K12 WORKING PARENT RESOURCES FOR FALL 2020

keep checking here, we are regularly updating

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For a web and mobile friendly version of this document, see: https://sites.google.com/view/npk12workingparents/

PLEASE EMAIL ktobin@villageofnewpaltz.org with questions-comments  

***Table of Contents can be found at the end of this document***


 

 

Please be patient as we launch and populate

 this resource page with information!

The New Paltz K12 Working Parents Remote Learning Working Group is:

FORMS! 

Don’t worry if you don’t have complete information yet, not many do!

Submit resources: If you have a resource that you would like added to this resource page, please submit the details HERE 

Locations!: If you have identified a location that you can offer to be used for K12 programming, please submit your name, contact information, and details HERE

Sign up to help: If you would like to help, please submit your name, contact information, and how you would like to help HERE

The Latest

The newest information goes here --

09.12.20

𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥, 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐮𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝟏𝟎𝟎% 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬. These are issues that cannot be solved by school districts alone, and need to be addressed by partnerships with governments, non-profits, employers, and schools. We have already seen some of what can be accomplished when we all work together in honest and collaborative ways. Please tell us your story and issues about the first week and your concerns moving forward here. We will gather them together for presentation to the district and other leaders. If you have any questions or would like to get involved in this initiative, please email KT Tobin at ktobin@villageofnewpaltz.org.

09.11.20

Questions? Call Jhaunelle Anderson (Registrar) at 845-338-3810 x 122 or janderson@ymcaulster.org; or Cailin Rooney, Youth development Director, 845-338-3810x 110 or crooney@ymcaulster.org.

09.09.20

Big news from the school district and the Y: Lenape will be added as a site for the Y Academy, starting next Monday 9/14 - it will be added as a sign up option at this link this morning https://ymcaulster.org/y-academy/

09.08.20 Happy First Day of School!

09.09.20 Ulster County Announces The Project Resilience Childcare Initiative (PRCI), a multifaceted public private partnership to assist families with unforeseen childcare needs due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. PRCI will supplement and expand other subsidy programs provided by Ulster County and other private scholarships that are currently available to families at certain income levels. The first prong of PRCI will expand the childcare subsidies administered by Family of Woodstock, which are currently funded by Ulster County Department of Social Services. The second prong of PRCI will provide scholarships for families to attend School-Age Children Programs throughout Ulster County.       

09.08.20 New Guidance from the state Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) about When Remote Learning Requires a Child Care License or Registration. Remote learning means remote, virtual, or online schoolwork or instruction while in a child care setting.  Please contact Family of Woodstock, Inc., Child Care Connections, 845-331-7080 if you have any questions about regulations relating to child care, learning camps, teaching pods, etc.

09.08.20 Chromebook Pick UP Chromebook devices will be available for pickup today, Tuesday, September 8, from 9 AM-2 PM in the front of Lenape Elementary School. Anyone who has filled out the Distance Learning Survey and has not yet picked up a device is encouraged to please stop by during this time. If you have not yet taken the Distance Learning Survey, you can find it by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3jVoAQ4

09.01.20

09.01.20 Wild Earth Fall Programming. Keep checking their website for more info

Wednesdays 9/30- 11/25, 9-3:30 signup for 4 weeks or 8 weeks; 9-14-ish year olds $90/ day. Scholarships available, transportation can be arranged as well.

09.01.20 Time to Update Free and Reduced Lunch Applications If your financial situation has changed, complete a 2020-21 free and reduced-price meal application Last year's form will be in effect until October 22nd. This form can also be completed at any time during the year if circumstances change. Access the application at https://bit.ly/2QqucFg. Print and mail it to the NPCSD at 196 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561.  

09.01.20 Spectrum Internet Assist Through the Spectrum Internet Assist program, qualified households can receive access to reliable, high-speed Internet service. Qualified households can receive: 30 Mbps Internet speed (wireless speeds may vary),  Free Internet Modem, Free Security Suite, No Data Caps, Parental Controls, with No Contracts. Click here for eligibility information and form.

09.01.20 New Paltz Kids and Teens OUTSIDE! Local instructors, parent volunteers, and community organizations are providing outdoor programming in and around the Town of New Paltz for middle school students who are learning remotely. For more information or to sign up, please visit this Google site (updated daily): https://sites.google.com/view/newpaltzkato/events

Contact: Nina Personius at Personina@gmail.com

Stay tuned, we are working on possible transportation to and from the Youth Center. 

