6 Years

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Watch with pride as your child’s social skills continue to grow! More time spent with classmates and peers will help them memorize songs and stories, practice counting, adding, and subtracting, and use other skills learned in school! Scroll down to learn more about free after school COMPASS programs, which provide academic, cultural, and enrichment activities to strengthen your child’s development!


Homework Help

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Need help with English or math? Come to the library for a 20-minute homework session!  

Early Readers Storytime

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This program aims to continue the practice of storytime for older children. Each week, participants will discuss a book and do a craft or related reading activity.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum – Pay as You Wish

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Take your kids to visit the Brooklyn Children's Museum to enjoy fun, educational exhibits. Pay as you wish on Thursday and Sunday afternoons!


Afterschool programs for students

Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS NYC)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

COMPASS NYC has hundreds of programs for young people in kindergarten through 12th grade.

School breakfast and lunch


NYC Department of Education

NYC students can enjoy free breakfast and lunch every school day.

Free health care in schools

School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)

NYC Department of Education/NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Students can get free health care in their school.


How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about their development.

What most 6 year olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Begin to separate from caregiver without a lot of stress
    • Have increased willingness to spend time with peers
    • Begin to develop close relationships with one or more peers/friends
    • Be in organized social settings (school, sports, etc)
  • Communication

    • Develop a strong ability to speak and understand spoken language
    • Recite songs, stories, poems from memory
    • Have regular interactions with peers and adults to express themselves in English and native language
  • Learning

    • Count, add, subtract, explore shapes
    • Understand that digits stand for number names (“5” stands for “five”)
    • Have basic alphabet knowledge, letter recognition, letter-sound relationship
  • Physical Development

    • Develop increased levels of agility and coordination
    • Able to write, coordinate the movement between hands and eyes
  • Health

    • Have 5 ounces of grains daily
    • Have 1 ½ cups of vegetables daily
    • Have 1 to 1 ½ cups of fruits daily
    • Have 2 ½ cups of milk daily
    • Have 4 ounces of meat and beans daily
    • Have 1 hour of moderate and heavy physical activity each day
    • Participate in many 15-minute periods of physical activity
    • Avoid periods of inactivity of 2 hours or more (unless sleeping)
    • Sleep about 9-11 hours per day
    • Are on schedule with shots

Act early by talking to a doctor, teacher, or social worker if your child:

    • Has a stutter or lisp when talking
    • Gets ‘left’ and ‘right’ confused more than peers
    • Has difficulty following directions
    • Has limited eye contact
    • Avoids social situations, even in familiar environments
    • Has difficulty making friends
    • Has trouble sitting still for extended periods
    • Can’t skip, hop, or jump
    • Is unable to throw and catch a small ball
    • Is aggressive with other children