Early literacy skills for toddlers

NYC Early Literacy Learning Program (NYCELL) | NYC Department of Education/NYC Housing Authority

Education Toddler

Toddlers can receive reading and speaking help with the Early Literacy Learning Program. Families in the program read out loud, get free books and toys, and go on field trips to help children develop language skills.

  • The program is for 12 weeks, twice a week, for two hours
  • Families learn ways to improve their children's speech, reading, and writing
  • Families get free books and educational toys to take home
  • Offered at five NYCHA community centers in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn as well as at the Inwood Library

Am I Eligible?

All NYC families with children between one year and three years nine months are eligible for NYCELL.

I'm Ready To Apply

To apply for NYCELL, contact a participating community center or call Lynda Nicolas at 212-356-3844.

Classic/Melrose Community Center
286 156th Street
Bronx, NY 10451

New York Public Library, Inwood Branch
4790 Broadway
New York, NY 10034

King Towers Community Center
2 West 115th Street
New York, NY 10002

Sotomayor Community Center
1000 Rosedale Avenue
Bronx, NY 10472

Campos Community Center
611 East 13th Street
New York, NY 10009

Langston Hughes Senior Center
301 Sutter Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11212

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