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 — when 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.
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
- 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.