The Child Center of NY Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page
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.
Closings, Schedule Changes, and Updates
Updated 7/30/20: In response to the closing of NY schools and other guidance from government agencies, The Child Center has closed some of our program locations. We will continue to be creative in serving the children and families in our care the best way that we can while keeping all of us safe, and 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: Locations are closed. EarlyLearn programs have transitioned to a remote learning model. Classroom teachers remain in contact with all families through a modified model using a variety of electronic means with flexibility that meets the needs of the each family. Sites are continuing to accept new clients now (based on availability) and for next year. Please call programs directly for more information.
- Early Head Start and ParentChild+: Programs have transitioned to a remote 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 now (based on availability) and for next year. Please call programs directly for more information.
- 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: All Cornerstones will be offering in-person services by August 3. Meal and PPE distribution services are now available Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., at our Ocean Bay Cornerstone Community Center. Latimer Gardens Cornerstone Community Center also is offering food distribution, as well as in-person activities.
- NYPD Community Center: The NYPD Community Center is currently offering summer programming remotely and will open for in-person programming on Monday, August 3. We will be hosting a range of enrichment classes that include college/career services, SAT prep, technology, dance, sports (skills and drills activities to limit contact and ball sharing), talent shows and other engaging activities. Please reach out to the Center directly for more information.
- Extended Day Programs/Summer Camps and Beacon Centers: After having been entirely cut in Mayor de Blasio’s initial budget, funding for summer programming was partially restored on June 30. Programs that received funding this summer will operate with a hybrid service model August 3-14. This applies to our COMPASS and ExpandEd programs, as well as our J.H.S. 185 and I.S. 237 SONYC programs; M.S. 318 Waterside School for Leadership will operate remotely. Unfortunately, our other SONYC programs did not receive summer funding this year. Some programs are operating at alternate sites; please see our Summer Camp list list for the most up-to-date information. We will post further updates as they become available. As September nears, we also will share updates about our afterschool programs for the 2020-21 academic year.
- Community Schools and Alternate High Schools: Locations are closed. We will continue to engage students and families by offering remote summer academic and recreational activities to support fun summer engagement and to prevent summer learning loss. We will continue to engage parents and assess the need for resources, including food and other essential items. We will work with families and support them in preparing for the school year to come. If you require more information, please reach out to your specific school for assistance.
- 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 email@example.com 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:
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
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
Face Covering Distribution Sites
Find a Testing Site
Message from the NYPD Chief of Detectives about Asian Bias-Related Hate Crimes
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.
For food assistance, NYC residents can call 311 or visit http://nyc.gov/getfood.
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