Resources

Resources

During this public health crisis, our Fresh Air families, as well as families across NYC, the country, and around the world, are facing many challenges. We have compiled links to resources including how to access food, educational tools and ideas for activities to keep children engaged and supported. Check back regularly – we’ll continue to add additional resources.

View our Fresh Air Everywhere Activity Library here

Essential Resources

Schedule a Vaccine: This site shows where vaccines are available. After filling in some demographic information, you will be led to another page where you can schedule an appointment at a site near you at the next available date. 

SOMOS Vaccinations: This organization is supporting COVID-19 vaccine distribution at Yankee Stadium and other locations in the Bronx. Learn more about who is currently eligible and make an appointment if you are currently eligible.

Telemundo Noticias: Todo lo que necesitas saber sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19, a medida que el programa de inmunización avanza en Estados Unidos, en Español.

COVID-19 Testing Sites: NYC Health + Hospitals’ site lists up-to-date COVID-19 testing sites with dates, times and other details across the five boroughs. This site also offers the option to preregister for vaccines at some locations.

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments: To help families during COVID, the U.S. government made changes to the Child Tax Credit. Families can get half of the fully refundable credit—worth up to $3,600 per child—as monthly payments in 2021 and the other half as a refund in 2022. For full details, click here.

HelpNow NYC: Resources for navigating COVID-19 testing, unemployment, food and medical assistance, and more. 

Resources for Working Families: Information from New York State on accessing and applying to benefit programs (including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), and Temporary Assistance, and more.)

South Brooklyn Mutual Aid: This mutual aid network provides support including delivering groceries, picking up prescriptions, conversation and companionship, translation, social services guidance, preparing cooked food, dog walking, and in certain cases childcare/pet care. 

FOOD

Hunger Free NYC: Get help accessing food benefits, such as SNAP and WIC. Help is available to aid individuals and families through each step of the SNAP application process, from conducting pre-screenings and filing applications to serving as client advocates.

  • English: (646) 355-1475
  • Spanish: (347) 599-1510
  • Mandarin/Cantonese: (646) 935-3513)

Access NYC: Find help in NYC with food, money, housing, work and more.

Coronavirus NYC Neighborhood Food Resource Guides: Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has created Food Resource Guides for each NYC neighborhood.

FoodHelp NYC: Resources for finding food pantries, soup kitchens, and SNAP centers in NYC.

Food Hub NYC: Food resources for children.

NYC DOE: Free meals and food resources for students.

Plentiful App: A free, easy-to-use reservation system for food pantries. You can use Plentiful to find pantries and get the food you need, without waiting in line.

HOUSING

Access HRA: If your work schedule was reduced as a result of the coronavirus and you are unable to pay your rent, you can apply for a Cash Assistance special grant request to get benefits for emergencies.

NYC Housing Preservation & Development: Information on Covid-19 related Section 8 Resources.  

Emergency Assistance Rental Program (EARP): Apply for the EARP online for economic relief if you are at risk of homelessness or housing insecurity.

Health Resources

Brainpop – Understanding Coronavirus for Kids: Short, engaging, age-appropriate and informative video on coronavirus to help explain situation to children.

Children’s Institute Resources for Family: A collection of information to support social and emotional health during coronavirus.  

Cooling Assistance Benefit: Eligible households can receive the cost to buy and install an air conditioner or fan up to a cost of $800.

Get Covered NYC: The 2020-2021 health insurance Open Enrollment Period is now open through December, 31st, 2021. New Yorkers in the five boroughs can enroll in health insurance, including low- or no-cost options, under the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare).

How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing: Mental Health First Aid provides some top tips for self-care during COVID-19. 

NYC Mayor’s Office of ThriveNYC: Mental Health support New Yorkers can access while staying home. 

NYCWell: 24/7 services available to speak with someone via call, chat or text during a time of crisis.

Education Resources

Audible: Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages.

NYC DOE – Devices for Remote Learning & Tech Support: Do you need a device, need technical support or to fix a broken device, or are dealing with a lost or stolen device? Call DOE’s IT Help Desk at 718-935-5100 and press 5 to get assistance.

