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Eligibility for affordable or no cost early care and education programming is based on factors including why you require care, and your family's income and size.

You can check your eligibilty for child care, and many other programs, by visiting Access NYC.

ACS EarlyLearn NYC Child Care and Head Start have different eligibility requirements.

To enroll in EarlyLearn NYC Head Start, families must meet income and age requirements, and in some cases, have a valid reason for care.

Income Requirements

Financial eligibility is determined by a family’s gross income based on a family size.

Citizenship / Immigration Requirements

Certain programs require proof that your child needing child care is a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or person with satisfactory immigration status. The applicant will not be asked for their immigration status or anyone else in the household other than children in need of child care.

The following programs do not require proof of citizenship or immigration status for children needing child care.

Programs & Initiatives