COVID-19 Response

Resources for Parents

Learning and Literacy:

 

Scholastic Online Resource

Scholastic is offering free online courses so your kids can keep learning while schools are closed

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Free Literacy Resources for Emergent Readers

Free pdf versions of site word-based readers

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Pima County Public Library

Free streaming and book services with a library card

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Make Way for Books

Download their app for great books you can share together right on your phone or tablet as well as literacy activities you can do with what you already have at home.

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Art & Entertainment

Doodle with Mo Willems

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Directed Drawing Videos

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Virtual Field Trips

Take a Tour of these places!

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Six local businesses offering take-home crafting and painting
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Free online activities for kids during school closures

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50 Online Art and Music Resources

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Free Online Learning Links

Below you will find links to age-appropriate activities to explore with your children while in the safety of your own home. Learning best takes place when there is positive parent-child interaction and hands-on learning opportunities. 
Infants:
Click here and here for some fun activities to do at home with your infant.
Toddlers:
Click here and here for some fun activities to do at home with your toddler.
Preschoolers: 
Click here and here for some fun activities to do at home with your preschooler.
School-age:
Click here and here for some fun activities to do at home with your school-age child.
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Helpful Resources from First Things First

First Things First, Arizona’s early childhood agency, is committed to providing parents and caregivers with information and resources to support families with young children as our communities continue to be impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

As families spend more time at home, FTF has rounded up some resources that remind parents that everyday moments matter most when it comes to young children’s development. These include:

 Helping your child learn through play https://www.firstthingsfirst.org/resources/learnthroughplay/

 Boosting learning through active, outdoor play
https://www.firstthingsfirst.org/first-things/active-outdoor-play-boosts-learning/

 Building a love of math and science early
https://www.firstthingsfirst.org/first-things/build-love-of-math-science-early/

Developing language and literacy skills
https://www.firstthingsfirst.org/resources/language-and-literacy/  

In addition, below are some resources to help you support your toddler or preschooler during the coronavirus health crisis. A top tip when talking with young children about any difficult situation? Keep it simple and age-appropriate. For example, “We’re taking a break from playing with others so we can all stay healthy.”

Birth to Five Helpline

The Birth to Five Helpline is a program of Southwest Human Development and is partially funded by First Things First. It is a free service available to all Arizona families and caregivers of young children. 

Having someone to talk with or lend an empathetic ear is more important than ever, and the helpline’s early childhood experts are available by phone, text or email to answer any parenting questions, from basic health and nutrition to how to handle challenging behaviors and more. Helpline specialists can also help you think about how to talk with children in an appropriate way about what is going on in our world and all you are doing to keep them and their families safe. Birth to Five Helpline specialists are available by phone/text at 877-705-KIDS (5437) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or you can send a message online. 

Talking to young kids about coronavirus

Our partners at ZERO TO THREE offer several excellent resources and tips for families, including age-appropriate responses to common questions and activities for young children while social distancing. https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-coronavirus

Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other

The early learning experts at Sesame Street know that children thrive with structure in their lives and learn best through play. This site provides content, resources and ideas to offer comfort and spark playful learning moments. https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring

PBS Kids for Parents

PBS Kids offers a wealth of helpful articles and videos, including, how to talk to your kids about coronavirus: (https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus) and how you and your kids can de-stress during coronavirus: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-you-and-your-kids-can-de-stress-during-coronavirus

 

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Resources will continue to be added as they are known.

 

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