COVID-19 Resources and Activities – Spring 2020

updated 3.30.2020 5:00pm

Information collected here has been gathered by Help Me Grow- Long Island staff, Leadership Team members, and supporters. We will continue updating as we receive and verify new information. Please email additional resources or updates to Get a COVID-19 service update for Help Me Grow – Long Island here. And get a list of at home activities and apps for parents here.

Updates/Information on COVID-19

Agency Closures/Changes

AAA Pregnancy Options

All locations closed until April


CARECEN offices closed; available virtually.



  • Nassau BOCES – all events postponed or cancelled and schools closed until April 1; providing remote instruction as of 3/23. Updates posted on website.
  • Western Suffolk BOCES – all schools closed until April 1; packets of instruction materials being mailed to students.
  • Eastern Suffolk BOCES – schools closed through April 1; instructional buildings open M, W, F 8am-1pm to answer calls and provide staff access to materials for ongoing instruction.

CAST (Community Action Southold Town)

  • CAST current schedule due to COVID-19:
    Mondays 9-12PM
    Tuesdays 3PM-6PM
    Fridays 9-12PM
  • CAST will be providing food and assistance with emergency needs only for Southhold Town residences. Feed-A-Kid bags will be provided to families in need. To sign up for a feed-a-kid bag, the family must call during times of operation or email for info. Phone number: 631-477-1717

Child Care Council of Nassau

CCCN offices are closed to the public. If you are an essential worker in need of child care, please call this hotline: 516-358-9288

Child Care Council of Suffolk

CCCS is closed – all trainings, workshops, and classes are postponed as of 3/16 for two weeks. You will be contacted directly if you are registered for any of these programs. Call 631-462-0303 for contact information for each department.
Suffolk county residents looking for child care can call 311 and ask for help with child care. Someone from CCCS will return the call within 10 minutes.

Circulo de Hispanidad

Call Circulo de Hispanidad first; by appointment only

Family Service League

Family Service League is closed for onsite services.

Early Intervention / Pre-School Special Education

Early intervention and preschool special education services are suspended until April 1, 2020; notification will be sent out prior to that date to update about continuation of closures.

  • EI referrals and intakes will continue over the phone
  • Scheduled IFSP meetings will be conducted over the phone

Health and Welfare Council of LI

Health and Welfare Council of LI staff working remotely; Client Service Specialists still available to speak to clients about benefits by phone

Hope for Youth

  • Hope for Youth residential programs remain running as usual
  • Mental health and substance abuse services available via phone
  • Modified visits for youth and families

The Boutique (LI Coalition for the Homeless)

Closed until further notice

Nassau MICHC

Nassau MICHC staff working remotely; office may be open on alternate days for food pantries and other basic needs; call ahead for latest information

Northwell Developmental Pediatrics

Northwell Developmental Pediatrics No new cases are being taken at this time. Potential to move to telemedicine soon.


PRONTO warehouse and thrift shop are closed until further notice. Meal baskets are being handed out to clients as needed.


WIC sites across Long Island have slightly changed hours or closed locations; all are able to administer benefits remotely for those already WIC-certified. Recipients can also use benefits for online purchasing, such as via Amazon, Walmart, and Shoprite. New recipients can submit applications by mail.

Please call locations for the most up-to-date information:

  • LIFQHC WIC sites in Elmont, Roosevelt, and Westbury are available remotely 8AM-noon on weekdays
  • Nassau County. Dept. Of Health WIC sites in Hempstead and Glen Cove: currently operating as usual
  • Catholic Charities WIC sites in Freeport, Rockville Center, Amityville and Huntington have limited hours: 10AM-2PM weekdays at each site
  • Suffolk County Dept. Of Health WIC sites:
    • The Brentwood location is still open 5 days a week
    • Southhampton location is closed
    • Other locations Amityville, Coram, Greenlawn, Patchogue, Riverhead, Shirley, and Wyandanch are open on alternate days; please call for the most current information
  • Stonybrook WIC
    • Sites in East Setauket, and Bay Shore are closed.
      Hauppauge will be open Monday-Thursday, 9AM-5PM and Friday, 8AM-4PM; appointment only
    • Farmingville is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9AM-5PM, and Friday, 8AM-4PM; appointment only
    • For the most up to date information, call in advance or follow them on Facebook and Instagram at @StonybrookWIC

Wyandanch Resource Center

Closed through March 30th

New York State Information

Department of Education

Student Support Services COVID-19 updates

Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave new legislation

Read more here.

