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Resources For Families Whose Children Are Home From School

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A (fluid and growing) resource list for families. Resources include information, community resources, education, activities and more. Know of a resource you don’t see listed? Email Jamie O’Conner at jamie@familyvoicesmn.org to share.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)–  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Page.

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)– Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page.

Family Voices National– Has a Coronavirus webpage and also organized their March Resource eBlast by five key words for families of children and youth with special health care needs to keep in mind related to the coronavirus–information, partner, plan, talk, and calm.

Gillette Children’s– COVID-19 FAQ

Ten COVID-19 Preparations To Do RIGHT NOW for Medically Complex Families– Complex Child gives ten tips are things you can — and should — do right now in order to survive the next few months.

Emergency Information Form– From the American Academy of Pediatrics

Are you Ready? Preparing for Emergencies– Tips for Families from Family Voices National

United Way– Assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services. Dial 211. United Way has a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund.

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Food

Please check carefully for service areas and be in touch with organizations to be sure operating hours and food availability match what you’re seeing on the websites.

Metro Area

VEAP– VEAP asks for proof of residency when visiting our Food Pantry (valid ID and/or official mail with address) and visitors must reside in our service area (Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and a small portion of South Minneapolis, south of 50th Street and west of Cedar Avenue). 

Good in the ‘Hood– Through the Food in the ‘Hood program, client-choice food shelves and hot meal programs are operated in Bloomington and North Minneapolis.

Ruby’s Pantry– Currently, there are 80 Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Enter your zipcode into the Pop-Up Pantry Location Finder to see if one is near you.

Various Locations Around MN

Restaurants Offering Free Lunches While Schools Are Closed– Many kids rely on school lunches to stay fed during the day, and with the announcement that schools will be closing, several restaurants have said they will give free lunches to any students who need them while they’re home from school.

Talking to Children About COVID-19– National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) offer a parent resource on talking to children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks– Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration PDF.

Helping Kids Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic– News article by Mayo Clinic.

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus– It’s based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.

Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus– Here are tips from the Child Mind Institute’s clinicians to help calm fears, manage stress and keep the peace.

The Yucky Bug– Written by Julia Cook and illustrated by some great kids at Emerson Elementary School.

Wash Your Lyrics– Generate hand washing infographics based on your favorite song.

Have Fun Teaching– Offering FREE Coronavirus Relief Packs for Preschool through 5th Grade. Each download includes worksheets, activities, songs, and videos for all subjects. IMPORTANT: The download is a .zip file. You must be on a computer or laptop to save it. Thanks!

Storyline Online– Beat the boredom with a YouTube channel where celebraties read kids’ books aloud. Also available on Facebook.

Cincinatti Zoo Home Safari -Each weekday at 4pm on they will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. Videos will be available on-demand on their website.

Toneworks Music Therapy Services LLC– Monday – Friday on Facebook Live Toneworks is offering five 30 minute activities. You can check them out on-demand on Toneworks’ Youtube channel.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!– Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. 

Growing Book by Book– A list of online literacy resources.

We are Teachers– 60+ Awesome websites for teaching and learning math.

ABC Mouse– Full online curriculum for children ages 2-8. Try it free for 30 days.

National Parks Virtual Tours– You don’t actually have to leave your couch to see some of America’s most glorious landscapes. Powered by Google Earth, a whole bunch of parks offer free virtual tours.

Virtual Museum Tours– Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 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.

20 Virtual Field Trips to Take With Your Kids– There are also lesson ideas, activities and book suggestions to extend the learning for each type of destination.

Toneworks Music Therapy Services LLC– Monday – Friday on Facebook Live Toneworks is offering five 30 minute activities. You can check them out on-demand on Toneworks’ Youtube channel.

Paris Museums– Paris Musees, a collection of 14 museums in Paris have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks freely available to the public on their collections website.

YMCA 360: Your Virtual YMCA– Virtual access to the best group fitness classes on the go and resources for kids to learn, grow and thrive even when school’s out.

GoNoodle– Movement Powers Change® GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!

National Parks Virtual Tours– You don’t actually have to leave your couch to see some of America’s most glorious landscapes. Powered by Google Earth, a whole bunch of parks offer free virtual tours.

20 Virtual Field Trips to Take With Your Kids– There are also lesson ideas, activities and book suggestions to extend the learning for each type of destination.

Virtual Disney World– Virtually experience Walt Disney World attractions, shows, hotels, monorails, trains, boats, park areas, and more within an interactive 360º video environment.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)– Manage anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ten Percent Happier LIVE– 4 pm CT, daily, offering a free live sanity break, featuring host, Dan Harris, and some of the world’s best meditation teachers, streaming from their homes to yours. They start with a five minute meditation, and then take questions from the audience.

Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus– Here are tips from the Child Mind Institute’s clinicians to help calm fears, manage stress and keep the peace.

Family Voices of MN– All parent groups have gone virtual. 

Zoom– Offers a full-featured Basic Plan for free with unlimited meetings. Try Zoom for as long as you like – there is no trial period. Your Basic plan has a 40 minutes time limit on meetings with three or more total participants.

Google Duo–  Works on Android and iOS smartphones, tablets, computers, and Smart Displays, so you’ll never miss another moment with any of your friends and family.