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Resources for Parents during Coronavirus

Admin note: more editors needed! Would love additional resources for non-english speakers, more links for the younger kids, etc. Email to get involved.

This guide will be an ongoing, crowdsourced list of resources for parents during the pandemic. Our goal is to help each class work together — whether it’s creating emergency childcare teams, keeping the kids connected and happy during a shutdown, providing resources for homeschooling, or helping everyone get the food/supplies they need, we want to include it. Have additions/suggestions? Email them to

** Please include visible links whenever possible: not everyone will have internet access all the time, and that will allow this guide to be printed and sites accessed later. Thanks! **


*Coronavirus Resources Aggregate List – NY-focused list of community resources, volunteer opportunities, ways to donate to local orgs, etc. 

NYC schools - includes updates, closure info, and grade-specific activities:

Grab-and-go meals are available at all NYC schools until 1:30 PM each day this week. YOU CAN GO TO ANY SCHOOL, not just yours.

Kid-friendly visual explainer for why we social distance from the Washington Post, using bouncing balls:

Stay Connected


Make sure to have printed, updated class contact lists

Create phone trees/text lists, in case school closes suddenly for emergency cleaning

No home internet? ATT and Charter are both offering free 60-day internet for anyone working or learning from home. Charter


Kid-safe chat programs -- Common Sense Media has recommendations by age here:

Google classroom/shared google files

Cornell University Social Media Test Drive, friend from there says "It lets kids practice social media in an environment that's not permanent"

General ways to stay connected online

Create a class-wide Slack - lets you carry on group conversations in useful (or just stress-relieving) channels. Can have a ‘supplies’ channel, funny pics, news and updates, educational ideas etc.

Another chat option is Discord -- it also allows you to share your screen with others. One person can stream a movie, and up to 49 others can join in, watch together, and chat along!

Video chat options: Zoom (great for groups of kids!) FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facebook Messenger Kids.

Helping families who aren’t digital natives get set up with remote learning:

Sharing here something that we at PS 139 have developed and shared with other local schools to provide support for parents who are not digital natives to get set up with remote learning. For many families, a language barrier combined with a lack of experience with the internet may combine into a barrier to their kids accessing remote learning - even if the kids receive a device and an internet connection through the DOE. Here’s what we did:

  • We set up a dedicated internet based number on that parents can text
  • We have a team of bilingual parents who are internet familiar and who speak the languages spoken by families in our school, who can call back and walk through them through getting Google classroom and other resources set up.
  • We use a Google sheet to assign and track the requests
  • We shared with teachers and school staff, with other school parent associations, and on our school and community mutual aid FB pages
  • If anyone wants to talk through the mechanics of setting this up, feel free to reach out to me at 

Shared childcare in the event of school closings

- Create a google doc signup template

- Calendar/availability template -- BEFORE classes close, people can say “i can take 3 kids on Mondays” for example

- Guidelines for small gatherings -- scroll down

- Emergency childcare by furloughed artists and performers -- link TK

Communal shopping in bulk

Bulk shopping is efficient, affordable, and minimizes trips to the store. But many people don’t have either space to store or financial resources to buy a lot at one time, even if it’s ultimately much cheaper. So sharing bulk purchasing with fellow parents can be great! Find someone who has a costco membership, someone who has space to store/distribute, and create a shared shopping list.

Sharing supplies

Have 7000 rolls of TP but no bleach? No judgement -- someone in your class probably bought that 5-gallon bucket of bleach at Costco but forgot the paper goods. Set up a sharing spreadsheet to allow for exchange. (Template TK)

Educational resources

General resources

Open Culture – Free textbooks. Amazing movies and audiobooks. Links to endless free online courses by some of the greatest professors. Foreign language lessons. Incredible stuff. And it’s all FREE. Lots of content for K-12.

Homeschooling – New York City Home Educators' Alliance (note- $42 fee to join for a year, may take a while, supposedly very good forums)

Most local libraries offer extensive digital resources that remain available. Check yours. Some large ones: NYPL, Brooklyn, Queens

Weekly newsletter from PBS kids with activities and ideas

Scholastic: 20 days of at home lessons for families

Educational companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings

Social and emotional learning resources from parents who are teachers

CK-12 Foundation – Age-specific online learning in all subjects

Khan Academy – Free, comprehensive courses and learning resources

Khan Academy Kids - App-based lessons for ages 2–7


ReadWorks, free library of content, curriculum and tools for grades K-12

International Children’s Digital Library – books from around the world in multiple languages

(more coming soon, by age)

PBS Digital Media: Grade 6-12 ELA

SparkNotes – Guides to literature; read summaries along with your (generally) grade 6+ student; full text of classic works

Project Gutenberg – over 60,000 free online books


Good ol' EngageNY (Official NY state ELA & Math curriculum for grades preK-12)

GAIM sample competitions (accelerated math grades 3-8, fun graphic novel format)

Bedtime Math for Families – daily word problems

PS 321 Math Site – Downloadable/printable math games and other resources

Khan Academy – Courses by grade (including Engage module support), and by subject

youcubed – Inquiry-based challenge problems and lessons

Embarc Online – Eureka Math lessons and support materials for parents


“We recommend that your child keep a journal and write daily. They are welcome to continue working on pieces and ideas they started in class but they can also write what's of interest to them, including letters, poems, songs, fiction pieces, and essays about books they are reading.”—Free online writing and grammar activities for students in grades 3-12


The American Museum of Natural History offers an amazing kids’ science website called OLogy, with games, stories, and tons of educational content in a kid-friendly design.

