Department of Public Instruction
The Department of Public Instruction has developed a robust website that includes information on Remote Learning and Parent Resources to support children birth to grade 2.
Educational Resources offering Free Subscriptions due to Coronavirus
This spreadsheet describes and links to educational companies that are offering free subscriptions to their online educational content due to school closings. The spreadsheet is organized alphabetically and includes content for children K-12 across all school subjects. Link
Survive Learning at Home with Kids
This resource offers learning at home supports to caregivers through both discussion boards and resources on topics such as kitchen science experiments, cooking, indoor recess activities, etc. Learning at Home with Kids
Coronavirus Resources for Parents and Caregivers
This document includes links to resources and other information to assist parents and caregivers in supporting their students’ learning at home. Topics include: how to talk to your children about coronavirus, general recommendations for home learning, learning videos, online learning games, movement, offline activities. Link
NCDIT Coronavirus Internet Service Offerings Map
Use this webpage to find the most up-to-date list of free or low-cost internet service options during COVID-19. Link
Khan Academy Free Remote Learning
Khan Academy is offering daily livestreams for students, parents, and teachers at 12pm EST weekdays during COVID-19. Khan Academy also offers exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review materials. The Khan Academy Kids app is also available for children between ages 2-7 to build early literacy, writing, math and social-emotional skills. Link + Khan Academy Kids app
Food and Utilities
Free, Healthy Meals for Kids in NC Locator
With this resource, you can free, healthy meals drive-thru or pick up sites for children under 18 in North Carolina across the state by either: texting FOODNC to 877-877 or exploring No Kid Hungry’s interactive map. Text FOODNC to 877-877 to receive a text with the three drive-thru or pick up sites with meals for kids closest to you. Use the interactive map below to find drive-thru or pick up sire with meals for kids across the state. **Families can also text “COMIDA” to 877877 to get the message in Spanish.**
NC School District Meals Updates During COVID-19 Closures
This document will tell you which schools in your district are providing free meals as well as when and where you can pick up those meals. It is organized alphabetically by school district and is updated with new information. Link
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina Food Finder
This resource allows you to search by zip code to find agencies offering food to those in need. *notes, this resource is not COVID-19 or child-specific. Link
Duke Energy will not disconnect your electricity for nonpayment.
AT&T and Verizon
AT&T and Verizon Will not terminate services for nonpayment and will waive late fees for 60 days
Spectrum will offer free internet to students without access because of COVID19. Call 1-844-488-8395 or visit website
Comcast Will not terminate services for nonpayment and will waive late fees for 60 days, will make Xfinity wifi hotspots available to everyone for free including non-subscribers and will offer 2 months of free internet to low-income households in its service area
Supporting Your Kids During the COVID-19 Pandemic
You may need help beyond childcare. Below are resources to help you talk to your kids about the pandemic.
How your kids might react
Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the grown-ups around them. When adults deal with COVID-19 calmly, they can help support children.
Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include:
More crying than usual or anger in younger children
Going back to behaviors they have outgrown (like accidents or bedwetting)
More worry or sadness than normal
Sleeping or eating too much or too little
In teens: easily becoming annoyed and “acting out"
More headaches or body pains
Using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
There are a lot things you can do to help your child:
Take time to talk with your children about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer their questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your children can understand.
Remind your child or teen that they are safe. Tell them it is OK to feel upset. Teach them how you deal with stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
Try to not watch news too much around your children, including social media. Children do not always understand what they hear and see on the news and social media and may be scared about things they do not understand.
Try to keep up with regular routines. Create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities at home.
Be a role model. Take breaks, get regular sleep and exercise. Eat well.
Connect with your friends and family members by talking to them on the phone, texting, or talking through email or social media.
Resources for managing stress in children
COVID-19 is causing many kids to feel worried and stressed out; here are some resources to help with stress and worries about COVID-19.
Optum with United Health Care has a toll-free 24-hour Emotional Support Help Line with mental health professionals for people who may be experiencing anxiety or stress around COVID-19. Reach them at 866-342-6892.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-TALK) offers free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources and best practices for professionals
Visit The National Child Traumatic Stress Network website to view a list of possible emotional responses in children depending on their age group and the best way parents can respond.
Core Power Yoga is offering all of their online yoga classes for free to practice at home and reduce stress
Peleton App is offering a 90-day free trial that includes all their at-home workouts, guided runs and meditations.
Utilize free versions of several meditation smartphone apps to help children cope with stress and anxiety.
Headspace, Calm and Stop, Breathe, and Think are all great.
Social Emotional Learning Resources During COVID-19
This webpage offers resources for parents, and educators to support social emotional learning during COVID-19. Topics for parents include: talking to children about coronavirus, planning activities at home, and coping with stress and anxiety. Link.
Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19
This article provides recommendations and links to resources to support and protect children’s emotional well-being during the pandemic. Link.
Young Children at Home during the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Importance of Self-Care
This article describes the importance of self-care for parents and caretakers during the pandemic and offers strategies to incorporate self-care at home. Link.
Other North Carolina Resources
NC COVID-19 Information:
Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to be referred to organizations in your local community that are best equipped to address your specific health and human services needs. This could include food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, or substance abuse treatment.
Sign up for updates by texting COVIDNC to 898211
National Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-985-5990 or text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746
Childcare guideline communication from North Carolina as well as from the CDC here.
North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence
919-956-9124 or visit https://nccadv.org/contact
Coronavirus Resources and Important Information
The Public School Forum of NC’s webpage offers a compiled list of articles and resources organized by topics including: education resources, student nutrition information and strategies, virtual learning, mental health information and strategies, physical health and strategies, school closures and cancellations. Link.
Injury Prevention Professionals Launch #StayAtHome
Injury prevention professionals are anticipating a possible increase in child maltreatment and unintentional injury in the home due to the increase in time families are spending at home, increased stress levels on family, potentially unsafe settings, and decreased visibility by those outside the home in the current COVID19 climate. While it will be important for researchers to study this over time, there are actions we can take now to address this issue. Injury prevention professionals around the US will be using #StayAtHomeSafety starting today to share resources and give families tips and activities they can do to help reduce the risk of these types of injuries.
Twitter chat participation and promotion Wednesday, March 25th will be the day the #StayAtHomeSafety will launch. You can start using it right away to promote the concept and the Twitter chat. Here are some other actions you can take to help families get information about this important topic.
Go to www.preventchildinjury.org/COVID19. This will be the place for all of the resources for this hashtag.
For the complete announcement, click this link: https://associationdatabase.com/aws/SAVIR/ebulletin/view_mail/160137/2270224