3.18.2019
How NYC is Using Digital To Build Equity For Children & Families
Article | Velocitize Digital Magazine | 10.10.2017
Growing Up NYC: Blueprint for an Equitable City
Article | Equity for Children - The New School | 11.22.2016
NYC Children’s Cabinet Releases Growing Up NYC
Press Release | Mayor’s Office | 10.21.2016
Growing Up NYC: A Policy Framework
Policy Brief | The Children's Cabinet | 10.21.2016
Contact Growing Up NYC
We offer printed and downloadable materials through our Outreach and Support Page.