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Enrichment Zones | Summer activities and school-year homework help
Does your child need help with homework or extra tutoring? Are you looking for an exciting and educational after-school program?
Then look no further than The New York Public Library’s after-school Enrichment Zones program! Students come after school two to four days per week, Monday—Thursday, for three hours a day. During the program, students work on homework, receive personalized tutoring, and participate in exciting educational computer programs.
Literacy Leaders | Reading help for grades 1 and 2
Do you have a child in first or second grade? Do you want your child to develop a love of reading? Are you interested in having your child work with caring mentors?
Then come to the New York Public Library’s Literacy Leaders program! In this program, your child will be matched with a teen mentor who understands his or her individual needs. Together, they will work to build a love of reading and learning and will work on basic literacy skills. The program meets after school Monday through Thursday.
Literacy Leaders | English elective course and paid internship
Do you need an ELA elective credit for graduation? Interested in developing real-world skills through a paid mentoring and tutoring position? Fantastic! High School Literacy Leaders wants you!
If you are in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and you are enrolled in high school in New York City, you can become a Literacy Leader this Fall. You will earn one ELA elective credit through the Department of Education in the Fall. After you successfully complete the fall internship, you can then become a paid employee of the New York Public Library.
Mentoring | College and career guidance for ages 15–19
Do you need guidance getting ready for college or deciding which college is right for you? Ever wondered what it’s like to experience a day in the life of a corporate executive? A mentor can help you understand your strengths and interests, write a resume, choose a college, apply for financial aid, and put your best foot forward in a job interview.
Major support for after-school programming is provided byArthur W. Koenig; the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; the Mr. and Mrs. Timothy R. Barakett Endowment for Children's and Young Adult Programs and Services; the E.H.A. Foundation Endowment for Literacy Programming; The Frederick P. & Sandra P. Rose Foundation; The Bok Family Foundation; Booth Ferris Foundation; The New York Life Foundation; The Pinkerton Foundation; News Corp; Con Edison; and The Walt Disney Company, with additional support from the Estate of Brooke Russell Astor and the Estate of Mary McConnell Bailey.
BridgeUp | Helping students reach their greatest potential
For grades 9–12
Looking to do something after school that is unlike anything you've done before? Then consider BridgeUp: a new and exciting Out-of-School Time program just for teens!
BridgeUp is committed to providing each of our Scholars with a customized plan for achieving their dreams. With unlimited access to cutting edge technology, daily homework help, activities that spark curiosity, and a team of incredible staff, there is no limit to what teens can achieve with BridgeUp.
The NYPL BridgeUp program has been made possible thanks to the generous support from the Helen Gurley Brown Revocable Trust.
Tips for parents of students in kindergarten through grade 4
Tips for parents of students in middle through high school
What you need to know about the grades 3-8 testing
A Parent's Guide to Common Core Learning
Help with homework
Dial-A-Teacher — UFT's homework help program. Classroom teachers answer homework questions at 212-777-3380, Monday through Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. during the school year.
Homework NYC Apps — Help for adults in helping the students in their lives use Internet tools properly and effectively for homework.
Scholarship and financial aid information
Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund — Each year, the UFT proudly awards nearly $1 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships to academically excellent and financially eligible students from New York City public schools.
District 26 Scholarship — Sponsored by the UFT, the Council of Supervisors and Administrators and the District 26 Parent Educator Alliance. Students must attend a District 26 school to be eligible.
Student Aid on the Web — Free information from the U.S. Dept. of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
College Answer — A resource for college planning from Sallie Mae
Fin Aid — A comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools
NYS Higher Education Services Corporation — A resource from New York State that covers state and federal grants as well as loans and scholarships
College Board — The College Board is the organization that does the SATs; their site has test information as well as other college prep material.
Resources for English Language Learners (ELLs)
New York State Education Commissioner’s regulations governing ELL instruction, known as "Part 154"
New York City DOE’s policies and programs for ELLs
Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners. It was created by the American Federation of Teachers, public TV and radio station WETA, the National Institute for Literacy, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. It includes instructional best practices, downloadable lesson plans, handouts and skill-building books, stories, activities and ideas. Sign up for their email newsletters here.
National Association for Bilingual Education
NABE's mission is to advocate for bilingual and English Language Learners and families and to cultivate a multilingual multicultural society by supporting and promoting policy, programs, pedagogy, research and professional development that yield academic success, value native language, lead to English proficiency, and respect cultural and linguistic diversity.
Make Beliefs Comix
Use this site to create comic strips. Choose from a diverse cast of characters. Select objects, scenes and emotions. Use talk balloons and thought balloons. Write in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Latin.
LibraVox makes books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet. It is noncommercial, nonprofit and ad-free. Its catalogue is organized by author, title, genre/subject and language. Offerings include over a thousand non-English works in languages ranging from the usual western European languages to Belarusian, Bengali, Cantonese Chinese, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Yiddish.
Great outings for parents and children
There’s nothing like the ring of that last school bell. Here are some fun after-school and weekend activities for children of all ages and their parents. Each borough has its special gems, including museums, parks and zoos that welcome families and provide hands-on experiences for young New Yorkers.