Being a young parent in the City can be stressful, but you don’t have to do it alone. Check out the resources below to get support with education, jobs, child care, finances, emotional well-being, and parenting skills. No matter what your goals are for you and your family, NYC can help you reach them.
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Growing Up NYC makes it simple for families to learn about and access City programs, information about services, and free or low-cost activities available across NYC.
Finishing High School If you’ve taken a break from high school to focus on parenting, you can explore options for finishing high school that fit your life. Learn more about going back to school or working towards your high school equivalency (HSE) diploma.
District 79: For students under 21 who have had an interruption in their high school studies, District 79 schools and programs help you stay on track towards graduation or an HSE diploma and beyond.
High School Equivalency (HSE) Prep: If you need help preparing for your HSE test, you may be able to take part in Pathways to Graduation. The program also prepares students for college or career options.
CUNY Fatherhood (CFA): Fathers ages 18 – 30 can get support in academics, employment, and personal development. CFA offers both a College Prep and HSE Prep track.
Going to College There are many ways to get a college degree in NYC. To learn more about how to find the right school for you, applying to school, and paying for college, visit the following resources on Generation NYC:
Technical School Students ages 17 – 21 working towards a high school or HSE diploma or who have graduated can get work-based learning at Coop Tech. The half-dayprogram offers training in areas such as building trades, health careers, IT, and service industries.
Having a good job can mean financial stability and future opportunities, but what counts as a good job isn’t the same for everyone. You might want a part-time job so you can also care for your child, a full-time job with paid family leave or health insurance, or an internship with training, among other options.
Whatever a good job means to you, NYC can help you find it. See the resources below to find out how you can apply for and better understand employment.
Apply for Work You can apply for one or more of these programs in NYC that connect youth and parents to paid jobs and internships:
Advance & Earn: A program for youth to increase reading and math skills to take high school equivalency tests and get job training, certifications, and paid internships.
Ladders for Leaders: Paid summer internships for high school and college students ages 16 – 22 with previous work experience. If you qualify, you’ll be working at a top NYC corporation, non-profit, or government agency.
Learn & Earn (formerly the In-School Youth Program): Helps high school juniors and seniors graduate and prepare for jobs or college. Services include academic support, career exploration, work readiness activities, and paid summer internships.
Train & Earn (formerly the Out-of-School Youth Program): Skills training in growing industries for 16 to 24 year olds who aren’t working or in school. Train & Earn also offers HSE prep, career exploration, and counseling.
Jobs Plus: If you’re a NYCHA resident, this employment program helps you get work and increase your earnings.
Families Forward: Free job training and other supports, including help finding a job, for non-custodial parents who owe child support.
To take care of your child’s health, you should also focus on taking care of your own! NYC has many free and confidential resources to help you take control of your health care.
NYC YouthHealth Run by NYC Health + Hospitals, the City’s public hospital system, NYC YouthHealth provides health care for youth 12 and up, regardless of ability to pay, immigration status, or sexual orientation. Staff members are trained to provide respectful and sensitive care to everyone. Services include:
There’s no question: Having a child adds extra stress on finances. But you shouldn’t have to deal with that alone.
From City benefits that help with money and food to child support services and financial counseling, you can find support in NYC to make you feel more in control of your family’s financial future.
Custodial Parents To apply for child support services, any mother, father, or guardian who cares for a child can go to the Family Court in their borough and meet with a child support worker, regardless of income or immigration status.
Parents applying for or receiving Cash Assistance must comply with the Child Support program, and they are automatically referred for services to the Office of Child Support Services (OCSS). All custodial parents receives the same level of services, which include:
Locating the other parent
Establishing legal fatherhood (paternity)
Establishing child support and medical support orders
Having a kid in NYC can be costly, but there are steps you can take and resources you can use to help you feel more in control of your family’s finances. To find out more about these, check out the following topic pages on Generation NYC:
Banking & Credit: An introduction to banking and credit basics, credit cards, and your credit score
Budgeting: How to create and live within a budget, resources for financial advice, and how to budget while in school
Parents of Newborns
Your baby is new to the world and you’re new to being a parent. If you could use some extra tips to help with the changes, the City offers services to support parents and their newborns.
Newborn Home Visiting Program:New moms can get home visits from health professional to help with breastfeeding, health and safety tips, and connections to community resources.
Sleep Safe Initiative:Families can get information on creating a safe sleep environment for your baby and might qualify for a free crib.
Parents of Children with Disabilities
If your child has a disability or developmental delay, NYC has resources to help your family meet those needs.
Early Intervention Program: If you have concerns about your child’s development, the Early Intervention Program (EIP) can help. EIP supports families with children ages birth to three who have disabilities or developmental delays.
If you’re a young dad in NYC, you have options for getting support with parenting and personal development.
CUNY Fatherhood Academy:Fathers ages 18 – 30 can get support with academics, employment, and personal development. CFA offers both a College Prep and HSE Prep track.
Fatherhood Initiative: The Fatherhood Initiative helps young dads who do not live with their children learn about parenting. Fathers ages 16 – 24 can get up to six months of case management and follow-up services for up to a year.
Parents in Foster Care
Parents in foster care have the same rights as any other parent to make decisions about their children. While you’re in foster care, your case planner can work with you to refer you to useful resources to help support you with parenting.
In addition to service referrals, the City must also provide financial support, including:
Clothing and diaper allowance for your child
Medicaid for you and your child
Any special furniture or equipment needed (including, but not limited to cribs, strollers, high chairs and car seats)
Parents Experiencing Homelessness
If you’re looking for a safe place for you and your child or want help in working towards a more stable situation, you can find resources throughout the City.
The Covenant House Mother/Child program In addition to a hot meal, a shower, and a warm bed, the Covenant House Mother/Child program offers parenting skills workshops, counseling, and child care to homeless mothers.