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5.1.20 - Get Up And Get Moving: Mr. Mason's "Local Hiking Trails For The Family"
Hey Heatly family!
With spring here, if you're looking for a fun family activity where you can practice social distancing, here are three local hikes that are easy for students and parents, and give everyone a chance to get some fresh air!
The three trails below can be found on the All Trails app (free!)
It comes with easy to follow directions, GPS and maps to guide you. These trails are well marked and all have a manageable terrain. Be sure to give space to fellow hikers, wear proper footwear, pants and bring a bottle of water!
Mr. Mason's Hiking Tips Video
Happy Hiking Heatly!
The first two trails are located in Rensselaer Tech Park and each follow a stream with a few waterfalls.
Bloomingdale Brook Waterfall Trail is a 1 mile loop trail.
Southern Waterfall Spur Trail is a 2 mile out and back trail.
Colonie Town Park has a Loop trail that is 1.2 miles long, as well as former snowmobiling and newer mountain biking trails that are well-marked.
4.14.20 - NYS extended Special Enrollment Period for families
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New York State has extended the Special Enrollment Period to May 15th. This means that Fidelis Care representatives can now assist individuals and families over-the-phone state-wide. There are families affected by the COVID Pandemic with the loss of a job, or income and are worried about losing their health care coverage. In many situations, they will now qualify for low- or no-cost health insurance, and we can help them navigate through all the options and assist them in every step of the way. In these times, health care shouldn’t be a worry you have and we want to help.
Shawn Smeltzer: Fidelis Care Community Relations Specialist (518-407-9746)
3.26.20 - Heatly breakfast/lunch delivery, families can sign up now
Heatly offers delivery to homes twice a week. Student meals are delivered directly to families, free of charge, each Monday and Thursday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., while Heatly is closed. Each delivery will contain 2 or 3 days’ worth of breakfast and lunch and will be left on doorsteps or at mailboxes.
Families may sign-up to receive meal deliveries at any time, by calling the main office at 518-273-1422 ext. 9. Any sign-ups received after Friday, March 27 will be processed and the district will begin delivery to those families the following week.
If you have any questions please reach out to Mrs. Mazzeo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3.25.20 - If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this "Parent Need For Child Care" survey.
Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high quality child care that they need.
In addition, the OCFS website has several resources available https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/
3.23.20 - Capital District YMCA School-Age Childcare
Now Covers “Essential” Workers, New Locations, a Daily
Rate — Financial Assistance Offered!
ALBANY, NY (March 23, 2020) — The Capital District YMCA has extended care to cover “essential” workers. In addition to licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, there are many other “essential” workers.
For the complete list, please check here: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026
The Y has also partnered with several other organizations, such as the Victory Church, and is providing food for children in Albany, Greenbush, Schenectady and Troy.
Locations Providing Care
Arbor Hill Elementary — 1 Arbor Drive, Albany, NY 12207
Eagle Point Elementary — 1044 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203
Giffen Elementary — 274 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202
Hoosick Falls Central School — 21187 NY RT 22, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
New Scotland Elementary — 369 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
Philip Schuyler Achievement — 676 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
Sheridan Preparatory Academy — 400 Sheridan Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
YMCA Branches Providing Care
Bethlehem — 900 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054
Duanesburg — 221 Victoria Drive, Delanson, NY 12053
Glenville — 127 Droms Road, Glenville, NY 12302
Greenbush — 20 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061
Greene County — 35 Rt. 81, Hope Plaza, West Coxsackie, NY 12192
Guilderland — 250 Winding Brook Drive, Guilderland, NY 12084
Schenectady — 433 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Southern Saratoga — 1 Wall Street, Clifton Park, NY 12065
Troy — 2500 21st Street, Troy, NY 12180
The Capital District YMCA is providing childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at their 4 Early Learning Centers:
Clifton Park - KidzLodge Early Learning Center - 47 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065 (518.881.0055)
Duanesburg - Early Learning Center, 185 Mott Rd, Duanesburg, NY 12056 (518.356.6400)
Glenville - Learning Ladder Early Learning Center, 547 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302 (518.360.8090)
Scotia - Thelma P. Lally Early Learning Center, 204 S. Ten Broeck Street, Scotia, NY 12302 (518.374.4914)
Online registration can be found at: www.CDYMCA.org/EmergencyChildcare
You’re also welcome to call the Capital District YMCA at 518.869.3500. To provide childcare scholarship assistance for essential personnel during these unprecedented times, the Capital District YMCA sets a goal to raise $250,000 towards the BETTER TOGETHER FUND, an emergency childcare fund for essential personnel as defined by Governor Cuomo.
The Y always accepts families, regardless of their ability to pay. By contributing to the BETTER TOGETHER FUND, the people of our region will make a direct and immediate impact by helping the Y provide safe, high-quality care for children whose parents and guardians have no choice but to report to work.
“This is an opportunity for us to come together for our first responders, medical professionals, and essential workers, and help care for their children and lighten their financial burden, as they must report to work and keep our community healthy and safe,” noted Capital District YMCA President David Brown.
Please join the Capital District YMCA by demonstrating how we come together and serve those who need us the most. Visit www.CDYMCA.org today.
About the Capital District YMCA
The Capital District YMCA is one of the area’s largest non-profits focused on engaging individuals and families in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y is dedicated to helping people achieve goals, make friends and find a true sense of belonging. The YMCA ensures these opportunities are available to everyone no matter their ability to pay with generous support from community partners and donors. For more information about the Y, visit www.CDYMCA.org or call 518.869.3500.
Families needing childcare resources for non-school-age children (birth to age five) can contact A Childs Place at Unity House at http://achildsplace.unityhouseny.org/ or 518-271-6777.
Additional childcare resources in the Capital Region can also be found by contacting BrightsideUp (formerly the Capital District Child Care Council) at https://www.brightsideup.org/find-child-care or 518-426-7181.
Albany Community Action Partnership
Offers a variety of services
333 Sheridan Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Phone: (518) 463-3175 , Fax: (518) 463-8185
Cohoes CAP Pantry (ACAP)
145 Remsen St.
Cohoes, NY 12047
The Cohoes Food Pantry is an emergency pantry for those who reside in Cohoes, Green Island, and Watervliet.
Days and Hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and bring with you: Proof of residency such as mail, a bill or lease, identification for your household members, proof of income for the last 30 days.
Green Island Food Pantry
Contact the Village Office
To assist with heating costs to your home:
Department of Social Services
Albany County Department of Social Services
162 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 447-7323
Mental Health Emergencies for Children
Albany County Children’s Mental Health Division
Albany County’s Adult Mental Health Division