Afterschool programs for students

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

Enrichment Grade-Schooler Pre-Teen Teen

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, some programs are limiting services or offering them remotely. For the most up-to-date information, please contact programs directly using the information below. To learn more about support for COVID-19 impacts, visit our Coronavirus Updates page

Students can join one of hundreds of free after school programs in NYC through COMPASS NYC. COMPASS programs can offer homework help, sports, arts, and more. They are free and located all over the city.

  • Programs are offered to young people for free
  • Programs are three hours each day, five days per week, including on school holidays

Who is eligible

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


How to apply

  • To enroll your child in a COMPASS NYC program, contact the afterschool program staff at your child’s school.
  • You can also use Discover DYCD with the “afterschool programs” filter to see what programs are near your home.

How to get help

  • Visit the COMPASS website to learn more.
  • Visit the Discover DYCD website to learn more about all of the programs COMPASS NYC offers.
  • Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 or 646-343-6800 for more information.
  • Call or visit the afterschool program staff at your child’s school for more information.

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Updated August 28, 2020