To Our Clients: Please visit our COVID-19 page for program information and updates.

The Child Center of NY Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page

At The Child Center of NY, the health and well-being of our clients and staff are a priority.

To best serve the children and families we work with each day, this page will provide updates on the status of our programs, as well as resources and best practices to help keep everyone healthy and safe. Please check back regularly for updates, and do not hesitate to contact our main office or your program office if you have questions.

The Child Center of NY is a Test and Trace community partner. Please visit our Test and Trace page for information about how The Child Center can support you in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and finding out how and where you can get tested and/or vaccinated.

Closings, Schedule Changes, and Updates

In person, hybrid, or remotely, The Child Center of NY will continue to serve the children and families in our care in the best way that we can while keeping all of us safe. We will continue to be here for those who need us. Here is the latest program information. Please feel free to contact your program directly with any questions.

  • EarlyLearn Centers: Note: EarlyLearn centers are considered essential and remain open. EarlyLearn programs are operating with a hybrid learning model. Children are assigned to an in-person learning, blended learning, or full-remote learning model based on family needs and space availability. Classroom staff remain in contact with blended learning and full-remote learning families using a variety of electronic means with flexibility that meets the needs of each family. Sites are continuing to accept new clients (based on availability). Please call programs directly and see our COVID-19 Addendum in English or Spanish for more information.
    Apply for enrollment in any of our Head Start/EarlyLearn or Early Head Start programs.
  • Early Head Start and ParentChild+: Programs have transitioned to a virtual learning model. Home visitors remain in contact with all families through a modified model using a variety of electronic means with flexibility that meets the needs of each family. Sites are continuing to accept new clients (based on availability). Please call programs directly and see our COVID-19 Addendum in English, Spanish, and Bengali for more information.
    Apply for enrollment in any of our Head Start/EarlyLearn or Early Head Start programs.
  • Behavioral Health Clinics and Centers: Clinicians are available to provide services via tele-mental health, through phone and video, seven days a week, for individual and group sessions. They also are available on site and by appointment as needed. Your clinician will remain in touch with you. We continue to accept new clients. Please do not hesitate to contact us** if you need help.
  • Health Homes, Home Visiting, and Prevention and Family Support: We are implementing telephone, tele-video, and limited home visits. Program staff will remain in touch with you. We also continue to take referrals.
  • Cornerstone Community Centers: Beach 41, Ocean Bay, Oceanside, and Redfern Cornerstone Community Centers are open for in-person services, including learning labs (in-person programming to support hybrid and remote students) at Ocean Bay and Redfern. Latimer Gardens has re-opened for afterschool and teen programing, 2:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Hammel Houses Community Cornerstone is currently under construction and providing services in the form of pop-up activities, dependent on the weather; please check back for updates.  All sites continue to serve creatively and with dedication to meet the needs of the community. With in-person pop-up events, PPE distribution, and both remote and in-person activities, all Child Center Cornerstones are here to serve, and we are committed to offering something for everyone. Please contact your local Cornerstone for further details.
  • COMPASS and SONYC Extended Day (afterschool) Programs: COMPASS and SONYC programs are aligned with NYC DOE operations. Since NYC DOE elementary schools are now open for in-person learning, almost all of our COMPASS programs serving elementary school students are now offering in-person (hybrid) programming. Our SONYC programs will be resuming in-person services beginning Monday, March 1; there will continue to be remote offerings as well. Please call your program directly for more information.
  • Beacon Centers: Roosevelt Island Beacon at P.S./I.S. 217 is offering both remote and in-person programming (evening and Saturday programs are fully remote). Basie Beacon will return to in-person services on Monday, March 29, and will continue to offer remote activities during the evenings and on Saturdays. J.H.S. 226 and Parsons Beacon programs have returned to in-person services and will offer some virtual services during afterschool, evenings, and Saturdays. Please contact your program directly for more information.
  • Community Schools and Alternate High Schools: Our program at P.S. 148 is all-remote; P.S. 197Q is offering in-person afterschool programming; M.S. 72 will return on Monday, March 29, for full in-person services, with evening programs (6-8 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) programs all-remote; and August Martin High School is back to in-person learning, with afterschool activities remaining all-remote. Aspirations Diploma Plus High School is offering both remote and in-person programming; Civic Leadership Academy’s afterschool activities are all-remote; and Flushing YABC will continue with remote programming for students, with staff on site in the YABC office Monday-Thursday for any walk-in student/parent needs (please reach out in advance with specific issues).
  • Child Center Benefits Access (formerly known as Single Stop): Staff are taking referrals remotely. We know that during this extraordinary time, people of all communities and backgrounds need assistance with basic necessities more than ever. Please contact us at 347-804-1477, or email Assistant Program Director Elizabeth Ortiz at if you need assistance with entitlements, health insurance, financial guidance, social services, legal services, or SNAP (“food stamp”) enrollment.

**To reach any clinic for any reason at any hour, please call our 24/7 phone service at 718-830-5061; this service is available to both new and existing clients in our behavioral health, school-based mental health, early childhood mental health, and prevention programs. You may contact this number even if you have never before been a client of a Child Center program.

If you’d like to reach a specific clinic, please contact:

Phone: 718-358-3288
Email: (mental health); (substance use)
Fax: 718-358-5265
Phone: 718-458-4243
Fax: 718-458-4481
Phone: 718-899-9810
Fax: 718-899-9699
Phone: 718-297-8000
Fax: 347-571-2448

Our Hammel Houses Community Cornerstone Center joined with DYCD, City Harvest, NYCHA, the Resident Association President, and the NYPD 100th Precinct to host a food bank event that served 280+ families.

Additional Information and Resources

Follow the guidelines and information provided by the trusted agencies below. Please share these resources, and the fliers on this page, with your community.

For information on COVID-19 in NY State and New York City

NY State Department of Health
Subscribe to New York State’s Coronavirus Updates
NYC Health–COVID-19 Website
NYC Health–Fact Sheet
NYC Department of Education
COVID-19: FAQ for Parents and Caregivers of Pre-School and School-Age Children
COVID-19: Vaccines
New York Public Library Remote Learning Resources
MTA Precautions Against the Coronavirus
Strong Children Wellness–Pediatric Primary Care Video Visits
Cabrini Immigration Services of NYC COVID-19 Resources
Find a Testing Site
Message from the NYPD Chief of Detectives about Asian Bias-Related Hate Crimes
Governor Cuomo Announces New Cluster Action Initiative

New Yorkers can text COVID to 692-692 to get regular updates on the latest developments regarding COVID-19; text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish.

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