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Family Outreach. Thursday, April 2, 2020. Additional Family Resources provided by Advocates for Children New York.

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Blackboard Bulletin
April 2020
THIS BLACKBOARD BULLETIN IS A BIT DIFFERENT –
Life in New York City looks dramatically different than it did the last time we got in touch. In these uncertain times, Advocates for Children is doing all we can to ensure that no students will be left behind during the COVID-19 outbreak, and to provide you with the most up to date information.

Soon, we'll begin sending out a brief weekly digest with updated information, resources, and tips to help you stay informed about your educational rights in the current crisis.

Here are some other ways we're here to help:

+ AFC's EDUCATION HELPLINE:
We provide free, expert advice to help navigate the school system and protect your child's education-related rights. Call (866) 427-6033 (10am to 4pm, Monday-Thursday) or send us a message >>

+ LIVE UPDATES:
Our COVID-19 updates and FAQ page is updated almost daily as more information becomes available. Learn more >>

We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time, and that these resources will help provide some clarity amid all the uncertainty.
UPCOMING AFC EVENTS
Due to COVID-19, all in-person AFC events have been postponed. However, we are continuing to offer workshops virtually for parents and professionals. Please contact us at workshops@advocatesforchildren.org if you're interested in booking a workshop.
REMOTE LEARNING 101: CRITICAL RESOURCES & SUPPORTS FOR FAMILIES
APRIL 8, 2020, 4 – 5 PM

This virtual workshop will go over some of the resources available for remote learners and their families during school closings, including: school and community resources, additional instructional support, and special education services. We will also answer live questions and hear from families who are navigating the new remote learning landscape. Learn more and register >>
REMOTE LEARNING SUPPORTS
The transition to a Remote Learning Model brings a whole new set of challenges for students, families, and educators. If your family has any difficulties with the remote learning content your school has provided, reach out to ask for modifications or support! This is new for everyone, so it's important that you let the educators know what's not working for you.

TIP . Additional resources, FAQ and support are available on AFC's website .
DEVICES FOR REMOTE LEARNING

The DOE will be distributing 300,000 internet-connected iPads to students that need them. Families that need electronic devices can submit a request online >>

TIP . If you are having difficulty securing a device for your family, contact our Helpline for support >>

TIP . If you do not currently have internet access, check this list of U.S providers offering FREE wi-fi or special accommodations for 60 days >>
GOOGLE CLASSROOM SUPPORTS

+ The DOE has developed a troubleshooting guide for Google Classroom >>

+ A helpful (teacher-developed!) step-by-step Parent's Guide to Google Classroom is also available in multiple languages: English , Spanish , Chinese , Korean , Bengali , Russian , and  Arabic
TECH SUPPORT & TROUBLESHOOTING

+ If you need tech support, call the DOE's Service Desk at (718) 935-5100

+ Find resources and support for remote learning and assistive technology on the DOE's website >>

ATHelp.org is providing free remote support and training. Learn more >>

TIP . If you need help finding your student's username or password, the DOE has step-by-step instructions >>
FREE (ONLINE) AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING
MONDAYS – THURSDAYS, 2:30 – 5 PM
SATURDAYS, 10 AM – 1 PM

The STEM Institute is offering free, online after-school tutoring via Zoom for students who live or attend school in Northern Manhattan. Email stem@ccny.cuny.edu to sign up for tutoring and receive your Zoom code. Learn more and sign up today >>
SPECIAL EDUCATION SUPPORTS
While schools are closed, related services for students with disabilities will be provided via tele-therapy where clinically appropriate. Providers and schools will contact families to discuss the service plan for each student. If you have questions about your child's related services, email the DOE's Special Education Office at specialeducation@schools.nyc.gov .
PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION SUPPORTS

While schools are closed, preschoolers with IEPs can receive their Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) and related services online through tele-therapy.  Service providers should be calling families to set a schedule for services.  Learn more about the services your family is entitled to >>

TIP . If you're having trouble getting services in place, contact your service providers, e-mail the DOE at specialeducation@schools.nyc.gov , or call AFC’s Helpline at 866-427-6033 .
EARLY INTERVENTION (EI) SERVICES

Children can receive their Early Intervention services and evaluations online, through tele-therapy.  Contact your EI Service Coordinator or call 311 to request these services.

TIP . If you're having trouble getting EI services in place, call our Helpline at (866) 427-6033 .
GENERAL RESOURCES & SUPPORTS
FREE MEALS

Every weekday from 7:30 am to 1:30pm, the DOE is providing three free meals for all NYC children at 400 pick-up sites across the city.  No registration or ID is required, and you may pick up all three meals at once.

