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Services and Resources for Children and Families

Last updated: May 7, 2020 

Yonkers Public Schools is providing FREE Grab ‘N’ Go breakfast and lunch to all children 18 years of age and under in the City of Yonkers while schools are closed.

Grab ‘N’ Go is provided weekdays from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the following school buildings:

  • Eugenio Maria de Hostos MicroSociety School, 75 Morris Street
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, 135 Locust Hill Avenue
  • Roosevelt High School–Early College Studies, H.S., 631 Tuckahoe Road
  • Scholastic Academy for Academic Excellence, 77 Park Hill Avenue
  • School 5, 118 Lockwood Avenue
  • School 13, 195 McLean Avenue
  • Thomas Cornell Academy, 15 St. Marys Street
  • Yonkers Middle High School, 150 Rockland Avenue

Feeding Westchester has a mobile food pantry that delivers protein, dairy, produce, and grains to areas in need. Click here to see the mobile food pantry schedule. Email mobilefoodpantryfw@gmail.com with any questions. 

The food pantry at St. Joseph’s Church is still operating for one hour on Saturday morning, 8 to 9 AM. The gate is on St. Joseph’s Avenue, between the school building at 10 St. Joseph’s Avenue and the church building. Entry through the gate is regulated—one person at a time is admitted—and the packages are prepared in advance by the staff. Distribution is grab ‘n’ go only; there is no entry into the building for any reason. The soup kitchen at St. Joseph’s Church will be open on Sunday, May 10 from 2 to 4 PM only. Distribution is also grab ‘n’ go, with no entry into the building permitted. 

How to Request Hard Copies of Instructional Material for Your Student

Under the current state of emergency, the Board of Education is closed to the public. Hard copies of instructional materials will be mailed to families via the U.S. Postal Service. 

To receive materials, contact Yonkers Public Schools Monday–Friday, between 9 am & 2 pm:

Childcare for First Responders and Essential Service Providers

Mayor Spano announced childcare centers to accommodate students ages 4–12 who are the children of essential service providers who are working to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Two childcare centers will operate from 8:00 am–6:00 pm, and include two meals, until Yonkers Public Schools reopen:

Healthy Kids Extended Day Program
Casimir Pulaski School
150 Kings Cross
Yonkers, NY 10583
Capacity: 2 classrooms (20 students)

Neighborhood Kids Achievement Program (KAP)
School 16
759 North Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10701
Capacity: 2 classrooms (20 students)

Essential health-care personnel (HCPs) who qualify for the services may include licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse assistants, laboratory personnel, and pharmacists.

First responders (FRs) may include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters. As space permits, health-care providers’ and first responders’ childcare centers will accommodate children of Yonkers Public Schools district essential employees.

Parents interested in childcare service are asked to email Dr. Corey Reynolds, Assistant Superintendent, at creynolds@yonkerspublicschools.org. Space is limited.

Any parent who wishes to utilize the HCPs/FRs services but does not have a registered Yonkers Public Schools student will be charged a daily fee not to exceed $60.00 per child per day.

Child Care Council, Inc. can connect families with temporary or backup childcare. Call: (914) 761-3456 ext. 140

 

Parenting in the Time of Coronavirus

Wondering about how to navigate the current situation and take the right precautions for your children? This article from the New York Times addresses 11 Questions Parents May Have About Coronavirus.

The  Centers for Disease Control published a resource page that describes how best to care for children during the pandemic, as well as about how to approach speaking with your kids about the coronavirus. A similar page from the National Association of School Psychologists provides additional information in multiple languages, including Spanish and Chinese.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus is an article from the Public Broadcasting Service that covers ways to explain COVID-19 to your kids and provides associated age-appropriate content.

BrainPOP offers lesson plans, videos, quizzes, and worksheets about COVID-19. It is free to make an account.

Westchester Jewish Community Services is offering free weekly live-streamed parenting groups, led by WJCS professionals in partnership with the Department of Community Mental Health. The groups will be offered every Wednesday, starting April 1st, at 11 am, to explore various topics and challenges relating to how to cope with the present situation. To join the live-streamed parenting group on Wednesday, please click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/830644997. The meeting ID is: 830 644 997. Videos of the parenting groups will be made available for those who cannot attend during the live sessions. 

 

Tools to Support Remote Learning

JCY-Westchester Community Partners is accepting applications for one-on-one e-tutoring for Yonkers students in grades 1–12. Parents can register their children by following this link.

Tutor.com Free Homework Help is an online tutoring service that connects students to qualified tutors in math, science, social studies, and English via the Internet. Online tutoring is available 24/7. Note: Use your 4-digit library card PIN as your password. 

Yonkers Public Library’s Homework Help page lists a number of online tools that can supplement at-home learning with quizzes, lessons, practice worksheets, reference resources, and more!

