Linder Academy Flyer (Tues - Thurs 6 - 9PM)
Fun with Feelings Cards Parent Workshop-January 18, 2022
Middle School Open Houses
Robert F. Kennedy Community Middle School Open House: Dec 16, 2021 @ 03:00 PM
The Oliver Wendell Holmes Intermediate School 204Q Open House: Dec 14, 2021 @ 02:30 PM
JHS 194 WILLIAM CARR Open House: Dec 16, 2021 @ 06:00PM
Health Insurance for 2022
Affordable, quality health care is within reach. New Yorkers can apply by December 15 for health insurance coverage to start January 1, 2022.
Families can get free one-on-one help to enroll in health insurance including Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan and Qualified Health Plans (private health insurance) with low out-of-pocket costs. Starting this year, individuals can get more help to pay for the cost of private health insurance and families with higher incomes are eligible for financial help too!
Visit the NY State of Health or call them at 1-855-355-5777 today! Open enrollment continues through January 31, 2022.
Kindergarten Applications Now Open
om December 8, 2021 through January 18, 2022, all NYC families with children born in 2017 can apply to kindergarten by submitting an application. We encourage all families with children of this age to apply: NYC DOE kindergarten programs welcome and serve all children, including students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students with accessibility needs. Even families of current pre-K students need to apply to participate in kindergarten admissions.
There is no advantage to applying early: all applications received by the deadline will be treated the same, and all families who apply by January 18 will receive a kindergarten offer this spring.
Apply to kindergarten one of the following ways:
- Online with MySchools.nyc –– Recommended! Create a MySchools account to explore school options, save favorite programs, apply, and later get your child's offer. Watch the following tutorials to learn:
- By phone at 718-935-2009
- In person at a Family Welcome Center (schools.nyc.gov/FWC)
Learn more about how to apply and how students get offers at schools.nyc.gov/Kindergarten, which features a video playlist on elementary admissions. We also welcome families to attend a virtual event about kindergarten, pre-K, and 3-K admissions this winter––find dates, times, and information on how to join at schools.nyc.gov/ESEvents
2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide
The 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide is now available! This guide helps students and families participate in the admissions process. It onboards families to admissions and using MySchools while pointing to robust digital resources and personalized support options. The guide will be available for students and families who may be applying to:
- 3-K (children born in 2019)
- Pre-K (children born in 2018)
- Kindergarten (children born in 2017)
- Middle School (current 5th graders)
- High School (current 8th graders)
The printed guides are currently being delivered to schools, shelters, and community partners. We are aiming to finalize delivery in all languages by mid-November. All languages are now available online— scroll to the bottom of the page for links.
Advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) Payments (Update)
Thanks to the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act, the 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) is available to help NYC families afford the everyday expenses of raising a child throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have children 17 years of age or younger and have not received advance CTC payments this year, you may be able to claim half of your annual CTC—worth up to $3,600 per child—as advance monthly payments in 2021. Families whose first payment is in November will receive up to $900 per child in November and December. Families whose first (and only) payment is in December will be up to $1,800 per chil loo d.
If you have yet to receive payments this year and have not filed a 2020 tax return, we encourage you to sign up before November 15, 2021 in order to receive your advance CTC payment in 2021.
Note that in order to receive the other half of your CTC, you will need to file a tax return in 2022. You can also get tax help in person by scheduling an appointment with an IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance preparer through NYC Free Tax Prep.
Qualifying for the Child Tax Credit
You can claim the CTC even if you have no income or don’t normally file taxes. The CTC will not affect other benefits. Parents do not need a Social Security number, but children aged 17 or younger must have one to qualify.
Claiming Your Child Tax Credit
If you haven’t received CTC advance payments in 2021, you have two ways to claim your tax credit:
- File a 2020 tax return. Visit New York City’s official Child Tax Credit webpage to schedule tax help with an IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance preparer through NYC Free Tax Prep. Virtual, drop-off, and in-person help options are available.
- Sign up to receive payments at GetCTC.org/NYC. You should only use this tool if you are NOT required to fill out a 2020 tax return because your income is below $18,650 for single individuals with dependents or $24,800 for married couples.
If you filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return or used the IRS Non-Filer Tool to sign up for stimulus payments, no further action is needed to receive your advance CTC payments. To check whether you’re enrolled for advance payments or to update your bank account and mailing address, visit the IRS Child Tax Credit Update Portal.
