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COVID-19 Resources for Parents

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These trustworthy resources offer guidance for parents navigating COVID-19 with young children.


Birth-to-Five Helpline - Southwest Human Development
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Birth to Five Helpline is a free service open to all Arizona families with young children looking for the latest child development information from experts in the field. Topics include, but are not limited to: sleep, health and nutrition, safety, challenging behaviors, general child development, potty training, fussiness/colic, and parenting. 

Answering Your Young Child’s Questions about Coronavirus - Zero to Three
Age-appropriate responses to the common questions a toddler might have about coronavirus.

A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus - NPR Just for Kids
Illustrated comic based on a radio story. Print and fold a zine version, too.

Coronavirus and Kids: Resources from Save the Children - Save the Children
Tips and tools for families navigating extended school closures, including weekly learning activities.

COVID-19: Information for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs - American Academy of Pediatrics'
Things that parents can do to keep themselves, their families, and their children with special health care needs safe

Five TIps to Make the Most of VIdeo Chats - Zero to Three
Help children build relationships, communicate, and learn from loved ones on the screen.

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 - National Association of School Psychologists
Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.

Helping Children Cope with Coronavirus and Uncertainty - Harvard Graduate School of Education
Video addressing how caregivers can answer children’s questions while fostering a sense of safety.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus - PBS for Parents
Easy, helpful tools to practice healthy habits with children. 

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 - The National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network
This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic - Common Sense Media
Navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids.

Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis - Child Mind Institute
Tips from the Child Mind Institute’s clinicians to help calm fears, manage stress and keep the peace.

Talking with Children About COVID-19 - Bright Horizons
General guidelines, talking points, and answers to questions children may ask. 

Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events - American Academy of Pediatrics'
Guidance for filtering information about crises and present it in a way that their child can accommodate, adjust to, and cope with.

Wash Your Hands - CDC
A short child-friendly video about proper handwashing techniques, demonstrated by a child.

Why are people wearing masks? Why are people covering their Faces? - Zero to Three
Tips to answer tough questions toddlers may ask about COVID-19.