The School of Education at the University at Albany recognizes the struggles parents may be having with both coping with the coronavirus and being faced with temporarily homeschooling their child(ren). Below, we have resources that hopefully will assist parents during these trying times.
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- Common Sense: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/resources-for-families-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic
Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic. Navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids.
- Common Sense: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/free-online-events-activities-kids-at-home-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR33yaBhra360mM6Ss8aYCDN3ID7sfHZQQIvWWU5Oi-qTxPrI2caFrfgzow Dozens of links to online educational resources, activities, and games for elementary and middle school students spanning multiple subjects and interests.
- Child Mind Institute - Supporting Families During COVID-19: https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/
"We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries - both your children's and your own - under control. You don't have to do it alone."
- The Homeschool Mom - Homeschool Organizations and Support Groups: https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/local-support/homeschool-organizations-and-support-groups/
State-by-state homeschool organizations and support groups for homeschooling parents.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Stress and Coping: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html
This page by the CDC provides useful information on how to cope with stressors related to COVID-19.
- National Association of School Psychologists - Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19: Click Here
This page by the National Association of School Psychologists offers practical advice for helping children cope with the changes resulting from COVID-19.
- KidsHealth - Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-how-talk-child.html
Additional advice on how to talk to your chid about the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional links in the right-hand menu.
- Mental Health America - Mental Health and COVID-19 - Information and Resources: https://mhanational.org/covid19
A wealth of links to assist you deal with your and your child's mental health during COVID-19.
- Wide Open School: https://wideopenschool.org/
A fantastic resource for teachers and parents covering subject areas, mental health, and other elements to assist your students or child with their continuing education during COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Household Checklist by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/checklist-household-ready.html
This page provides information on preparing for COVID-19. As a family, you can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak.
- Student Health and Well-Being and the Intersection of Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: https://www.nais.org/articles/pages/coronavirus-covid-19-resources-student-health-and-well-being-race-equity-diversity-inclusion/?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=cv An article with links to multiple resources related to student health and well-being from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- 10 Top Tips: Remote Learning for Parents: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides/10-top-tips-remote-learning-for-parents?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=WuW-Remote-Learning&fbclid=IwAR2kLUhFelcSionPXcWIfVRXx909u-dPwUm5LKfNa3rGJKWsDSKVRjHBL2A For parents and carers, the idea of remote learning isn’t always straightforward and there can be a number of factors they need to consider, especially around ensuring their children feel comfortable and are familiar with the whole concept. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help parents and carers support their child in getting the most out of their remote learning experience.
- PBS Parents: http://www.pbs.org/parents/ Explore parent resources to help you raise kind, curious and resilient children. Find parenting tips, hands-on activities, games, and apps.
- PBS Kids: https://pbskids.org/ PBSKids.org is an educational, jam-packed-with-fun site full of games, videos, and quests featuring kids' favorite PBS television show characters. Kids who are learning basic skills and already know many of the characters featured here from popular PBS shows such as.
- GoGuardian Teacher: https://www.goguardian.com/teacher/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=9451809316&utm_content=95830437517&utm_term=Hapara&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4aDGkLr16AIVh56fCh20JwXJEAAYASAAEgIp_fD_BwE GoGuardian is designed for schools with 1-to-1 Chromebook initiatives. It provides teachers with a portal to direct students' attention to specific online resources and close off-topic tabs on one or more devices. The goal of GoGuardian for Teachers is to help keep students on-task and away from inappropriate content.
- Parent Resources- NYS PTA:https://nyspta.org/home/parent-resources/ This section of the website provides resources on numerous topics for pertaining to parent involvement, engaging educators, and helping students.
- Family Engagement- NYS PTA: https://nyspta.org/home/advocacy/family-engagement/ Family Engagement is a school-family partnership that raises student achievement, improves school and community, and increases public support.
- Everyone On - Find Internet Offers: https://www.everyoneon.org/find-offers In response to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on society, multiple Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have made updates to their low-cost internet service programs to ensure individuals and families stay connected to the internet during this challenging time.