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program/緊急寬頻福利拓展/la Prestación de emergencia para banda ancha (Updated)
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any families with children in schools offering free meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision can sign up for this program, which means it’s available to all students enrolled in New York City’s public schools.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. Read more details on the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit website, and watch the FCC’s video in English, Spanish, or American Sign Language to learn more.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:
- Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
- Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. All families with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for this benefit, and funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For Chinese/中文: https://www.fcc.gov/ebb-chinese
Apply at getemergencybroadband.org
Virtual Parent Workshops from the Queens North Borough Office
NYC Kids Rise: Save for College Program
The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program provides families, schools, and communities with a way to work together to save for and invest in their children’s futures. It is a scholarship and savings program designed to make college and career training more accessible for public school students.
Who can participate?
All families with kindergarten students enrolled in a NYC public school (including participating charter schools), no matter their income or immigration status.
How do you participate?
Good news! Your child will be automatically enrolled in the Save for College Program unless you choose not to participate by “opting-out.” You do not have to do anything to receive a free NYC Scholarship Account.
How does it work?
The Program allows families, schools, and communities to build a foundation together for their children’s future by:
• Providing an NYC Scholarship Account for every participating student
All families receive an NYC Scholarship Account with a $100 initial deposit. There are also opportunities to collect up to
$200 in early rewards.
• Supporting families with the tools and information to develop their own savings plan
After activating their NYC Scholarship Account, families can open and connect their own college savings account
through the online platform. Then, families can start saving money in the ways and amounts that make sense for their
• Encouraging communities to work together to invest in their children’s NYC Scholarship Accounts
Businesses, organizations, institutions, and others can contribute to NYC Scholarship Accounts. These contributions
further increase the money in each child’s account and demonstrate their community’s support for every child’s success.
• Reinforcing expectations of attending college and career training
Milestone events, activities, and campaigns in schools and across neighborhoods help students imagine what’s possible
for their futures.
• Teaching financial education in the classroom
Students receive age-appropriate financial education starting in Kindergarten.
費的紐約市獎學金帳戶(NYC Scholarship Account)。
啟動紐約市獎學金帳戶後，家庭還可以透過線上平台開立並關聯自己的大學儲蓄帳戶(college savings account)。
¿QUIÉNES pueden participar?
Todas las familias con niños que asistan al kínder inscritos en una escuela pública de NYC (incluidas las escuelas charter
participantes), sin importar su nivel de ingresos o estatus migratorio.
¿Cómo puede participar?
¡Buenas noticias! Su hijo será inscrito automáticamente en el Programa de Ahorro para la Universidad, a menos que usted
elija no participar mediante el “rechazo de participación”. No debe hacer nada para recibir una Cuenta de Beca NYC
(NYC Scholarship Account) gratuita.
El programa permite a las familias, a las escuelas y a las comunidades construir juntos una base para el futuro de los niños,
haciendo lo siguiente:
• Proporcionando una Cuenta de Beca NYC a cada estudiante participante.
Todas las familias reciben una Cuenta de Beca NYC con un depósito inicial de $100. También es posible obtener hasta
$200 en recompensas anticipadas.
• Brindando apoyo a las familias con las herramientas e información necesarias para que desarrollen sus propios planes
de ahorros. Después de activar la Cuenta de Beca NYC, las familias pueden abrir y vincular su propia cuenta de ahorros para
la universidad a través de la plataforma en línea. Así, las familias pueden empezar a ahorrar de la manera y en las
cantidades que sean convenientes para sus finanzas.
• Animando a las comunidades a trabajar en conjunto con el fin de invertir en las Cuentas de Beca NYC de sus niños.
Las empresas, organizaciones, instituciones y otros pueden contribuir a las Cuentas de Beca NYC. Estas contribuciones
aumentan aún más los ahorros en la cuenta de cada niño y demuestran el apoyo de la comunidad al éxito de cada niño.
• Reforzando las expectativas de asistir a la universidad y de recibir formación profesional.
Los eventos, actividades y campañas de hitos en las escuelas y en los vecindarios ayudan a los estudiantes a imaginar
lo que es posible para su futuro.
• Enseñando educación financiera en el salón de clases.
Los estudiantes reciben una educación financiera adecuada a su edad desde kínder.
