Parent Resources

We wanted to share some valuable resources that are highly recommended from TheChildMindInstitute. This reputable organization is inviting families to join them for some upcomingCaregiver Support Workshops.

Their three workshop series are designed to provide families with proactive strategies they can use to support theirchild’s mental health and learning needs while virtually learning from home.

These workshops are
 available at no cost to all NYC DOE parents and caregivers.Please see below for additional details and feel free to register for any of this workshops.

Promoting Positive Behaviors for Your Child 


  • Structuring a Home Learning Environment; Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST
  • Managing Kids' Screen Time; Thursday, May 13th, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am EST
  • Motivating Your Child for Remote Learning – Part 1; Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST
  • Motivating Your Child for Remote Learning – Part 2; Thursday, May 20th, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am EST
  • Improving Your Relationship With Your Child; Tuesday, May 25th 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST
  • Parent Calming Techniques; Thursday, May 27th, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am EST

Coping During COVID-19 

  • Managing Grief and Loss; Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST
  • Fostering Resilience Within Your Family; Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST
  • Will My Child be Okay?; Monday, May 17th, 2021 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm EST
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety; Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST
  • Managing Intense Emotions; Thursday, May 20th, 2021 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm EST

Supporting Learning at Home 


  • Supporting Your Child in Virtual Learning; Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST
  • Building a Foundation for Reading at Home; Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 | 11:00am – 12:00pm EST
  • Building and Supporting Executive Functioning Skills; Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST
For additional resources, please click below:

Social and Emotional Resources For Families During Remote Learning

During this transition, we have comprised a list of helpful resources for parents and students.  At HCMS we want you and our students to know that they are not alone during this time. Now more than ever, our partnership is strong, and we are here to support and work with you and your children.  Many of the articles will help in giving your students peace of mind as well as suggestions on how to stay busy at home when your child is not working on schoolwork.  Also below you can find a list of mental health community resources and their phone numbers should your child be in a crisis while school is shutdown.

Dr. Hussey, Mr. Parker, Mrs. DeLuca and Mrs. Jane Seideman, our school psychologist, are available via email Monday-Friday
8:00 AM- 3:00 PM if you or your child would like to reach out for support
. We are all in this together. Stay safe and be well.

Supporting Students and Families During a Pandemic:

On February 4, 2021, Mrs. DeLuca presented a workshop on how to best support  your family during remote learning.  Take a look at the link below for some great resources for you and your family:


Helpful Articles for Parents and Students:

Talking to Kids about Coronavirus by The Child Mind Institute

Panorama Education- SEL Resources for Families

Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

From the National Association of School Psychologists

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource 

The Secret to Keeping Your Kids Happy, Busy and Learning if Their School Closes During Coronavirus

Online Resource of Learning Activities and Games for kids 

Managing Anxiety and Stress from the CDC

Social Story Explaining the Coronavirus


Pursuant to the Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order, during this time of cancelled classes due to COVID-19, New York State schools are required to care for the school-aged children of essential health care workers (licensed health professionals, such as: physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel) and first responders (including: paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters).

This survey link is for Child Care Assistance for Essential Health Care Workers and/or First Responders –


The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC children.

Beginning March 23, meals will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city. 

  • Three meals a day, including breakfast, will be available to all NYC children Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 1:30 pm at locations across the city.
  • Use this site lookup tool to find a location near you! 
  • Please see link below

How to Pick Up a Meal 

  • No registration, ID, or documentation required. 
  • All three meals a day may be picked up at the same time. 
  • No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises.
  • Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children‎.
Book Recommendations 

Our students should not be the only ones reading! Just as children's books can be powerful tools, parent books can also help caregivers to communicate more effectively with their kids as well as helping to instill lessons on kindness and self-love. Below I have listed some reading suggestions and resources for parenting advice. 

 Warm up with a good book!

1.  Odd Girl Out: The Hidde
n Culture of Aggression in Girls
     by Rachel Simmons
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2.  UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World
     by Michele Borba, Ed.D
3.  Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World
     by Homa Sabet Tavangar
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4.  Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons From the Myths of Boyhood
     by Willam Pollack

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5.  Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall
     by Anthony E. Wolf

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First Time Working Paper Applicants:

  1. Must be 14 years old
  2. Completed top portion of application, signed by parent/guardian
  3. Copy of your Birth Certificate, Passport, Driver's License or Driver's Permit
  4. Note or letter from doctor stating you have went for a physical within the past year and are fit to work
  5. Please bring all documents to Mrs. DeLuca

Application for Employment Certification

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