- Community Conversations - When Home Becomes a School: Ideas for Families https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDd9UfWBqYM&feature=youtu.be 4/8/20 Panel presentation and discussion of ideas and practices to support children emotionally, physically, and intellectually while at home. Panelists included parents, educators, and home school advocates.
- The Homeschool Mom - Resources for When Schools are Closed Down: https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/category/blog/school-closings/
This blog provides links to practical advice on what to do and how to homeschool when schools are temporarily closed. Helpful resources for school closures.
- How to Homeschool for Free: https://www.thoughtco.com/free-homeschool-resources-4151635
This parents resource offers high-quality homeschooling resources available online at no cost. Practical advice is also provided to parents on using free resources.
- The Full List of Free Homeschool Curriculum that will Excite your Child: http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/free-homeschool-curriculum/
This is an excellent list of free material for the would-be homeschool parent during the coronavirus and beyond.
- Free Homeschool Curriculum and Other Resources: https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/free-curriculum/
A long list of free homeschool resources for parents. It includes most subject areas. This site also includes items for purchase to use with your child(ren).
- Free Resources for Homeschooling in Science, Health and More: https://homeeducator.com/free-homeschool-resources/
A wealth of free US-Government approved homeschooling resources.
- CreatED by Crayola: https://created.crayola.com/at-home-learning-home/homelearning
Online destination for parent groups, parents, and educators. This is a FREE resource that includes creative, arts-based lesson plans linked to curriculum standards, DIY art projects for students, "How To" animated videos for students and parents, and much more.
- Learning Heroes Roadmap: https://bealearninghero.org/readiness-roadmap/ You want to keep your child on track while school is closed. Here’s your Learning Hero Roadmap to help with math, reading, life skills and more.
- Best Practices from Homeschooling Parents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxpURGzDpts&t=623s A webinar where homeschooling parents share effective methods to create an engaging home learning environment for their children. The free webinar provides practices that parents can implement directly and explore ways that teachers and administrators can assist parents' efforts to support students' continued learning and social emotional development.
- 4 Self-Care Strategies to Avoid Parental Burnout: https://www.garrisoninstitute.org/blog/4-self-care-strategies-to-avoid-parental-burnout/
Article on self-care strategies for self-care.
- Coping As A Mom Through Coronavirus-Related Stress & Anxiety: https://www.romper.com/p/coping-as-a-mom-through-coronavirus-related-stress-anxiety-22633346
Steps for coping through coronavirus-related stress and anxiety.
- COVID-19 Information for Individuals: https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Get%20Help%20Now/Pages/COVID-19-Information-for-Individuals.aspx
Online recovery meetings, free podcasts, and other online resources.
- CDC Stress and Coping: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fmanaging-stress-anxiety.html
Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.
- Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/current-events/supporting-your-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/
Coping tips and helpful resources for everyone.
- How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus: https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/how-talk-your-anxious-child-or-teen-about?fbclid=IwAR3Gm-KErNWsa8jFw8KqCQQejoE-YRzw_75NaQLnZ3PLmwvVr67g05hvWhM
Fear, uncertainty, and anxiety are bound to be heightened with wide-scale disease outbreaks that are contagious, particularly when they involve a new, previously unknown disease-causing agent, as is the case with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This fear and anxiety can especially affect people already suffering from anxiety, and repeated news cycles about the spread of coronavirus do not help this anxiety.
- Concern Center: https://concerncenter.com/k12/ ConcernCenter puts a prioritized list of support options in their hands based on their concern. This platform links pre-populated concerns to resources, “Will students be returning to school this year?” and receive a list of support resources (websites, images, people to contact) and information that has been determined.
- Smile Therapy: https://smiletherapy.com/nyspta Smile Therapy is a service that delivers daily positive messages to get you thinking about more constructive ways to tackle today, tomorrow, and the rest of your life.