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The Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) is providing an update of events and resources:


Middle School and  High School Application Deadlines Extended

Middle School
The application for students entering middle school in fall 2021 has been extended, and the deadline to apply is now February 23, 2021. You can apply to up to 12 programs with your child's middle school application. For more information, check out the DOE’s website about the middle school application process here.


High School
The high school application deadline for students entering high school in fall 2021 has been extended to Monday, March 1! You can apply to 12 programs with your personalized application. For more information, check out the DOE’s website about the high school application process here. 

Resources for Black History Month


Resource Summary
Talking About Race Matters Series One of the most important topics throughout history and in recent months, is the topic of race. Given current events covered in the news, we at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum feel that it is important to have and to facilitate conversations on race, even though they can be challenging. Because of this, we have put together a series of talks with experts, each looking at the topic of race from a different perspective. Our hope is that we can all come together, learn from one another, and continue the conversation. We hope that you will join us!



Historically Speaking: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the African American Community


The National Museum of African American History and Culture  will host a stimulating discussion about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the economy and the African American community. Panelists Algernon Austin and Jevay Grooms will discuss this economic issue and how the community may prevail with critical interventions. Michael Fletcher of ESPN’s Undefeated will moderate the discussion.
New York Times, Honor and Learn This Black History Month List of cultural and historical events occurring in February to honor Black History Month with registration links.  
New York Public Library, Black History Month at NYPL


The New York Public Library celebrates Black History Month throughout February with live online events and programs, blog posts, recommended reading, and a wide array of digital resources available to anyone with a library card.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Black Liberation List for Teens and Black Liberation Reading List for Kids For 95 years, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has preserved, protected, and fostered a greater understanding of the Black experience through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and scholarship. In response to the uprisings across the globe demanding justice for Black lives, the Schomburg Center has created a Black Liberation Reading List. The titles on the list represent books we and the public turn to regularly as activists, students, archivists, and curators, with a particular focus on books by Black authors and those whose papers we steward.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Public Programming  The New York Public Library and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture are celebrating Black History Month with over 100 virtual events for adults, kids, and teens. Some highlights of the month-long commemoration include a discussion with author Ibram X. Kendi and historian Keisha N. Blain on Four Hundred Souls, a conversation with columnist Charles Blow on his book The Devil You Know, an exploration of “racism’s hidden costs” with Heather McGhee, storytime, arts and crafts, musical performances, and much more. The Schomburg Center is also hosting several online exhibitions, including “Subversion & The Art of Slavery Abolition,” “Traveling While Black: A Century of Pleasure & Pain & Pilgrimages,” and “Femmetography: The Gaze Shifted.”See the full line up of events here.

Plus, library experts curated a series of reading lists that build on Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List released last summer. Learn about the lives of Black figures and the history of Black America by checking out biographies and memoirs, books about Black women in history, and children’s picture books.

National Geographic Kids, Black History Month 


Description: A short reading about the history of Black History Month for elementary school readers. 


Focus Question for Black History Month: What is Black History Month and how did it develop? 


Discussion Questions: 
  • Who is Carter G. Woodson and why is he important to the history of Black History Month?
  • Why did Carter G. Woodson want people in the United States to focus on Black history?
  • When was Black History Week expanded into Black History Month?
  • What does Black History Month honor?
  • What is the role of Black History Month presently?
USA Today, Why Is Black History Month In February? How Do You Celebrate? Everything You Need To Know


Description: Article with a short history of Black History Month and a discussion about how to expand the teaching of Black history beyond the month of February. 


Focus Question for Why Is Black History Month In February?:  Why is Black History Month important?


DIscussion Questions: 
  • What is Black history? What is Black History Month?
  • How did Black History Month begin?
  • Why is Black History Month in February?
  • The article quotes scholar LaGarrett J. King as saying that some, “teach Black history from a white-centered perspective.” What do you think that means? Why is it important to teach Black history from a Black perspective? 
  • In the article, LaGarrett J. King offered seven guiding principles for educators to explore when teaching Black history. What do you think that each of these principles brings to the study of Black history? Are there any principles that you would change? Add? 
  • What are some ways that Black history should extend beyond the month of February?




Special Education Report

The DOE submitted the February 2021 report to City Council on February 10, 2021 and will be posting it in the coming days on the DOE’s website here: 


For a sneak preview, you can view the data here or the report here


This report requires data as of the end of October. Keeping our commitment to increased transparency and accountability in service of our students, we are also releasing recent data, from mid-January. This is the most current data we have released publicly and exceeds our legal obligations. These data will provide the public with more up-to-date and meaningful information, less affected by delayed data entry and other reopening complications affecting the Fall 2020 data. 