Khan Academy: Offering free online content and resources for all subjects and grade-levels. Daily schedules, daily weekday live streams and guides for anyone looking to get started. All resources are translated into 11 languages.

New York Hall of Science: Free, fun, at-home resources which will encourage open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement and delight for all age ranges.

New York Public Library: Offers remote learning resources for children and teens including academic support, reading resources, and engaging activities to do at home are also available.

  • NYPL Summer Camp: Children from grades kindergarten through middle school can explore New York from home through the NYPL’s six-week Virtual Summer Camp aimed to enhance literacy skills all summer long.

New York Times Learning Network: The New York Times is supplying activities for students including writing prompts and multimedia challenges – suitable for middle school and college students.

NYC DOE: Resources, information, activities, tools and support from the Department of Education to support Learning at Home.

ReadWorks: Free resources to help families supporting reading growth at home during COVID-19. Find easy-to-follow help for parents and guardians, including live and recorded webinars.

Thames and Kosmos: Free and downloadable science and play activities for at-home fun and learning, ages 3-11+! Note: Most activities require the use of at-home kitchen and office supplies, as well as parental supervision.

Zearn: Offers 400 hours of free digital math lessons via webinars.

Activities for Kids

ABTKids Daily: American Ballet Theatre’s new home for families and educators to discover digital content for their virtual classrooms. Each day, you can Meet an ABT Dancer, engage with an ABT Teaching Artist, learn fun facts and enjoy ballet-themed activities from the comfort of your own home.

Action for Healthy Kids: Fun ways to stay active, eat healthy and practice mindfulness – all at home.

American Museum of Natural History: This museum is offering their exhibits and online resources including materials for families and teachers, virtual tours, videos, games and more. 

America’s Test Kitchen: Kids can discover and learn more about food, cooking and recipes online.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts: Check out the thought-provoking, free, exhibits at the Bronx Museum, open Wednesday through Sunday. Reserve free tickets prior to visiting here.

The Bronx Zoo: Free tickets are available to visit the Bronx Zoo on Wednesdays, and are released at 5pm each Monday. Reserve here – tickets go quickly! 

Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse: Kids ages 7 and older can kayak for free at the Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse with parental supervision on Sundays from 12 pm to 2:30 pm. Note: tickets fill up weeks in advance.  

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Journey to the Stars: Take the whole family to stargaze at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Friday, August 27th from 8-10pm- first come, first serve. Telescopes will be provided.

Brooklyn Public Library: Lobby Service is offered at most locations. Virtual Library Programming for all ages, including storytime, Dungeons & Dragons, video game tournaments and writing workshops, as well as recorded author talks and musical events.

Bryant Park Picnic Performances: Check out the various music, dance, and theater events in Bryant Park. All performances are free and first come first serve, so check out the schedule. Note: All attendees must present a negative COVID test from within 72 hours or proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  

Circletime: Yoga and mindfulness resources, science experiments you can do from home, and arts and crafts ideas. Code: homefun9.

Culture Pass: Using their New York, Brooklyn or Queens Public Library card, New Yorkers can reserve a pass and get free admission to dozens of NYC cultural institutions, including museums, historical societies, heritage centers, public gardens and more.

Encantos: Offers free, bilingual resources for preschoolers as well as printable, social studies resources for elementary-age students.

Free Outdoor Pools: Cool off at a free public pool near you! NYC Parks offers swimming access in all 5 boroughs open daily 11am-7pm all summer long!

Free Summer Movies: NYC Parks is offering a variety of free movies under the stars all summer long, with a focus on family friendly films.

Libby: This app makes it easy for kids to search and download books from the library right to their device! All you need is a library card.

Little Island at Pier 55The Little Island provides fun and free activities for kids of all ages, like arts and crafts and a library. Check out the calendar of events and reserve your spot! 

Mystery Science: Sign up with your email for up to 200 free science lessons and hands-on activities until June 2022.

