October 24, 2016
By Neal Tepel
“We believe that New York City is the best place in America to raise children, and we’ve invested in a range of programs – from Pre-K for All to Schools Out New York City – that are making it better by the day,” said Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives. “By making information about New York City’s many programs and parenting resources available through a 21st Century digital tool, Growing Up NYC allows parents and caregivers to access the best that our City has to offer.”
The Growing Up NYC digital platform is a new City resource for New Yorkers. A “mobile first” platform – accessible by phone, tablet or computer at nyc.gov/GrowingUpNYC – the digital guide is designed to help access City services, programs, and events for families and children up to age 12. Parents will be able to access everything from after-school programs to parenting classes to temporary cash assistance programs and where to find fresh foods in their neighborhoods . A hard-copy resource guidebook that contains expanded information for youth up to age 24 will be available in libraries across the City.
“It is essential that our youngest New Yorkers have access to a high quality education in their earliest years regardless of the neighborhood they live in or the language they speak at home,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “Growing Up NYC will help provide parents and guardians with a road map of programs and resources for our youngsters, like the fantastic cultural institutions and parks that New York City has to offer. I encourage families to take full advantage of this program and the many exciting opportunities in NYC.”
Growing Up NYC’s goal is to make it easier for families to discover the many free programs and resources available in the big apple. This digital platform is designed to bring the City’s services into the 21st century and delivers City resources directly to the fingertips of New Yorkers.
“As the proud new father in my first year of parenthood, having a one-stop guide to all resources available in the city could be a lifesaver for parents who are about to dive head first into parenting,” said Council Member Donovan Richards. “Being a father is the hardest job I’ve ever had, so I’d like to thank First Lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor Buery for bringing all the vital tools at the City’s disposal directly to families with this new mobile platform.”