Supporting Your Child at Home During COVID-19

Talking to your child about COVID-19

Not sure how to explain COVID-19 and social distancing? Explore these tips and ideas for sharing the facts and calming your child’s fears.

For caregivers

To share with your children

  • Check out this easy-to-understand, printable book you can read to your children about COVID-19 — available in multiple languages. Read #Covibook.
  • Share this comic with your children to help them understand COVID-19. See the online comic from NPR.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself

Parents and caregivers tend to put their children’s needs before their own. But remember that a key part of caring for your children is caring for yourself. Get some tips on how to practice self-care during COVID-19.


Supporting your child’s development

Families have always supported their child’s learning at home, whether you know it or not. But with more children staying home instead of attending child care, preschools or play groups, many families are looking for new ideas to support their child’s development at home. 

Keeping calm and consistent

Establishing a safe, nurturing environment is one of the most important ways you can support your child’s learning. That starts with taking care of yourself and with creating (or maintaining) routines.

Support learning at home

Remember that learning at home doesn’t have to look a certain way.  Some children may be connecting with a teacher and have activities from school.  “School time” might be a part of your routine.  Or you might build learning opportunities into your daily routines.  All young children learn through interactions, exploration, and play. Do what works best for you and your family!

And remember — “what works best” may not look the same every day. Some days it might not even feel very good. Be kind to yourself and your child and we’ll all get through this together.

Guidance for parents and caregivers

  • The CTELDS Action Guides offer caregivers strategies to support their child’s learning. They’re available in English and Spanish. Read the CTELDS Action Guides.
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has resources to help children learn at home. Explore NAEYC’s page for families.
  • Watch a video for families about distance learning for preschoolers from OEC and the CT State Department of Education.

Resources you can use with your children

Last updated May 20, 2020