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IF YOUR CHILD WAS BORN IN 2009...

The NYC Department of Education wants you to know that it’s already time to start thinking about kindergarten for next school year, 2014-2015. If your child was born in ’09, you can apply to kindergarten between January 13 and February 14, 2014. You have a choice of three ways to apply.

• Online using Kindergarten Connect at www.nyc.gov/schools/kindergarten.

• Over the phone by calling (718) 935-2400 (8 am to 6 pm weekdays).

• In person at a Borough Enrollment Office (8 am to 3 pm, weekdays).

Admission is not first come, first served. All applications received by the deadline are treated the same, according to schools’ admission priorities.

If you need to apply in a language other than English, submit your application over the phone or in person. You can list up to 20 schools on your application.

For more information, you can check out the Schools Search page at Elementary School Directory online at www.nyc.gov/schools/kindergarden or call 311.

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SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

The National School Lunch Program is a federally supported meal program to give low cost or free lunches to more than 31 million children up through age 18. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Children from families between 130 and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced price meals which charge students no more than 40 cents.

What do they offer? Here are a couple of typical meals:

“Cheesy Goodness.” Oven based Italian cheese, herbed marinara sauce, broccoli tree.

“Chicken Delights.” Crispy chicken tenders. Dipping sauces, cucumber salad, crunchy carrot sticks.

“Pizza Party.” NY Style Pizza slices, oven-baked pizza bagel, French bread pizza, green garden salad.

Contact your child’s school for information about applying for low cost or free meals for your child.

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NEW GED TEST SERIES

NY State GED Testing Office announced that a new GED® test series will begin on January 1, 2014. After this date scores from tests previously taken will be invalid and will not be combined with new test scores. If you have taken the GED® test from January 1, 2002 to the present and want those scores to count, you must retake and fully pass the test before 2014. For students who wish to take the GED® test in calendar year 2013, you may take the test three times regardless of how many times you took the test is 2012.

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FREE PUBLIC BENEFIT COUNSELING

If you’re working or staying in a NYC shelter, don’t miss this wonderful offer from the New York Public Library

Persons Without Homes

The New York Public Library can make arrangements to provide the following services to shelters:

•  Deposit collections of books

•  Read aloud programs for children in shelters

•  “Read-to-me” programs at libraries with children from shelters

•  Library orientations at shelters and branches

•  Book talks at shelters for men and/or women

The New York Public Library also provides books and other informational materials on access to shelter and housing in New York City.

For information about these services, contact Nick Higgins at the Office of Community Outreach at (212) 340-0971 or contact your closest library branch www.nypl.org/locations for assistance.

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FREE PUBLIC BENEFIT COUNSELING

At the Community Service Society’s Center for Benefits and Services, counselors are available to help answer your questions on public benefit programs such as Cash Assistance, SSI, food stamps, and publically subsidized housing programs such as Section 8 and NYCHA.

We can screen you for benefits and help you apply, fix errors on your case if you are already receiving a benefit, and help you find additional resources if you do not qualify. We do not provide legal assistance but we can refer your case. Call the Public Benefit and Housing Information Line at (212) 614-5552.

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Semiperm to Host Informational Session for Prospective Applicants

Semiperm, a unique program that provides supportive services and transformational housing to motivated single-parent families, will be hosting an informational session for perspective applicants.

The session will take place on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 11:30 am, and will include an introduction to the Semiperm program and guidelines, information regarding the application process, and an overview of life at Semiperm. Application packages will also be distributed at the end of the event which will last approximately 1 hour. The session will be held at the Semiperm offices at 210 West 102nd Street in the 1st Floor Community Room. Space is very limited so only prospective applicants will be admitted.

Please contact Kristin Brett, Program Assistant, at (212) 222-3673 x14 for more information or visit http://www.settlementhousingfund.org/semiperm_housing.html. Semiperm only accepts applications from single parents who have attended one of these sessions.

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STUDENT LOAN LEGAL ASSISTANCE HOTLINE FOR VETERANS

Attention New York City Veterans:

• Are you struggling with student loan debt?

• Did your school fail to deliver on the education or career placement it promised?

• Do you need legal advice about your loan or concerning the school you attended?

Free legal assistance is available for you and your family.

Call the Hotline at (718) 237-5564

A joint project of NEDAP (nedap.org) and South Brooklyn Legal Services (sbls.org). The hotline is operated by SBLS and serves veterans, service members and their families.

