Covid-19 Resources

Child & Family Resources in the Time of Covid-19

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Therapeutic 

Child Mind Institute: Provides an abundance of resources and topics for supporting children remotely during this time. Provides Facebook live chat with expert clinicians, remote evaluations and flat-fee phone consultations for parenting questions.  #Wethriveinside social media campaign.  Daily tips via email.
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Children's Institute:  Focuses on strengthening children's social and emotional health, gives resources for parents and children to use. Includes resources in Spanish.
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PsychHub:  Gives a list of resources, videos and, online courses for students, educators, healthcare professionals, veterans, mental health professionals and, employers to use to cope with whatever they may be dealing with due to the pandemic.
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Mental Health America: Talks about the importance of mental health and resources for people to use if they are struggling with it.
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CDC --> Coping with Stress During Covid-19: This page talks about stress associated with Covid-19, how to deal with stress and resources to help people deal with stresses that come along with the times we are in.

Food Insecurity

Foodshare (serving Hartford and Tolland Counties) and Connecticut Food Bank (serving New Haven County) work to maximize access to food and resources. Their websites will provide you with information about their mobile food pantries, help you locate a food pantry, instruct you how to apply for SNAP benefits or access summer meals for children.

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COVID-19 Community-wide Emergency Meal Program for Children:  A list of towns and cities where any child under the age of 18 may receive meals regardless of where they live or attend school.

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COVID-19 Emergency Meal Program for Students in Specific School Districts – districts are authorized to serve meals to students attending district schools and other children 18 or younger in the same household
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Student Learning

Connecticut Department of Education Resources:
  • Volume 1: Provides materials and they are organized to support student learning categorized into subject and grade level.
  • Volume 2:  Includes online teaching and platforms with a mix of resources and links to help facilitate teaching and learning for children
  • Volume 3:  Gives information about students privacy policies online, assessment/grading procedures and professional learning resources organized by specific topic.
  • Volume 4:  Gives information about the three-tiered researched based intervention (SRBI) model and how it will be changed in order to fit students current needs during school closures.
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Khan Academy:  A website that hosts educational videos on specific concepts to allow students go into greater depth about any topic they are specifically required to learn or are simply interesting in learning. You must set up an account but it is free and can be used by children at any age.
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Scholastic:  The Learn at Home program for K-9 offers 20 days of active learning from home for students.
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Duolingo:  An app that helps children to learn a foreign language in a fun way through games and other activities. You must set up an account but it is free and can be used by children at any age.
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Princeton Review: Free standardized test preparation providing resources for students studying for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT as well graduate program tests.
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HarvardX: A resource for upper-level students (high school / post high school) that offers free courses on a variety of topics.  Programs range from 2-12 week online courses.
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The College Board – supporting high school students; lessons & review sessions.
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National Education Association Lesson Plans, Teaching Strategies, & tips from teachers; geared towards educators, but may be a useful website for parents/families as well.
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Smithsonian Virtual Field Trips – help students explore inspiring worlds from the comfort of their home.
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NASA STEM Engagement Website – hands-on activity resources for students (grades K-12); resources for educators.
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – online courses that allow upper level students to explore areas of interest & expose themselves to college level learning; range of interests/topics (e.g. college application process, robotics).
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NewSchools Venture Fund Resource Database list of resources that offers 40 options of learning content, curricula, teaching tools & guides.

Get Kids Moving!

Go Noodle: A free downloadable app that gets kids moving through use of videos. It helps with kids physical wellness, academic success and social-emotional health.
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Super Stretch Yoga: A free downloadable app that teaches kids yoga through use of videos and helps them with relaxation techniques.  
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Lazy Monster: A free downloadable app in which a fun cartoon monster leads different workouts for children through use of video.
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Rip Deck: A free downloadable app that provides an electronic deck of cards workout.  Each face represents a different exercise with the number on the card indicating the number of reps for that exercise. It ends once the whole deck of cards is complete.
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Footpath: A free downloadable app that measures distances of walks and runs,
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Calm: A free downloadable app that helps to teach relaxation and calming skills.
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Domestic Violence

CCADV: Connecticut's leading voice for victims of domestic violence and those organizations that serve them. If you need help or just someone to talk to, visit CTSafeConnect.org or call or text (888) 774-2900. Advocates available 24/7.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: For any victims and survivors who need support 24/7.  Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.