Academic help

BrainPop, is offering free access while schools are closed. It's available in English, Spanish and French and offers activities and lessons in a broad range of subjects.

Civics at Home, published by The Institute for Educational Policy at Johns Hopkins School of Education, help parents plan activities to teach their children about good citizenship.

EduMate NYC connects public students with free, online tutoring conducted by college students.

Let's Learn NYC! is a new educational public television program featuring lessons for children in 3-K through second grade. Episodes air on weekdays at 11:00 am on Channel Thirteen and will run through the end of the 2019-20 school year. You can view previously aired episodes online.

NYC Outward Bound Schools has a handy list of online resources for students and parents.

The Academy of Teachers is offering free access to mini master classes for teachers as well as other videos on best practices for remote instruction on their YouTube channel.

The Department of Education's Learn at Home page provides updates to families and offers activities, learning resources and guidance on technical support.

The New York Public Library offers one-on-one tutoring for students in elementary through high school daily from 2–11 p.m. Services are available in English and Spanish. Also check out the NYPL's remote learning resources for kids & teens.

The UFT offers free tutoring through its Dial-A-Teacher program.


All New York City public school students can read eBooks and listen to audiobooks for free this summer via the eBook reader, Sora.

Download a free audio recording of the first Harry Potter book and read along. Harry Potter himself narrates the first chapter.

Get moving with Cooped up with Cora, a series of free online dance classes.

Mommy Poppins lists free and low cost virtual activities to keep your children engaged.

PBS Kids has a YouTube channel full of educational and fun videos, including Monday read-alongs with Michelle Obama.

Why Are We All Stuck Inside? offers fun activities that will get young children moving, creating, experimenting and even cleaning, while helping parents answer tough questions about coronavirus.


The Salvadori Center has developed a series of free project-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) lessons for students from grades K-12.

Lincoln Center at Home offers free access to previously recorded performances as well as all sorts of online arts instruction such as live ballet classes and collaging workshops.

Here's a recommendation for free online art instruction that's just right for ages 3-6.

Creativebug has an impressive library of arts & crafts instructional videos for folks of all ages. There are a lot that can be viewed for free and even more that can be accessed for a very low cost after a free 7-day trial.

Children's book illustrator, Christian Robinson offers fun and thought-provoking arts & crafts tutorials via his Instagram page.

Drawing for kids with Lisa Congdon offers free online classes drawing classes that covers the fundamentals such as shapes, lines and tools to add color.

Tour museums across the world without getting off the couch.


Here's a comprehensive guide to food resources throughout the city broken down by neighborhood.

The DOE is distributing free meals to all New Yorkers throughout the summer. No one will be turned away. And, the city is providing free food delivery assistance to New Yorkers who are unable to leave their homes.

With the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program, every NYC public school student, age 2-21, regardless of income or immigration status will receive $420. Students in charter and parochial schools will receive P-EBT if their school participates in the federal school lunch program. Answers to frequently asked questions here.

Help for teens

Integrate NYC runs a youth hotline that connects students and their families with food, housing, educational and recreational resources.

The New York Society has a list of resources for tweens and teens.

Other stuff

Find a COVID-19 testing site with this tracker.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum has released online resources for schools, including lesson plans and their “Dear Hero” campaign to thank those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is providing free access to videos of past performances.

The New York Society Library offers a treasure trove of links to online resources.

The United Federation of Teachers has a helpful list of resources for remote learning, financial relief, entertainment and free meals.

NYC Admissions Solutions is offering a free webinar series geared for families of 6th- and 7th-graders that will walk you through the high school admissions process. There's no cost but you will need to sign up to have access to the webinars. An additional webinar, "NYC High School Admissions Has Changed: Now What?", will be offered later in the summer once the DOE releases changes for the Fall 2020 high school admissions process. You can pre-register for this free webinar here.