Resources to Share with Families
COVID-19 Information for families
Ideas for Children's Activities during Social Distancing
- LDOE Guidance for Early Learning at Home
- New York City Children's Theater's Creative Clubhouse is a virtual playspace for kids of all ages! It offers crafts, DIY Storytime and Music classes, and more. While most activities are free, there is paid programming as well. You can receive free access to their paid programming by filling out this form.
- New Orleans Public Library is hosting Virtual StoryTime
- New Orleans Public Schools Resources for Distance Learning (four and five year olds)
- The Atlanta Speech School offers a free online preschool for children ages 18 months to four years through Cox Academy.
- The Illinois Early Learning Project's Learning at Home During Trying Times offers tips on stable routines, positive guidance and developmentally appropriate activities
- Teaching Strategies' Healthy at Home toolkit offers a free selection of resources from The Creative Curriculum® and ReadyRosie™ providing families with information and resources for supporting the children in their care.
- Teachstone (the makers of CLASS) has great COVID-19 resources and ideas for bringing incorporating CLASS (and high quality adult-child interactions) into your everyday activities at home.
- High Scope has printable ideas for Active Learning at Home for infants, toddlers and Preschoolers
- The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has lots of ideas for how families can support their youngest learners
- Texting services that send parents information and activities via regular texts include
- PBS PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings
- Read, Wonder, and Learn - watch children’s authors read their books aloud
- Lunch doodles with Mo Willems: well known children’s author (who was raised in New Orleans) offered a 15-episode video series with stories and illustrations
- YMCA 360 has free on-demand exercise classes for kids and adults
- CATCH Health at Home is offering free evidence-based health, nutrition, and physical education materials for children from pre-k through eighth grade, including mindfulness tips
Community Resources and Benefits
- Overview of Recent Changes to Benefits and Tax Credits for Families
- New Orleans is offering a COVID-19 Meal Assistance for eligible residents that offers two meals delivered daily for a month. Note that FEMA rules disqualify anyone receiving SNAP, Meals on Wheels or NOLA Public Schools Meals. You can also call 311 to register!
- The Parenting Center at Children's Hospital's staff of Parent Educators is available to the public. Parents who have questions about development and behavior - transitions/routines, eating, sleeping, challenging behavior, milestones - can call (504.896.9591) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Their Breast & Bottle infant feeding support group is reconvening virtually and they offer other support groups too!
- TrainingGrounds is offering free Facebook playgroups, two-way texting for parenting support (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays 9 am-11 am and 9 pm-11pm) and a texting service with resources and parenting tips.
- Young Audiences of Louisiana's Baby Artsplay! is offering its workshops for infants and toddlers through Facebook Live. Visit their Facebook Events page to sign up and watch past sessions.
- The Junior League's Diaper Bank is offering expanded access to free diapers.
- The Louisiana Department of Health's Office of Behavioral Health's new Keep Calm Through COVID crisis phone line is staffed by trained counselors who can offer information and service coordination, linking callers to mental health and substance abuse counseling services. Call the Keep Calm Through COVID hotline at 1-866-310-7977 at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are confidential.
- Unemployment Benefits for workers who are unemployed as a result of COVID-19
- Call Second Harvest Food Bank's toll-free line (1-855-392-9338) to learn about local food pantries throughout Southeast Louisiana, and get assistance applying for SNAP and other community
Resources for Children in Early Intervention or who have Special Needs