P-EBT Food Benefit

What you need to know about the P-EBT food benefit for NYC students, as of February 10, 2021: 
  • The $420 food benefit for spring 2020 has been distributed to all NYC public school students. 
  • If you have not received the spring 2020 benefit, click here ( to contact the State, and send an email to
  •  It is anticipated that P-EBT food benefits for the 2020-2021 school year will be issued to eligible children no sooner than March 2021, this and more information can be found on the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance website 

Please continue to visit for the most up to date information. You can also find additional information on what the Pandemic EBT food benefit is and who is eligible here 


EVENT: February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month is hosting upcoming workshops from February - April on healthy relationships for parents and caregivers.  Web site/registration:  Flyer:  

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities Announces Family Reimbursement Funds Now Available in ALL FIVE BOROUGHS!!! 


Here is what you need to know: 

Who is Eligible? People who live at home with their families and are enrolled and approved to receive from OPWDD (Office for People with Developmental Disabilities). Family reimbursement is for individuals with special needs who are eligible and have already been approved to receive services through OPWDD only. 
How do I Apply? Contact Project Connect (see below) for an application you must mail in a complete application, including all Original Receipts, required documents and bank/ Credit Card statements for online purchases. If any of the required documentation is missing the application will be mailed back in its entirety. 
How Long Does the Process Take? Approximately 3 months. 
Am I Guaranteed the Funds? No, these funds are not guaranteed. 
How Often Can I Apply? Families are eligible to apply once per fiscal year, which runs from July 1st through June 30th. The purchase and receipts must be dated and fall within the current fiscal year to be eligible for reimbursement. To be included in this fiscal year your receipts must be dated July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. 
What do These Funds Cover? 
  • Clothing (Itemized receipts required) 
  • Respite Care (Emergency Only) 
  • Eligible Furniture (twin bed/ dressers) 
  • Camp (Camp must be located within the five boroughs. Operating certificate required. Open to families located in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, or the Bronx.) 
  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME) 
  • Classes/ Lessons must be medically justified. 
  • Many items are approved on a case-by-case basis please call for more information. 
  • Medical documentation is required for durable medical equipment, classes, and additional items on a case-by-case basis. This includes a letter from the PT or OT (and must include signature and license number). You must also show proof that Medicaid or your medical insurance does not cover the item. 


Request a Family Reimbursement today by contacting Project Connect at: 
Tel: (877) 827-2666 or 
Please send completed original application to: 
Danielle Raymond 
Director, Family Reimbursement 
80 Maiden Lane 8th Floor, New York NY 10038 
Office: 212-683-6700 Ext 1172 
Cell: 917-648-0446 

DOE UPDATE: The 2021 CCEC Elections Have Started!

Parents can now apply for a seat on Community and Citywide Education Councils!

The application process has been much simplified this year.  All you need to do is visit and log into your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) or sign up for one.  Once you have a NYCSA with all your children attending DOE schools linked, the application will automatically determine which council(s) you are eligible for--all you need to do is choose which one(s) you wish to run for.

The pre-filled information in the application comes through NYCSA from data entered by your school.  If you see mistakes, such as your spouse's name instead of yours, you will need to contact the school to correct them.  Please make sure that you have received an account creation code that is separate from your spouse's--you must apply using your own separate account.
The Elections Team is holding daily information sessions for parents who want to know more about the Education Councils and the election process.  These one-hour sessions are held at various times in English and other languages, including American Sign Language--look out for the weekly schedule, attached here and which you should also be receiving from your parent coordinator.


Upcoming Information Sessions
Day Date Time Language
Monday 2/15/21 5:00 pm French
Tuesday 2/16/21 12:00 pm Mandarin
Wednesday 2/17/21 5:00 pm English
Thursday 2/18/21 12:00 pm Korean
Friday 2/19/21 9:30 am English
Monday 2/22/21 5:00 pm English
Tuesday 2/23/21 12:00 pm Arabic
Wednesday 2/24/21 5:00 pm Russian
Thursday 2/25/21 12:00 pm Haitian Creole
Friday 2/26/21 9:30 am Spanish

Sessions will be recorded and posted on Parent University  -
Stay tuned for more sessions and additional translations of materials

DOE UPDATE: Events with Chancellor Carranza 


Parent University *NEW FEATURES* 

Parent University ( is a course registration and management system where NYC families can find free trainings on a wide range of topics. Parent University serves all families, from early childhood through adulthood, and seeks to educate and empower them as partners and advocates through free courses, resources, events, and activities. 


We currently offer 250+ pre-recorded, on-demand, and live, web-based courses and they cover a wide range of categories including:   
  • Adult and Continuing Education 
  • Arts  
  • Early Childhood Education   
  • Enrollment    
  • Fitness  
  • Health and Wellness  
  • Multilingual Learners   
  • Parent Leadership    
  • Remote Learning and Technology    
  • School Buildings and Operations    
  • Special Education     


We also offer links to 50 websites on our Resources Tab.  

For more information, including flyers in different languages, please visit the Office of Family and Community Empowerment page on the DOE website. 

To get started, watch this short video tutorial and learn how to create an account. Then, go to to log in and enroll in one of our upcoming live, web-based courses or pre-recorded, on-demand courses! 

