KIPP NYC is committed to ensuring that our families have access to nutritious meals, childcare, and mental health services even when our school buildings are closed. Below are various resources to assist you.
KIPP Food Pantry
Over the past few months, KIPP NYC has provided additional assistance to families via a weekly food pantry operating out of KIPP’s private high school building in the Bronx. We hope to continue to make this option available to families for a period of time as we move through this school year. KIPP NYC will make all information about food services, including access to meals for students who are learning remotely and information about KIPP’s food pantry, available via KIPP NYC’s website and in our direct communications to you.
Additional Meal Resources
- 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:
- 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.
- Society of Saint Vincent dePaul Food Pantry at St. Paul the Apostle on West 60 Street and Amsterdam Avenue, NYC
KIPP NYC recognizes and respects that childcare is currently a key family concern during remote and/or potential hybrid instruction. All families should be connected to the care options they deserve, and we will keep you updated on all new childcare developments.
We encourage families to complete this form if they are attending any Family Childcare Forums and are specifically interested in connecting to other families nearby in the neighborhood to share childcare during remote learning.
- No-cost/Childcare Subsidy Options
Students of Essential Workers: Children of essential workers who were attending a DOE REC Center will now be prioritized to participate in NYC DOE Learning Bridges. DOE schools will be partnering with community-based organizations to provide care and academic support starting 9/21/20. Learning Bridges Application.
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.
Paid Childcare Options
Care. Com (https://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.
Another source of information is the Office of Children and Family Services. The OCFS Search Engine is easy to navigate and allows a search by zip code. Please see below links for a small sampling by borough.
Free Independent Reading Resources
- New York Public Library: Take advantage of your local library’s remote library resources. If you don’t already have a library card, click here to view how you apply for one online.
If you or your child require social, emotional, or mental health resources:
- For Immediate Help:
- 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.
- Ongoing individual and family therapy – Headway Co
Resources specializing in providing support services to Black Americans – Ayana Therapy
- Grief, Loss and Bereavement – 212.632.4692
- Child Emotional Wellness Resources for Parents
- Family Workshops (Roots ConnectED) Talking about Race and Racism with Your Child