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. 


In an effort to further support collaborative planning for the upcoming school year, the DOE Office of Community Schools is hosting start-up institutes for all partners receiving Empire State After-School (ESAP) funding.  To accommodate the large volume of sites in the ESAP network, we will host three identical sessions on the following dates from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, check in begins at 1:30pm.


·         Friday, September 14th please register for the session here.  

·         Wednesday, October 3rdplease register for the session here.

·         Thursday, October 4th please register for the session here.

RSVP for these sessions are required we ask that a  representative from both the school and CBO attend one (1) of the scheduled start-up sessions together.

  • In July a planning tools, Program Activity Plans and budgets for FY19, were sent out.  It is highly recommended that you begin planning and brainstorming for next school year. We will be hosting work sessions to complete the documents for those that request assistance.
  • 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/SupperA 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.

  • Youth Services: If you were not able to participate in the webinar they were recorded and is now available. If you missed the Webinar on  YouthServices.net the "how to training" can be found on the homepage here. Please note that all providers should begin entering participants, activity schedules, and attendance from the start of the program period. If you are having any issues logging in or with the site in general, please contact the help desk at 1-866-469-6884. 

Professional Development

We are excited to announce the first ESAP Professional Development opportunity for school year 2018-19: Team-Building and Communication. Our partner, Change Impact, will facilitate a session that will provide strategies and resources for developing a cohesive, supportive team.

Register for the PD session here.  RSVP is required and space is limited to no more than two (2) participants per school site.



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