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Homework Hotline Nyc Number

Have you ever looked at your child's homework and wondered "what is this"? You want to help but you have no idea where to begin. Well there is a service that can help you provide homework help to your child. It is called, Dial-A-Teacher and it is part of New York City's public libraries website homeworknyc.org

HomeworkNYC.org provides homework help in any subject of the school's curriculum. Get one-on-one help online or by phone from a New York City school teacher.

Dial-A-Teacher Whiteboard is available Monday-Thursday 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (when school is in session)                 

  • A student logs on to the free, online Dial-A Teacher service by providing some basic background information. They are then connected with a certified NYC teacher
  • The student can type his/her question, or use a mouse to draw a math problem, even upload a homework sheet or paper for the teacher to go over
  • The teacher instantly sees the assignment/question and provides the student with help

* You can also call Dial-A-Teacher (212) 777-3380 Monday-Thursday 4:00 PM to7:00 PM (when school is in session) *


  • Offers homework help in different languages
  • Provides scientific calculators (that don’t just give the answers but show the steps to getting the answer)
  • Provides 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math textbooks online
  • Students can also save the information of their favorite databases, on this website

Attached is a handout for Dial-A-Teacher.

What: Homework help line for elementary and middle school students, run by classroom teachers

Hours: Monday—Thursday, 4—7 p.m.

Languages spoken: Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and Fukanese), English, French, Haitian-Creole, Russian, Slovak and Spanish

Download Dial-A-Teacher fliers in English and in Spanish

A Brief History

The Dial-A-Teacher program began in January of 1980. It was a pilot program in 17 schools in 8 districts. Five teachers were hired to field these questions with one teacher proficient in Spanish. Students throughout the city quickly began to use the program to get help with homework problems that stumped them. By 1986, the program expanded to include all elementary schools in the city through funding by the NYC City Council. The UFT provided a large space where the newly hired staff of 45 teachers could work. Hundreds of texts and reference materials were bought and Dial-A-Teacher was now a world-class source of help for all the elementary students in the city.

As word spread to students that there was a telephone number that they could call to get free help with homework, the number of calls climbed steadily. Students in middle school and high school who were using the Dial-A-Teacher program since the third grade continued to seek this help. Dial-A-Teacher began hiring experts in advanced math and science to field these calls from older students.

Key Staff

The director of the Dial-A-Teacher program is Anthony Harmon. Sean Blanks is the coordinator who assists in the day-to-day administration of the program. The office telephone number is 212-598-9205. You can use this number to arrange for workshops, to order materials, to schedule classroom visits or to get general information about the program. If you need to speak to the director, call 212-510-6338.

New York Teacher articles on Dial-A-Teacher

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