Resources for Parents with Kids at Home

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All schools in Michigan are currently closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students, teachers, and faculty. While this is a necessary measure to help practice social distancing and flatten the curve, this unprecedented crisis has left many parents unprepared.

There are many helpful resources for parents with kids unexpectedly out of school, from free websites for learning at home to talking about the pandemic with kids. Explore the resources below to learn more.


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At Home Education Resources

AT&T Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund and Khan Academy

AT&T created the Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund to give parents, students and teachers tools they need for at-home learning. The fund also will provide resources to maintain meaningful connections and bonding opportunities for those isolated from family and friends. The $10 million Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund is launching today with its first contribution of $1 million to Khan Academy.

  • Khan Academy Resources: Available in more than 40 languages, Khan Academy offers educational practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers students to study at home. Khan Academy also offers free tools for teachers and parents to help them track student progress.

Audible 

View a free collection of stories for kids to stream while schools are closed

Bright Horizons

#FirstRespondersFirst has brought together Harvard School of Public Health, Thrive Global, CAA, and Bright Horizons to open special child care hubs to meet the needs of our first responders who need, first and foremost, to respond to the needs of their own young children. Learn more. 

Bright Horizons also launched a World at Home site that is full of activities for infants through early elementary-aged children.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden 

Home Safari Resources

Comcast Business

They have created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media, as well as a collection of the most current news and information on Coronavirus on X1 and Flex. Both collections are easy to find by saying “Education” or “Coronavirus” into the X1 or Flex remote. Learn more here and here.

Detroit Public TV 

Learning at Home During the COVID-19 Crisis

Doorway to College Foundation

Free and Reduced Price At-Home Learning Resources for Pre-College Programs and Students

ExcelinEd 

Links to home-based free learning resources to help parents care for families during COVID-19.

Kids Activities Blog 

Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings

NESCA 

Making the Most of COVID-19 School Closures

Rosetta Stone 

Get free access to Rosetta Stone for students for the next three months

Scholastic 

Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing

We Are Teachers 

60+ Awesome Websites for Teaching and Learning Math

More from the Chamber: 7 Homeschooling Items for Your At-Home Classroom


Talking to Kids About COVID-19 and Mental Health

Anxiety and Depression Association of America 

How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus

Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children

Child Mind Institute 

COVIBOOK 

#COVIBOOK: This free book by Manuela Molina is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation

Harvard Health Publishing 

How to Talk to Teens About the New Coronavirus

NPR 

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

UNICEF 

How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19)


Project Play Southeast Michigan

During these uncertain times, Project Play Southeast Michigan will share information to help families and kids stay active and engaged during the COVID-19 outbreak, including fun ideas for parents and children to continue to play inside and safely outside and inspirational messages on how to stay strong as we #StopTheSpread and #SupportEachOther. Learn more.

Read below for tips to keep up activity levels during COVID-19.

Keeping Kids Active and Engaged

Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Family

View activities with and without screen time that require limited supplies.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation videos for kids

GoNoodle

Engages kids with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts

Playworks Michigan: Play at Home Playbook

Games assembled for kids playing at home proven to get kids moving, while teaching them social-emotional skills like cooperation and conflict resolution.

PBS Kids

8 Indoor Activities to Release Kids’ Energy

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, a partner of Project Play, is collecting information on how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting youth sports to help create resources that will be most valuable to families during this time. They are launching a new series of weekly reports and newsletters and developing webinar content for parents, coaches, and leaders. Read more and take the survey.

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