President’s Message on COVID-19
Dear friends and colleagues,
In this time of uncertainty, I wanted to personally connect with you over concerns associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus), worldwide, and here in New York State.
Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone affected during this time and we appreciate the health and human services workers; local, state, and national leaders; and individuals around the world who are on the front lines working to contain the pandemic and reduce suffering. Here at Schuyler Center, we are still working daily to ensure that disenfranchised New Yorkers are not forgotten.
In the spirit of our mission, we are continuing to advocate, remotely and relentlessly, with policymakers and implementers — the Office of the Governor, State Legislators, State agencies, and Members of Congress — on issues that affect New York’s children and families. For those already living with low-incomes and at risk of food insecurity or with unstable housing, this time is especially precarious.
Click here to view the letter we sent on March 15, with colleagues, asking New York’s policy leaders to consider the urgent needs of child care programs across New York State, and the families they serve, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Per directives from the Governor that private businesses consider voluntary closings and allow employees to work from home, and that we all practice social distancing, Schuyler Center has closed our physical office and all staff are working remotely. As a team, we check-in with each other daily and we’re working to take all necessary precautions to help slow the spread of the virus by following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local health departments, and the New York State Department of Health.
Our decision to move to remote work is a proactive measure and we will still be hard at work in partnership with you.
We encourage everyone to:
- Remain communicative with your neighbors, family members, and communities.
- Check in on the emotional and mental well-being of your staff and peers.
- Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Call your healthcare provider and/or use telemedicine services as a first line of defense.
- Help stop or slow down the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing. For a quick smile, see what Mel Brooks and his son had to say about it.
Below is a list of useful resources information that you can call on should you need it. In the meantime, be well.
President and CEO
Resources and information:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have resources on managing anxiety and stress as does the New York State Office of Mental Health.
- The American Psychological Association has related advice.
- The CDC has a lot of resources here.
- Albany County resources.
- New York State Department of Health Coronavirus resources.
- If you need assistance finding food, paying house bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, look here to find your local 211: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic