COVIBOOK: Use this free short book to support and reassure your young children in regards to COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. Available in English, Spanish, and 20 other languages.
How To Talk To Your Kids About Coronavirus: This article from PBS Kids is inspired by Mr. Rogers’ who famously explained: “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.” It provides great guidance on how to talk to kids about the virus in developmentally appropriate ways.
Talking to Kids About Coronavirus: This article from Smarter Parenting Blog addresses the importance of managing your own emotions so you don’t project worry that can increase your children’s anxiety and feelings of insecurity.
How to talk to your child about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): This article by UNICEF provides 8 tips to help comfort and protect children in the midst of COVID-19.
My Kid’s School is Closed, So Now What? How do you support your children’s social, emotional and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic? And how do you stay sane yourself in the process? This article shares helpful strategies for staying home and staying calm during the many days and weeks ahead.
PBS Kids to the Rescue! Introducing the PBS KIDS Daily Newsletter
As schools across the country are closing due to COVID-19, PBS KIDS is a great resource. Next week, they will introduce a new newsletter, with activities and tips you can use to play and learn at home with your child. From special episodes to recipes, and activities to crafts, they will share tips each day for your family to enjoy from shows like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Pinkalicious & Peterrific and more. Subscribe today to begin receiving daily updates Monday through Friday from your friends at PBS KIDS.
National Geographic offers resources for families with children at home. Keep their brains engaged with science experiments, homework resources, cute videos, and more.
Virtual field trips: Take the kids on virtual fields trips to zoos, museums, and more with the links provided.
EdNavigator will post a daily update of “One Great Thing” to do with your kids each day.
Unite for Literacy offers hundreds of free children’s books online. Offered in both English and Spanish!
COVID-19 Resource Guide for Boston’s Immigrants – English: These resources, provided by the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, are available to everyone, regardless of citizenship status.
Free Breakfast and Lunch for BPS students. The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free meals to all youth and teens at various locations and times across the City.
Rosie’s Place (889 Harrison Ave) is currently open providing lunch and dinner daily. Our food pantry is open Mon-Fri. Women can discuss other programs available via phone/email on our helpline.
Parents Helping Parents offers 24/7 support through their parental stress line. CALL: 800-632-8188
Expensify is devoting all of their resources to a new program: matching SNAP grocery purchases up to $50 per family. Click to find out more.
Union Capital Boston: Do you live in the Greater Boston area? Are you in need of financial support due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) either because of school closings or lost wages? Union Capital may be able to help. Click the link to find out more.
211 Resource Hotline: Resource hotline providing assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services. Visit the 211 COVID-19 Resource Page or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help.
Comcast Internet Essentials, a low-cost, home internet package for qualifying individuals and households, is now free for the first two months.
Access from AT&T is a low-cost, home internet package for qualifying individuals and households. No COVID-19 reduction but still an affordable price.
Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA): If your job has been impacted by COVID-19, please visit the Massachusetts DUA to see if you qualify for unemployment benefits.
If you do not qualify for Massachusetts unemployment benefits, you may qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance through the federal government. Please visit their website for more information.
It is important to view trusted sources of information to keep you and your family safe. Find information here:
City of Boston: Text 99411 with the following key words to receive text alerts from the city: