Social/Emotional and Mental Health Resources


Many families are struggling with the challenges of parenting during the pandemic. Our team is sharing below what they feel to be the most helpful information.

Please see the links to resources below:

Social-Emotional Resources Compiled by DOE Central for Families

Strategies for Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19

Resources for Coping with Stress & Anxiety

Child Mind Institute- Supporting Families During COVID-19

Click here to access resources for parents that may be struggling to balance work, child care, and self-care while keeping worries under control.

Mental Health Support New Yorkers Can Access While Staying Home

New Yorkers can access a range of mental health services by phone or online. Visit Thrive NYC for a list of free health services for New Yorkers, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Updates: Encourage your families to subscribe to MBP Gale Brewer’s Newsletter for weekly (some times daily) updates on COVID-19 and city-wide resources for families. Families can subscribe to MBP Gale Brewer's Newsletter here.

Educational Resources

Getting Some Exercise

  • Move-to-Improve World Beats: Produced by Hip Hop Public Health in collaboration with the DOE, the Move-to-Improve World Beats album reflects the diverse communities of New York City and is free to download. Each track comes with recommendations on movements to incorporate.
  • Hip Hop Public Health HYPE at Home: Continue the dance party with HYPE at Home and master moves like the side slide and the dribble bounce by following along to Hip Hop Public Health choreographers.
  • BOKS: Join BOKS for live workouts on Facebook every weekday at noon. For at-home activity packs, visit the BOKS website.
  • GoNoodle: Find movement, yoga, and meditation videos on GoNoodle’s Good Energy at Home page.
  • Playworks: Students can participate in virtual recess at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. on Facebook live.
  • Yoga Foster: Free Yoga Foster resources include live yoga classes and meditation videos in both English and Spanish.

Resources for dealing with Racial Injustice

Resources for dealing with Racial Injustice

As your school community navigates how to support students and families in having much-needed conversations regarding race, identity and privilege we wanted to provide additional resources from the Office of Safety and Youth Development’s Respect for All Initiative:

Resources from our school-based Anti-Racism Committee