Summer Resources and Updates

Reopening Updates

As we have been finishing up the current school year, you should know that we have been working diligently to begin the thoughtful planning that will be required to imagine what re-opening could look like in the fall.

Learn more in Supt. Long’s June 26 update

Summer Meal Distribution

The district’s meal distribution program ends on June 17. Please see the resources listed below as we continue to identify programs available to our families over the summer.

Childcare Resources

No cost child care for essential workers

New York State is using a portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds to provide child care to income eligible essential workers at no cost. Essential workers who must work outside of the home and who are using a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available. All licensed and regulated providers who are caring for essential workers are able to participate in this new program.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, families must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four that equals an annual income of $78,600.

Parents are asked to complete the following application for the CARES Child Care Scholarship via the link below. It informs parents that the application will be considered complete once the online application is finished AND the required supplemental documentation is submitted to Brightside Up, the Childcare Resource and Referral Agency (CCRA) for Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady counties. For parents that currently receive a subsidy from their local DSS to pay for child care, this scholarship can cover the parent co-pay. Parents should apply for the CARES Act Scholarship, and then contact their local Department of Social Services to get a letter stating their current co-pay. Please address any questions to Tricia Howland at thowland@brightsideup.org.

Apply for the COVID-19 CARES Child Care Scholarship

Help from the Office of Children and Family Services

If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent need for child care survey. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high quality child care that they need. In addition, the OCFS website has several resources available: https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/

As part of the COVID-19 response effort, Menands is working with the Colonie Youth Center (CYC), YMCA and other local child care providers to provide childcare resources to families who work for any business or entity deemed essential by the state.

Complete list of essential businesses and professions

Child Care Providers

The Colonie Youth Center (providing services at the Rudy A. Ciccotti Center)

YMCA

Other Providers:

Families needing child care resources for non-school-age children (birth to age five) can visit A Child’s Place at Unity House or call (518) 271-6777.

Additional child care resources in the Capital Region can also be found by visiting BrightsideUp (formerly the Capital District Child Care Council) or call (518) 426-7181.

Coronavirus Resources

In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.