COVID-19 is affecting communities across Colorado. These youth services resources may be helpful at this challenging time:
Free Meal Sites for Kids
- Meal Sites during COVID-19 School Closure: List from Colorado Department of Education
- Emergency Feeding: Further guidance from Colorado Department of Education
Cleaning Toys & Surfaces
- Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting Frequency Table: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Best Practices for Cleaning Play and Learn Spaces: Association of Library Service for Children (ALSC)
- Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing: American Academy of Pediatrics; offers guidelines for cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing objects and surfaces
- CDC Interim Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations: CDC’s recommendations for community facilities
Resources for Kids about COVID-19
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus: Comic that includes information from healthcare experts interviewed for an NPR story. Can also be printed and folded into a zine.
- Handwashing posters & other materials for children and teens: Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Coronavirus Infographic and Game: Free resources for teaching children about the Coronavirus and hygiene from Tumblehome
- BrainPOP: Coronavirus: BrainPOP is a surprisingly entertaining, at time humorous, basic explanation of COVID-19 and needed precautions for elementary age children and young teens.
Resources for Parents about COVID-19
- Protect Yourself and Your Family: CDC
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (PDF) : Guidelines from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
- Helping Children Cope: From Ready.gov, how to help children cope with disasters
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Corronavirus Diease 2019 : This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope. (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
- Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic : –a range of information from Common Sense Media
Resources for Anyone that Has or Works with Kids
- Answering Kids’ Questions about Coronavirus (YouTube): Children’s Hospital CO
- Helping Children Cope With Stress During the 2019-nCoV Outbreak (PDF) : World Health Organization (WHO)
Free Resources Provided during the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Scholastic Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing
- Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due To School Closings (big list!)
- #StoryMarch–The Greater Boston Illustrators’ Group dreamed up #StoryMarch as the Covid-19 pandemic took over the daily lives of everyone we know. As schools and offices close and people are stuck at home without their usual activities and diversions, we hope that #StoryMarch might be a fun way for all artists of every age to stretch themselves a little and have fun
- Jarrett J. Krosoczka drawing webcasts—Award-winning author and illustrator will be hosting free drawing webcasts every weekday at 2pm EST for at least the next few weeks
- Epic!–This massive digital library for kids 12 and under is offering free Remote Student Access through June 30th through Educators (and Educator accounts are free).
- Authors Launch Digital Children’s Book Festival –The Everywhere Book Festival will be held virtually May 1-2 with more than 50 participating authors and illustrators
- Cabin Fever Math –From Bedtime Math, fun, free math activities to do at home (the free app is great too!)
- Stuck Inside: Authors’ Virtual Book Club (well, this one’s just getting started but maybe it’ll grow)
Free Resources for Kids Available Anytime
- StoryBlocks –this one is local! This project from CLEL features short videos of CO librarians demonstrating rhymes and songs with early literacy tips. Videos are available in 7 languages.
- Story Preservation Initiative— find a selection of audio stories from three master storytellers on the K-3 Storytelling Learning Lab, found at www.storypreservation.org. To access click K-3 Learning Lab on blue banner. A one-time registration is required and then click on “storytellers” and listen and enjoy at no cost
- One Hundred Museums Transformed Their Collections Into Free Coloring Pages
- Storyline Online from the Screen Actors Guild, featuring actors reading picture books
- Google Arts & Culture Collections–teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world
- Virtual concerts, plays, museums and other culture–list of worldwide cultural activities to engage in online
- Free resources from Pop Culture Classroom–this one’s local! This Denver-based nonprofit provides some of its comics-literacy based materials free.
- Read, Wonder, and Learn! Favorite Authors & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere –webpage featuring authors reading their own kids’ books, with the videos embedded in the page
- “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” Family Staycation Resources –from Too Small to Fail
- Story Time From Space -While in space, astronauts videotape themselves reading picture books to the children of Earth. These videos are being edited and placed on this website — look under the heading ‘Story Time Videos.’”
- KidLit TV –multimedia site celebrating all things children’s literature
- Jarrett Lerner’s Activities Page –lots of printouts/activities that encourage creativity and story creation
- Virtual School Activities –great list of free virtual tours and activities from around the world
Media Literacy Focused on COVID-19
- Fighting Misinformation About Coronavirus –resources from National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
- Tips and resources for news literacy, media balance, and healthy communication during Coronavirus –from Common Sense Media
- WHO Printable Advice for the Public: Scroll down for downloadables on prevention, hygiene, how to cope with stress, and more.
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19: CDC—information for the general public and parents specifically
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
- CDC Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs: Includes guidance, checklists, and how to talk to children about COVID-19. Also links to other resources for community organizations.
Extra online resources have been made available for free for the duration.