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Big News! Federal Funding Bill Extends Pandemic EBT and Meal Service Flexibilities through September 2021

A federal funding bill that includes an addition of nearly $8 billion in nutrition assistance has been passed by Congress and signed by the president. This funding will help ensure that all children have access to food for the entire 2020-21 school year, whether they are learning remotely or at school.

Specifically, the legislation includes the following:

  • Extends P-EBT through September 30, 2021 and provides administrative funding to help states administer P-EBT more efficiently.
  • Expands P-EBT to include some children in child care settings who are impacted by school closures.
  • Allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend all summer meal waivers through September 30, 2021.  These waivers have enabled NYC schools to continue to provide grab-and-go meals for ALL children, no documentation or registration required.

Next Steps in the Process for PEBT

There is a process the State has to go through and this may take some time before the funds are distributed to families.

  • USDA will issue guidance to the states.
  • New York State will then submit a plan to USDA that will detail specifics of how P-EBT will be administered for this school year.  
  • The state plan will need to be approved by USDA.
  • We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

Please hold on to your P-EBT card!


If you have not received a P-EBT food benefit for your child, please contact the State using one of the following:

**NEW! State P-EBT Contact Form**

Click here to complete the contact form. 

NY State P-EBT Helpline: 1-833-452-0096 - The helpline is staffed 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. 

UFT services for public school families.

Our UFT  family resource hub on the website continues to provide up to date resources. It's full of news and tips to help ease the burden of the coronavirus pandemic and the transition to remote learning for New York City families.

We're continuously updating the hub and have added some new resources since last week. If you visit the parent section of the UFT website, you'll find:

For dozens of more resources — including the latest information from the Department of Education about free meals and online learning, financial relief, academic enrichment and at-home entertainment — keep checking the family resource hub on the UFT website.

Visit the UFT's coronavirus resource hub for parents

Stay safe. We are still, in this together. 

Parent University

Special Education

Special Education

All students with disabilities who require special education services have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). The IEP contains information about your child's interests, strengths, needs, goals, and educational program. It is a legal document that describes how the DOE will provide your child:

  • A Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
  • In the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
  • The IEP Process

    Starting the Process| Making a Referral| Evaluation| IEP Meeting | The IEP | Parent Members

  • Supports and Services

    Assistive Technology | Behavior Supports |Related Services | Specialized Transportation | Other Special Education Services | Testing Accommodations | Extended School Year Services

  • School Settings

    District Schools | Specialized Programs | District 75 | Other Educational Settings

  • Preschool to Age 21

    Special Education in NYC | Moving to Preschool | Moving to Kindergarten | Students with Disabilities and Gifted and Talented | Moving to Middle School | Moving to High School | After High School

  • Help

    Talking About Disability | Your Rights | Getting Support | Impartial Hearings | Contacts and Resources| Special Education Glossary| Committees on Special Education| Resources for Staff and Providers

  • Building Accessibility

    Learn how to find out about the accessibility of school buildings, how to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, and how to find information about making a complaint regarding discrimination.

October marks the beginning of Learning Disability Awareness Month. In the United States, 1 in 5 people has a learning disability—like dyslexia and ADHD. Understood is dedicated to supporting and shaping the world for kids that learn and think differently. Throughout the month, we plan to spread awareness, educate, and provide useful resources and tools to help families at every stage of their journey.

Achieve The Core


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Common Core Support for Parents


Have these resources at your fingertips to provide parents with answers to their questions about the Common Core, the new assessments, and how they can help their students meet the Standards.

Understanding the Common Core's Expectations


Helping with Homework

  • Be a Learning Hero allows parents to search by state, grade and subject to find homework support resources.
  • Raise the Bar Parents provides parents with educational 'check ups' they can give their students to see if they're making progress toward meeting the Standards. The site also includes resources to help students improve.

Understanding Assessment Results

  • Great Kids State Test Guide for Parents is designed to help parents understand their students' score reports and includes targeted resources and concrete advice on how parents can help their students improve in areas where they struggle.

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An Overview of Remote Learning for Families

An Overview of Remote Learning for Families

Learning Bridges Program

Learning Bridges

How to Apply: If you are interested in the Learning Bridges program, please

complete  this application.Opens in a new browser tab


Need help completing the online application? Call 311 for assistance.

If you previously filled out the expression of interest form, you do not need to complete another application

Family Guide to Special Education services