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.

The Exercise Game Instructions / El Juego de Ejercicio instrucciones

An instructional video with Spanish subtitles is available.

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The Exercise Game Video

Instructions and recording sheets are available in English and Spanish. Instrucciones en inglés y español.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Big Green Homegrown

Big Green’s new online hub and weekly email series full of fun and educational activities for kids and families.

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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.

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Chicago Public Schools Grab and Go Meal Sites Interactive Map

Chicago Public Schools Grab and Go Meal Sites Interactive Map: This 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.

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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 a morning warm-up (11 a.m.), a midday game (1 p.m.), and an afternoon cooldown (3 p.m.) Monday-Friday live on its Facebook page.

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Chicago Run Family Fit Kit

Chicago Run is posting a live video each day, featuring the Chicago Run coaches; running family fitness challenges; and sharing ways families can celebrate together after physical activity.

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Common Threads 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.

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Fit to Learn Physical Activity At-Home Tracker

We created this poster to help students track physical activity, recess and brain breaks at home.

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Fit to Learn Physical Activity Tracker

We created this poster to help teachers track physical activity, recess and brain breaks in their classroom.

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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.

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Start Simple with MyPlate: Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic

This guide contains information on food planning, including what to buy, how much to buy, and preparation tips.

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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.

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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.

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CDC: Clean & Disinfect Guidelines for Households

This guidance provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of households where persons under investigation or those with confirmed COVID-19 reside or may be in self-isolation. It is aimed at limiting the survival of the virus in the environment. These recommendations will be updated if additional information becomes available. These guidelines are focused on household settings and are meant for the general public.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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CDC: Talking with Children about COVID-19– Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children

As public conversations around COVID-19 increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with the virus. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. The CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease. This resource is also available in Spanish.

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