COVID-19 Resources for Parents
Schools are a pillar of the community, and many families rely on schools for essential services like school food. We know you need resources on how to talk to your kids about this global pandemic and how to keep them active and engaged while they’re out of school.
Chicago Public Schools Grab and Go Meal Sites Interactive Map
This Chicago Public Schools interactive map provides the locations and hours of sites where parents and children can pick up meals. Each child gets a bag with breakfast and lunch for three days. Children do not need to be CPS students.
Chicago Run Family Fit Kit
Chicago Run believes running and fitness are critical to the physical and mental health of our young people and communities. The site offers family fitness ideas and at-home resources to stay healthy and active during COVID-19.
Making Connections Backpack – Prevention Institute
The Making Connections Backpack is a resource library from Prevention Institute for those engaged in building a gendered and community-level approach to improving mental …
The Exercise Game Video
Instructions and recording sheets are available in English and Spanish. Instrucciones en inglés y español.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation COVID-19 Resource Hub
Healthier Generation provides free, evidence-based resources to support the physical, social, and emotional health of children and their caregivers. Here you will find a selection of these resources designed to support parents and educators in reducing stress, eating healthy, moving regularly, getting quality sleep, and more.
COVID-19 Child Nutrition Guidance and Meal Sites by State
This map includes links to each state agency’s website that includes guidance on how to serve meals during school closures. In addition, you will find a link to a list or map of meal sites available in the state (if available). Click on each state for a menu with links to the resources.
Serving Students During the Coronavirus: Best Practices
This guide from the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Columbia University addresses best practices for school meal programs. …
Big Green Homegrown
Big Green’s new online hub and weekly email series full of fun and educational activities for kids and families.
National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses: Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
This resources available in English and Spanish helps parents talk to their children about COVID-19 and manage their feelings.
Playworks Play at Home
This free resource provides a library of videos, games and activities families can play at home. Each of the activities meets CDC requirements of social distancing and limited equipment. Playworks is also hosting warm-ups, games, and cool-downs live on its Facebook page.
Common Bytes Digital Learning Platform
Common Threads is providing its digital learning platform for free. This platform provides students, parents and educators ways to learn about food and learn how to cook food.
Caring for Children: Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out
The Centers for Disease Control created this resource to help parents keep children healthy, look out for symptoms of COVID-19 and continue learning.
Start Simple with MyPlate: Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic
This USDA guide contains information on food planning, including what to buy, how much to buy, and preparation tips.
Health at Home
CATCH Global Foundation has assembled a free set of lessons and resources to help teachers continue to provide health education, nutrition education and physical activity instruction to students remotely.
Healthychildren.org: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The American Pediatrics Association offers families information about COVID-19, including how to keep family members healthy, symptoms of the virus, and how to care for a family member who has contracted the virus.
CDC: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home
This CDC guidance provides recommendations on cleaning and disinfecting households where persons under investigation or those with confirmed COVID-19 reside or may be in self-isolation. These guidelines are focused on household settings and are meant for the general public.
National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
This document provides guidance to parents on how to minimize anxiety for children while also providing factual, age appropriate information on how best to avoid the infection and spread of disease. This resource is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Amharic.
Food Research and Action Center: An Advocate’s Guide to the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)
Learn how D-SNAP works and what advocates, elected officials, and service providers can do to reduce hunger and food insecurity before, during, and after a disaster. The guide draws on the experience of domestic disasters, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in 2005; Hurricane Sandy in 2012; Hurricane Matthew in 2015; and many others.
CDC: Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy When School Is Out
This resource provides steps for protecting children from getting sick with COVID-19, guidance around social interactions between children, and reported symptoms for children who have contracted COVID-19.
CDC: Checklist for Teachers and Parents
Teachers and parents can use this checklist to plan and take action if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in their community.