New York Botanical Garden:  The NYBG has now reopened with timed tickets. Online resources continue to be available, including a virtual stroll among the magnolias, a ‘First Day of Spring’ video tour, and a walk through its orchid exhibit, The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope.

The New Victory Theater: Teaching Artists lead “Art Breaks” – an opportunity for you and your family to discover new skills through dance, art, movement and more!

PBS Kids: Daily weekday newsletter offering activities and tips parents can use to help kids play and learn at home.

Queens Museum: Spend an afternoon at the Queen Museum, which offers , observing all the cool exhibits. Open Thursday-Sunday – you must reserve free tickets here in order to visit.

Queens Public Library: A To-Go service is offered at select locations. Virtual resources for parents and children including storytimes, music, health information and more continue to be available.

Summer on the Hudson: Check out cool, free events in Riverside Park (59th – 153rd Street) throughout the whole summer, including yoga, children’s entertainers, and outdoor movies!   

 

 

Fresh Air @ Home

Below are links to activities and programming that are part of our new Fresh Air @ Home series. Email us at communications@freshair.org to share any art, poems, photos, or more that you have created!

Black Lives Matter

Talking to Children and Teenagers about Race, Racial Justice & Current Events

Getting Involved

  • Color of Change: A racial justice organization which works to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back. Their newsletter includes steps for online actions you can take and information about in-person events you can join to stand up for racial justice. 
  • M4BL: Movement for Black Lives shares news, their policy stances, and ways individuals can get involved and take action to support the critical work needed to work toward a new vision for Black Lives.  

Mental Health Resources

  • Black Mental Health Alliance: This organization works to develop, promote and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and other vulnerable communities.

Education

AAPI

Educational Resources  

Asian Americans (PBS): Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective. Told through intimate personal stories, the series casts a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played. 

Asia Society Museum: (Free admission) The Asia Society’s Triennial is a multi-venue festival of art, ideas, and innovation across New York City that focuses on contemporary art from and about Asia and the diaspora. Watch performance pieces and go on virtual tours of the exhibit. 

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA): MOCA is offering a variety of virtual educational programming for families, teachers and schools. Learn more about the Asian American experience through activities, story times and viewing their online collection. 

Rubin Museum of Art(Free Friday Nights, 6-10pm) The Rubin presents art from Asia’s diverse cultures and regions. Special exhibitions celebrate art forms from ancient to modern, and the permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region.  

Reading Partners’ List of 13 kids books that celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) culture and heritage  

Safety & Anti-Hate Resources  

Anyone who has experienced a bias-based incident can report it to the NY Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-771-7755 or civil.rights@ag.ny.gov 

Act to Change Resources: #ActToChange is a public awareness campaign working to address bullying. It provides educational resources and “The Racism is a Virus Toolkit,” as well as several slideshow presentations and reading materials on stopping AAPI hate and promoting inclusivity. 

Hollaback Bystander Trainings: Free, virtual, Bystander Intervention Trainings to stop Anti-AAPI and Xenophobic harassment.  

Protect Chinatown: Offers protection, ensures safety to the elderly, condemns racism, and spreads awareness. Chaperone services available to those who need them, as well as volunteer opportunities.  

SafeWalksNYC: Volunteers walk with community members who feel unsafe walking to and from subway stations. 

Stop AAPI Hate: Provides a platform to report anti-Asian hate incidents, offers multilingual resources for impacted community members and advocates for local, state, and national policies that reinforce human rights and civil rights protections.  

Stand Against Hatred: Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a proud partner of Communities Against Hate, a diverse coalition coming together for the first time across communities to document hate and demand action. 

Flushing Main Street Patrol: This group aims to keep Flushing safe through sharing resources and spreading awareness of community events. The Main Street Patrol is a diverse, female-led group dedicated to protecting their community. Volunteer opportunities available. 

NAPABA: A legal organization which offers pro bono legal services to those who have experienced a hate crime, as well as how to report a hate crime to law enforcement, specifically for Asian Pacific Americans.