Community Resources

Library Cards

Did you know that libraries in Syracuse no longer have a minimum age for library cards? That means your little one can have their very first library card today! Libraries provide story hours, free access to books, movies and music, and so many events and programs for the whole family to enjoy. Our Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL) system includes the Central Library in Syracuse, 10 city libraries, and 21 suburban libraries across the county. That means no matter where you are in Onondaga County, you can find a local library for you and your family to enjoy.

Child care solutions

Call Child Care Solutions at (315) 446-1220 ext. 303 or toll free at (888) 729-7290 or email to talk to a parent service expert about high quality childcare available in Onondaga County. You can also take advantage of their free parent referral service by filling out this form.

The Reading League

Among other important resources, the Reading League provides parents and caregivers an introduction to the science of reading and how you can apply that knowledge to help your child at home. See the Reading League’s parent course for more information.

Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow provides parents with crucial information regarding their child’s development and progress. Take advantage of activities, resources, and personal connections to local services by contacting Help Me Grow today.

Head Start and Early Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start “promotes the physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth of infants and toddlers, and provides prenatal education and support services to pregnant women.” Apply today by filling out this form or by calling (315) 634-3741. For more information, visit Peace, Inc. or call their Intake Department at (315) 634-3741.

Parent Education Programs at Catholic Charities

Offering multiple parenting programs, Catholic Charities offers classes for parents who are concerned about their communication with their children or with their behavior. From infant care classes to preschool level, Catholic Charities provides valuable parenting education to Onondaga County families. See the full list and contact information here.