Learning Bridges

As the New York City Department of Education resumes in-person schooling this fall, most schools and early childhood programs will operate on a blended learning model. This means that each week, students will have some school days in person, and some school days remotely. Learning Bridges is a new program that will provide free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning. 

How to Apply

  • If you are interested in the Learning Bridges program, please complete this application
  • Need help completing the online application? Call 311 for assistance.
  • If you already filled out the expression of interest form, you do not need to complete another application.

Programming and Safety

The Learning Bridges programs will: 

  • Be operated by community-based organizations and other partners 
  • Provide opportunities for children to connect to their remote learning activities 
  • Include time for art, recreation, and other age-appropriate activities 
  • Follow the same rigorous health and safety precautions as schools

Eligibility and Enrollment

Learning Bridges is open to 3-K through 8th grade students enrolled in a DOE school or contracted early childhood program. This includes District 75, 4410 programs, 853 programs, contracted 3-K, Pre-K, and EarlyLearn programs, and DOE elementary and middle schools. 

Currently, Learning Bridges is not available for families that have opted for a 100% remote schedule.

Priority for placement will be given to:

  • Families in temporary housing, including shelters and hotels
  • Children of NYCDOE school and program staff, including staff of Learning Bridges sites and other contracted early childhood providers
  • Families residing in NYCHA developments
  • Children in family foster care or receiving other child welfare services
  • Students with disabilities
  • Children whose parent/guardian is an essential worker or was previously enrolled in a Regional Enrichment Center (REC)

Learning Bridges sites will be paired with DOE schools and contracted early childhood programs so that students will be interacting with a similar cohort of students even between sites.

Where placements are available, families will receive a letter from the DOE detailing their Learning Bridges site and next steps to enroll their child. Seats will continue to be added throughout the fall on a rolling basis.

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