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Student, Parent & Community Resources 

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Free Programs

New York City offers children and teens a wide range of after-school and summer activities--from paid museum internships to free science research programs. The free and low cost programs listed here are a great way to explore new interests, get extra support, and supplement what is being taught during the school day. The list is not exhaustive and we welcome new listings.


Contact DOE

Contacting the Department of Education is like calling any huge bureaucracy: You have to follow a lot of prompts before getting to a real person. Once you do reach someone, we’ve found that the operators are knowledgeable and helpful. Our advice: pleasant persistence. Keep trying and you will eventually get the information you need. We've compiled a list of telephone numbers and emails that may be useful.

Main switchboard

The Department of Education website is The main switchboard number is (718) 935-2200. Open Monday–Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.


For general information about your school zone, enrollment, pre-kindergarten registration and gifted and talented programs that you can’t find on the DOE’s website, call 311 and say “schools”, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The operators are unfailingly polite and try their best to answer your questions.



Routine enrollment issues should be resolved at one of the city’s 14 Family Welcome Centers. It’s difficult to find the phone number for a particular center but calling the Parent Support Line should get your through to one of them. If you have a problem that the Family Welcome Center can’t solve, try these people:

You can also email the DOE enrollment office directly. They answer emails within a day or two:


Staten Island

District 31

District 75
District 75

Special Education Resources

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INCLUDEnyc believes every young person should be fully included in school, in the workforce, in the community — and should have access to services and supports to succeed. INCLUDEnyc is the leading source of free training and information for young people ages 0-26 with known or suspected disabilities, their parents, and the professionals who support them.

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Parts 200  of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education:

Part 200 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relates to special education programs and services for students with disabilities.  

Commissioner's Regulations Part 200: Students with Disabilities

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The Birth Injury Justice Center is dedicated to supporting children and their families who have been affected by disabilities caused at birth. Our organization strives to provide answers and guidance to ensure that families receive the assistance they need to help improve their overall quality of













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NYC families can use MySchools to apply to public schools from 3-K to high school. Get started by creating an account. Then explore your children’s personalized school options and get guidance on the admissions process from start to finish.

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See questions to ask at the annual meeting for parents of English language learners about their child's academic and language progress in school.

Financial Guides & Resources 

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Help your student be a good digital student so that they know and follow the rules and act in ways that lead to effective digital learning.  



         Center for Parent Information and Resources: Here 


          Helping Hands for the Disable of NY: Here


          United Cerebral Palsy: Here


          Special Education Here                                                            


          INCLUDEnyc : Here                                                                         


          AHRC New York City: Here                                                      


         National Council on Disabilities: Here                                                   


         VSA: The City-wide Organization on Arts and Disabilities New York City: Here  


          The Arise Coalition: Here


          Lunch 4 Learning: Click the Icon

         eSSENTIAL Accessibility Inc. 

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        About the NYC Department of Education ASD Nest Programs: Here


        NYC Public Schools with the ASD Nest Program: Here


         A Guide to the Individualize Education Program (IEP): Here

         Making A Referral (NYC DOE): Here


        HeartShare: Here

        Epilepsy Foundation: Here


        Lighthouse Guild: Here


        Brain Injury Association of New York State: Here


        Easterseals New York: Here

        NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

NYS OPWDD Eligibility Submittal Information Here

       ADAPT Community Network Locations: Here 






      ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival: Here


        Education Council Consortium: Here 



                                                                                                                                                                                                       Please click on the Icon to access the website


After-School Programs Listings: 

Special Needs Programs and Classes for New York City Kids: Link Here

After-School Programs: Link Here

Samuel Field Y: Link Here

NY Sports Connection (Special Needs Options): Link Here

Boost After-School Programs: Link Here

QSAC: Link Here

Summer Camps: 

Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs: Link Here

Best Summer Camps Across the City for Children with Special Needs: Link Here

Retreats, Camps & Recreational Programs Located in New York:

Link Here

Special Camps for Special Needs Students: Link Here

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