Ryan’s Story

At 7 years old, Ryan was removed from his mother’s home and placed in SCO’s Foster Care program. Options for exploring his interests and creativity were limited. But that all changed for Ryan when his mentor at SCO encouraged and empowered him to pursue his dreams.

This mentorship broadened Ryan’s world and opened doors to opportunities. He discovered his abilities and strengths, nurtured a love for science, and developed his networking skills. Today, Ryan is proud to pay his experience forward by mentoring, encouraging, and guiding younger children at SCO.

Ryan is now a sophomore majoring in Biology at Jamestown Community College. SCO assisted him with transportation, college applications, and opportunities for financial aid to help him fulfill his potential and continue his education.

“Thank you for investing in my future,” said Ryan. “There is so much I would not have been able to do without the care and support that I received from SCO Family of Services.”

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Resources for Families

Educational Resources

Dial-a-Teacher or call 212-777-3380
Online Learning Tools
Supplemental Remote Learning Resources
Early Childhood Learning Resources
Grade Specific Activities for Students
The Math Learning Center 

Educational and Online Activities

Storyline Online – a fun website where professional actors read popular picture books aloud.
Storynory.com – Bible stories, King Arthur, Saints, Robin Hood – and stories that enhance vocabulary.
Education.com – First Grade Phonics Games
Bronx Zoo Virtual zoo – bringing the animals to you!
Garden of Dreams Enjoy virtual and interactive content from Garden of Dreams, New York Rangers, New York Knicks, the Rockettes, MSG Entertainment, MSG Networks, and more.
Digital Girl, Inc. STEM programming for young girls.
Watch the entire CNN/Sesame Street coronavirus town hall.
Arts & Culture Virtually visit 500+ museums and art galleries around the world.
At Home Art-Making Activities for Families – Drawing, collage, audio and movement activities inspired by artworks in the MOMA collection.
Children’s Museum of the Arts LIVE! Interactive sing-alongs, create your own artwork, creative movement, and more.
Community Conversations A facilitator, chosen by your group, leads a conversation for 8-20 participants using training and materials supplied by Humanities New York.
Cosmic Kids Zoga Yoga, mindfulness, and relationship for kids 3+.
Explore Our Community – Nassau County Museum of Art  Experience the museum from your couch.
Go Noodle Kid-friendly videos to get your kids up and moving around.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Virtual events for all audiences including storytelling, live performances, film screenings, art-making programs, and more!
Mets Amazin’ Activities  The NY Mets have created some fun puzzles and games for your kids including the Mets Activity Book and Goodbye, Germs!
Monterey Bay Aquarium Live stream of different aquarium exhibits.
Mystery Science Free, easy science for remote learning.
National Geographic Kids Interactive, engaging and colorful games, videos, and more.
New York Hall of Science Free, fun, at-home STEM activities including The Pack – STEM-based video game and DIY science tutorials
Road Trip from Home Explore different parts of the world, famous landmarks, beautiful works of art, historic marvels, science adventures and more!
Safari Tour Ride along on a live safari.
San Diego Zoo Tour the San Diego Zoo.
Scholastic Learn at Home Keep the learning going with four daily learning experiences, each built around a meaningful story or video.
Virtual Field Trips A list of virtual trips you can take to zoos, museums, and parks.
Yellowstone National Park Take a virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park.
Yankees Kids: At-Home Baseball Activities Pickleball and Home Run Derby, trivia and matching games, coloring pages, mazes, word scrambles, and more!

Home Activity Ideas

250 Things to Do at Home
Things to Do at Home with Kids
28 Indoor Activities for Kids
101 Ideas to Keep Kids Busy

Financial Resources

SNAP, Cash Assistance, Medicaid, and Fair Fares Online
Unemployment Insurance
File a New Unemployment Claim
MOPD COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities
During this crisis, HRA will take no negative case actions on any current benefits case
NYS Department of Labor is waiving the seven-day wait period for unemployment insurance benefits.
Free legal advice to unemployed low-wage workers trying to access UI benefits.
NYC is updating a list of resources for those who are unemployed.
All NYS debt collection has been suspended per order of the Governor. This is debt owed to New York State only. New Yorkers with student debt, medical debt & other state-referred debt will have payments frozen for at least 30 days.


Brooklyn Nets Resource Hub – provides food, educational resources, health and wellness, and volunteer opportunities in one place.
NYC.gov/getfood – food assistance programs and resources
NYC is delivering food for those who are home-bound and have no other alternatives
Food resources tracked around the city
Available food resources by many neighborhoods, updated every couple of days
Apply for SNAP online
NYPL compiled a list of food resources outside and inside the home
Plentiful – A website and app that lists many of the pantries in NYC and lets people make appointments for food pick-ups with those pantries that participate
Food Hub NYC – Food resources for children
NYC DOE – Food resources for students
Access NYC – Get Emergency Food Now
Invisible Hands Deliver – A group of healthy volunteers from communities at the least risk for severe COVID-19 reactions working to bring groceries and supplies to those in high-risk demographics
LemonTree – Website to help match volunteers to food organizations
Food Bank NYC – Updated map of pantries operating right now


There is an indefinite moratorium on evictions in New York State as ordered by the Governor. A tenant cannot be evicted from an NYC apartment during this crisis. As of March 17th, NYC Housing Court is closed and no new case filings will take place as well.

Help Running Errands/Mutual Aid

Mutual Aid NYC
Mutual Aid Groups (national)

Help for Small Businesses

Financial assistance from the city
Start Small Think Big

Additional Resources

“Coping through COVID” – NYC Administration for Children Services listing of resources available to families – including information about food pantries, free WiFi, housing assistance, and more.
Bereavement Counseling – American Red Cross program to support those who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19

Ryan’s Story

Launching Youth into Successful Careers

At 7 years old, Ryan was removed from his mother’s home and placed in SCO’s Foster Care program. Learn More

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