View the NEW Featured Courses for important NYCDOE news and updates including: 

  • High School Admissions Information 
  • Middle School Admissions Information 
  • Learn about the CCEC Election!  
  • How to Apply for the 2021 CCEC Elections 
  • Parent University Tutorial 

Also, enroll in one of our courses related to Black History Month. 

We hope to see you on Parent University


 Public Meeting Notice

Please find the public notices for seven proposals for significant changes in school utilization that are to be considered at the regular public meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy on March 24, 2021 at 6:00PM.  The meeting will not be held in-person and will instead be held via teleconference. 

Additional details regarding how the public may join this meeting are published in the public notices as well as here

EVENTS: Beyond Access

Join us for the Beyond Access Series, a weekly series of webinars designed to support families of students with disabilities during this challenging time. The webinars are provided by the Special Education team in partnership with experts in the field. 

Topics include executive cognitive functioning, literacy, social emotional learning and more. Presenters provide strategies and resources that families can use to support their children's learning and overall well-being at home. 

Webinars are held every Tuesday at 7:30 PM through the end of May. Interpretation is available upon request. Past webinars are available on YouTube and can be viewed with English or translated captions. Families can register on Eventbrite. The webinars are also listed on the NYC DOE website and calendar

Coming soon:
  • Student Centered IEP Meetings, Feb. 24th @ 6pm 

  • Post-Secondary Options:  Students with ID and/or ASD, March 10th @ 6pm
  • Work-Based Learning, March 17th @ 6pm

The full schedule of sessions can be found on the DOE’s website here

EVENTS: Multilingual Career Connections

In honor of Black History Month and Career Exploration Month, the Division of Multilingual Learners is partnering with the New York Public Library, Global Kids, and the Qatar Foundational International to host Multilingual Career Connections for students and families in English, Haitian Creole, Spanish and Arabic:

On February 16th: Resume Writing Workshop for High School Students
Learn how to build a resume to showcase your accomplishments, expertise, and skillsets.


On February 17th: Career Panel for Middle & High School Students
Hear from Black and Brown professionals about a variety of careers and industries, as well as how to leverage multilingualism as an asset in the workplace.


If you have questions, comments, or concerns please email


EVENTS: Spanish Language Trainings on Ranked-Choice Voting

The NALEO Education Fund is working with the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) to offer Spanish Language trainings for community residents on Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV). RCV is the new method by which New Yorkers will vote in primary and special elections for Mayor, City Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough Presidents and Members of the City Council starting this year.

Click here to get  more information on how to set up one of these trainings.

EVENTS: NYC Free Tax Prep
File your taxes in-person or online with NYC Free Tax Prep if you earned $68,000 or less in 2020. See filing options below. The deadline to file 2020 tax returns is April 15, 2021.

DCA - Consumers - Manage Money - File Your Taxes (

Events and Trainings for PCs, FLCs, FSCs and FACE 

Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (CRSE) Family Engagement Workshops for Family Facing Staff 

The DOE, in partnership with the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools has begun hosting a series of workshops to provide guidance on CRSE, relationship building, advocacy and immigrant justice for family facing staff. 

The next session titled "Building Trusting Relationships Across Culture and Language" will be held on Thursday, March 18 from 2 to 3:30 PM. This workshop will focus on deepening understanding of school populations, one-on-one relationship building and building community partnerships. Please share the registration link with your family facing staff. 

There will also be a repeat of the first session titled "CRSE Family Engagement 101" on Tuesday, February 23 from 9:30 to 11 AM.  This workshop is designed for staff who work with families and will support their learning and capacity building as they work to support our culturally, racially, and linguistically diverse families.  


Watch Party Wednesdays

Season 2
The Watch Party is a time together to connect, inspire and grow in a virtual community. Brought to you by FACE's Parent Empowerment Team, Watch Parties will feature DOE central teams, community-based organizations, and other partners. Parent Coordinators' best practices will be spotlighted and celebrated. Stay tuned for topics such as Social Emotional Wellness, current DOE policies, and much more  
Come as a district with your district/ school swag and show us your pride throughout the series. The full schedule can be found here - please save the dates on your DOE calendar.  We will announce the topics weekly in the end of the week wrap up email. 


Digital Professional Development Fri-Yay!

Connecting with Families Using Instagram
Friday, Feb 26, 2021 10:00am- 11:15am
This session will support participants in creating Instagram accounts so that they are equipped to launch and maintain an Instagram for their school. We will share tips for creating, posting content, moderating the page, and keeping your community connected, engaged, and empowered!
Zoom Link:  Launch Meeting - Zoom


FACE TECH Tuesday Coffee Talk

If you have a question for DIIT, you don’t want to miss this conversation on Feb 23 from 2- 3pm.  Check out the link for more:


Parent Coordinator Team Channel 

Don't forget to check out the parent coordinator Microsoft Team Channel for the latest updates all things Digital resources:
Click on the link to join

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