Office of Children and Family Services

OCFS Guidance for Childcare Providers

Resources for Basic Needs

Emergency Funds/Supplies

Baby Essentials of Long Island

Deliveries of baby items to moms in need. Contact HMG-LI to be connected or to make donations.

Gerald Ryan Outreach Center

Can help with items like diapers for Wyandanch area residents. Open weekday mornings only, 9:15AM-11:45AM

Mary Brennan INN

They are open Providing bag lunches from the door. For diapers, you can come between the hours of 10AM-2PM weekdays. Only small diapers available (size 3 and below)

Mead Johnson

Mead Johnson has programs to help families who cannot afford formula.

  • Helping Hands: For families that need specialized formula but cannot afford it; families may qualify for a free shipment
  • Multiple Births: For families with twins/triplets, families may qualify for cases of formula



The Bay Shore CAIR Food Pantry

The Bay Shore CAIR Food Pantry will continue to operate on an appointment only basis. Appointments for food pick-up will be available on Tuesdays, from 12:30 pm-3:30 pm, and Thursdays, from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Clients should contact Catherine at 631-650-0104, Monday through Friday, to complete the necessary paperwork over the phone and schedule a food pantry pick-up appointment during a scheduled day/time. Spanish Speaking clients should contact Sonnia Lewis-Suarez at 631-650-0105 to schedule an appointment. If unavailable, clients should leave a voicemail so that a return call can be made to schedule an appointment.

Centro Cristiano Renacer (Reborn Christian Center) food pantry

  • 475 N Brookside Ave Freeport, NY 11520; 516-546-8201
  • Open Tuesdays – Fridays, 10AM-12PM *updated hours of operation*

No need to call. Families just need to go during the hours of operation. Name and # of members in the household will be asked. It will be a “drive through” service. Food is pre-packed. Volunteers are using masks and gloves.

Chicky’s in Bellerose

Serving free lunch to children who cannot afford it, daily from 12PM-2PM (283-43 Jericho Turnpike, Bellerose)

Island Harvest

Island Harvest has a network of food pantries across Long Island; to find out which are still open during COVID-19, contact 516-294-8528

Long Island Cares Food Banks

  • Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian Center (220 Broadway, Huntington Station, NY 11746) 631-824-6384
  • South Shore Service Center (163-1 North Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst, NY 11757) 631-991-8106
  • Nassau Center for Collaborative Assistance (21 E. Sunrise Highway, Freeport, NY 11520) 516-442-5221
  • Long Island Cares, Inc (10 Davids Dr., Hauppauge, NY 11788) 631-582-3663

Mary Brennan INN

Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen – See “Emergency Funds/Supplies” above

Northfork Spanish Apostolate

Food pantry and limited other items, like diapers. Open weekdays 10AM-12PM. 546 St Johns Pl, Riverhead, NY 11901

RH note: move the note about BOCES meals to that section, and then change the


Most schools should be having grab-and-go lunch programs; to find out the details contact your school district or HMG-LI to learn about current options.

  • Western Suffolk BOCES – Breakfast and lunch available to all families for pick up 8:30am-12:30pm from these schools. 
  • Eastern Suffolk BOCES – Free meals for students at these schools, or the designated alternative location, or home delivery can be arranged for families that cannot access these sites.

Online/Hotline resources

Adelphi University Institute for Parenting

Call their warmline at 516-515-1948 with non-emergency questions regarding babies’ and young children’s development and well-being, especially in times of heightened stress. Leave a message and you will receive a call back from an infant and early childhood specialist.

Child Mind Institute

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust.

Postpartum Resource Center of New York

Providing free and confidential emotional support, educational information and support group and healthcare resources.

  • State-wide Toll-free Helpline 855-631-0001
  • Moms on Call Telephone Support from moms who have been there and are here for you.
  • Or contact us here
  • Many new online support group and tele-health and phone treatment options available for New York moms to be, moms and families.

Fun activities to do at home that promote development

Learn the Signs, Act Early

CDC child developmental resources, tips, milestone tracker for parents

Reach out and Read

Reach out and Read of Greater NY has compiled a list of free, online learning resources for children

Sid Jacobson JCC

Sid Jacobson JCC has online resources, classes, and workshops for children and families

See more recommended activities, resources, and apps for parents here.

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