For your information, see below: Two Non-profit groups offering support.
-Sheila Gonzalez-Liffey

New York Public Library Offers Support
The New York Public Library is pleased to offer online tutoring to provide families with homework help, enrichment activities, and remote learning support through our partnership with Brainfuse. This partnership is just one of the many ways the Library is expanding its digital resources to New York City families during our temporary closure to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Through Brainfuse, kids and teens in grades K–12 can now access free, remote, one-on-one tutoring in a wide range of subjects and levels—from first-grade math to advanced algebra. Tutoring is offered seven days a week from 2 PM to 11 PM via chat. Services are available in both English and Spanish. Brainfuse also offers a bank of videos, activities, a writing lab, and other resources that are available to students 24/7.

Families can access these tools with an NYPL library card. If you or a family member don’t have a library card, sign up for one using our SimplyE app.

Download SimplyE for iPhone/iPad on App Store
Download SimplyE for Android on Google Play

As New York City schools increasingly turn to digital learning in response to the spread of COVID-19, we hope our expanding digital resources can help support teachers and families during this challenging moment. Our goal is to support a culture of learning, whether that’s in the classroom or in the living room.

For Full Blast including all offered services for your at-home student, please click here. 
New York Film Festival Bi-weekly Newsletter for Families
Dear NYICFF Families,

Our thoughts are with you as so many of you (and us!) are working hard to quickly adapt to working, learning, and entertaining yourselves and your kids at home. To this end, we're planning to share bi-weekly email newsletters of recommendations for feature films, short films, and filmmaking-related activities (entitled 
Long TakesShort Takes, and Your Takes, respectively), to keep everyone happy and engaged. 

Wall Street Journal recently asked us to advise on some smart feature film recommendations, from the lighthearted to the thought-provoking, for a range of ages. In our first-ever edition of Long Takes, we're sharing some of our streamable recs below to keep you and your family covered with fun and illuminating viewing options during this extended time at home.

Check out our first batch of suggestions from the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Festivals. We've included age recommendations and links to where you can stream them. We're working on more lists like this one so keep an eye on your inbox, our social channels, and on NYICFF's website! And share this email to let your friends know that NYICFF will be a great resource for all things film!
Recommended ages: All Ages
Follow the adventures of bright and fearless blue-haired Hilda, her adorable deerfox Twig, and her artist mom as they travel from their home in a vast magical wilderness full of elves and giants to the bustling city of Trolberg. This Netflix original series is inspired by Luke Pearson’s hugely popular graphic novels.   
Where to watch:
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmaggedon
Recommended ages: 5+
In Farmageddon, an alien named LU-LA crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm. Her magical powers,  mischief and galactic sized burps soon have Shaun the Sheep and his flock enchanted. But when Shaun takes his new extraterrestrial friend on the road to find her lost spaceship, little does he know that a sinister alien-hunting agency is on their trail. Now Shaun and the flock must avert Farmageddon before it’s too late.   Where to watch:
Recommended ages: 5+
Tepulpai’s your average kid—headstrong and a bit naughty. It may seem unusual that he has a pet armadillo and wants to be a shaman, but not if you live in the ancient Peruvian Andes like he and his wise friend Naïra do. The two embark on a young heroes’ quest to locate their community’s stolen treasure, and must confront the Inca and newly arrived Spanish to retain their indigenous ways. With a vibrantly-hued palette and Pre-Colombian soundtrack of ancient flutes and condor wings, Pachamama exuberantly celebrates nature, culture, and community.   Where to watch:
Ailo's Journey
Recommended ages: 8+
From the heights of the Arctic poles to the bottom of the temperature scale,  Ailo and its panoramic Lapland landscape captivate with cinematic splendor. Follow a young reindeer’s first year at close range, filled with moments of puzzlement, wonder, struggle, and delight as Ailo, guided by his mother, must navigate an icy world. Sharing the terrain with Ailo are a hilariously wiley and ever-wiggly stoat, an endlessly curious red-eared squirrel, and sharp-eyed wolves, in this snowy story fashioned through witty narration and clever cross-cutting.   Where to watch:
Okko's Inn
Recommended ages: 8+
Bright-eyed Okko has joined her grandmother at their family-run, hot springs inn, rolling up her sleeves to learn the traditional ways. Her way to deal with the recent loss of her parents is to work diligently and think of others instead of herself. She does great, though as a city kid the country creatures make her jumpy, as does a surprising new friend she finds “spirited” in more ways than one. Okko’s Inn beautifully addresses themes of loss, altruism, and love, while offering that—even in the face of challenges—compassion and delight can, and will, abound.   Where to watch:
Recommended ages: 8+
Delve into the Irish WWII experience by following a group of determined youngsters who band together for a cause bigger—much bigger—than themselves. When Tom’s father, a veterinarian for the Belfast Zoo, is called away to war, Tom feels its his duty to ensure the well-being of the animals, including its newest addition, a baby elephant. But the impending German air raids and short-sighted decisions of the Zoo staff threaten to endanger the animals, and Tom must act quickly in this inspired-by-true-life tale of family, friendship, and empathy.   Where to watch:  Plus, read up on the history behind the film on our  Zoo Fact Sheet.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Recommended ages: 11+
Oscar-winner Chiwetel Ejiofor directs this inspiring book-to-screen feature following 13-year-old William Kamkwamba, who is thrown out of school when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he finds a way, using the bones of the bicycle, to build a windmill which then saves his Malawian village from famine. The emotional journey of a father and his exceptional son at its heart, William’s tale captures the incredible determination of a boy whose inquisitive mind overcame every obstacle in his path.   Where to watch:
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