Mayor Bloomberg recently announced the creation of EarlyLearn NYC, a new system that will transform early child care for children served by the City’s subsidized early childhood system. The system will standardize education and provide services such as nutrition, health and mental health services; child assessments; support services for children with special needs; and increased professional development for staff. The system will include child care and head start centers and home-based programs serving low income families. Child care and early education programs and classrooms will be located near the homes of the lowest income families. Program hours for all age groups will be extended to a minimum of eight and a maximum of ten hours per day to help working parents care for their children.