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DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO VOTE

Tuesday, November 6th is the General Election. It’s your chance to cast a vote for the next President and Vice President of the United States, one U.S. Senator, members of the House of Representatives, members of the New York State Senate and members of the New York State Assembly.

Meantime, you can watch the main candidates in the presidential and vice presidential debates on television on October 3, 11, 16, and 22.

If you need to locate your polling place, call NYC Board of Elections at (866) 868-3692.

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The Women's City Club Guide to Manhattan's Services and Resources

The Women's City Club Guide to Manhattan's Services and Resources is now available. The Guide is available on-line at http://wccny.org/2012/04/30/2012-guide-to-services-and-resources-in-manhattan-now-available/. Feel free to print your own copies or call the WCC office at (212) 353-8070 to pick up a hard copy.

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MONEY SAVING TIPS FROM THE PUBLIC SERVICES COMMISSION

LIFELINE is a program offered by many telephone companies to help low-income consumers save money on their phone bills. You qualify if your monthly income falls under the limits — $2,129 for a family of one, to $6,029 for a family of eleven or if you receive benefits from public programs such as welfare, SSI, or Medicaid. To apply, contact your telephone company.

HEAP, the Federal funded Home Energy Assistance Program, helps eligible low income New Yorkers pay for electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal or other heating fuels. New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance keeps a list of 24 hour emergency contacts for each county in the state. OTDA’s phone number which is (800) 342-3009 will give you a lot of other emergency contact numbers as well.

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Child Welfare Organizing Project (CWOP)

Do you need help or advice in dealing with the child welfare system. Do you have any issues with ACS, foster care, child protective or preventive services or the Family Court? You are not alone. Talk to other parents who have been there. Call the Child Welfare Organizing Project (CWOP) at (212) 348-3000 weekdays from 9 to 5.

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FLOATING HOSPITAL: “FAMILY DOCTOR” FOR NEW YORKERS IN NEED

Does your family need

• Medical exams and immunizations

• Pregnancy testing

• Treatment for chronic problems like diabetes and high blood pressure

• Psychiatric and psychological screening and treatment or any other health services?

The Floating Hospital (TFH) provides the whole range of medical services to women and children living in the NYC family shelters and domestic violence safe houses. TFH, founded in 1866, used to be based on a ship as the name implies. Now it provides a “fleet” of passenger vans to bring patients for no charge to its newly renovated main clinic in Long Island City and satellite clinics from all five boroughs of NYC.

TFH promises “we never refuse homeless families needed treatment regardless of their Medicaid status or because they are unable to pay.”

To make an appointment and arrange for transportation, call (718) 784-2240 x 126 or 119.

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PROJECT FAIR HELPS OUT AT FAIR HEARING SITE

Project FAIR, a Legal Help Desk at the New York State central Fair Hearing site offers you information and referral services about fair hearings benefits and community services. Project FAIR’s table, staffed by lawyers and volunteer advocates trained by Legal Aid Society, is located from 12 noon to 3 pm Monday through Friday at the central waiting area.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Office of Administrative Hearings
14 Boerum Place, 1st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Great Offer, For Women Only: Free Training

STRIVE  is launching a free training program in three fields of work where there’s a growing demand for skilled workers – Computer Network Technician, Office Operations, and Customer Service/Retail Sales. It’s for women only and preference will be given to individuals on or eligible for public assistance. Enrollment is already underway and training starts November 20 at Strive East Harlem Employment Services, 240 E. 123rd Street in Manhattan, so call now  (212) 360-1100.

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LET US HELP YOU HELP YOUR KIDS

by Gary Shulman, M.S. Ed. Program Director and Training Coordinator, Resources for Children with Special Needs

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc. is an information and advocacy center for parents and professionals who need help for children birth to 26 with any disability such as learning, emotional, developmental, physical, attention deficit disorder, health problems, vision, hearing and many more. We help find appropriate programs and services. Every year we hold 51 free workshops on various topics of interest. We also conduct a Special Camp Fair to help you learn about appropriate summer programs for children with disabilities. This year the Fair will be Saturday January 30, 2010 at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle (Columbus Ave. and W. 60th St.) from 11AM-3PM. For more information call us at 212-677-4650 or visit us at www.resourcesnyc.org . Also check out our searchable database at www.resourcesnycdatabase.org

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.
116 East 16th Street, 5th Floor,
New York, NY 10003
Tel (212) 677-4650 x20 / Fax (212) 254-4070

gshulman@resourcesnyc.org