HEALTH & WELLNESS
Vaccines for 5-11-Year-Olds
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years of age has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This is the final approval needed in order to begin vaccinating this age group. We strongly encourage you to vaccinate your children to protect them, their fellow students, our school staff, and our wider communities. Children can get vaccinated at their doctor’s office, pharmacies, and vaccine sites across the city.
The following resources provide information about the importance and safety of the COVID vaccine in children:
- Let’s Talk Health (Hablemos de Sauld) – The New Normal for Kids During COVID-19
- What to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine and Young Kids
- Addressing Concerns about the COVID-19 Vaccine
The city is providing a $100 incentive if you or your children get a first vaccine dose at a New York City-run vaccine location or through the City’s in-home vaccination program. Once the first COVID-19 vaccine dose is complete, you will receive an email with instructions on how to select your money or incentive.
If you get your first vaccine dose at a New York City-run vaccine location, you will be eligible to choose one of the incentives listed below, including a $100 pre-paid debit card:
- $100 pre-paid debit card
- NYC Ferry 10-Ride Pass
- Statue of Liberty and accompanying ferry ticket
- NYC Public Markets gift cards ($25)
- Snug Harbor family membership
- Family fun wristband and free ride on the Cyclone at Luna Park in Coney Island
Testing sites in your ZIP code (including mobile testing sites) can be found here.
Social And Emotional Learning Resources
- NYS Hotline: Free Emotional Support, Consultation, Referral to Provider: (844) 863-9314
- NYC Well Mobile Crisis call 1-888-NYC-WELL or TEXT WELL to 65173 available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a free, confidential service for free information, help, and emotional support.
- NYS Office of Mental Health Resources
- Citizens Committee for Children of New York Covid-19 Resources
Ongoing individual and family therapy
Resources specializing in providing support services to Black Americans
Grief, Loss and Bereavement
- Jewish Board Loss & Bereavement Programs for Children and Teens
- Jewish Board General Bereavement Programs
(or call 212-632.4692)
Child Emotional Wellness Resources for Parents
- Talking to Children about Racism and Violence (WBUR)
- Family Workshops (Roots ConnectED)
- Child Mind Institute – Parent Resources
- Talking to Kids About Race
Life After Covid
FOOD & NUTRITION
Additional Meal Resources
P-EBT Food Benefit
New York State is providing Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food benefits to all households with children who are eligible to receive free school lunch under the National School Lunch Act and whose school was closed or operating with reduced in-school attendance due to COVID-19 during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Issuance of the food benefit will continue for several months, due to the large number of eligible children and schools participating in the National School Lunch Program across the state.
If your child(ren) is eligible and has not received P-EBT benefit by November 2021, you may fill out the P-EBT Information Form.
If your child(ren) is newly enrolled in their school and/or you believe they qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, contact your child’s school to ask about the program requirements.
If you have misplaced a P-EBT Food Benefit card issued to your child[ren), you may order a replacement card by calling 1-888-328-6399. If your child(ren) received P-EBT benefits on a Medicaid card and you need to order a replacement NYS Medicaid card or select a PIN, go to otda.ny.gov for more information.
Once you have set up a PIN to access your P-EBT food benefits, you can check your family’s P-EBT food benefits balance by visiting www.connectebt.com or by calling 1-888-328-6399.
DOE Grab and Go Food Sites
The New York City Department of Education provides free breakfast and lunch to all NYC students. All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at once. DOE food sites will be available to all NYC children Monday through Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm at locations across the city. Please use the DOEs Free Meal Location Tool to find a site near you.
Emergency Food Supplies
- Food Bank for New York City – Find a food bank near you
- NYC Human Resources Administration Food Assistance Program
- The HopeLine for Free Diapers and Formula
- St. Charles Borromeo Food Pantry, 221 West 141st Street. Please call first to see if they are open 212-281-2100
No-cost/Childcare Subsidy Options
- The Office of Children and Family Services, Child Care Subsidy: The Office of Children and Family Services is committed to providing assistance with child care costs to eligible families through the Child Care Subsidy Program. Child care subsidies can help parents/caretakers pay for some or all of the cost of child care services. In general, families are eligible for financial assistance if they meet the state’s low-income guidelines, and need child care to work, look for work, or attend employment training. Information on Assistance with Childcare Costs at The Office of Children and Family Services
Paid Childcare Options
- Care.Com (http://www.care.com/) is a national clearinghouse for private and center-based childcare. They clearly state their vetting criteria and have an easy-to-navigate system.
- The Office of Children and Family Services. The OCFS Search Engine is easy to navigate and allows a search by zip code.
Funding available to cover past-due rent
- In early June, New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) updated the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) information on its website [nyc.gov]. This updated information can help guide your team through the necessary eligibility requirements and documentation required to help clients apply for rental relief funding.
- New York State also maintains a hotline [844-NY1-RENT (844-691-7368)] and provides information on the OTDA website[nysrenthelp.otda.ny.gov].
- In New York City, The Legal Aid Society recently launched a special housing hotline to connect undocumented and mixed-status tenants with resources and funding available through programs including ERAP and FASTEN (Funds & Services for Tenants Experiencing Need): 212-298-3490.
Child Tax Credit
- The Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity) has updated its ACCESS NYC tool [access.nyc.gov] to help families determine eligibility for the 2021 Child Tax Credit.
- Starting July 15, 2021, payments will automatically be made monthly from the IRS if families have filed taxes for tax year 2020 or tax year 2019. If families did not file, they can:
- File their 2020 tax return for free with NYC Free Tax Prep [nyc.gov] if they earned $68,000 or less, or
- [If they aren’t required to file a tax return] Use the Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool [irs.gov] to provide info to the IRS for advance cash payments.
Excluded Workers Fund
- We are awaiting further guidance from the State about the recently-passed “Excluded Workers Fund, [access.nyc.gov]” which will provide payment to workers with low income who suffered income loss due to COVID-19 who were not eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Economic Impact Payments (EIP) due to immigration status or other factors.
- NY State Comptroller Covid-19 Financial Survival Toolkit
- Candid.org list of emergency financial resources
- The Legal Aid Society maintains an Access to Benefits hotline (888-663-6880) and website [legalaidnyc.org] that includes information on:
- Cash assistance
- Rental relief (housing assistance)
- Nutritional assistance (SNAP, WIC, P-SNAP)
- Unemployment insurance (P-UI)
- Health insurance / Medicaid
- The City’s Department of Social Services / Human Resources Administration provides regular updates on its website.