Education & Childcare


School Closings: All school buildings located in nine zip codes that currently have elevated rates of COVID transmission will be closed for two weeks beginning 10/6/2020. You can find the list of zip codes here. If your child attends one of these schools, they will have fully-remote learning while the school building is closed. Closed schools should be reopening soon, look out for correspondence from your child’s principal regarding reopening.

2020-2021 School Year: Click here for the latest updates from the NYC Department of Education regarding the 2020-2021 school year. Schools will open in September as long as NYC’s COVID-19 infection rate remains below 3%. If schools reopen and the infection rate increases beyond 3%, schools will close again. Individual classrooms or buildings may close if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.  Every public school will have a nurse present to offer health services to students, teachers, and staff. Schools are being encouraged to set up outdoor classrooms. Additionally, there will be no snow days this school year. If there is snow, in-person classes will be canceled and all learning will be remote for that day. 

For the 2020-2021 school year, NYC schools plan to have students learn in-person on some days each week and online on other days. Students and their families can opt to learn remotely everyday if they wish. If you would like your child to continue fully remote learning in the fall, fill out this form here or call 311 by August 7.  Families that choose to go fully remote will have opportunities to switch to blended learning later in the school year. More details regarding the plan can be found here. Chancellor Carranza released a letter to all families on July 27. Families that choose to go fully remote will have opportunities to switch to blended learning later in the school year beginning in November.

Letters to Families: Chancellor Carranza released a letter to all families. You can view
the letter and previous letters here.

Return to School Info Sessions: The NYC Department of Education is hosting a return to school live information sessions. You can register for the live info sessions and view the recordings of past sessions here. The sessions will be delivered in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Questions regarding the reopening should be directed towards the principal of your child’s school. You can locate the contact information for principals by using the NYC Find a School tool here.

Free COVID Testing: All NYC School students and employees are eligible for a free COVID test. Call 311 to learn more.

Pre-Screening Requirement: Students will need to complete a COVID pre-screening before they arrive at the school building on days they are learning in-person. The online pre-screening can be accessed here and more information on the screening requirement can be found here.

Monthly COVID Testing: Each month, a group of students and staff will be randomly selected to receive a COVID test in order to monitor for any new cases. In order for the DOE to administer the COVID test to your child, you will need to sign and return a consent form, which can be found here. You can also now sign the consent form through your NYC Schools Account if you have one. The first monthly test has been conducted, and Mayor De Blasio announced that 0.17% of tests came back positive.

Important Dates:
  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - School staff report to schools
  • Wednesday, September 16, Thursday, September 17, and Friday, September 18, 2020 - Orientation for all students

Monday, September 21, 2020 - Start of school. Students in blended learning will start going to school in-person depending on their schedule.

See the full 2020-2021 School Year Calendar here.

Transportation: General information regarding student busing and transportation can be found here. Your child’s bus assignment and route can be found in your NYC Schools Accounts.

Free Learning Resources

NYC Schools Account: Track your child’s education by signing up for an NYC Schools Account here. Services are available in all DOE languages.

All: The New York Public Library system offers free online tutoring from early elementary school to high school from 2-11pm daily. See here for more details on how to get started.

The New York Public Library has begun a limited reopening, with grab-and-go services. See here for more details.

Additionally, you have free access to Google Classroom, Microsoft Office 365, and Zoom for all students. To access, click here. Click to learn how to use google classroom, microsoft office, and zoom.

Early Childhood: Free access to activities for Infants, toddlers, and young kids 3-4 years old here.

Specialized Instruction:
  • Please see here for the DOE’s message to parents of children with disabilities.
  • For help with Assistive Technology, click here
  • For Occupation Therapy supports, click here
  • For Physical Therapy Support, click here
  • For Speech Therapy Support, click here

Activity Packets: Click here for resources for learning from home from K-12 (and for more information, click here!)  


Updates: Click here for the latest NY updates on childcare.

Child Care Center Closings: Child care centers located in the zip codes listed here will be closed until the week of 10/19 due to the recent elevated rates of COVID transmission in these zip codes.

Child Care Guide: The NYC Department of Health released a child care guide for parents/guardians. You can read the guide here.

Child Care Centers Reopening Requirements: Requirements for opening a child care center in the city can be found here.

Learning Bridges Program
NYC plans to provide free childcare to 100,000 families this fall on days that children are not in school buildings. You can fill out the application and learn more about the program here. You can now also call 311 to fill out the application over the phone. If you already completed the expression of interest form, there is no need to fill out this application again.  Children in 3K through 8th grade will be eligible. Families with parents/guardians that cannot work from home will be prioritized. The city hopes to have as many spots available as possible by the first day of school and will continue to expand this program as time goes on. The city plans on using libraries and community centers to provide space for this child care program, and programming will be provided to the children that attend. You can read the city’s full announcement here.

Child Care Scholarship for Essential Workers: $20 million has been allocated to support the child care for children of essential workers. An application to receive a child care scholarship will be available soon. You can sign up to receive an email notification when the application opens by clicking here.

CARES Act Funds: CARES Act funding will go toward the purchasing of supplies like masks, gloves, diapers, baby wipes, baby formulas, and food for child care providers who remain open. Child care resource and referral agencies (CCRRs) will receive grants of about $600 per provider, and providers looking for supplies should contact their CCRR. For more information on the CARES Act, see the announcement here. An additional $88.6 million has been made available to child care providers through NY Forward grants. Details on applying can be found here.

CARES 3 Grant: $20 million has been specifically allocated to help closed child care programs reopen or restructure their services to comply with CDC guidelines. The application can be found here.

Child Care Search: You can search for child care services that you may be eligible for here. In addition, the Child Care Subsidy Program can provide financial support for childcare. Furthermore, you can compare the performance and health inspection records of child care centers here.

Care Together NYC: A crowdfunding platform called Care Together NYC helps parents pay for urgent childcare. You can access the website here. The next round of crowdfunding will begin on Thursday, October 22.

Diapers: If you are in need of diapers, please call 211 on your phone or search online at to find out if an agency in your area provides diaper assistance to families in need.

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