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Supporting Young Parents in New York State

These resources are for young parents as well as professionals who are supporting young families in New York State.

Data

New York Data

Power to Decide provides detailed data on the latest New York State statistics regarding sex, contraception, pregnancy, and parenthood.

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New York State Data Sources

This ACT for Youth page links to data sources for New York State regions, counties, and communities.

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Benefits

Welcome to myBenefits!

Through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), this online tool offers New York State residents information on multiple human services benefits, the opportunity to check one's eligibility, and the ability to apply online. This tool is also offered in eight different languages.

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What You Should Know about Your Rights and Responsibilities When Applying for or Receiving Benefits

This OTDA guide provides in-depth information about the rights and responsibilities of persons looking to apply for or currently receiving public assistance or benefits. Topics include discrimination, employment, child care, voting, food stamps, and temporary housing, among others.

Manual

Rights

Pregnant Teens and Parenting Teens

Designed for young people in foster care, this Lawyers for Children handbook covers the rights of teens with respect to sexual health, pregnancy, and parenting.

Handbook

Employment

Jobs Express: Job Openings in New York State

Provided by the New York State Department of Labor, this jobs database is searchable by zip code.

Database

New York State Career Center Locator

This Career Center locator can find any career center located near a New York State zip code.

Directory

Education

BOCES of New York State

In much of New York State, the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) provide educational programs to school districts throughout the state. The BOCES website locates programs by district and provides information on educational opportunities for a variety of careers.

Directory

The New High School Equivalency (HSE) Test for New York State

This website provides information about the High School Equivalency test, which is available to individuals who have not graduated from high school or whose diplomas are not recognized by the state. This site provides testing locations as well as resources such as preparation courses and free study materials.

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Generation NYC: Finishing High School

This site for young adult residents of New York City provides information on alternative ways to graduate.

Information and Resources

Family Support Programs and Organizations

New York State Office of Children and Family Services

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is dedicated to connecting NYS residents to local resources and professional assistance related to child care, domestic abuse, juvenile justice, cyberbullying, employment, foster parenting, adoption, and much more.

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Generation NYC: Young Parents

This website for teens and young adults living in New York City connects to resources for child care, education, employment, health and emotional support, financial help, and parenting skills.

Information and Resources

Day Care Council of New York

Parents in NYC can contact the Day Care Council of New York to obtain referrals for licensed/registered child care providers.

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QUALITYstarsNY

Through the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council, this website offers NYS residents information on how to recognize quality child care, consider child care options, and locate and pay for child care.

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Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC)

This council advises New York State on issues related to young children and families. Through a full complement of services and resources, ECAC aims to ensure that all young children and families are healthy, learning, and thriving.

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Resources: Ready to Read at New York Libraries

This initiative from the New York State Education Department is intended to provide families and caregivers with high quality public library early learning services in local communities.

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Resources for Providers

NYS Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP)

NYSPEP is a statewide organization providing resources for parenting education providers.

Resources for Parent Educators

Resources for Youth

Generation NYC

This website for teens and young adults living in New York City connects to resources in the areas of adult preparation, health and social support, and education. It includes pages dedicated to specific populations, including youth experiencing homelessness, young parents, LGBTQ youth, justice-involved youth, immigrant youth, youth with disabilities, and foster youth.

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NYC Teen Health

This site provides information and videos on topics such as depression, pregnancy prevention, and sexual health.

Website and Videos

Teens in NYC Mobile App or Booklet

NYC Health offers a mobile app and booklet that list health care providers in all five boroughs who provide sexual and reproductive health services for teens.

NYC Sexual Health Provider Directories

ACT Youth Network

This ACT for Youth site provides teens in New York State with information on sexual health, relationships, leadership, and stress management.

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