The National Archives and Records Administration has a number of at-home activities and lessons for elementary and middle schoolers to aid in their understanding of primary sources, research, and American history. Check out the genealogy page and make a family tree. The National Archives also hosts live, interactive 45-minute distance learning sessions via Zoom. (Grades 1–12)

Explore and learn about the diverse collections in the Smithsonian Institution from home. Discover and learn about art, science, and history with the Smithsonian Learning Lab or take a peek at different animals using the Smithsonian Zoo LiveCams. (Grades K–8)

Common Sense Media offers free online events and activities. Discover virtual storytimes, museum tours, music performances, art classes, and even recess accessible from home! (Grades pre-K–8)

Education.com: Make a free basic account to gain access to independent study packets, grade-specific curated resources, and guided lessons. (Grades K–12)

Scholastic Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to support reading, learning, and growing; plus free resources and strategies for teachers and parents. (Grades K–12)

BrainPOP: A group of educational websites that help children learn about different content areas; e.g., English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. (Grades K–8)

Code.org: A coding website for students offering interactive lessons in multiple code languages. (Grades K–12)

CoolMath 4 Kids & CoolMath: Cool Math4Kids is for ages 3–12, while Cool Math is for ages 13 and over. Online math games cover everything your child could want to know, with math facts and skills worked into every game! (Grades K–12)

Fun Brain: An educational website that has games in subjects like grammar, history, math, and science. (Grades K–8)

Google Arts and Culture:  Google has teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring everyone virtual tours and online exhibits. So while your students are at home, they can still take a virtual field trip to some of the most famous museums across the world. (All ages)

Highlights Kids offers online ways to play, read, and craft with animated stories and more. (Grades K–3)

Learning Games for Kids: Free educational games that help build skills in math, language, science, social studies, and more. (Grades pre-K–6)

National Geographic Kids: A website where kids can learn about animals, science, history, and geography. Includes games, quizzes, and videos. (Grades K–8)

PBS Kids: Videos, games, lessons. Sign up for the daily newsletter for new activities every day. (Grades K–12)

Prodigy: This site offers game-based math lessons for students in elementary and middle school. Students set up a profile and can make progress at their own pace through the games and activities. (Grades 1–8)

Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids: Puzzles, facts of the day, riddles, jokes, weather activities, pet facts, and more. (Grades K–8)

 

Mental Health and Well-Being

The Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH), together with its partner agencies, will be offering guidance and support to Westchester County’s residents as they cope with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). It is projected that the health crisis precipitated by COVID-19 could have a lasting impact on the mental health of the citizens of Westchester. People may experience stress, fear, grief, depression, and anxiety. DCMH will be implementing educational and supportive services through various forms of communication, including a dedicated telephone resource line, social media, taped video recordings, chat lines, printed materials, and links to counseling.

DCMH Information, Support and Referral Line Call: (914) 995-1900 8 am–8 pm; text (914) 461-7281.

WJCS (Yonkers Clinic: Call (914) 423-4433 / Hartsdale Clinic: Call (914) 949-7699 / Mt. Vernon Clinic: Call (914) 668-8938) are offering TeleHealth services and encourage you to call them if you are in need of mental health treatment.

MHA is accepting new referrals for TeleHealth.  Referrals can be made to the central scheduler at (914) 345-0700, ext. 7350. Referrals for the Crisis Stabilization Program can be made to Michele Landry at Children’s SPOA; call (914) 995-5352. MHA is also providing children and family treatment and support services via TeleHealth, including other licensed practitioner and community psychiatric supports and treatment. Referrals can be made to Beth Glauber Ahern at (914)-879-4697. MHA has immediate openings in our Health Homes serving children.  Referrals can be made to Chris Giaquinta at (914)-227-7534. You can also obtain crisis support via crisis hotline (call: 1-800-273-8255), crisis online chat (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/), or crisis text line (text 741741).

ANDRUS: The Yonkers clinic at ANDRUS remains open “virtually,” providing phone sessions, with plans to move to TeleHealth in the future.  The ANDRUS clinic in Yonkers serves children and adolescents from 2 up to 16, and will treat older adolescents and adults if they are connected to current clients so as to support entire families. New referrals are being accepted. Call: (914) 965-1109

Family Services of Westchester: Family Services of Westchester is continuing to provide Individual and family counseling along with psychiatric services and medication management through TeleHealth, which includes telephone and video conferencing. Accepting new individuals and families in need. Call: (914) 964-6767 or email alevine@fsw.org 

The Guidance Center of Westchester: Currently providing virtual and phone services. Services provided include individual, family collaterals, group, and medication management as needed for both mental health and substance use. Accepting new referrals. Intake department: Call (914) 613-0700 or Dijana Perlleshi at (914) 413-0873

RISE Center: Virtual peer support group offered twice daily via Zoom, open to all. Call: (914) 664-3444 or email Victor: vclark@mhepinc.org, Hussein: HRazi-Bey@mhepinc.org, or John:  jlyn@mhepinc.org    

Social Services

A mobile food pantry provided by Feeding Westchester delivers protein, dairy, produce, and grains to different locations in Yonkers and Westchester County. Click here to see the mobile food pantry schedule. Email mobilefoodpantryfw@gmail.com with any questions. 

WIC Offices: The Westchester County DOH WIC offices are open in Yonkers and Port Chester. They are offering phone appointments when possible but, as of today, and for certification appointments only, the authorized representative (usually the parent) must be present. Yonkers office: call (914) 231-2510. Contact for providers: Elena Tateo, Program Administrator; call the main switchboard at (914)-231-2510, or directly at (914)-231-2545

My Sister’s Place: My Sister’s Place will continue to provide services to domestic violence and human trafficking victims in our counseling, case management, and legal department virtually. Currently screening for the residential shelter and the 24-hour hotline remains up and running. Call Candace Beauvoir, Director of Family Services, at (914) 358-0333 ext. 203, or (914) 965-7902. Email: cbeauvoir@mspny.org

List of Domestic Violence Organizations from Westchester County: Yonkers Public Schools has created an extensive resource guide for families/individuals in need of social services including domestic violence support, mental health aid, food assistance, legal assistance, and housing assistance.