Resources for Children and Families

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  1. Free Child Care for Tennessee's Essential Workers
  2. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  3. Nutrition and Meals
  4. WIC Benefits
  5. Schools and Learning Resources
  6. Home Safety


Free Child Care for Tennessee's Essential Workers

Tennessee's new COVID-19 Essential Employee Child Care Payment Assistance Program offers child care at no cost to Tennessee's essential workers. The program offers payment assistance and a network of temporary care locations through June 15, 2020.

To be eligible for the program, parents must be employees of a healthcare entity, law enforcement, first responders (EMS, Fire Departments, etc.), corrections officers, military, activated national guard, human and social services workers, postal workers, transportation employees, restaurant workers or grocery workers.

Click here for more information and here to apply.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF recipients can apply for emergency cash in addition to unemployment benefits. These benefits may provide up to $1,000 per month for two months. To be eligible, applicants must have a valid social security number, a child under 18 or a pregnant woman in their family, and they must have been employed as of March 11, 2020 but have since lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income due to COVID-19. Learn more here.


Nutrition and Meals

The YMCA will be distributing free meals for students at over 60 community sites throughout Shelby County. The Mid-South Food Bank is also providing meals for students throughout Memphis. For more information, please visit


WIC Benefits

Tennessee has waived requirements that individuals be physically present in order to receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) benefits through May 31, 2020. These benefits can now be automatically loaded onto a WIC card. See details here:  


Schools and Learning Resources

All schools and district offices of Shelby County Schools are closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Learning Guides and online resources during this period can be found here:   

For families without internet access, learning guides can be picked up at meal distribution sites Mondays and Tuesdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

According to the Shelby County Schools website: The Parent Welcome Center can still be reached by phone during regular business hours at (901) 416-5300. The Office of Student Records can be reached at (901) 416-5830. All other in-person and phone support will not be available during the closure.  

Here are additional learning materials from the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress.


Home Safety

With kids spending so much time at home, the risk of injuries can increase. Please view these resources to help keep kids safe at home.