More information at: https://nyckidsrise.org/downloadable-resources/
"What is the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program?" Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Pe9OjxJS34
NYC Kids Rise: Save for College Program Journey Planner:
Free Webinars from The Ackerman Institute for the Family
The Ackerman Institute, which specializes in family therapy, hosts a free webinar series. Created by family therapy experts, these webinars are designed to help parents and caregivers to support their child’s mental health across a diverse range of subjects. Webinars are free to attend and will be held online via Zoom.
Upcoming webinars include:
Protecting Your Child From Sexual Abuse (Oct. 19 @ 7pm)
This child sexual abuse prevention webinar will teach you how to keep your child safe from sexual abuse as well as how to respond if your child makes a disclosure. Due to more kids having access to the internet as a result of COVID-19 and remote learning, special focus will be given to online sexual abuse prevention. Check the enrollment page to learn more details and register.
The Emotions of Parenting (Nov. 10 @ 12pm)
Emotions are often misunderstood and seen as something to fear and avoid. In this workshop, you will gain strategies for understanding and working with your own and your child’s feelings. We will learn and practice some practical strategies for connecting to emotions so that they can be helpful guides for parenting and other relationships. Check the enrollment page to learn more details and register.
“Helping Our Kids Build Healthy Relationships” WEBINAR
October is National Domestic Violence month. Please join First Lady Chirlane McCray and the NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence for “Helping Our Kids Build Healthy Relationships,” a virtual parent and caregiver webinar focused on healthy relationship skill building for students in grades K-5. Come learn about “The ABCs of Healthy Relationships”, new web-based resources for students, parents, caregivers and educators and get tips from experts on how to support kids in developing healthy relationships.
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
“How to Do Business with the NYC Public Schools” WEBINAR
The NYC Department of Education buys everything from books and construction to gardening supplies and picnic tables. We even buy French toast sticks. Don't miss out on this webinar for Minority and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) new to working with DOE or those who want a refresher. Understand the basics of how to do business with the NYCDOE and get valuable information on certifying as a M/WBE. Begin selling your products and services today to the nation’s largest school system to ensure that students have all they need to receive the quality education they deserve.
Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2021
Time: 10am - 11am
NYSED Survey on Changing the Name of the Disability Classification: Emotional Disturbance
The federal regulations that implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act include 13 childhood disability categories, one of which is emotional disturbance. Consistent with federal regulations, the New York State Commissioner’s Regulations section 200.1(zz) uses these same disability classifications, including the classification emotional disturbance.
NYSED is conducting a survey seeking stakeholder input and suggestions for replacement terminology for the disability classification emotional disturbance.
The survey will be posted on the Office of Special Education Webpage. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this brief survey and share your thoughts with us. The survey will close Friday, October 29, 2021.
Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
Ready4K, A Free Family Resource
The NYCDOE is excited to offer you Ready4K, a FREE resource for helping your child, Birth through 5th grade, stay on track with their learning goals. You will receive 3 texts/week with simple ways to bring learning into everyday moments, plus self-care ideas, because parental health is key! Families can get messages in Spanish, English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, or Russian. To sign up, text "NYC” to 70138, or fill out the webform here.
Special Recovery Education Services
Free Adult Education Program
How to Request a Replacement P-EBT or Medicaid CBIC Card (English/Spanish)
Hunter College Learning Lab (Free 1-on-1 tutoring to children with IEPs)
The Hunter College Learning Lab (HCLL) offers specialized training to teacher candidates in the area of learning disabilities. In doing so, the program offers free one-on-one tutoring to children and adolescents with IEPs twice per week for a full year at Hunter College. Children must have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP). Children are placed on a waiting list until a tutor becomes available. Parents will be contacted by a representative from Hunter.
The Learning Lab meets every Tuesday (for adolescents in grades 7-12) from 4:30 to 5:45. For elementary students (grades 1-6) the mandatory day is Thursday from 4:15 to 5:30.This is non-negotiable, as it is the time where instructors supervise tutors through observation, assistance and guidance.
