Child care in Brooklyn

FirstStepNYC | NYC Department of Education

Child Care Baby Toddler Pre-Schooler

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, some programs are limiting services or offering them over the phone. 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

Children who are six weeks to four-years-old can get child care at FirstStepNYC. This program in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood gives children a classroom all year long. While children are learning, their families can also get help. Each family in FirstStepNYC gets a family support specialist to work with.

  • Family members can also take workshops on money, safety, and health
  • Priority given to siblings of children already enrolled in PS/IS41 and children or siblings of children currently enrolled in an SCO program 


  • Children are 6 weeks to 4 years old
  • Families must meet income guidelines
  • Working and non-working families may be eligible


To apply, contact FirstStepNYC at 929-234-6870 or plan your visit to the center located at:

PS/IS 41
411 Thatford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11212



Other Child Care Programs

Child care for babies & toddlers

EarlyLearn NYC Child Care

NYC Department of Education

Early child care and education services for up to 10 hours a day

Head start for 3 & 4 year olds

EarlyLearn NYC Head Start

NYC Department of Education

Eight hours a day of free early care and education for three and four year olds

Early childhood education and support services

Living for the Young Family Through Education (LYFE)

NYC Department of Education/District 79

Student parents can get free early childhood education for their children ages 6 weeks to 4 years.

Updated March 31, 2020