Resources for Families at Home

Need info?  Not sure what to do now that you're stuck inside?  Here are some resources:


Video explains how Coronavirus is spread and why handwashing is so important

Up to date information on COVID-19 from the NJ Department of Health


Coping with emergencies

Caring for Children in a Disaster


Things to Do

Wide Open School

Storyline Online

Astronauts Stories from Space

Free drawing lessons with Mo Willems

Burn Some Energy!  10 YouTube Channels to Keep your Kids Active

List of Indoor Activities That Will Keep Kids Entertained While Stuck at Home


Homeschooling tips

How “regular school” parents can homeschool their kids (CNN)

Homeschool help for parents while schools are shut down (FOX)

How to homeschool during the coronavirus with free resources (Today Show)

Khan Academy suggested home schedules for preschool – high school


Food Pantries

  • CUMAC 973-742-5518, 223 Ellison Street, Paterson NJ (Mon-Fri. 11:00am-3:00PM and Wed. 4:00-6:00PM (Wed-pick up 2x-11am-3pm and 4-6pm) Please call to register before picking up food.
  • Eva's Kitchen 973-523-6220, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ (Mon-Fri 12:00PM-1:00PM)
  • Father English Emergency Food Services 973-279-7100, 435 Main Street, Paterson, NJ (Mon-Fri 9:00AM-12PM)
  • Paterson Task Force 973-279-2333, 3638 Circle Avenue, Paterson, NJ (Sign up for pick up 9:00am-11:00am-Needs to bring pay stub/income letter, SS card or prove of address) Pick up Thursdays 12:00PM-3:00PM. 

Comcast has increased the speeds of its Internet Essentials plan aimed at low-income earners as of March 16, Dana Strong, president of Comcast Cable consumer services, said in a blog post Thursday. This involves offering 60 days of free service, after which people will be charged $9.95 per month, and increasing speeds on this plan from 15/2Mbps to 25/3Mbps.


Comcast has opened its Public WIFI for the public to use for free. Home-based Xfinity hotspots are not included, said Comcast spokesman Joel Shadle, but Wi-Fi access points in public locations and at small businesses are.


Comcast Essentials:

As our country continues to manage the COVID-19 emergency, Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020.   Users must cancel after the 60 days or they will be billed normal rates. 


**looks to be available for Haledon but not Prospect park addresses.




Altice USA is committed to helping schools and students stay connected during this unprecedented time. For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, we are offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint. 

Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, eligible households interested in this solution can call  866-200-9522 to enroll in Optimum region.   There is no cancelation fee, equipment rental fee, or installation fees for household with students residing in them. The families must cancel the service within 60 days or they will be billed at normal rates. 

T-Mobile announced Friday that it would be providing unlimited data on all mobile plans for the next 60 days. This includes T-Mobile and Metro customers. It will also be providing an additional 20GB of its mobile hotspot service for the next 60 days, and is offering free international calls to any Level 3-impacted nations worldwide.

Announced Friday that it'll offer unlimited data for 60 days starting next week. The arrangement will kick in by March 19, and Sprint will also provide customers with an extra 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for the same time period. Customers who don't pay for mobile hotspot services will get 20GB per month for the next 60 days "soon," Sprint added.