Resources to Support our Students, Families, and Community

Harlem Children’s Zone is actively monitoring the local and global health situation around coronavirus/COVID-19; please know we are following official sources of information for guidance. Our aim is to balance two goals: we take any and all responsible precautions to protect our community here and beyond, and we continue to serve our community as best as possible. Please visit this page regularly for updates. For further questions, please call (212) 360-3255. During our temporary closure, we will continue our administrative functions remotely.

Below you will find resources for essential needs like food, income support, housing, and emergency services as well as resources to help support you and your family during these challenging times.

HCZ Updates

Last updated: June 23, 2020

  • Schools are closed. For specific information on Promise Academy, click here.
  • All programs and community centers are closed.
  • Please click here for information regarding regional recreation centers for front-line workers.
  • We are currently hiring Promise Academy staff for the 2020-2021 school year. In our ongoing efforts to provide a safe and thoughtful experience, we are conducting virtual interviews for all candidates during this time.⁠ See more about our hiring process here .

Beginning Monday, June 22nd, 2020 NYC has begun Phase 2 of re-opening. Learn more about what that means.

Childcare Support

Resources for childcare support for essential workers and options for family services.


Emergency Hotlines

Speak to an emergency worker for support with domestic violence, disaster aid, addiction and more.


Food Resources

Lists of local food pantries across all NYC boroughs, food delivery services and links to free soup kitchens and community meals.


Health and Wellness Resources

In this stressful time, take moments in your day to check-in and maintain mental wellness. The entire family can practice mindfulness at home with these helpful emotional wellness resources.


Healthcare Support

Information about co-pays and Medicaid, among with resources for virtual doctor check-ups.


Housing Resources

Housing resources including rent support, rent reduction, housing court information and contact information for housing shelters for single adults and families.


Income Support

New Yorkers can receive income support and cash assistance if the coronavirus pandemic has affected their ability to live or afford rent. Resources are available for families and small businesses as well.


Legal Resources

Support and resources for legal aid and services including support for tenants’ rights and family consultation. Options for virtual and phone consultations are available.


Remote Learning and Games for Scholars

A broad range of free online resources for scholars offering learning activities in STEM, English, cultural arts and more.


Remote Learning Resources for Families

Practical tips on how to navigate remote learning while school is not in session. These resources include tips on how to create structure, manage assignments and maintain a culture of learning at home.


Resources for Coronavirus Information

Stay informed on current COVID-19 information and get connected to community and government resources for facts on how to stay safe, prepare for emergencies and be healthy.


Transportation Resources

Resources for transportation for COVID-19 testing sites and essential workers during the pandemic.