Resources for Parents During the Covid-19 Pandemic
What follows is a list of resources compiled by Invest in Children to aid parents and other caregivers in teaching, playing and communicating with their young children during this crisis. You are the expert on your child. We hope these resources will help guide and support you through this difficult time.
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- ReadyRosie: Healthy at Home is a free toolkit and resource to support families with young children with COVID-19 information and resources.
- The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College offers the following suggestions on how to talk to young children about the Coronavirus.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging all caregivers working closely with children to filter information and talk about it in a way that their child can understand. These tips can help!
- PBS for Kids: A collection of PBS Kids Videos and games that discuss general wellness habits, like handwashing, in fun and kid-friendly ways. Includes tips for parents on how to address children’s concerns about Coronavirus.
Best Practices for Learning at Home
Create a Home Schedule: Schedules and routines can help young children feel secure, especially during a transition. Visual schedules can be powerful when used at home to help your child predict what to expect each day. Check out a great example of a visual morning routing here or here.
Early Learning Resources
You are Your Child’s Best and Most Important Teacher: The best way for your young child to learn is through play! Check out the Early Learning Resources below for all the ways you and your child can have fun with learning during this time:
- ReadyRosie: Modeled Moment videos to demonstrate fun, easy activities that families can do at home and on the go to support their child’s learning.Check out these fun videos on CuyahogaKids.org.
- Storyline Online - The SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Online Library of Read Alouds by various actors and actresses.
- Vroom has activities to support your child’s brain development from birth-5.
- Ready4K free tutoring and information for families during COVID-19 school closures.
- Scholastic Learn at Home - Scholastic is providing free access to their learning materials for children PK-9. These include various books, activities, and even virtual field trips!
- Bedtime Math - posts daily math problems for families to build mathematical literacy. Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fact, followed by math riddles at different developmental levels so everyone can jump in! The “Wee Ones” activities are perfect for children 3-5.
- GoNoodle - Movement lessons and activities.
- Let’s Get Moving: Music and movement activities to get your preschooler movin’ and grovin’.
- Child Trends - resources to support young children’s emotional health.
In these times of uncertainty, connection to others and updated information has never been so important. Many companies are offering free or reduced prices to ensure that all families have reliable access to the internet. The two resources below are presented for your convenience. These companies and offers are not endorsed by Cuyahoga County.
- Comcast is offering 60 days free for new families who join the Internet Essentials, an internet access program for low income families that is normally $9.95 a month. The program’s website says to apply by April 30. To see if you are qualified to apply, click here or call 1-855-846-8376.
As adults and caregivers, our lives have been turned upside down with changes in work, school, social gatherings, and parenting. Now, more than ever, it is important to take time to connect with ourselves through self-care and to rely on our support groups to ensure that we're available to our children when we are needed.
- Zero to three offers tips on how to keep your self-care a priority during this challenging time.
- Psychology Today offers parents 12 ways to Effectively Parent During a Crisis.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes that the Covid-19 outbreak may leave caregivers feeling anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed. These feelings are normal. Supports are available.
- To reach the The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County’s 24-hour Suicide Prevention, Mental Health/Addiction Crisis, Information and Referral Hotline, call: 216-623-6888.
News to stay informed, advice to stay safe: the latest news around the state of Ohio, throughout Cuyahoga County, and in Cleveland.
- The Ohio Department of Health can help connect you with the latest news related to the coronavirus in Ohio and the nearest Health Department.
- Code Red Emergency Notification System: All residents of Cuyahoga County should sign up for CodeRed, the emergency notification system used by the county and its municipalities. Get realtime text messages, phone calls, or e-mails when important events occur.
- United Way 2-1-1 is a free community service for Greater Cleveland that you can use to get information about social, health, housing resources 24 hours a day.
- 22 CMSD sites are offering all children 18 and younger a bagged lunch for the day and a breakfast to take home for the next day. Transportation is available through yellow bus shuttles and RTA passes for current CMSD students.
All families need support and direction in finding the right resources to meet their needs and help their children thrive. You can also get information from United Way's 211 Service. Just dial 2-1-1 or visit 211oh.org
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