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Coronavirus resources for NYC Families

We know the coronavirus crisis and the school closings have created a challenging time for New York City families. Be assured that the UFT stands with you, and you can count on us for real-time information and valuable resources while we all navigate these uncharted waters.

Free family resources

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Remote learning

Between remote lessons with their teachers, keep kids' minds occupied with these free activities.

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Try these fun and kid-friendly things to do while social distancing.

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Financial relief

Amid school and business closings, many families are experiencing financial stress. Look into the resources below for free services and financial relief.

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Free Food

Along with public schools, many community organizations and businesses want to help food-insecure families. Look for groceries and daily grab-and-go meals from these organizations.

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Here you'll find free resources to keep kids' minds and bodies healthy.

News from the city Department of Education

  • Child care for children of front-line workers: The city Department of Education opened regional enrichment centers around the city for the children of health care providers, transit workers and others whose jobs are considered essential. To find out if you qualify and apply for your child's spot, visit the DOE website
  • Free grab-and-go meals: All New Yorkers may pick up three free grab-and-go meals per day at any of more than 400 sites around the city. Meals are available between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every weekday. Children and families are encouraged to pick up their meals between 7:30 and 11:30 a.m., and adults are encouraged to come between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Find a site near you

Stay informed

  • Check the NYC Health website: For fact sheets and up-to-date information specific to New York City in multiple languages, visit
  • 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