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.

Contact Work Life

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


(212) 998-2465

What's New:

  • Bright Horizons just opened a new child care center in NoHo! Contact an enrollment specialist at 646-677-8570 to schedule an in-person or virtual visit.

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

  • Summer Rising 2022: Grades K-8: This summer the Department of Education and DYCD plan to serve a record number of students through Summer Rising, a FREE, safe, and fun academic and enrichment program for NYC students currently in grades K-8. Registration opens April 25th, 2022.
  • 14Y Summer Camps — NYU families receive a tuition discount
  • Bright Horizons — through NYU’s affiliations with Bright Horizons, you can receive discounts at partner summer camp programs like Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Steve & Kate’s Camp, Code Ninjas, MarcoPolo, and more. You can access these discounts by booking through your Bright Horizons account
  • Buckle My Shoe — the preschool is accepting families just for their summer camp program
  • Chinatown YMCA — located on Bowery and Hester St.; financial assistance is available
  • INCLUDEnyc Summer Camp Resources — summer camps in all five boroughs, including camps for students with different learning needs
  • Learning and Fun Daycare — summer camp offering outdoor activities. Their flexible enrollment schedule includes daily and weekly drop-in rates. Apply here.
  • McBurney YMCA — located on W 14th St.; financial assistance is available
  • Third Street Preschool — summer camp for children ages 2 to 5, also featuring a virtual Let’s Get Cooking! class for children ages 3 to 5   

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.

Students are also encouraged to join the group using the Student Signup Form; they can then respond to caregiving posts and advertise their own services, whether they are for babysitting, tutoring, or even recreational coaching.   

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


Komae at NYU: Frequently Asked Questions
In this video, Work Life's Child Care & Education Program Director Helga Yuan Larsen asks Komae CEO Erin Beck the questions she hears most often from families interested in using Komae. Families can also reference this Google doc to learn how to get the most out of Komae.

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