ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Supporting Young Parents in New York State

Supporting Young Parents in New York StateThese resources are for young parents as well as professionals who are supporting young families in New York State.

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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.

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Rights

Pregnant Teens and Parenting Teens: Know Your Rights

The LawHelpNY.org website serves as a clearinghouse of information and resources for New Yorkers who cannot afford an attorney. One section of the site covers the rights of pregnant and parenting teens.

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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.

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New York State Career Center Locator

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

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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.

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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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High School Diploma Equivalency Program

This website provides information for New York City residents on the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) exam needed for a High School Equivalency Diploma.

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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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NYC: Pregnant or Parenting Teen and Youth Assistance

This City of New York page links to information on day care, educational rights and help, and other services for expectant or parenting teens.

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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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NRFC: New York

Across every state, there are efforts to help support the positive and engaged involvement of fathers in the lives of their children and families. In the fact sheet on this page, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse has compiled information about groups providing support and services for fathers.

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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.

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Resources for Youth

NYC Teen Health

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

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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.

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NYC Health Mobile Apps

NYC Health mobile apps help connect New Yorkers to vital services and information for free.

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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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