Child Care, After-School, and Camp Programs
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.
- NYC teens get free access to Plant Fitness gyms all summer long! Register here.
- Bright Horizons is opening a new child care center in NoHo in 2022! Contact an enrollment specialist at 646-677-8570 to schedule an in-person or virtual visit.
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
- 14Y Prelude to Preschool and Preschool — located on 14th St. and 1st Ave; NYU families are eligible to receive a membership discount
- Bright Horizons NoHo — (opening 2022) located at 704 Broadway. Contact Kate Brick for enrollment information.
- Bright Horizons NYU Langone Health Child Care Center — located at One Park Ave., serving children ages 6 weeks to 5 years
- Bright Horizons East Village — located on E. 14th St., serving children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. NYU families receive prioritization on the waitlist and the registration fee is waived
- Bright Horizons West Village — located on Greenwhich St., serving children ages 6 weeks to 5 year. NYU families receive prioritization on the waitlist and the registration fee is waived
- Buckle My Shoe — located on Worth St., serving children ages 3 months to 5 years, and located on W. 13th St., serving children ages 2 to 5 years; tuition discount
- Downing Street Playgroup — located on Carmine St., serving children ages 2 to 5 years
- LAC Early Childhood Center — located at 2 Fifth Avenue, serves children ages 3 months to 5 years; tuition discount
- Learning and Fun Preschool — located 215 E 6th St., serving children ages 2-5
- Miss Adela Tapia — located on MacDougal St., serving children ages 6 months to 5 years
- University Plaza Nursery School (UPNS) — located at Silver Towers, serving children ages 2 to 5 years
- University Settlement Creative Steps Early Care & Education Center — located at Washington Square Village, serving children ages 12 months to 5 years
- Vivvi Early Learning — multiple locations, including Varick St., serving children ages 6 weeks to 5 years
- 14Y Youth Center — located on 14th St. and 1st Ave. A 10% discount is offered to NYU families
- 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
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.
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 mykomae.com/nyu.
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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