A Memo from the Commissioner: Welcoming Newcomer and Refugee Students and Families
Enrolling and Supporting Newcomer Students in Massachusetts Schools & Districts Frequently Asked Questions
For Questions about:
1 This list of resources was compiled by DESE for information and convenience of districts and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by DESE of any specific organization. DESE is not responsible for and does not guarantee the accuracy of information on other sites accessible through links herein.
Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline is a statewide (toll-free) information and resource hotline designed to connect people in Massachusetts with a variety of food resources including SNAP and options in their local community. Food assistance available in 180 languages. Call 1-800-645-8333 Mondays–Fridays from 8:00 am–7:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am–2:00 pm.
Women, Infants, & Children Nutrition Program The Massachusetts WIC Program welcomes all families including refugees and immigrants. WIC is not included in the federal government's public charge rule and does not ask about immigration and refugee status.
WIC's goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids under 5 healthy. WIC is for all kinds of families: married and single parents, working or not working. Parents, grandparents, foster parents or other legal guardians of a child under 5, can apply for WIC for your child.
WIC services and written materials are provided in multiple languages; staff at the local programs reflect the diversity of the population served. WIC staff have access to translators to provide appropriate customer service.
Check out WIC's eligibility page to see how families can apply online for WIC services. Parents, grandparents and foster parents may apply for children under the age of five years who are in their care.
Call WIC at 1-800-942-1007 Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm.
For more information, visit Women, Infants, & Children Nutrition Program.
Last Updated: August 18, 2023
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906
Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370
Disclaimer: A reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.