During these uncertain times, there are several support resources available in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as links to online activities for families with children:
Support Resources for Cleveland Central Promise
We know this is a difficult time for everyone, especially our neighbors and friends who have children home from school. Our team has been speaking with families throughout the Central Promise neighborhood to better understand the immediate needs in our community, and we are working on the best ways to support one another. In the meantime, we are sending along a few helpful community resources.
To stay informed on COVID-19, receive local updates and understand the practices to stop the spread of germs, please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Public Health and the Cleveland Department of Public Health.
FREE MEAL ACCESS – as of March 23, 2020
The COVID-19 Cleveland Community Hub has posted an interactive map of all food pantries and free meal sites across the city of Cleveland.
Clicking on the location icons will bring up the address and phone number for each location, as well as dates & times for meal service.
Locations in our immediate neighborhood include:
- Marion Sterling School
- Anton Grdina School
- Friendly Inn Settlement House
- Triedstone Community Care Center
- St. Vincent de Paul – Woodland Ave.
Children’s Hunger Alliance is supporting ready-to-eat meal distribution to children outside most of Cleveland’s recreation centers while the centers remain closed during the emergency shutdown. The grab-and-go meals are available Saturday, March 28 from noon to 1 p.m. and Monday through Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m.
In our community:
2526 Central Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
Meals served: 4 – 5 p.m.
Lonnie Burten Recreation Center
2511 E 46th St.
Cleveland, OH 44104
Meals served: 4 – 5 p.m.
CHILD CARE CENTERS – as of March 23, 2020
All early learning centers in the Central Promise neighborhood are currently CLOSED as part of the State of Ohio’s mandatory shutdown.
Several area early learning centers are in the process of acquiring licensing to provide care during the pandemic, and we will share those resources with you as soon as they are available.
Activities for Families with Children
- Starfall Learning’s website is full of educational activities to help students of all ages develop literacy skills and keep minds active.
- Cleveland Metropolitan School District has an entire page dedicated to learning resources, both from the district and from national & international resources. Click here to access the full list.
- The Music Settlement has developed a comprehensive listing of tools and activities available for young children and families throughout this period of isolation. Click here for the full list.
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Virtual Classroom – Videos posted at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays. Explore different animals every day!
- OPUS 216 – Local musicians posting beautiful improvisations on their Facebook and Instagram
- Easy Sensory Recipes for Kids – Sensory play can keep kids engaged for longer than most activities. See what you have at home that you can turn into playtime.
The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood is a collaborative initiative led by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.