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.

Please visit our Test and Treat page for information about 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 continues to serve the children and families in our care in the best way that we can while keeping all of us safe. We are here for those who need us. Please feel free to contact your program directly with any questions.

  • Head Start Centers: As of July 1, 2021, Head Start programs are operating in person, full time. Sites are continuing to accept new clients (based on availability). Please call programs directly or tap the “apply” button below.
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    Apply for enrollment in any of our Head Start or Early Head Start programs.
  • Early Head Start and ParentChild+: Early Head Start, both home-based and center-based, and ParentChild+ are now fully in person. All sites are continuing to accept new clients (based on availability). Please call programs directly for more information. We are happy to help!
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    Apply for enrollment in any of our Head Start or Early Head Start programs.
  • Behavioral Health Clinics and Centers: All clinics are now open 2-3 days a week for in-person services for clients (subject to change depending on factors related to COVID-19). We are following all COVID-19 guidelines, including mask wearing by staff, clients, and anyone at our centers. Clinicians are also available to provide services via tele-mental health, through phone and video, seven days a week, for individual and group sessions. All visits are by appointment only. We continue to accept new clients. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 718-358-8288 if you need help. For after-hours needs, please call our 24/7 phone service at 718-830-5061; this service is available to both new and existing clients. You may call this number even if you have never been a client of a Child Center program. We are here to help.
  • Health Homes, Home Visiting, and Prevention and Family Support: We are implementing both tele-health and in-person home visits. Program staff will remain in touch with you. We also continue to take referrals.
  • Cornerstone Community Centers: Cornerstones are open for in-person services, and programming is in full swing.  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. We look forward to seeing you!
  • COMPASS and SONYC Extended Day (afterschool) Programs: All programs are operating in person. Please call your program directly for more information.
  • Beacon Centers: All programs are operating in person. Please contact your program directly for more information.
  • Community Schools and Alternate High Schools: All programs are operating in person. Please contact your program directly for more information.
  • 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 call us at 718-228-0720, or email us at benefitsaccess@childcenterny.org if you need assistance with entitlements, health insurance, financial guidance, social services, legal services, or SNAP (“food stamp”) enrollment.

Our Hammel Houses Cornerstone Community 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
NYC Health–COVID-19 Website
NYC Department of Education
COVID-19: FAQ for Parents and Caregivers of Pre-School and School-Age Children
COVID-19: Vaccines
MTA Precautions Against the Coronavirus
Strong Children Wellness–Pediatric Primary Care Video Visits
Find a Testing Site

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.

Coping with Stress

 

Video Resources from Our School-Based Mental Health Team at Long Island City High School


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