You can learn about support programs and resources available for people who have young children or are planning to have children.

Through the City's Littlest New Yorkers initiative, parents, and those planning to become parents, can be referred to parenting support services.

These services include:

  • Nurse Family Partnership
  • Newborn Home Visiting Program 
  • Early Intervention 
  • Parent Support Groups

A parenting resource specialist will help guide parents to resources in the city that include but are not limited to:

  • Immigrant Services
  • SNAP (Food Stamps)
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program

Call 311 for assistance by phone.

Parents, family members, and friends can receive information on parenting and on preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome, child abuse, and neglect.

Referrals for local parenting classes, family homecare services, and other preventive resources can be provided.

Online

Learn more about support for families.

By Phone

English and Spanish speaking representatives are available during business hours. After hours, an answering service will handle urgent calls or take messages, which will be returned during business hours.

Call 311 for assistance.

You can get information about healthy parenting. 

Topics covered include how to:

  • Enjoy your child
  • Teach your child to listen
  • Discipline your child
  • Comfort your crying baby
  • Get more help

You can get a copy of this Health Bulletin in English, Spanish, or Chinese.

Online

Download the Healthy Parenting bulletin in:

By Mail

Cancel Order

If your order has been placed it likely already shipped. You can return unwanted copies at no cost to you by writing "Return to Sender" on the package and putting it in the mail.

Update Order

  • To order additional items, you must place another order.
  • To update a current order, be sure to include tracking order number.
  • To update address, email, and organizational information you can email your requests to dohmhliterature@health.nyc.gov.

Call 311 to request a paper copy.

If you live in Central Brooklyn, you may qualify for free doula services with Healthy Start Brooklyn's "By My Side Birth Support Program." Doulas are trained childbirth assistants that support women and their partners before, during, and after birth.

Healthy Start Brooklyn provides education and support for:

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Parenting
  • Breastfeeding 
  • Healthy living 

This special program focuses on central and eastern Brooklyn, specifically, the neighborhoods of: 

  • Brownsville
  • East New York
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant 
  • Bushwick

If you live in other areas of Brooklyn or other boroughs, you can contact organizations that provide free doula services through the Healthy Women, Healthy Futures program.

Learn more about free doula services in New York City.

Doula Programs

Programs for Pregnant Women and Parents:

  • Home visiting for first-time pregnant women.
  • Home visiting for pregnant women or new parents up to 3 months after the birth.
  • “Sister Friend” support for pregnant women.
  • “Centering Pregnancy” group care for pregnant women.
  • Early-childhood and parent-education program for families with a child up to age 2.

Classes:

Healthy Start Brooklyn’s classes are open to all. 

Classes are held at various locations in Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and East New York, and include:

  • In the Circle Fathers’ Program (fatherhood education and parenting classes)
  • Childbirth Education Classes 
  • Newborn Care Classes
  • Infant Safety/CPR Classes
  • Parenting skills workshops (parents of babies or toddlers)

Exercise Classes:

  • Zumba
  • "Dancing thru Pregnancy"
  • "Move It, Mama!" (postpartum fitness; babies are welcome)

Bereavement Support: Support for the loss of a pregnancy or child.

Doula Services Contact Information

Brooklyn

By My Side Birth Support Program 
(718) 637-5231

Healthy Women, Healthy Futures Program with Ancient Song Doulas 
(917) 947-8933

Brooklyn Perinatal Network
(718) 643-8258 x21

Bronx 

The Bronx Health Link 
(718) 590-2648

Manhattan

Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership
(212) 665-2600 x353

Queens

Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council
(718) 206-4357 x203

Staten Island

Community Health Center of Richmond
(917) 830-0636 x7507

Caribbean Women’s Health Association
(718) 826-2942 x202

Fathers can get help reconnecting with their children and developing parenting skills. 

Programs sponsored by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) are for:

  • Young fathers, ages 16 to 24
  • Older fathers, over the age of 24
  • Ex-offenders, fathers who have served time in jail

Services include:

  • Individual and family counseling 
  • Conflict resolution training 
  • Parenting skill classes 
  • Assistance with issues of child support and arranging child visitation 
  • Peer counseling and father-to-father mentoring 
  • GED or TASC and English as Second Language classes or referrals 
  • Employment counseling and referrals 
  • College preparation

Fatherhood services sponsored by DYCD are free.

