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NYS Parent Guide



New York State Parents’ Connection


Get your free copy of As You Think About Child Care for Your Three to Five Year Old, a free checklist to help in choosing child care and preschool services. Click on “Child Care” for other parent resources.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS):

Your local PBS station offers excellent television programs and a website to help your preschooler get ready for school. You can also find information on child development and parenting tips.

Universal Pre-K

Search for “UPK Directory” to find a list, by town and city, of New York State’s free Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs. The Office of Early Learning hosts a parent resources page.

Head Start and Early Head Start

Find your local Head Start and Early Head Start—a free early childhood program for eligible families.

Ready Rosie

ReadyRosie is an early education tool that is currently helping schools and communities across the nation deepen and scale their parent engagement efforts by leveraging the power of video modeling and mobile technology to meet and equip parents where they are. ReadyRosie has hundreds of brief videos in English and Spanish that model everyday interactions in familiar environments with real parents. Ask if your community has Ready Rosie for new parents.