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Non-ACS Child Care Options

Other Child Care Options

  1. Free, pre-kindergarten and 3-K in NYC Department of Education public schools and community based organizations.

    For Pre-K for All, learn more

    For 3-K for all, please apply by July 14! If your child was born in 2014 and you live in New York City, you can apply for free, full-day, high-quality 3-K for All starting Tuesday, June 20!
    • New 3-K for All seats will be available this fall in school districts 7 (South Bronx) and 23 (Brownsville, East New York, Ocean Hill) and the deadline to apply for them is Friday, July 14.
    • Apply one of three ways:
      1. Online via
      2. Over the phone by calling 718-935-2067
      3. In person at a Family Welcome Center

    To learn more, visit or call 311!

    EarlyLearn programs continue to be available for eligible 3-year-olds citywide. If your child is already enrolled in an EarlyLearn program and you want them to continue at the site, you do not need to take any further action.

  2. Early Head Start and Head Start

    Early Head Start or Head Start programs (depending on the age of your child) are funded directly by the federal government.

    Learn more about these programs

  3. After-School Care

    NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) offers free after-school care for children five years old and older.

    Learn more about after-school care

    Need to be connected to other options or have questions?

    NYC’s Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium can also help. Visit their website or call 1(888) 469-5999.