Learn more about DYCD's fatherhood initiative.

Referrals for Fathers Ages 16 to 24    

Bronx

Visiting Nurse Service of New York
389-391 East 153rd Street (between Courtlandt and Melrose Avenues)
(212) 794-9200
Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 8 PM

Visiting Nurse Service of New York
489-492 East 153rd Street (between 3rd and Bergen Avenues)
(800) 675-0391
Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 8 PM

Brooklyn

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services
200 Gold Street (between BQE Eastbound Entrance to Sands Street and Concord Street)
(718) 722-6000
Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services
52 Wilson Avenue (between Melrose and Jefferson Streets)
(718) 628-1905
Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM

Manhattan

Union Settlement Association
1775 3rd Avenue (between East 98th and 99th Streets)
(212) 828-6000
Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM

Queens

Forestdale
159-17 Hillside Avenue (between Parsons Boulevard and 160th Street)
Forest Hills
(718) 263-0740
Appointments required

Referrals for Fathers Over Age 24

Bronx

Claremont Neighborhood Centers
489 East 169th Street (between Washington and 3rd Avenues)
(718) 588-1000
Monday to Friday, 11 AM to 7 PM

Friends of Island Academy
2910-2972 Bronx Park East (between Arnow and Adee Avenues)
(718) 653-5301
Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 8 PM

Brooklyn

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services
315 Wyckoff Avenue, 4th Floor (between Linden Street and Gates Avenue)
(718) 497-6090
Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 8 PM

Manhattan

East Harlem Employment Services
240 East 123rd Street, 3rd Floor (between 3rd and 2nd Avenues)
(212) 360-1100
Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 8 PM

Fund for the City of New York / Center for Court Innovation
314 West 54th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
(646) 264-1344
Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 8:15 PM

Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT)
350 Broadway, Suite 400 (between Leonard and Franklin Streets)
(646) 613-9633
Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 7 PM

New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
161 William Street, 9th Floor (between Ann and Beekman Streets)
(212) 233-5500
7 days a week, 9 AM to 8 PM

Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership
127 West 127th, #2C (between Lenox and 7th Avenues)
(212) 665-2600
Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM

Queens

Forestdale
67-35 112 Street (between 67th Road and 67th Drive)
Forest Hills
(718) 263-0740
Appointments required

Forestdale
114-02 Guy Brewer Boulevard (between Linden Boulevard and 115th Avenue)
Jamaica
(718) 263-0740
Appointments required

Referrals for Ex-Offenders

Manhattan

Friends of Island Academy
330 West 38th Street, 3rd Floor (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
(212) 760-0755
Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
317 Lenox Avenue, 10th Floor (between West 125th and 126th Streets)
(212) 876-5500
Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM

Queens

The Fortune Society
29-76 Northern Boulevard (between 41st Avenue and 40th Road)
Long Island City
(212) 691-7554
Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM

NYC DADS helps you meet the financial and emotional responsibilities of fatherhood in positive and meaningful ways.

NYC DADS hosts free events throughout the five boroughs to help dads with limited financial resources spend quality time with their children.

Learn more about NYC DADS and agencies that serve fathers and families.

The CUNY Fatherhood Academy is a free program designed to promote responsible parenting and foster economic stability for unemployed and underemployed young fathers ages 18 to 25. The program focuses on education, employment and personal development. 

Participants take part in:

  • Parenting workshops
  • TASC (formerly known as GED) high school equivalency test preparation courses
  • College exploration and enrollment support services
  • Job readiness services

The program is available at 3 CUNY community college campuses:

  • Hostos Community College (Bronx) 
  • Kingsborough Community College (Brooklyn) 
  • LaGuardia Community College (Queens) 

The program offers two separate tracks occurring at two different times. You can contact the school for additional information.

Eligibility Requirements and Contact Information

All applicants must be:

  • Residents of NYC
  • 18 to 25 years old
  • A father or expectant father

To qualify for TASC preparation, applicants should not have a High School Equivalency or General Education Diploma. To qualify for the college preparation program, applicants cannot currently be enrolled in college. Applicants who already have up to 12 college credits may qualify.  

Contact the school for additional information:

  • Hostos Community College:  (718) 319-7931
  • Kingsborough Community College:  (718) 368-6523
  • LaGuardia Community College:  (718) 730-7337