COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

New York State Department of Health Pre-K to Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit

 DOH TOOLKIT

 

Three Free Meals

 

Stay informed

  • Check the NYC Health website: For fact sheets and up-to-date information specific to New York City in multiple languages, visit NYCHealth.gov »
  • Get the latest coronavirus updates by phone: The New York State Department of Health invites New York residents to text COVID to 692-692 for updates in English or text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish. You can also find daily updates on the website »

Parenting resources

Learn-at-home resources

Remote learning for public school students starts on Monday, March 23. In the meantime, keep kids' minds occupied with these free activities.

  • Online "mommy and me" classes from Circletime:  New users can get free enrichment classes for kids up to the age of 8. Topics include yoga, cooking, art and music. Check it out »
  • Free, daily learn-at-home activities from Scholastic: The children's publishing company will release four new activities every day for kids studying at home. Take a look »
  • Education companies offering free subscriptions: Dozens of education companies are offering free online subscriptions during school closures. See a list »

Fun things to do while social distancing

  • Children's stories in Spanish: Find free audio and video files of beloved children's books read aloud in Spanish from The Spanish Experiment »
  • Livestream doodles with Mo Willems: Beloved children's author Mo Willems will release a livesteam "lunch doodle" every weekday at 1 p.m. and invites kids to draw and write with him. Find out more »
  • Virtual yoga classes for kids: For short, kid-friendly yoga classes you can stream on your phone, computer or television, check out Cosmic Kids yoga »

Financial and other forms of relief

  • No student or medical debt collection until April 16: The New York State Attorney General's Office announced it will suspend collection of student and medical debt until April 16. The policy will also halt interest accrual on these loans. Find out more »
  • Get free, confidential mental health help from home: NYC Well provides free, confidential mental health help from licensed counselors to New Yorkers in crisis. Talk to someone on the phone, via chat or via text. Check it out »
  • Free delivery of groceries and supplies: Volunteers across the city are delivering groceries, medication and other necessities to elderly and otherwise at-risk residents. Get a delivery or sign up to volunteer »

Food help

  • Find a food pantry near you: Food Bank NYC is giving out free meals, groceries and SNAP support all over the city. To find nutrition support near you, visit the website »
  • Find food help in Spanish: Check out an interactive map in Spanish of "comida gratis" (free food) around New York City. See the map online »
  • NYC food hub: The Covid-19 food hub for NYC is continuously gathering information about free groceries and meals around the city as well as about financial help for restaurant workers. Check it out »
  • Free food in the Bronx: World Central Kitchen and state Assemblyman Michael Blake are partnering to distribute fresh, individually packaged meals daily at seven locations around the Bronx. Find out more »
  • Free meals for seniors in the Bronx: SUNY's Bronx Educational Opportunity Center and District 16 will offer free meals to senior citizens every weekday at six senior centers around the Bronx. See the details »