Finding care for your child at any age can be challenging and stressful, impacting your ability to fully engage with work and research. But here are a few helpful tips that might make your search a little easier. For families with young children, many early childhood programs in NYC begin their admissions process a year before a child enrolls into the program. Open houses generally happen in October and November with applications due in January and admissions notifications sent by February or March. If you’re wondering how to choose a quality early childhood program, Zero to Three offers some key indicators for you to consider.

In NYC there are several types of licensed care settings, including center-based, family child care, school-age child care and summer camp. For full-time faculty, professional research staff and administrators, the Work Life office can be a resource to guide you through your child care search.

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Helga Yuan Larsen, Program Director for Early Childhood & K-12 Education

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Community Connections

Although NYU does not operate its own child care program, the Work Life office is continually strengthening the university’s relationships with local early childhood programs and organizations that provide after-school programs and summer camps. A few of these programs and organizations even offer special considerations for the NYU community, such as tuition discounts or priority enrollment. Several programs around the Washington Square campus are highlighted here, but you can schedule a consultation to learn about more options in your preferred neighborhood(s).

Early Childhood Programs

School Age Programs

  • 14Y Youth Center — located on 14th St. and 1st Ave. A 10% discount is offered to NYU families 

Summer Camps

In response to COVID-19’s impact on schooling during the last year, the NYC DOE has launched Summer Rising, a free program for any student in grades K-12, including students with disabilities. All participating programs will be run by local leaders and community-based organizations; programs will offer arts and recreation activities and also address any gaps in academic and social-emotional support as a result of the pandemic. Other summer programs include:  

University Resources

Google Group for Sitters and Tutors

The Work Life office recently launched a NYU Child Care Google Group, a dedicated space closed to NYU families and students to connect around caregiving needs. The group functions as a shared "bulletin board" where community members can post, search for, and respond to caregiving jobs and services.

Share Childcare with the Komae App

Work Life is thrilled to introduce a new offering for families working (and studying) at NYU: Komae, a cooperative childcare app where families can rotate care for their children. You can think of Komae like a large baby-sitting co-op. The app enables parents to identify and vet families with similar parenting styles and COVID-19 hygiene practices to build their circle for shared childcare. Through the Komae app, families can also share hired professionals like babysitters and tutors. To join the group and see upcoming events for NYU families, visit

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