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 5/21/20: 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. Per the Governor, all New York State schools are closed through the end of the academic year. EarlyLearn programs have transitioned to a remote learning model. Classroom teachers will 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 will 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.
- Beacon, Cornerstone, and other Community Centers: Beach 41st, Hammel Houses, and Redfern Community Cornerstones are open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, for grab-and-go meals; you must call ahead. Latimer Community Cornerstone’s hours are 10 am.-4 p.m. Other food distribution events are available. Call your program site for more information. Per city and state guidelines, our Beacon, school-based, and NYPD centers are closed, but all of our community centers are offering online content, both fun and educational. Call your program site or visit your program’s Facebook page for more information. See below for information on how we are continuing to offer afterschool programming remotely for students of centers’ afterschool programs.
- Afterschool Programs: Locations are closed. Per the Governor, all New York State schools are closed through the end of the academic year. We are offering remote learning, DOE classwork support, and recreational activities during after-school hours. We are here for you. Please call or email your program directly if you need any assistance.
- Community Schools and Alternate High Schools: Locations are closed. Per the Governor, all New York State schools are closed through the end of the academic year. We continue to connect with students through outreach and remote activities and can assist with any support needed, including logging on to DOE web portals for schoolwork, assessing device capabilities, internship opportunities and guidance, and additional supports to make both online learning and coping with this pandemic easier. We also can link families to needed resources, including food and other essentials. We will continue to track students’ attendance and progress toward graduation and offer fun and engaging activities to help through this difficult time. Please call or email if you need any 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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