Afterschool programs for students

Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS NYC) | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD)

Enrichment Grade-Schooler Pre-Teen Teen

New York City students can join free afterschool programs that offer homework help, sports, arts, and more. Hundreds of programs are located all over the City.

  • In COMPASS programs, young people get to participate in:
    • literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematic (STEM) learning.
    • activities that are hands-on, project-based, and aligned with educational standards.
    • high quality arts and sports programming.
  • Programs are typically three hours each day, five days per week, including on school holidays.
  • Programs are offered in all five boroughs and in many neighborhoods.

Who is eligible

All NYC students in kindergarten to 12th grade are eligible to enroll in COMPASS programs.

Each program may have different age and eligibility requirements.

What you need to apply

To apply, you will need to provide one of the following proofs of identity for your child:

  • Birth certificate
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Official birth records
  • Official school records
  • Passport
  • Adoption records
  • Baptismal or another religious certificate

How to apply

Find a program online

Use Discover DYCD to search for programs in your area.

  1. Go to the Discover DYCD website.
  2. Select “afterschool programs” and click on “Search”.


To enroll your child in a COMPASS NYC program, contact the afterschool program staff at your child’s school.

How to get help


Learn more about COMPASS from DYCD.


Call DYCD Community Connect at 800-246-4646 or 646-343-6800. You can also speak to the afterschool program staff at your child’s school for more information.

Call 311

Ask for “Comprehensive After School Program assistance.”

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