Family Services

Child Care 

The Administration for Children's Services (ACS) provides free or low-cost child care services for low-income families with children ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. Children with special needs may be eligible through age 18.

Learn more about child care

Early Childhood Education (age 3-4)

EarlyLearn NYC programs offer quality Child Care and Head Start programming in safe, clean and high quality settings. Children from low-income families are eligible for free early childhood education.

Read more about early childhood education or call (212) 232-0966 for more information.

Standby Guardianship Assistance

Immigrant caregivers (including a parent, a legal guardian, a legal custodian, or other relative) who are worried that they may be separated from their child because of immigration enforcement can appoint a “standby guardian.”

A “standby guardian” is a person who is designated by a child’s caregiver as a “backup” caregiver in case the caregiver is unable to take care of the child, including in situations where the caregiver is detained by immigration authorities or deported.

Standby guardians have the power to make important decisions for a child in their care, including medical decisions and decisions about where the child goes to school. There are no immigration status requirements to be a standby guardian. However, there are certain other requirements, so interested caregivers should consult with a lawyer to see if designating a standby guardian can help them plan for their children’s future.

New Yorkers who need help designating a standby guardian can call 311 and say “ActionNYC."