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General Information About Coronavirus for Families

2019 Novel Coronavirus
Information on COVID-19 and tips for parents on how to keep kids healthy, how to handle school closures, and how to talk to kids about COVID-19. 
English: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx 
Spanish: https://www.healthychildren.org/spanish/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/paginas/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx 
Source: HealthyChildren.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Talking to Children About Coronavirus/COVID-19

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
A webpage with tips for parents on how to talk with their children about Coronavirus. The tip sheets are available for download in English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, Korean, French, and Vietnamese.
https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource  
Source: National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses

Talking with Kids About COVID-19 (Podcast) 
Nicole Dempster, PhD, pediatric psychologist of Nationwide Children's Hospital, talks with Prognosis Ohio podcast host Dan Skinner about strategies for talking with kids about COVID-19.
https://www.wcbe.org/post/talking-kids-about-covid-19
Source: National Public Radio and WCBE (Central Ohio Public Radio)

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus 
Discussion guide for talking with children about coronavirus that is focused on correcting misinformation, reassuring children of their safety, and what families can proactively do to stay safe.
https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus 
Source: PBS

Talking About the Coronavirus
Tip sheet for parents for talking about the coronavirus with young children.
https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-talking-about-the-coronavirus 
Source: Zero to Three

Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
A fact sheet for parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes potential reactions among youth and the support adults can provide to help them.
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregivers-Parents-and-Teachers-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/PEP20-01-01-006
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Talking to Children About Disasters
Tips for parents on talking about disasters with children to help them cope effectively.
English: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Pages/Talking-to-Children-about-Disasters.aspx
Spanish: https://www.healthychildren.org/spanish/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/paginas/talking-to-children-about-disasters.aspx 
Source: HealthyChildren.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Parenting During the Coronavirus Outbreak 

Taking Care of Your Family During Coronavirus and Other Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks
A two-page tip sheet with advice and resources for staying informed, practicing good basic hygiene, and managing stress during an infectious disease outbreak.
https://www.cstsonline.org/assets/media/documents/CSTS_FS_Corona_Taking_Care_of_Your_Family.pdf.pdf
Source: Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

Parenting Through Community Crises and Disasters
Resource page for parents on talking with children about crises and disasters that includes question prompts and discussion guides, as well as information about stress and trauma in children.
https://www.mghpact.org/for-parents/parenting-through-community-crises/ 
Source: Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center PACT Program

Parenting During COVID-19
Parenting tips for addressing children’s reactions and anxieties about the coronavirus outbreak and its impacts.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/little-house-calls/202003/parenting-during-covid-19
Source: Psychology Today

Positive Parenting 
An infographic on parenting behaviors that foster a child’s capacity to love, trust, learn, and grow. 
English: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/2240-positive-parenting-infographic
Spanish: https://www.zerotothree.org/espanol/infografia-de-crianza-positiva 
Source: Zero to Three

Managing Your Own Emotions: The Key to Positive, Effective Parenting
Guidance for parents on the influence their reactions have on children’s behavior and tips on how to respond to help children develop and foster their coping skills.
English: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/338-managing-your-own-emotions-the-key-to-positive-effective-parenting 
Spanish: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1860-el-manejo-de-las-propias-emociones-la-clave-para-los-estilos-de-crianza-de-ninos-positivos-y-eficaces 
Source: Zero to Three

Recognizing and Managing Stress 

Children’s Responses to Crises and Tragic Events
Tips for families and early childhood education staff on what children’s responses to crises and tragic events may look like.
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/childrens-responses-crises-tragic-events  
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019
Tips for parents and caregivers on the possible physical and emotional impacts of an infectious disease outbreak and what they can do to help their family cope.
https://www.nctsn.org/resources/parent-caregiver-guide-to-helping-families-cope-with-the-coronavirus-disease-2019
Source: National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Facts for Families: News and Children
This Facts for Families guide discusses strategies for minimizing the negative effects that watching the news may have on children.
https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Children-And-The-News-067.aspx    
Source: American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Supporting Young Children Isolated Because of Coronavirus
Tips for talking about the coronavirus with children; includes tips for children who are socially isolated as a result of COVID-19 associated stigma. In English and Chinese. 
https://911.lsuhsc.edu/coronavirus/docs/Talking-to-Young-Children-CoronaVirus-Translation-Combined.pdf 
Source: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Helping Children Cope with Frightening News
WHO infographic on helping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak, suitable for display or distribution in the office practice.
https://www.epi-win.com/all-resources/helping-children-cope-with-stress-during-the-covid-19-outbreak 
Source: World Health Organization Information Network for Epidemics 

Disaster and Trauma Parent Resource Center
This page includes Facts for Families on many aspects of dealing with trauma, grief, post-traumatic stress, and other mental health conditions that arise from disasters, and links to many other resources for families and children dealing with disasters.
https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Resource_Centers/Disaster_Resource_Center/Resources_for_Parents_Disaster.aspx
Source: American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Social Distancing and Staying Home

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak 
This tip sheet provides information and resources to help individuals take care of their behavioral health during social distancing, quarantine, and isolation related to an infectious disease outbreak. Includes tips on self-advocating, working with employers to reduce financial stress, and coping strategies.
English: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf 
Spanish: https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4894spanish.pdf 
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Helping Homebound Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak
A two-page tip sheet for parents with approaches for managing homebound periods for children and families, such as school closures and social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
https://www.cstsonline.org/assets/media/documents/CSTS_FS_Helping_Homebound_Children_during_COVID19_Outbreak.pdf 
Source: Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

COVID-19: How to Help Kids Deal with School Closings and Cancelled Plans 
Tips to help parents and kids handle the challenges of school closings and social distancing.
https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/700childrens/2020/03/school-closings-cancelled-plans
Source: Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Activities and Resources for Families and Children at Home

Below are a few examples of the many online resources to help parents find enriching and entertaining activities for children while they are practicing social distancing and quarantines during an infectious disease outbreak. 

How Can I Tell If an App Is Good for Learning?
Tips for families for finding learning-focused apps and websites.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/learning-with-technology/how-can-i-tell-if-an-app-or-a-website-is-really-good-for-learning 
Source: Common Sense Media

Helping Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Anxiety
Tip sheet for parents on how to manage anxiety, stay active, and focus on family well-being.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/help-your-family-de-stress-during-coronavirus-uncertainty?
Source: Common Sense Media

New York City Department of Education: Learn-at-Home Resources
This page provides supplementary learning resources for children home from school.
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home 
Source: New York City Department of Education

Brooklyn Public Library: Virtual Storytime
Storytime activities geared toward young children.
https://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/list?age%5B0%5D=12986     
Source: Brooklyn Public Library

Daily Art Challenge
Daily art challenge for families. (Note: Requires Facebook account and login.)
https://www.facebook.com/follow.your.art.community/ 
Source: Follow Your Art, LLC

PBS Kids
Activities and educational games for children, geared toward a younger audience. 
https://pbskids.org/
Source: PBS

Online Education Classes for Every Age and Grade
An expansive list of online educational resources, apps and games.
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/coronavirus-closed-schools-here-are-online-education-classes-for-every-age-and-grade/
Source: CNET