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

New York State Department of Health: Most up-to-date information from Governor Cuomo on available resources and coronavirus news.

CDC.gov: The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention provides tips and information about coronavirus.

HelpNow NYC: Resources for navigating 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.)

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.  

Health Resources

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

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

Get Covered NYC: Through August 15th, 2020, health insurance enrollment is open for uninsured New Yorkers as part of a Special Enrollment Period. Complete the form below or call 311 for free enrollment assistance.

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.

City Parks Foundation – Green Girls: A free virtual after school program from October 5 – December 17 for 6th – 8th grade students. Green Girls Afterschool is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls in fun-filled online adventures about New York City’s parks and waterways, encouraging them to realize their potential to create change within the natural environment.  Apply here.

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.

Free Internet for Students: This website compiles internet providers who are offering free services for households with students.

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: As of Monday, August 3, The New York Public Library has expanded grab-and-go service to 30 branch locations as part of their gradual reopening. Remote learning resources for children and teens including academic support, reading resources, and engaging activities to do at home are also available.

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 Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs): The Department of Education is offering locations where the children of front-line workers can be safely cared for while their parents continue to serve the city in this time of need. Open 7:30am to 6:00pm (Monday-Friday).

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.

Scholastic Education: Free daily courses for students from pre-kindergarten to grades six and higher.

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.

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.

Queens Public Library: A To-Go service expanded August 10 to include additional library locations.Virtual resources for parents and children including storytimes, music, health information and more continue to be available

Brooklyn Public Library: A Lobby Service expanded August 10 to include additional 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.

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.

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.

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 about Race

  • PBS Kids: Resources from PBS KIDS on how to talk to children about race and racism including videos and how to use art and storytime as learning tools.
  • Sesame Street: A 60-minute special “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families” originally aired on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET.
  • Center for Racial Justice in Education: The organization trains and empowers educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in schools and communities and shares resources for speaking with kids.
  • Here’s How W. Kamau Bell Talks About Race With His Kids: Comedian and host of Emmy Award-winning CNN Original Series, “United Shades of America,” shares his experience and book recommendations to start conversations. 
  • Table Talk: Family Conversations About Current Events by ADL: Guidance from the Anti-Defamation League on ways for families to have conversations with children, 11 and older, about race and systemic racism.

Getting Involved

  • March4BlackLives: An organization that seeks to reach, mobilize and organize to make Black political power a force able to influence national and local agendas in the direction of a shared Vision for Black Lives.
  • 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.  

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.

Petitions to Demand Justice

Education