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

General learning resources

Support children and families as they transition to kindergarten

Transitioning to kindergarten is often an exciting time for children and their families. But even under usual circumstances, change can be hard. That will be especially true this year, as families and schools navigate the unpredictable impact of COVID-19.

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and OEC provided guidance regarding kindergarten transition in the publication Transitioning to Kindergarten: The Why, What and How of this Important Milestone for Connecticut Students. In addition, CSDE recently updated the document What Parents Should Know About Kindergarten Entry, Enrollment, and Attendance.

Recently, OEC and CSDE created a joint memo to help early educators and schools work together to support children and families at they transition to kindergarten in fall 2020. Learn about the guiding principles and key components of successful transitions. Read the guidance document Transitioning to Kindergarten During a Public Health Emergency.

Connect with families remotely

Take care of yourself

It’s a stressful time for teachers and caregivers. You may be feeling pressure and anxiety. You may be supporting children and families who have lost a loved one or experienced significant stress and changes as a result of COVID-19.

Remember that it’s important to take care of yourself too! Get tips for providers on how to take care of yourself — and share them with your colleagues.

Last updated August 5, 2020