Afterschool programs offer increased learning opportunities for students and critical support for families. Mayor de Blasio’s administration has launched an unprecedented expansion of after school programs – most of which are in New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) schools. The Office of Community Schools offers support to schools and after school program providers and is a liaison between the NYC DOE and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).

What We Do

We collaborate with Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and other government agencies to provide afterschool programs for all NYC schools. Activities reflect a balanced schedule of academic support, including tutoring and homework help, social/emotional learning, physical activity/wellness, and prevention services.

Our Impact

In 2016, we have received Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention (ESD/SVP) funding. This state-funded program supports collaborative projects that address the problem of school violence through extended school day programs and/or other school violence prevention strategies/resources.

In 2016 and 2017, the Office of Community Schools received Twenty-First Century Community Learning Center funding. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

In 2018, Empire Afterschool supports 94 schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn with the development and expansion of quality after school programs.

Resources and tools

  • School safety protocol document
  • PETS
    • It is critical that all staff members working inside a DOE building be cleared and eligible through the PETS system. In order to set up a new PETS account, email and request an account.
  • SACC license


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