In an uncertain year, back-to-school may bring some additional challenges for families. There is support all around you in Allegheny County.

Please check your local school district's website for specific information about transportation, curriculum, policies and procedures and safety protocol.

Getting your child to school

Let your child’s school know if you’re struggling to figure out how to get them there and home. Focus on Attendance also helps families struggling with school attendance. Contact them at (412) 350-7118 or through email.

Childcare, pre-school and before and after school programs

Use the Allegheny Child Care Tool to find childcare and before and after school programs.

Find quality childcare or get help in applying for the childcare subsidy by contacting the Early Learning Resource Center at 888 340-3572.

Find free early learning classes for infants, toddlers and kids 3-5. Start with the Early Head Start/Head Start Program locator to enroll your child or call (412) 350-6611.

Food

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) helps families with kids who have been eligible for free or reduced breakfasts through the National School Lunch Program. Find out if your school participates.

Some Family Center locations offer food pantry, diapers and formula. Find a Family Center near you.

Find out about drive-up food distribution, meal delivery and more at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Call 412-460-3663.

Just Harvest can help you apply for SNAP, Medicaid and TANF. Call (412) 431-8960 (option 3) or fill out this form.

Housing and utilities

Get help paying rent or utilities if you’re struggling due to COVID-19. Apply for Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance.

Allegheny Link is a team at DHS dedicated to meeting peoples’ housing needs. Call 866-730-2368 or email AlleghenyLink.

We know there are many other needs because of the pandemic. Help is always available.

Call, text, email or live chat with someone 24/7 at PA Southwest 2-1-1.

Your neighborhood Family Center is ready and waiting for you and your child to walk through the door and get started.