Weekly Parent Updates
The Child Tax Credit
Starting July 15th, the IRS will send advance payments of the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Depending on the age of your child, you could receive up to $300 a month per child until the end of 2021 and up to $1800 per child when you file in 2022.
You could be eligible if you have a child who meets the following criteria:
- Will be under the age of 18 by the end of 2021
- Has lived with you for over half the year
- Has a Social Security Number (Only the child needs a social security number, the parent or caregiver does not.)
Use the IRS' Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant to answer a series of questions to quickly determine your eligibility for the advance payments.
Note: Most families will automatically receive advance payments. There is no additional action needed to sign up for the advance payments if you’ve already filed a 2019 or 2020 federal tax return or used the IRS Non-filers tool in 2020 to sign up for Economic Impact Payments (commonly known as stimulus payments). If you have not taken these steps, you will need to sign up for Advance Payments to receive them.
Free Summer Meals
Continuing all summer, any New Yorker who wants them can get free "grab & go" meals across the city.
- To find a location: visit the online meal hub map or online location list
- Meals Hubs are serving breakfast and lunch, Monday–Friday, from 9am - 1pm
- Vegetarian meals are available at all locations
- Kosher and Halal meals are available at select locations
- There will be no service on Tuesday, July 20th (Eid-ul-Adha)
Summer Activity Guide for Youth and Families
In these guides families can find:
- Free or low-cost short-term programs (such as camps, sports clinics, STEM, coding, etc.);
- Free events and activities happening throughout the summer;
- City venues that are open such as pools, beaches, gardens, museums, etc.
- Volunteer, work experience, and other opportunities for youth
- Other supports including COVID-19 updates, how to get free food, childcare, mental health & emotional support, and more.
Internet Service for Families
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, reduced cost broadband internet service for 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 until the program has exhausted available funds or six months after the US Department of Health and Human services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency.
Families can find out if they are eligible, apply for the program, and find participating broadband providers via the USAC website. There are two types of benefits available to eligible households:
- Monthly Benefit: a discount of up to $50/month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; or
- One-time Device Discount: up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of $10 - $50), where available.
Families can visit the FCC’s EBB webpage and view this FAQ to learn more about the EBB program. Translated materials are available via the following links: Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
If families have questions or require support with an application, they can email EBBHelp@usac.org or call (833) 511-0311.