Find us on Facebook at New Paltz Kids and Teens OUTSIDE

08.31.20

08.31.20 Contact information if you have any questions about regulations relating to child care, learning camps, teaching pods, etc.:

See below for Important regulations related to teaching pods and virtual learning camps

08.31.20 SUNY Ulster new courses! https://www.sunyulster.edu/academics/special_sessions/express.php

ExpressSemester Accelerated Courses

Classes run from October 14 – December 7, 2020

Late Start Plus

Classes run from September 21 - December 18, 2020

08.31.20 NPCSD grad James Hyland is teaching art classes locally this fall:

08.29.20

08.29.20 Important regulations related to teaching pods and virtual learning camps:

We expect more state guidance - Stay tuned for more and updated information about regulations related to teaching pods and virtual learning camps

08.29.20 Finding Child Care: Child Care Connections can offer FREE assistance with finding a child care program in different types of regulated child care programs (https://www.familyofwoodstockinc.org/ccc/for-families/types-of-care/), as well as information on child care subsidy eligibility.

08.29.20 Healthy Kids Programs is offering full day school age programming across the region. Click here for locations and info. They are actively looking for more locations in Ulster County. Have space that could serve as a Healthy Kids program for school age children?  CLICK HERE

08.29.20 NPCSD/MS PTA Announces Device Drive In response to COVID-related supply chain and delivery delays for District-purchased Chromebooks, the New Paltz Middle School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) will be collecting new and used laptops, tablets, and Chromebooks for students to use as they begin their remote school year. Devices can be dropped off at the Middle School Courtyard (off Lincoln Place) on Wednesday, September 2 from 10 AM-2 PM and on Thursday, September 3 from 2-6 PM. The District will wipe data from all donated devices and configure them for student use. The wiped machines will then be distributed to students in need of technology during the first week of September (more details to follow). Any donations received above and beyond student needs will be donated to Family of New Paltz. To ensure that your donated device will be compatible with the District’s technology specification requirements, please visit the link below. Webcams and microphones are required. We ask donors to be mindful that the District must bear the disposal costs of any non-working devices, so please ensure that your donation is in working order and has a compatible charger. Please contact the Middle School PTA at npz.ms.pta@gmail.com with any questions.

Check compatibility here: https://guide.neverware.com/supported-devices/ 

08.29.20 Drop in Y Academy at New Paltz Community Center Announced

Y Academy is an in-person program supporting K12 students who are e-learning through their school district. Y Academy is sure to support your child’s virtual learning and keep them active and engaged during the day. To help your child stay on task, avoid backslides during their school’s virtual learning program, and support our children’s academic, physical, and mental health the Y has created a fun, safe, controlled environment in which your child can continue their educational journey with the support of a great team.

Grades: K – 6 Dates: Monday – Friday beginning September 8, holiday schedule TBD

Your child will benefit from:

Drop In Academy at NP Rec Center: 8 AM – 6 PM, billed daily.

Program Cost for school locations:

5 day: $95/week

4 day: $84/week

3 day: $75/week

2 day: $56/week

Monthly Before and After care rates DOWNLOAD

Daily Drop in costs at NP Community Center: New Paltz Residents $40, Non Residents: $45 ( Proof of residency required)

More info about Y Academy HERE

08.28.20

08.28.20 The New Paltz Working Parents K12 Remote Learning Working Group Google Form Findings The New Paltz Working Parents K12 Remote Learning Working Group posted this form on social media in order to identify the particular issues for working parents in our own community associated with schools going fully remote, in local parents’ own words.

