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Parenting & Child Care

Updated: Aug 6

We know it is not easy to balance time between school and family obligations while coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to provide you with free parenting support guides like the Unitarian Universalist Association, All Clear Foundation, or National Association of School Psychologists – know that you are not alone.


The American Rescue Plan made significant changes to the Child Tax Credit. The advanced child tax credit is $3,600 for children younger than age 6 and $3,000 for those between 6 and 17. Families began to receive monthly payments in July and will continue through December 2021 that. Account for half of the tax credit. If eligible, you will receive the other half when you file your 2021 income tax return.


Explore tools like the eligibility assistant, payment management portal, and calculator for help to receive the child tax credit payments. if you did not file taxes, use the Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool to receive the monthly payments and any missed stimulus payments.


If you lost your job or have no income, apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This public benefit provides support through bi-weekly cash allowances and other key supportive services. If you were already receiving assistance, be sure to connect with your caseworker to discuss how to manage unexpected changes in school or work schedules due to COVID-19 so that you continue receiving your benefits.


Additionally, the vast majority of children are eligible for health care coverage under the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), even if the parent is not eligible. If you are not eligible but think your children may be, read more about it here.


All students in grades 7 through 12 who live 1.5 miles or farther from school are eligible for free Student TransPasses.


For help with school uniforms, consider contacting your child’s school and speaking to a counsellor about obtaining a uniform voucher request form.


For help with school supplies, reach out to your neighborhood’s school district. Various Philadelphia community organizations are hosting back to school events that offer free supplies and clothing items.


Affordable Summer Camps and Activities Offers a list of affordable summer programs for children. Girl Scouts offer summer camps for both members and nonmembers, and Boy Scouts provides camps for members.
College Settlement Camp Offers scholarships for their summer camps.
YMCA Camps Offers financial assistance for childcare and programs. Fill out this form to apply.

Also, consider the following resources if you need childcare, social service, health, and wellbeing needs:


Access local social service resources for parenting students

Catholic Social Services Offers both emergency food and child wellbeing needs, such as diapers and formula, for families affected by COVID-19. Find a distribution center near you here.

Childcare Aware Offers a list of state resources for childcare, financial assistance, health and social services that can be researched to meet your needs.

Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program Offers a subsidized child care program to help low-income families pay their child care fees through the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) office. If you meet the guidelines: • The ELRC will pay a part of your childcare cost (i.e., subsidy payment) • You will pay a part of the cost (i.e., family co-pay) • The subsidy payment and the family co-pay go directly to the childcare program Submit this application to the ELRC to see if you meet the guidelines for the subsidized child care program. 2361-2373 Welsh Road 215-382-4762 888-461-5437

Cradles to Crayons Offers assistance to get daily essentials, including clothing, diapers, hygiene supplies, toys, and school supplies. Use this search tool to find the services that you and your family need.

Greater Philadelphia YMCA - Y Student Support Center (YSSC) Offers a safe setting for grades K-6 students can learn among their peers during the times their schools are in virtual learning. 400 Fayette St., Suite 250 Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. 215-963-3700 gpychildcare@philaymca.org

Philadelphia Parenting Centers and Groups Offers a list of parent support groups and classes held in the Philadelphia area. Some groups are free, while others charge a $10-$20 fee to attend. Location and hours vary by group.


Access online learning resources for parenting students

The City of Philadelphia has stated that all students will return to full in-person learning during the 2021-2022 school year starting Tuesday, August 31st. Find more information here. Additionally, the City of Philadelphia will be installing air and surface purifiers in every school, along with touchless hydration systems with safe drinking water, touchless hand sanitizer stations, among other updates. Read more here.


Congreso de Latinos Unidos Offers assistance with housing counseling, rapid rehousing through the Office of Homeless Services referrals, tax preparation assistance, breast-feeding and parenting education, healthcare services, and support and advocacy for survivors and children exposed to domestic abuse and violence. 216 W. Somerset St. 215-763-8870/ 267-765-2272 info@congreso.net

Home Learning Resources for Philadelphia Families Offers a list of various online learning resources to support learning at-home.

HUNE Offers free bilingual (English and Spanish) educational resources to families of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities from 0-26 years of age.

Philadelphia Digital Learning Resources Offers various digital learning resources by grade level and school subject.

School District of Philadelphia Chromebook Loan Program If you did not pick up a District Chromebook for your child, you can call your child’s school to schedule an appointment to pick up the device there. To have your Chromebook repaired, visit one of our Technology Support Centers (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Fitzpatrick Annex Building (rear of Fitzpatrick Elementary School) 4101 Chalfont Dr. Martin Luther King High School 6100 Stenton Ave. South Philadelphia High School 2101 South Broad St. Learn more about School District of Philadelphia updates here.

Still in need of help? Check out the other sections of the Philadelphia Local Guide.



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