+ Find a location near you using the DOE's search tool >>

+ You can also text 'MEALS' or 'COMIDA' to 877-877
GETTING IN TOUCH

Parents can call 311 and say “Schools” to be routed to someone who can assist you. You can also contact your borough's Family Welcome Center with questions:





+ Staten Island: statenislandfwc@schools.nyc.gov  

TIP . If you're having trouble contacting your child's teacher or other school staff, send an email to the Parent Coordinator or a school counselor if you have their contact information, and ask them to help put you in touch with the right person.
APPLY TO 3-K!
DEADLINE: APRIL 24, 2020

All New York City families with children born in 2017 can apply to 3-K, but are not guaranteed a seat.

Free, full-day programs will be available in all five boroughs: Districts 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 29, 31 and 32 during the 2020-21 school year.  Families can apply to these 3-K programs even if they do not live in one of these districts.

Additionally, the DOE runs free and low cost 3-K programs in all New York City school districts for families that qualify based on income and other needs. For more information on the eligibility requirements for these programs, read the  “Enrollment for Head Start & Other 3-K Extended Day/Year Programs” section of the 3-K website.

+ Search for programs using the 3-K program directories and filter tools online at MySchools.nyc . The 3-K programs listed as Head Start or Extended Day/Year are only available to families who meet the eligibility requirements.  Family Child Care (home-based) programs will be added to the 3-K directory and application in the spring. 

+ Use the DOE's 3-K Finder tool to explore options in your neighborhood.

+ Learn more about the admissions process for 3-K (translations available) on the DOE's website or by watching this video

Apply online at MySchools.nyc , or over the phone at 718-935-2009. 

TIP . Additional resources on early childhood education, including our Guide to Early Childhood Education Programs , and preschool special education services are available on AFC's website .
FREE SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
As of this mailing, all of the below programs are still accepting applications and scheduled to proceed as planned. If you have concerns or questions, be sure to contact the program you're applying to.
NYU COLLEGE & CAREER LAB
DEADLINE: APRIL 5, 2020

NYU's College & Career Lab  is an intensive summer program for current 7th and 8th graders hosted by NYU. Classes are led by NYU faculty, and each student is paired with an NYU student advisor to provide mentorship and guidance. The goal of the program is to support economically disadvantaged, first-generation college going, and historically underrepresented students in thinking about various career paths in a college environment .  Learn more and apply >>
CEREBRAL PALSY SPEECH CAMP
DEADLINE: APRIL 5, 2020

A free, three-week speech treatment program at Columbia University's Teachers College . This annual day camp for children and youth ages 4-17 with cerebral palsy is designed to help improve communication skills through games, singing, and dramatic play. To qualify, children need to use speech to communicate, but have difficulty being understood due to their cerebral palsy. For more information on how to enroll, contact cpspeech@tc.columbia.edu or (212) 678-8361. Learn more >>
CUNY COLLEGE NOW SUMMER PROGRAMS

College Now is a city-wide partnership between CUNY and the DOE that allows high school students to take free classes on a wide range of topics to help prepare for college or earn college credits. Program dates, eligibility requirements, and application processes vary; see each school's website for details. Learn more and apply >>

Some of the many available programs include:

+ Baruch College Liberal Arts Institute (April 17). Apply now >>

+ Hunter College Summer Science Institute (May 8). Apply now >>

+ John Jay College Law & Criminal Justice Summer Institute (June 1). Apply now >>
YOUTH COMMUNICATION SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOP
DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2020

Youth Communication 's Summer Writing Workshop is an intensive summer writing workshop for students ages 15-20. The program runs four days a week from July 6 through August 13, and participants receive a $600 stipend plus lunch and a daily MetroCard. Learn more and apply >>
OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONALS
STAYING CONNECTED: HOW TO FOSTER STUDENTS' SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL GROWTH THROUGH REMOTE LEARNING
APRIL 2, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

This interactive webinar, hosted by Youth Communication , will explore the methods and strategies educators are using to stay connected with students and foster social-emotional learning (SEL) during remote instruction. Learn more and register >>
FREE WEBINAR SERIES: SUPPORTING ACCESSIBILITY IN DISTANCE EDUCATION

The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials has developed a free webinar series for educators, parents, and those involved in remote instruction. For those unable to attend the webinars, links to the recordings will be made available one week after each webinar. Upcoming webinars include:

Creating High-Quality and Accessible Video. April 6, 3-4 PM. Learn more and register >>

We’re All in This Together: Four Cs for Supporting All Learners in the COVID-19 Crisis. April 7, 3-4 PM. Learn more and register >>

Creating Accessible Documents and Slide Decks. April 13, 3-4 PM. Learn more and register >>

Making Math Notation Accessible. April 21, 3-4 PM. Learn more and register >>
UPCOMING EVENTS
(VIRTUAL!) REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL
MARCH 31–APRIL 6, 2020

The show must go on! The 12th annual ReelAbilities Film Festival has shifted their program to a virtual format, via interactive online streaming platforms. The festival features an incredible assortment of short films, features, and documentaries chronicling the diverse lives of people with disabilities. Check out this year's lineup and purchase tickets , and learn more about this year's virtual format .
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