Key Findings:

·         A majority of working parents in the NPSCD say they have new child care needs and costs, including about seven in ten Duzine parents, two-thirds of Lenape households, as well as over half of single parents, dual income households, essential workers, teachers, and working parents with children who need Special Education

·         Over one third of working parents told us they now will have serious financial challenges in order to pay for child care or learning help for their children with about one in four of these working parents saying they will have to quit their jobs, pause their careers, and/or work or earn less to meet these new needs

·         Across schools, about three in four working parents told us that they cannot successfully work and attend to their children’s remote schooling and this is especially challenging for essential workers, teachers, and parents of students with special needs

·         Working parents told us they need more information to plan for the fall; with more options compared with the spring, along with predictability, structure, and clear student accountability to plan and set expectations

·         About one in ten households cited technology challenges relating to hardware and/or connectivity; one in five working parents of children with special needs cited this need

·         Several parents also said their children needed more engagement and live interaction compared to last spring

·         Working parents voiced concerns about the lack of socialization, screen time with 100% learning, mental health issues due to social isolation, and the need for more outside recreation and activities

·         About one in ten parents are troubled about the need to leave their children home alone, including one in five middle school and high school parents, as well as one in five single parents

·         Many working parents expressed empathy and/or a desire to help those who are worse off than themselves

FULL RESULTS with additional detail here

08.27.20 NPCSD announces Building Level Meetings The New Paltz Central School District has announced back to school building level virtual meetings:  

Duzine/Lenape with Principals Hogan and Inglee, will be held on Tuesday, September 1st, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Middle School/High School with Principals Sheldon and Fernandez, will be held on Thursday, September 3rd, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

More details will be made available on the District website prior to the virtual meetings.

CHILD CARE

Finding Childcare

Child Care Information from Family of Woodstock https://www.familyofwoodstockinc.org/ccc/for-families/ 

FIND CHILD CARE

Finding Child Care: Child Care Connections can offer FREE assistance with finding a child care program in different types of regulated child care programs (https://www.familyofwoodstockinc.org/ccc/for-families/types-of-care/), as well as information on child care subsidy eligibility.

TYPES OF CARE

CHOOSING A PROGRAM

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

CHECKING OR FILING A COMPLAINT

PARENTING WORKSHOPS

RESOURCES

Childcare Subsidies Are Available through the Ulster County Department of Social Services 

https://ulstercountyny.gov/social-services

If you need assistance paying for childcare, help is available. Income limits are outlined below, rates Effective June 1, 2020:

Family Size          Maximum Gross Income

1                                                $25,520.00

2                                                $34,480.00

3                                                $43,440.00

4                                                $52,400.00

5                                                $61,360.00

6                                                $70,320.00

7                                                $79,280.00

8                                                $88,240.00

More info on financial assistance here

Healthy Kids Programs is offering full day school age programming across the region. Click here for locations and info. They are actively looking for more locations in Ulster County.

Have space that could serve as a Healthy Kids program for school age children?  CLICK HERE

For Information and Registration Questions for Healthy Kids Programs

Contact: Registration Director at 845-330-0199 Fax: 845-454-1977 registration@healthykidsprograms.com 

Schools interested in participating in the Healthy Kids Programs

​Contact: RaeAnne Nocera, Executive Director at 845-568-6100 x1004​ raeanne@healthykidsprograms.com

School Districts interested in participating in the Healthy Kids Pre-K Programs​ Contact: Lauren Fitzsimmons, Early Learning Center Director at 845-568-6100 x1017​ lauren@healthykidsprograms.com

Interested in Employment at any of our Healthy Kids Programs Locations?

Contact: barbara@healthykidsprograms.com

Childcare Jobs

The YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County is hiring child care workers

The YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, is looking to expand their childcare team. They are now hiring Childcare Counselors for half and full day childcare programs in Kingston and New Paltz. View their childcare openings here.

Stay tuned for more info about Y programming for school age children!

Childcare Regulations

NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) recent new emergency regulations 

Contact information if you have any questions about regulations relating to child care, learning camps, teaching pods, etc.:

Important regulations related to teaching pods and virtual learning camps:

We expect more state guidance - Stay tuned for more and updated information about regulations related to teaching pods and virtual learning camps

Click here for the New York State Network for Youth Success SCHOOL-AGE CHILDCARE (SACC) CONCERNS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FALL 2020

MS & HS PROGRAMS

New Paltz Youth Program Fall Programming

Starting September 8th the New Paltz Youth Program will be open 9am-7pm

Families must reserve in advance for the the following options:

• 9am-3pm – RAD (Recreation and Academic Development)

• 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm – Half-Day RAD

• 3pm-7pm – Normal Drop-in Center

These programs are intended for youth in grades 6th through 12th

All is free! Limited capacity! COVID rules in place. As much outdoors as possible. Contact: newpaltzyp@gmail.com

New Paltz Kids and Teens OUTSIDE! 

