Welcome to the Parent Resource Page!

Dear Parents/Families, 

The goal of this page is provide information to you in a quick and easy manner.  This page contains key information on parent resources, benefit information, agency information, as well as some family websites to enjoy.  If you have websites that may be helpful, please feeel free to submit them.  If you need any information that is not listed or have questions, please feel free to email the Parent Coordintor, Ms. Jacqueline Ortega at [email protected].


Information for Families

Offices of Family Engagement:

The New York City Department of Education is dedicated to creating and supporting partnerships between schools, families, and the community.

As a central resource for family engagement, the Division of Family and Community Engagement strives to invlove and inform parent leaders and families as essential partners in helping students achieve college and career readiness.  Offices of Family Engagement Link

ARIS Parent Link:

The New York City Department of Education's Achievement Reporting and Innovation System (ARIS) provides a single place where our educators can go to find and study important information about your child.  Principals and teachers use this information to find out how best to help your child.  ARIS Parent Link

Citywide District 75 Council:

Citywide District 75 Council members are the representitives of the parents of students receiving citywide special education services (District 75) and the community-at-large.  Citywide District 75 Council Link


Benefits Assistance

Food Stamps:

The Food Stamp Program provides coupons and Electronic Benefits Transfers (EBT) cards to low-income families to buy food.  This is federal program operated by State and local welfare offices.  You can go to any Human Resources Administration (HRA) Job Center or Food Stamp Office and apply for food stamps.  New York City Food Stamps Program Link

Medical Insurance:

All children, regardless of immigration status, are eligible for health coverage in New York State, if their families meet the financial requirements.  All categories of low-income legal adult immigrants are eligible for Medicaid in New York.  If you have a medical emergancy, you have the right to call an ambulance and to receive care in an emergancy room, regardless of your legal status.  For more information on eligility and enrollment in a Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Fmaily Health Plus, call HealthStat at (888)-692-6116 (English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Haitian-Creole lanugages are avaliable).  Health plans are available below, and all programs are free or low-cost depending on income. New York City Medical Insurance Link

Health Plans 
 Phone Number
 Website 
 Borough Served
Affinity Health Plan
(866) 247-5678
All boroughs served 
AmeriChoice by UnitedHealthcare 
(800) 493-4647 
All boroughs served 
Amerigroup Community Care 
(800)-600-4441 
All boroughs served 
  Fidelis Care NY
(888) 343-3547
All boroughs served
  HealthFirst
(800) 404-8778
All boroughs served
  Health Plus
(888) 809-8009
All boroughs served
  Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP)
(800) 542-2412
All boroughs served  
  MetroPlus Health Plan
(800) 475-6387
BK, BX, M, Q
  Neighborhood Health Providers
(800) 826-6240
All boroughs served
  WellCare, Inc
(800) 992-6095
BK, BX, M, Q

Social Security:

Social Security (SSI) makes monthly payments to people who have low income and few resources and are:
    • Age 65 or Older
    • Blind
    • Disabled
    Whether you can get SSI depends on your income and resources (the things you own).  If you are eligible for SSI or other benefits, you should apply for them.  You can get SSI and other benefits if you eligible for both.  Social Security Link

    Guardianship:

    A guardian is a person or an agency to whom the court gives authority to take responsibility for the care of a child.  It may be planned for in the future: for example, a "standby guardian" may be appointed to take responisbility for a child's care at a future date if a parent's illness is worsening and he she is not expected to be able to continue caring for the child.

      Medicaid Service Coordination:

      Madicaid Service Coordination (MSC) is a Medical State Plan service provided by OPWDD which assists persons with developmental disabilities and mental retardation in gaining access to nessessary services and supports appropriate to the needs of the individual.  Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) is a Medicaid State Plan service administrated by the NYS Office for People with Developments Disabilities (OPWDD).  MSC assists people with developmental disabilities in gaining access to necessary services and supports to lead successful lives in the community according to their own needs and disires.

      It is important that your child obtain an MSC in order for services to be obtained outside of the New York City Deaprtment of Education.  Once your child graduates, many services are no longer available to them.  The MSC will be able to help you obtain those services needed, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and counseling.  An MSC is your personal guide in navigating through all services and programs for children and families who need assistance in obtaining services.  

        Public Transportation

        Access-A-Ride:

        MTA New York City Transit operates Access-A-Ride, the City's paratransit system.  Access-A-Ride (AAR) provides transportation for people with disabilities who are unable to use public bus or subway service for some or all of their trips.  It offers shared ride, door-to-door paratransit service.  MTA New York City Transit administers AAR; private carriers under contract to NYC Transit provide service.  Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.  Access-A-Ride Link

        Reduced-Fare MetroCards:

        Reduced fare is half fare ($1.10) or less with Reduced-Fare MetroCard discounts.  If you are 65 years of age or olderor have a disability that qualifies, you are eligible.  MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard is personalized with a NAME and PHOTOGRAPH and works the same as a regular MetroCard.  You can buy unlimited rides or you can pay-per-ride. Reduced-Fare MetroCard Link

        Family Entertainment Websites

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