Resources for Parents During COVID-19

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         Resources for Parents During COVID-19

As parents continue to navigate new territory, 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, shared caregiving, or friendship!  

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Summer Resource Guide

Information on a variety of summer camp and programming options.  

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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.  

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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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NYC DOE Summer Rising

New York City’s free summer program for NYC K-8 students. 

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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.

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Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund

Designed to reimburse qualifying out-of-pocket expenses that enabled essential workers in NYS to perform their duties.

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NYC Department of Education

Information about public schools in NYC.  

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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.