Parents and Families

Find a New York City Early Literacy Learning Program

New York City Early Learning Literacy (NYCELL) programs are:
  • Free
  • For children (between age one and three years nine months) and their parents or caregivers 
  • 12 weeks long
  • Two mornings a week for two hours
  • Available at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) locations, listed below.


At the NYCELL programs you will meet other parents or caregivers of young children, learn how to support your child in literacy, and get free books and educational toys for your child.


NYCELL programs are available at the following NYCHA Community Centers. Call the centers directly to reserve space. All locations offer programs Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  


Contact individual centers listed below or Lynda Nicolas at 212-356-3844 for more information.


Van Dyke Community Center
392 Blake Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11212
(718) 485-3719

Classic/Melrose Community Center
286 156th Street
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 665-1300

Sotomayor Community Center
1000 Rosedale Avenue
Bronx, NY 10472
(718) 378-6071

Rutgers Community Center
200 Madison Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 571-4202

King Towers Community Center
2 West 115th Street
New York, NY 10026
(212) 348-5721