Dear parents and caregivers,
Happy Holidays! I hope you and your family are enjoying togetherness and rest during this festive season.
At the UFT Staten Island borough office, there is a big change coming in the new year. We'll be moving to 1200 South Ave. Our new location will open at the beginning of 2022. I'm looking forward to seeing you at UFT parents events in this new, more spacious office.
Check out the upcoming events and resources below.
UFT Staten Island Parent and Community Liaison
- Saturday, Dec. 18: The Staten Island Children's Museum will host a seasonal singalong with the Viva Voce choir from 4 to 5 p.m. Like all Staten Island Children's Museum events, this is free with museum admission. The museum will be holding all sorts of family friendly events in the coming weeks, including during the winter recess. You can read about the singalong and more events by visiting the online calendar.
- Tuesday, Dec. 7, through Monday, Dec. 20: The city Department of Health will offer free, online Healthy Homes workshops in English and Spanish about a range of topics including medicine safety, toy safety and pest-control safety. See the schedule.
Student and family resources
- User-friendly guide to the FAFSA: Do you and your child need a hand filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? There’s a free guide designed for first-generation college students and the adults who help them available online in 10 languages. Check it out »
- Adult education for students ages 21 and older: The city Department of Education offers adult education classes for adults seeking to earn a high school equivalency diploma, learn English as a second language or pursue career and technical education programs including computer literacy, health careers, plumbing and more. Learn about offerings and how to enroll »
- Discounted tablets for families receiving public assistance: If you receive public assistance, including SNAP or Section 8 housing, you may be eligible for a $10.01 tablet through the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. Learn more and claim your device »
NYC programs and resources
- Job opportunity at City Cleanup Corps: A city program is hiring 10,000 New Yorkers to help wipe away graffiti, power-wash sidewalks, create murals, tend to gardens and revitalize neighborhoods. Learn more and apply »
- Curbside composting is coming back: The city’s popular curbside composting program will return to collect food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste and turn it into compost or renewable energy. Learn more and sign up »
- GetFoodNYC map: Check out an interactive, online map of food pantries, soup kitchens, farm stands and groceries stores at GetFoodNYC »
- Mental health support from NYC Well: Get free, confidential mental health support via phone, text or chat, and access mental health and substance use services in more than 200 languages by calling 888-NYC-WELL, texting “WELL” to 65173 or visiting nyc.gov/nycwell »