Here are some other resources that may be useful to helping make ends meet. Know of free or low-cost fun family activities? Email us!
Check out the Early Learning GPS to search for other local resources like free parenting/ adult education classes, food pantries, and other assistance. Create a free family account and map for your child and click on “Search/Saved Resources.” Click on the search icon in the upper right corner to search for resources by keyword or county. You can also go to the lower right of the home page and click “Search Local Resources.”
Children’s Health Insurance Program – CHIP
CHIP is Pennsylvania’s program to provide health insurance to all uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. Regardless of the reasons your children might not have health insurance, CHIP may be able to help you. You may pay a co-pay depending on your income.
Heating Assistance – LIHEAP
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. You can apply for this benefit through the COMPASS website.
Families apply in the fall for benefits during the fall/winter months.
Sometimes families may find themselves in a need for food. There are organizations, called food banks, throughout Pennsylvania communities that can assist families with obtaining food on a short term basis.
Visit the Feeding America website to find a food bank in your community.
Did you know that children starting at birth may need immunizations to prevent several childhood diseases? Many child care providers may require that children who attend their program be up to date on their immunizations.
To find which immunizations your child may need at specific ages, visit the PA Department of Health website. You can also find information about no-cost immunizations through the Vaccines for Children program.
Pennsylvania County-by-County Resource Guide
Although the Pennsylvania County-by-County Resource Guide is produced by the Juvenile Law Center, it contains many good resources for Pennsylvania’s of all ages. Find information in your county around Housing; Employment & Vocation; Educational Support and Post Secondary Education; Health and Behavioral Health Services; Domestic Violence Services; Advocacy and Legal Services; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Resources; Disability Rights and Special Needs Resources; Child Care and Parenting Resources; Food, Clothing, and Financial Resources; and Emergency Numbers.
PA Resources for Your Family’s Health
The Department of Health assists families and communities with a wide range of programs and resources. For example, their helplines focus on the needs of families all through life. You can call a toll-free number to receive free information on prenatal health, breastfeeding, accessible recreation and parks, caring for a child with special needs, maintaining a healthy house, and much more. You can also receive help locating free or low-cost services in your region.
- To find resources for your family’s health, download PA Resources for Your Family’s Health! | Spanish version
- For other programs in the Department of Health, you may call 1-877-PAHEALTH or visit www.health.state.pa.us.
The Special Kids Network (SKN), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Elks Home Service Program, helps children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities get the services and support they require in order to thrive in their community and develop to their full potential.
Your LEARN group may also have available county specific resources to help!