About Empire Afterschool

The Department of Education through the Office of Community Schools was awarded the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Empire State After-School Program grant. This grant supports schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn with the development and expansion of quality after school programs. Activities reflect a balanced schedule of academic support, including tutoring and homework help, social/emotional learning, physical activity/wellness, and prevention services.

Click here to view our list of Empire Afterschool. 


  • Youth Services: City span will be facilitating a New York City Empire After School Online webinar training on Thursday, March 15th at 2pm (EST) & Tuesday, March 20th at 12pm (EST).  Please register for one workshop based on the date and time that works best for you through this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e- mail containing information about joining the webinar.  This webinar will provide you with guidance on how to enroll participants, create activity schedules, attach participants, and record attendance data.  We highly recommend that one staff member participate in the webinar. Attached is a user manual which is an excellent guide that can be reviewed prior to the webinar.
  • Site Visits: It is time for visits to begin! Please note that these visits are to support you and your programs and help with your programs development and growth. Your Partnership/Program Manager is excited to visit your schools and see all the great work you are doing with students. In preparation for your visit, make your Principals aware in advance so they are available to meet as well and please have questions, concerns, and of course program highlights ready to share with your Partnership Manager

  • 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 PetsAdminSupport@schools.nyc.gov and request an account. If you have an existing PETS account, email PetsAdminSupport@schools.nyc.gov asking them to add Empire to your existing account. In the email, be sure to include the school name, school DBN, your agencies EIN number, and clearly state that this request is specifically for Empire. 

 In order to set up a new PETS account, email PetsAdminSupport@schools.nyc.gov and request an account. If you have an existing PETS account, email PetsAdminSupport@schools.nyc.gov asking them to add Empire to your existing account. In the email, be sure to include the school name, school DBN, your agencies EIN number, and clearly state that this request is specifically for Empire. 
  • School Foods/Snack/Supper: A SACC number is needed to request supper. However, any Empire programs, even those without a SACC number, are able to request supper as long as you have the minimum number of participants School Foods requires (hot meals - you must have a minimum of 75 participants; snack - you do not need a minimum number of participants). All requests for meals, including holidays, must be submitted in advance. Please see meal request submission deadlines here.  

For programs operating without a SACC registration: School administrators must place the Supper, Saturday's and Holiday request on behalf of their ESAP CBO partner. Meals should be requested through the School Food website through the Special Program System. We will not issue a username and password for programs that do not have a SACC license.  All ESAP (Empire After School Program) sites regardless of whether or not they are SACC registered are eligible to request meals for programs operating on school holidays. Please access the 2017-2018 meal request submission deadlines for holiday services here.

  • SACCA SACC license is not required for Empire After School. Empire only requires programs to have all staff fingerprinted and cleared through PETS. However, if you already have a SACC license for a particular building, you must increase the capacity on that license and staff will be required to obtain SCR and SEL clearance.



For more information, please email communityschools@schools.nyc.gov