Dream family Hub

Welcome to the DREAM Family Hub!

As we navigate this time together, the maxim “DREAM Is Family” has never meant more. In these unprecedented times, the safety and well-being of the entire DREAM community remains our first priority. On this website you will find important updates, information, assistance, and resources.

A message from DREAM

October 13, 2020

When are we coming back?

It’s a question we’ve all heard—and asked ourselves—more than a few times over the past seven months. It’s a question we’ve spent many long days working to answer, together. And deep down, we’ve likely all had more difficult moments, moments when that question became: Are we ever coming back?

Today, we finally have our answer. Today, we are back.

Today is a day we have fought for, a day that would not be possible without the ceaseless work of each and every one of you. Our teachers, school leaders, and program staff, who have shown up with such bravery. Our Facilities teammates, who put themselves on the line to do the on-the-ground work necessary to get our buildings ready for this moment. Our Family Engagement teammates, who have worked early mornings, late nights, and everything in between, texting, calling, and Zooming. But more than anything, we couldn’t have done any of this without you, our families. Thank you—for your trust, your patience, your partnership. You were there every step of the way, logged on and tuned in, moving mountains for your scholars. We are in awe of you, and so grateful.

This is a special day, as we begin to welcome scholars back in-person and continue our work with our families who remain remote. At the same time, we are continuing to plan, every day, for what the next few months may hold for our community, our city, and our nation.

Today, though, we have so many reasons for joy and gratitude. Today, we begin to welcome back our scholars—masked, socially distanced, but together at last. Today, we can once again give them the safe, in-person learning experience every child needs, and deserves. Today, we are coming home.

Welcome back,

Eve Colavito

Chief Education Officer

Latest Updates from DREAM

Updated October 8, 2020

School Updates:

  • Student ID Photos: As we start the school year, we want to make sure your scholars have their student IDs ready. This is for all students, including those who have opted for 100% remote learning (except for returning high school students who already have IDs). Send your scholar’s ID photo to ehid@wearedream.org (East Harlem) or mhid@wearedream.org (Mott Haven) or text the photo to 718-496-7693 as soon as possible. Include their first and last name, grade, and school. If you are unable to provide a photo of your scholar for any reason, we will have limited capacity to take their photo at materials pickup on 10/8 or 10/9. Here are some tips for taking an ID photo:

      • Select a well-lit room with a white or light background.

      • The photo should be shoulder-width and facing forward

      • Should be a clear photo of student's face (no hats, hoodies, or anything with a large logo)

NYC Updates:

  • New Yorkers can now sign up for a COVID-19 antibody survey appointment. Click here to register or call 1-888-279-0967.

  • SNAP COVID-19 Information: Please use this link to learn more about the P-EBT food benefits for New York State residents.

  • Governor Cuomo has released a statement announcing that New York State schools are authorized to reopen for in-person instruction this fall if the rate of infection in their communities remains below 5%. In DREAM's case, the announcement changes very little, please continue to look out for updates as they relate to our reopening plan.

The DREAM is Family Fund

As the impact of the pandemic continues to grow, DREAM has launched an emergency assistance program for our families. This program is intended to give direct financial relief to support financial and other needs made greater by the pandemic. We are still taking applications for this fund. If you applied to receive emergency financial assistance, we are working hard to make sure we can meet needs as quickly as possible. You’ll hear back from us soon.

Food Distribution information

Red Rabbit

  • We know that you are currently being pulled in a thousand directions, so we've been working on one way to bring your lives a little stability, comfort, and ease. We are thrilled to be partnering with Red Rabbit to provide a weekly home delivery of breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for your kids.

      • Breakfast, lunch and snack delivered directly to your home: Inside each delivery will be 5 freshly prepared lunches (eg Red Rabbit’s Arroz con Pollo), 5 freshly made breakfasts (eg freshly baked blueberry muffins), 5 snacks (eg soft NY style pretzels), all served with fresh cut fruit (eg watermelon) and milk.

      • Free for all students enrolled at DREAM: Through our state funding, we are able to provide these packs free of charge to each student enrolled at Dream - and Red Rabbit is able to cook and deliver these meals directly to you.

  • Click here for more info and to sign up.

  • Click here to view this week's menu.

  • Click here to view substitute menus.

      1. Password: substitute

  • Sabemos que actualmente están siendo arrastrados en mil direcciónes, entonces hemos estado trabajando en una forma de brindarles a sus vidas un poco de estabilidad, comodidad y tranquilidad. Estamos encantados de estar colaborando con Red Rabbit para proporcionar una entrega a domicilio semanal de desayunos, almuerzos y refrigerios para sus hijos/as.

      • Desayuno, almuerzo y refrigerio entregado directamente a su hogar: Dentro de cada entrega habrá 5 almuerzos recientemente preparados (por ejemplo, Arroz con Pollo de Red Rabbit), 5 desayunos recientemente hechos (por ejemplo, muffins de arándanos reciéntemente horneados), 5 refrigerios (por ejemplo pretzels suaves estile Nueva York), todos servidos con fruta fresca cortada (por ejemplo, sandía) y leche.

      • Gratis para todos los estudiantes inscritos en DREAM: A través de nuestra financiación del estado, podemos proporcionar estos paquetes gratis a cada estudiante inscrito en DREAM, y Red Rabbit puede cocinar y entregarle estas comidas directamente a ustedes.

DREAM weekly food Distribution

DREAM is honored to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to our families in East Harlem and the South Bronx with the support of our partner, Katzman Produce. Please see below for the free food distribution schedule:

  • South Bronx

  • East Harlem

DREAM Families, please:

  • Sign-up in advance to receive this service using the link above

  • Present your confirmation email at the door

  • Do not share this link with non-DREAM Families (the student’s name will be checked off at the door)

  • Limited to one bag of food per family

Contact familysupport@wearedream.org with any questions.

DREAM tiene el honor de proporcionar frutas y verduras frescas a nuestras familias en East Harlem y South Bronx con el apoyo de nuestro socio, Katzman Produce. Consulte a continuación el calendario de distribución de alimentos gratis:

  • South Bronx:

  • East Harlem:

Siga estas mejores prácticas:

  • Regístrese con anticipación para recibir este servicio utilizando el enlace anterior

  • Presente su correo electrónico de confirmación en la puerta

  • No comparta este enlace con familias que no sean DREAM (el nombre del estudiante

  • se marcará en la puerta)

  • Limitado a una bolsa de comida por familia

Póngase en contacto con familysupport@wearedream.org con cualquier pregunta

your voice Matters

Election Day is November 3rd, are you ready? Here's what you need to know:

  • Voter Registration in New York ended on October 9th.

  • You can check here to see if you're registered to vote.

  • If you're not registered:

    • New York offers online voter registration (need NYS ID).

    • Register to vote by mail by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office (they only need SS#). Learn more about registering & check your polling place here.

  • Vote.org is also a great resources where you can:

      • Check if you're registered to vote & register if not

      • Learn how to vote by mail

      • Sign up for election reminders

      • Find your polling place

      • Learn about the 2020 Census

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th - October 15th and is a month to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans who have positively enriched the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Visit https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/ to learn more.

We are here for you

If you have any questions, please email familysupport@wearedream.org or fill out the form below. If you would like to request support through the new DREAM emergency fund, please fill out the other google form at the top of this page.