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Week of June 14, 2021

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.

Summer is Rising on Parent University! 

July 19-23, 2021 


Summer is Rising on Parent University offers lots of great FREE programs, courses and events to help you prepare your student for back to school this fall while giving you support as you return to work. Click the links below and enroll today. New courses are added weekly! 


Course Title 


Adult & Continuing Education 

Special Education 

Health & Wellness 

Early Childhood 


See you on Parent University!

Free Summer Meals

Continuing all summer, any New Yorker who wants them can get free "grab & go" meals across the city.

Virtual Parent Town Hall with the US Department of Education

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The National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) is hosting a Parent Town Hall on Thursday, July 29, 8:00 - 9:00 pm ET


This Parent Town Hall is a unique opportunity for parents to share their ideas and concerns, panelists from the US Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will answer parents’ questions on the return to in-person instruction.


Parents are invited to submit questions about the return to in-person instruction on the registration form. Pre-submitted questions will help plan the content of the session. Time will also be reserved for live questions and answers at the end of the event. Additional information and registration is here.
NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program
college-jar-label-with-money-on-tableNYCDOE has partnered with the nonprofit NYC Kids RISE on the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program. This free program gives qualifying students an NYC Scholarship Account with money for qualified college and career training costs. Since 2017, NYC Kids RISE, community partners, local businesses, neighbors, and others have fundraised and deposited over $2.4 million dollars for the future college and career training costs of participating students.
Visit to learn more about the Save for College Program. See the details in: English, Arabic, Bangla-Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Urdu

Summer Activity Guide for Youth and Families

Summer Fun TitleThe NYC Children’s Cabinet and Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity has now launched the Summer in the City Family and Youth Guides!


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.

YAI Workshops

YAI offers free workshops every month. These workshops are open to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families, caregivers, and professionals. Visit the workshop pages to register and learn more

August 4, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Navigating the System

August 5, 2021

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Self-Direction 101

August 11, 2021

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Navigating the System

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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: SpanishArabicAmharicBurmeseChineseFrenchHaitian CreoleKoreanPortugueseRussianSomaliTagalog, and Vietnamese

If families have questions or require support with an application, they can email or call (833) 511-0311.