Local instructors, parent volunteers, and community organizations are providing outdoor programming in and around the Town of New Paltz for middle school students who are learning remotely. For more information or to sign up, please visit this Google site (updated daily): https://sites.google.com/view/newpaltzkato/events

Contact: Nina Personius at Personina@gmail.com

Stay tuned, we are working on possible transportation to and from the Youth Center. 

Find us on Facebook at New Paltz Kids and Teens OUTSIDE

SUNY Ulster already has a handful of express semester courses that begin in October, and have added courses, including Gen Ed that will start on September 21st, in order to provide options to those who were unable to commit to a class registration for the August start of classes. TALK TO YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR NOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THESE SUNY ULSTER COURSES! Info should be announced and on the SUNY Ulster VERY SOON, stay tuned! Contact Theresa Fall at terryfall@gmail.com for help navigating high schooler enrollment at SUNY Ulster

SUNY Ulster new courses! https://www.sunyulster.edu/academics/special_sessions/express.php

ExpressSemester Accelerated Courses

Classes run from October 14 – December 7, 2020

Late Start Plus

Classes run from September 21 - December 18, 2020

PROGRAMS for ELEMENTARY AGE 

Drop in Y Academy at New Paltz Community Center starting Sept 8

Y Academy is an in-person program supporting K12 students who are e-learning through their school district. Y Academy is sure to support your child’s virtual learning and keep them active and engaged during the day. To help your child stay on task, avoid backslides during their school’s virtual learning program, and support our children’s academic, physical, and mental health the Y has created a fun, safe, controlled environment in which your child can continue their educational journey with the support of a great team.

Grades: K – 6 Dates: Monday – Friday beginning September 8, holiday schedule TBD

Your child will benefit from:

Drop In Academy at NP Rec Center: 8 AM – 6 PM, billed daily.

Program Cost for school locations:

5 day: $95/week

4 day: $84/week

3 day: $75/week

2 day: $56/week

Monthly Before and After care rates DOWNLOAD

Daily Drop in costs at NP Community Center: New Paltz Residents $40, Non Residents: $45 ( Proof of residency required)

More info about Y Academy HERE

SUNY New Paltz Literacy Tutoring Program provides SUNY NP teacher candidates clinical opportunities in the diagnosis and remediation of reading and writing difficulties and to provide literacy instruction to children in our local mid-Hudson Valley communities. Literacy instruction includes the direct tutoring of children and adolescents, as well as consultation with teachers on literacy issues across the curriculum. In addition to our basic mission, we act as a link between school districts and community organizations interested in reading and writing excellence and we promote "best practices," based on current research, in literacy education. Contact: Prof. Sam Slotnick slotnics@zmail.newpaltz.edu

Montgomery Montessori School. Private school - in person programming. Tuition varies by age, is comparable to some day care options. 5 day in-person program. Approx 30 minutes from New Paltz, approx 20 minutes from Gardiner/Modena. Contact: Arietta Thorne at admin@montgomeryms.com or 845-401-9232. https://www.montgomeryms.com/

PROGRAMS for ALL AGES

Wild Earth Fall Programming. Keep checking their website for more info

Wednesdays 9/30- 11/25, 9-3:30 signup for 4 weeks or 8 weeks

9-14-ish year olds $90/ day. Scholarships available, transportation can be arranged as well. https://wildearth.org/

NPCSD grad James Hyland is teaching art classes locally this fall:

Vanaver Caravan Virtual School Program

Dance, music, theatre classes. The Vanaver Caravan Teaching Artists come from many traditions and offer American & World Dance classes that dovetail with grade- level Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum. Workshops and residency programs collaborating with teachers or small independent groups are offered. Students learn dances from different cultures, engage in creative movement, improvisation and choreography, hone their coordination skills, explore elements of movement, expressivity and increase appreciation for self and others. Classes are held outdoors on a large covered stage (open sides) and on the grounds of the Center for Symbolic Studies/Stone Mountain Farm in New Paltz and virtually on Zoom. Site-specific pieces and dance films can be created.$15/child/class sliding scale and scholarships available. Please contact us to design classes for your group, or contact us to let us know your specific interest. Contact: Livia Vanaver 845.656.7478 or livdance@gmail.com

Barefoot Dance Center Virtual Fall Classes

Sunflower Arts Studio

Unison Arts

TECHNOLOGY HELP

The district is gathering information on the needs of our community regarding internet connectivity and the availability of devices at home. Complete this survey if you need a device and/or internet connection in your household.

