Supporting Children and Families During COVID-19
Help families cope
The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) has compiled a number of resources for families and professionals during the emergency — including strategies for decreasing stress and preventing challenging behavior. Get guidance from NCPMI.
Support learning at home
Learning resources related to the emergency
- Connecticut’s Department of Education has guidance for teachers — from preK and up — while schools are closed. Read their resources to support student learning.
- The Illinois Early Learning Project has many resources related to Learning at Home During Trying Times.
- OEC and the CT State Department of Education created a video supporting distance learning for teachers and providers. Watch the video.
General learning resources
- RESC Alliance has shared a list of tools and resources for PK3 and early care programs as a Google Spreadsheet.
- WIDA Early Years — which is housed at the University of Wisconsin Madison — has a resource with activities to start conversations with young children about their families, how they play, and more. It’s available in 4 languages. Download Learning Language Every Day: Activities for Families.
- The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has research-based resources to help children learn at home. Explore NAEYC’s page for families.
- Scholastic has a program of weekly activities and play starters. See Scholastic’s Learn at Home for PreK-K.
- Good Things for Young Children has several sets of daily activities in English and Spanish. Download 30 Days of Good Things for Young Children.
Connect with families remotely
- Eastern Connecticut State University has guidance on building strong relationships with families from a distance, including information about exploring families’ needs and the importance of play. Learn how to keep relationships strong during COVID-19.
- Ready4K has guidance on how to keep families up to date by email and texts without overwhelming them. Watch the video on creating messages that motivate.
- NCPMI held a webinar to address questions from providers about using technology to help families. Watch their video on providing distance family support.