Learning Bridges

Learning Bridges Student Day Care

The DOE has broadened access to Learning Bridges programs, so that more families can attend programs, by drawing students from multiple schools to a single Learning Bridges site. In broadening access to Learning Bridges, students will no longer need to attend a matched school to enroll in a program. This additional flexibility will ensure that Learning Bridges seats are available to more schools and as many families as possible.
Interested families should complete the Learning Bridges application, which takes less than five minutes; applications are accepted on a rolling basis and if a school is not listed (non-matched), families should leave those fields blank. Offers are made on a weekly basis and new seats and sites will continue to be added throughout the fall.
This decision to open Learning Bridges to additional schools was made in conjunction with the city’s health experts; all Learning Bridges programs will continue to follow rigorous COVID-19 prevention strategies. If your school was previously matched to a Learning Bridges site, families that received offers will continue to have a seat in the program.
For questions, email LearningBridges@schools.nyc.gov.

How to Apply

Fill out the application available here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges

Placement Priorities

The Learning Bridges initiative will prioritize the placement of families in the following categories:

    • Children living in temporary housing and NYCHA developments
    • Children of NYCDOE school and program personnel, including staff of Learning Bridges sites and NYCDOE staff who have been deployed for in-person teaching
    • Children receiving child welfare services
    • Students with IEPs
    • Children whose parent/guardian is an essential worker or were previously enrolled in a Regional Enrichment Center


Frequently Asked Questions about the City-Wide Program

What is Learning Bridges?

As the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) resumes in-person schooling this fall, schools will operate on a blended learning model. Each week students will have some school days in person, and some school days remotely. Learning Bridges is a new program offering no-cost preschool and school age child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning.

Who is eligible for Learning Bridges?

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. See above for the priority list for placement.

Can I participate in Learning Bridges if my child is enrolled in remote learning?

No. Currently, Learning Bridges is not available for families that have opted for a 100% remote schedule.

Where are the programs located?

Programs are available in all five boroughs. Program locations are linked to nearby schools and will be selected with consideration given to communities hard hit by COVID-19 and other disparities.

What types of sites will offer the program?

Learning Bridges will be run by community-based partners contracted by DOE and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).

If you receive a placement, the following information will be shared with your Learning Bridges site so that they may contact you for enrollment: your child’s name, DOB, OSIS number, address, and school; your name, phone number and email address; and your family’s priority status for placement. If enrolled, your child will be expected to comply with all health screening procedures required by the City and the community-based organization running their program.

What is the schedule for drop-off/pick-up?

Learning Bridges programs are open from 8am to 3pm, five days a week. Students will attend programs on days when they are not in school. Specific drop-off and pick-up locations and practices as well as attendance schedules will be provided to parents by the program.

Will siblings be served at the same program?

Sibling enrollment will be considered to the extent possible.

If I apply to Learning Bridges, am I guaranteed a seat?

Not all families will receive an initial assignment. Seats will continue to be added throughout the fall on a rolling basis, so families that do not get a seat initially will be contacted should a seat become available later.