Spectrum Internet Assist Through the Spectrum Internet Assist program, qualified households can receive access to reliable, high-speed Internet service. Qualified households can receive: 30 Mbps Internet speed (wireless speeds may vary),  Free Internet Modem, Free Security Suite, No Data Caps, Parental Controls, with No Contracts. Click here for eligibility information and form.

08.29.20 In response to COVID-related supply chain and delivery delays for District-purchased Chromebooks, the New Paltz Middle School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) will be collecting new and used laptops, tablets, and Chromebooks for students to use as they begin their remote school year. Devices can be dropped off at the Middle School Courtyard (off Lincoln Place) on Wednesday, September 2 from 10 AM-2 PM and on Thursday, September 3 from 2-6 PM. The District will wipe data from all donated devices and configure them for student use. The wiped machines will then be distributed to students in need of technology during the first week of September (more details to follow). Any donations received above and beyond student needs will be donated to Family of New Paltz. To ensure that your donated device will be compatible with the District’s technology specification requirements, please visit the link below. Webcams and microphones are required. We ask donors to be mindful that the District must bear the disposal costs of any non-working devices, so please ensure that your donation is in working order and has a compatible charger. Please contact the Middle School PTA at npz.ms.pta@gmail.com with any questions.

Check compatibility here: https://guide.neverware.com/supported-devices/ 

FOOD HELP

Time to Update Free and Reduced Lunch Applications If your financial situation has changed, complete a 2020-21 free and reduced-price meal application Last year's form will be in effect until October 22nd. This form can also be completed at any time during the year if circumstances change. Access the application at https://bit.ly/2QqucFg. Print and mail it to the NPCSD at 196 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561.  

COUNTY RESOURCES

Ulster County Schools and Child Care resource page

Stay tuned, Ulster County’s page is also a work in progress and will have more soon!

STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES

Parents may qualify for paid leave, unemployment if schools are closed for the fall

HOMESCHOOLING RESOURCES

OTHER

If you would like to host a program at Hasbrouck Park in the village, here is the form. Contact ktobin@villageofnewpaltz.org

The New Paltz Working Parents-K12 Remote Learning Working Group 

Deputy Mayor KT Tobin, Chair ktobin@villageofnewpaltz.org

Town Supervisor Neil Bettez

Village Trustee, Michele Zipp

Arielle Chiger, NPUT President

Jim Tinger and John House, NPYP

Aimme Hemminger, MS PTA

Dianna Smith, SUNY New Paltz Campus Pastor and Food Pantry Director

Melissa Rock, SUNY New Paltz professor and parent

Nina Personius, parent

Theresa Fall, parent

Technology Working Group 

Aimme Hemminger, MS PTA, Chair

Village Trustee, William Wheeler-Murray

Adrienne Houk-Maley, Lenape Tech Team

Chris Steeves, parent/community member

Brandon Pominville, parent/community member

Teresa Thompson, NPCSD board member

Jenn Voorhis, MS PTA

Jen Castle, MS PTA

Theresa Fall, parent/community member

Special Contacts

Outdoor Programming  Nina Personius personina@gmail.com

SUNY Ulster Theresa Fall terryfall@gmail.com

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FORMS!        0

The Latest        0

CHILD CARE        6

MS & HS PROGRAMS        8

PROGRAMS for ELEMENTARY AGE        10

PROGRAMS for ALL AGES        11

TECHNOLOGY HELP        12

FOOD HELP        13

COUNTY RESOURCES        13

STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES        13

HOMESCHOOLING RESOURCES        14

OTHER        14

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Note: The links to available programs, services, and information are provided here as a community service. With some exceptions, e.g. the New Paltz Youth Program, neither the Town nor Village of New Paltz administer, fund, or sponsor the programs or services listed here. While we are compiling and tracking resources and related regulations, neither the Town nor Village have independently verified the accuracy of any information contained in the linked websites and parents are strongly encouraged to verify all such information prior to making any decisions.