Teacher candidates in the LD Program are able to provide free tutoring to students in New York City at the following locations:
Hunter College - 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065 (68th street and Lexington Ave - 1203E Building)
PS/IS 57 - 175 E 115 St, New York, NY 10029-2031
Hunter College Learning Lab website: http://tinyurl.com/hclearnapp
P-EBT Benefits Information (English and Spanish)
Association to Benefit Children (ABC): Fast Break Plus Children’s Mental Health Services
Association to Benefit Children (ABC) combats the devastating effects of poverty, hunger, homelessness, physical and emotional abuse, abandonment, HIV infection, and substance abuse that endanger children’s welfare and undermine their future. For over 25 years, ABC has advocated for the rights of children to grow and thrive, regardless of circumstance. Since our founding, we have provided vital and individualized wraparound services for children and parents as families grow together. In addition to early childhood education, family support and preservation services, and afterschool and summer youth programming, ABC offers mental health services to children through the Fast Break Mobile Mental Health Clinic.
Applying for School Information Sessions
It’s Not Too Late to Apply for 3K
If your child doesn’t have a program or school yet for the fall, or if you’ve recently moved and need a new placement, we’re here to help. As a reminder, all NYC families with children born in 2016, 2017, and 2018 are invited to join us this summer for a virtual information session.
During each event, we will discuss:
- How to learn about schools and programs
- How to add yourself to programs’ waitlists
- How waitlists work and how to navigate them in MySchools
- How to accept waitlist offers
After the presentation, we will respond to your questions. Please note that the content of each event is the same, but the language supports provided at each will differ. Each event is hosted live here:
- Join us on Zoom by clicking here at the event’s start time.
- Webinar ID: 813 9328 9846| Passcode: 123456
- Or call in at: +1 646 558 8656 | Phone Conference ID: 81393289846#
EVENT DETAILS AND LANGUAGE SUPPORTS
August 25, 5pm-6pm | Event held in English
August 31, 1pm-2pm | Event held in English
NY Financial Assistance Programs
Retroactive Reimbursements for Burial Costs
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Individuals who lost loved ones to COVID-19 can apply for retroactive reimbursement for burial costs. Applicants can receive up to $9,000 per burial. Eligibility information and required documents are available on FEMA’s website. To apply, individuals can call 1-844-684-6333 or 1-800-462-7585. The call center is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program Still Accepting Applications
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) continues to accept applications for the the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which provides temporary rental and utility assistance to low- and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Applications from households with an income at or below the 50% area median income will be prioritized. Then, other households that meet the eligibility criteria will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis if funds remain available. As of July 26, a new streamlined application process with reduced documentation requirements began to remove barriers to access for applicants. For more information on eligibility, the application process, and assistance completing the application, visit the OTDA website. Please visit hitesite.org for more housing and financial resources.
New York State Department of Labor Excluded Workers Fund
The New York State Department of Labor has announced the Excluded Workers Fund, which will provide direct cash assistance to workers ineligible for State unemployment benefits or Federal COVID-19-related income relief due to their immigration status or other factors. Applicants must live in New York and have earned less than $26,208 in the 12 months prior to April 2021. They must also provide documentation to establish work-related eligibility and residency in New York. Individuals can apply for the Fund online or call 1-877- 393-4697 to speak with an agent. Applications will be reviewed until funds are depleted.
Montefiore Health System Launches the Family Resiliency Program
Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine have launched the Family Resiliency Program, which provides counseling and financial support to New York City and lower Hudson Valley families who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19. The Montefiore Family Resiliency Program will provide cash assistance to 375 families in financial distress. A licensed health care professional must refer families to the program. Additional information and the referral form are available on this flyer.
LinkNYC Program: Free, Fast Wi-Fi in NYC
LinkNYC is a first-of-its-kind communications network that is replacing pay phones across the five boroughs with new structures called Links. Each Link provides super fast, free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging, and a tablet for access to city services, maps and directions. Learn more here.
As part of their franchise contract renewals with the City, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision have partnered with DoITT and the Parks Department to provide public Wi-Fi service in nearly 80 parks locations across the five boroughs. NYC Parks Wi-Fi access is available on a free and limited-free basis. View a map of Parks WiFi locations. Learn more here.
All branches of the Library feature computers that offer access to the Internet, electronic databases, library catalogs, and Microsoft Office. Every location also offers free Wi-Fi access during open hours. Learn more here.
Learn more about Broadband Access programs here:
Family Welcome Centers
Family Welcome Centers serve NYC families all year round with enrollment and admissions. Our staff members provide remote support Monday through Friday via email, phone, or video conference.
To request support and/or set up an appointment, please complete and submit this form: Request for Support
When we receive your form, we will call or email you to support with your request. We’ll make every effort to respond within 72 hours. We are grateful for your patience.
Need help accessing or submitting the online form? Call 718-935-2828 for assistance.