Child Care Vouchers (ACS)
A child care voucher will help you cover most or all of the cost of child care at a qualified provider of your choice.
Vouchers can be used at hundreds of center-based and home-based providers across the city. They may also be used to pay approved relatives, neighbors, or friends for child care. Vouchers can help pay for child care year-round for up to 24 hours a day.
If you are found eligible for child care assistance and select this option, you will receive a voucher that you can complete with the child care provider you pick. After your child is enrolled with the provider, ACS will pay the provider directly each month.
For more information about vouchers, visit nyc.gov/childcarevouchers.
Contracted Care (DOE)
The Department of Education (DOE) provides a number of free or low-cost child care programs for families that qualify. These programs provide early care and education for children from six weeks up to five years old in center, home, or school based settings, all year round for up to ten hours a day.
Eligibility is based on your family's income and needs. If you qualify and there is a seat available, your child can begin a program anytime during the year. If your first-choice program doesn’t have space, DOE will help you find other options.
You can use the MySchools map to learn more about programs in your neighborhood.