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Advocates for Children of NYC offers a toll-free Education Hotline, parent education and training programs, and over ten guides for parents with children with special needs, including how to secure appropriate education services for your preschool age child, special education services in NYC public schools, a timeline of the special education assessment and referral process, and more.

NYC Department of Education is the official website of the NYC school system. It provides information about NYC public schools including access to school lists, districts, and maps, the annual public school calendar, testing schedules, statistical reports on individual schools, and the high school directory.

Inside Schools, a project of the Center for NYC Affairs, The New School, is a free, easy-to-use web search engine that provides up-to-date information on the NYC public school system, profiles about individual schools, and access to and commentary from experts and parents.

New Visions for Public Schools provides information about the more than 112 public schools it helped establish and with which it continues to be involved. The website also includes education-related web links and helpful resources (in PDF format) for college bound students.

New York City Charter School Center is an independent non-profit that helps charter schools get started, supports existing schools and engages the charter school community around key issues. The website includes information and data of interest to parents and the community at-large.

Resources for Children with Special Needs is the New York City organization that works to connect families with the appropriate resources for their needs. Consult with one of their staff members by phone (212-677-4650) or make an appointment to speak to someone in person about educational programs and legal, medical and social support services. Their website includes a free searchable database of programs and services in NYC.

Public Schools in the New York-Metro Area

Carebridge Life Resources, NYU's Employee Assistance Program, is available to assist you in gaining a better understanding of schools in your home community or a community in which you are planning to move. Call their information hotline, 800-437-0911.

You can also research schools and school policies on your own by exploring the websites for your state's Department of Education: