Resources for Parents During COVID-19

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             Resources for Parents During COVID-19

As you navigate the 2020-21 school year, we hope the resources included here can help.  While we in the Office of Work/Life and School & Child Care Search Service do not have all the answers, we are here for you—to think out loud, explore options, and brainstorm potential solutions.   

To connect with the School & Child Care Search Service, please complete our online information request form.  

Columbia Resources

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Parent Connection

Join to connect with other Columbia parents for mutual support in navigating the unique challenges of the 2020-21 school year.

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Komae App

Online platform to help Columbia families connect and organize caregiving and learning pods with each other.  

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Free access to Sittercity’s comprehensive database through Bright Horizons.  In-person and virtual care and tutoring options, help creating learning "pods," and discounts for their personalized nanny placement service.   



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Bright Horizons Back-Up Care

Eligible employees can access 150 hours of care when normal arrangements are disrupted. An additional 50 hours of care, for a total of 200, has been added for the year ending on June 30, 2021.  Ten days of Bright Horizons emergency Back-Up child care are available March 15 – April 16.

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Spring Resource Guide for Parents

Includes information on a variety of online and in-person programming for pre-K to 12 students.  Summer camp 2021 information is being added as it becomes available.  

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To hire Barnard students for child care or tutoring needs, post a job description at BarnardWorks.    

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Tutoring Discounts through Bright Horizons

Through Bright Horizons, three tutoring programs offer discounts off standard pricing.  One program is geared to early childhood.   

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Earth Institute Live

Live sessions from Earth Institute experts for students K-12.  

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School of the Arts: Lenfest Kids

Monthly series of films for the whole family.

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Additional Resources

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Free online community designed specifically for NYC families' school-related needs. Offers two main kinds of resources available: Groups and Classes.

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NYC DOE Learning Bridges

New NYC DOE program offering free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning.  

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NYC DOH: Child Care Programs and COVID-19

Information on child care progrogram protocols to help keep children and teachers safe

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Child Mind Institute

Online resource for children's mental health information, research & treatment.