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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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  • Maura Horton (Chief Community Officer, JUNIPERunltd)

  • Sheryl Larson (Research Manager at the University of Minnesota)

  • Dave Kearon (Director of Adult Services at Autism Speaks)

  • Vijay Vasudevan (Associate Data Scientist at Autism Speaks)

  • Matt Abisamra (Driving Program Supervisor, Assistive Technology Department at Shepherd Center)

  • Andrew Arboe (Director of Community Outreach at Planning Across The Spectrum)​


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.  



      Sant pou Enfòmasyon ak Resous Paran: Isit la  


       Helping Hands for the Enable of NY: Isit la


      Paralezi Serebral Etazini: Isit la


      Special Education  Isit la                                


      INCLUDEnyc: Isit la                                       


       AHRC Vil Nouyòk: Isit la                             


      Konsèy Nasyonal pou Andikap: Isit la                           


      VSA: Òganizasyon nan tout vil la sou Art  ak Andikap  New York City: Isit la   


      Kowalisyon Leve non: Isit la


      Manje midi 4 Aprantisaj:  Klike sou ikòn la

      e SSENTIAL Accessibility Inc.  

      Klike sou  ikon an  


     Konsènan Depatman Edikasyon Vil Nouyòk Pwogram ASD Nest: Isit la


     Lekòl Leta Vil Nouyòk ak Pwogram ASD Nest: Isit la


      Yon Gid pou Endividyalize a  Pwogram Edikasyon (IEP) : Isit la

      Fè yon referans (NYC DOE): Isit la


     HeartShare: Isit la

     Fondasyon Epilepsi : Isit la


     Lighthouse Guild: Isit la


     Brain Injury Association nan Eta New York: Isit la


     Easterseals New York: Isit la

     Biwo Eta New York pou moun ki gen andikap nan devlopman

NYS OPWDD Enfòmasyon sou Soumèt Elijiblite La a

     Kote rezo kominotè ADAPT: Isit la  






     ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival: Isit la


     Konsòsyòm Konsèy Edikasyon: Isit la  



                                                                                                     Tanpri klike sou ikòn pou jwenn aksè  sit entènèt la


Lis pwogram apre lekòl yo:  

Pwogram ak Klas pou Bezwen Espesyal pou Timoun Vil Nouyòk:  Link Isit la

Pwogram apre lekòl: Link la a

Samyèl Field  Y: Link isit la

NY Sports Connection ( Espesyal  Bezwen Opsyon): Link isit la

Ranfòse pwogram apre lekòl yo: Link la a

QSAC: Link isit la

Kan ete:  

Kan Ete pou Timoun ki gen Bezwen Espesyal: Link La a

Pi bon kan ete atravè vil la pou timoun ki gen bezwen espesyal: Link la a

Retrè, kan ak pwogram lwazi ki sitiye nan New York:

Link Isit la

Kan Espesyal pou Elèv ki Bezwen Espesyal yo: Link Isit la

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