Parent Resource Centers

Parent Information Centers

Apply for School Meals Online!

Visit to apply for School Meals online. Families only need to submit one application online for all their children, even if their children attend different types of schools (public, private or charter).

Complete the application online in any of the seven languages on ACCESS NYC - English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Haitian Creole or Arabic.

The paper application is still available, and families who prefer that method, or would like to apply in a language not available on ACCESS NYC (for example Bengali, French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Hindi, Polish or Urdu) can obtain the application from their child's school.

If families have any questions about the application, they can send an email to or call the Office of SchoolFood Help Desk at (718) 707-4400 or toll free at (877) 363-6325.

  Resources for Children with Special Needs


New York State Parent Website

EPIC. Every Person Influences Children:

The Action Center of the Rockaways:

Family Enrichment Network, Inc.:


US Department of Education (USDE):

USDE Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII):

USDE ED PUBS On Line Ordering System:

National Institute for Literacy:

Partnership for Family Involvement in Education:

USA Freedom corps:

Partnership for Reading:

Parent Organizations

Institute for the Transformation of learning:

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE):

National PTA:

No Excuses Campaign:

Parents as Teachers:

Public Education Network:

Parent Leadership Associates:

School Results:

Tutors for Kids (Supplemental Education Services):

Exceptional Parent Library sells books, resources and media for parents of children with special needs. An offshoot of Exceptional Parent Magazine.

The New York Institute for Special Education NYISE is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian educational facility that provides programs for children who are blind or visually disabled, emotionally and learning disabled and preschoolers who are developmentally delayed.

Quality Services for the Autism Community non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to persons with autism and/or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) throughout New York City and Long Island.

Resources for Children with Special Needs  A not-for-profit organization that provides information and referral, case management and support, individual and systemic advocacy, parent and professional training, library and information services to New York City parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and special needs and to the professionals who work with them.

United Cerebral Palsy United Cerebral Palsy has been committed to change and progress for persons with disabilities. The national organization and its nationwide network of affiliates strive to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every facet of society-from the Web to the workplace, from the classroom to the community.

Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)  VESID promotes educational equity and excellence for students with disabilities while ensuring that they receive the rights and protection to which they are entitled.