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Resources & Updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Below is a list of resources available to NYC residents including parents, students and child care providers.

Families can find out where they can pick up meals by texting FOOD to 877-877

Free Online Mental Health Services – New Yorkers Can Call 1-844-863-9314 to Schedule an Appointment

Supporting Our CHCF Families During COVID-19

During these unusual times, CHCF understands the challenges that are being faced at the moment, such as working from home, taking care of children or not having enough support. We want these times to be as easy and stress free as possible. We have gathered some resources to empower you to rise above these and any other circumstances.

We will be updating this list of resources weekly, adding new content pertaining to education, activities you can do at home with your little ones, financial empowerment, mental health tips, as well as additional resources we think might be helpful. If you need any further support, please use our contact us page here, or at our main office number at (212) 206-1090

DOE Devices:

  • PRE-K also qualifies for remote learning devices. Please fill out the survey
  • Please note that devices are NOT one per family – each student should be able to get a device. Ensure that one survey per student is being filled out.
  • For family technical support with devices, please direct people to the hotline at 718-935-5100

Parent Resources

We know just like for us adults these times for children can be very hard. Children rely heavily on routine and when that is affected it could cause them anxiety. Here are some way you can help your children to cope with changes resulting from COVID-19.

PBS Learning Media has great activities and resources tailored for your children by grade to support at home learning for children K-12. Create a free account to organize content like lesson plans, videos and activities!

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Storytime! Can’t go to the library and are looking for new books to read with your children? Storyline Online has a great collection of audio/picture books to keep you busy during this time at home.

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Virtual story time! Can’t go to the library but want to have a read aloud? City’s First Readers has virtual read aloud every day. Connect with them daily via Facebook Live!

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The global response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed daily life in many ways for many people. Yet child development has not paused, and supporting children, families, and care providers of all kinds is as important as ever. In this guide, the Center on the Developing Child has gathered a number of resources and recommendations to help you through this challenging time.

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The coronavirus pandemic presents daily challenges to the mental health and well-being of families and children. In response, the Child Mind Institute has become a truly borderless resource for not only children’s mental health and learning disorders but also for the social and emotional support of parents.

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Descubrirás un material único, divertido y educativo para niños de 3 a 12 años. Podrás encontrar cuentos con valores, vídeos con contenidos didácticos (matemáticas, geografía, historia, letras, ciencias, etc.), vídeos sobre emociones, yoga… ¡Y mucho más!

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Enjoy these free Montessori resources just for you to help you bring Montessori principles into your home today. Bring back the calm and joy into parenting your children.

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Un aspecto muy importante en la educación de los niños es enseñarles a que asuman responsabilidades a medida que crecen.

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Just about all families expect children to contribute in some way to family life. Some children have household chores or jobs they’re responsible for every day or week.

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Teaching Strategies has great activities and resources tailored for your children raging from infants to preschoolers. They have created developmentally-appropriate resources to help you engage young learners while they are away from the classroom.

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For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

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Community Engagement

If you need assistance with the following:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Immigration support
  • Parent Services
  • Social Services/Food stamps/Unemployment
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Additional Parent Resources

NYC Food Delivery Assistance

The City of New York is providing assistance to New Yorkers during the COVID-19 crisis by delivering meals to those who cannot access food themselves.

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CHCF Supporting Local Businesses

Many restaurants and local businesses that support CHCF are struggling under the devastating effects of the coronavirus. Employees and families have been severely impacted due to this crisis. We ask that you support them through this difficult time.

Toloache Employee Fund

Our 200 plus employees and their families are severely impacted due to this work hiatus. Most of our employees have been with us since our first opening in 2007 and we are tirelessly working to minimize their financial crisis.

Support Toloache

Black Ant Staff relief fund

Our Employees are the backbone of our restaurant and the reason of our success for the past 7 years. Closing the doors in such an unexpected way has been devastating for them and their family.

Support Black Ant

Temerario staff relief fund

We have all the desire and hope to stand by them and their family in this heartbreaking, difficult time. Therefore we have initiated an “Employee fund relief” Where all contribution will help all of our dedicated team members.

Support Temerario

Think Coffee Employee Relief Fund

For as long as our cafes remain closed, we’re donating all of the profits from coffee sales to our Employee Relief Fund.

Support Think Coffee

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What it is

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Get Screened for COVID-19

To prevent infection and to slow
transmission of COVID-19, do the following

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet distance between you and other people.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
  • Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.



Hard to breath

The COVID-19 virus affects different people in different ways. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment. People who have underlying medical conditions and those over 60 years old have a higher risk of developing severe disease and death.

People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate and contact their medical provider or a COVID-19 information line for advice on testing and referral.

People with fever, cough or difficulty breathing should call their doctor and seek medical attention.

Common symptoms include:

  • fever
  • tiredness
  • dry cough.

Other symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath
  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • and very few people will report diarrhoea, nausea or a runny nose.

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