PS 321 Science Bulletin

Physics Central, run by the American Physical Society: experiments, videos, and cool comic books!

Their comic book series is here:

National Geographic Kids – experiments, fun facts, etc.

“But Why” podcast special episode: viruses, coronavirus explainer, and soap!:

Everyone’s favorite why-wash-your-hands experiment:

50 fun science experiments for kids using household stuff:

At-home science resources from parents who are teachers.

Watching the planet while stuck in the house: a list by Erik Klemetti

PBS Learning Media:

Grade 3-5 Science

Grade 6-12 Science:

Grade 9-12 Science:

Free coding sites/games for kids

Foreign language learning

Duolingo – 93 courses in 23 languages

Mango Languages – More than 70 languages. Free with some library memberships (Brooklyn!), sign up currently free to schools

Open Culture language learning roundup: various collected courses and resources


TED-Ed Video Playlist Master List: a huge list of kid-friendly educational/fun videos for all age levels. If you desperately need a break while still feeling like it’s “educational” time, this is your spot. The videos: The spreadsheet list:

MIT K-12:

Physics Girl:

The Kid Should See This: aggregates interesting, kid-friendly videos focusing on science, art, technology, and more.

Pixel Academy Science Livestream:

Arts Resources

Ideas for videos to post for Art:


Google Art Project: A new tool that gives you access to more than 1,000 works of art appearing in 17 great museums across the world.

ArtThink: Created by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this site offers theme-based activities in visual arts, language arts, history and social studies.

Movenet – Video library for dance educators. Dance on film: all kinds.

Super Make-It: Extraordinary craft projects made from everyday supermarket items

Art Hub for Kids offers online drawing and other art lessons.

Qubits Polyhedron project – awesome homemade science/hands-on activity!

Cassie Stephens: Favorite Lessons for Home-Based Art Education (She also has a great YouTube channel FYI)

Weekly live art lessons: Lunch Doodles with Mo WIllems!

Free Comfort coloring pages to print:

Podcasts for Kids

Younger kids

Tumble Science Podcast

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian

WOW in the World

Story Pirates

Earth Rangers

Pants on Fire

Circle Round:

Brains On!

Forever Ago (History)

Noodle Loaf

NY Times: A Big List Of Podcasts for Little Kids


The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

Young Ben Franklin

Six Minutes

Science Vs

Others on


Radio Rookies

The Spanish Experiment: Well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker

Daily stuff online

1 PM EST: Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Episodes will remain online for later streaming, and you can send your artwork and Q’s to for future episodes.

2 PM EST M-F: Oliver Jeffers reads and discusses one of his books.

2 PM EST: Studio JKK leads a daily art/drawing activity for kids online.

3 PM EST: Mac Barnett reads his books to kids on Insta live. Each episode stays up 24 hours.

3 PM EST: Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari Facebook Live

3/18 11AM PST: FBlive drawing session with Ben Clanton of Narwhal and Jelly:

Printable Worksheets

Great Schools worksheets for Pre-k to 5th grade:

Advocate for others

Help the larger community, make sure kids without access to computers etc. don’t get forgotten

How to form a mutual aid group, with invitation template:

Resources for kids with expanded needs

CDC Guidance for provision of services for students with IEPs and 504s

Outfitting a Home for a Child on the Autism Spectrum:

Stress-reducing Activity Ideas

Staying Active

Fun fitness ideas -- kids yoga links, GoNoodle, non-contact fitness games

Cosmic Kids Yoga on Youtube- for younger/early elementary

Couch to 5K for kids - here is one family oriented training plan:

Go Noodle -- short videos, fun way to get moving. Lots of content.


How to work from home during the time of social distancing

Social story to explain to kids why they are home from school from Kate Friedman:

Social Story to explain to talk to younger ones about when someone is sick in their home from  Kate Friedman:

How to talk to your kids about Covid-19:

Fred Rogers Center: talking to your kids about Coronavirus:

What Are the Rules for Play Dates During the Coronavirus Crisis?:

Parenting during coronavirus: What to know about play dates, education and more, Washington Post:

Can we do Playdates in Pandemic?

Work at Home Parent Tips, 5 Ways to Involve Your Child in Your Career (Molly- maybe these kinds of things belong elsewhere? -LD)

How to Survive Quarantine with Kids, Family Coach:

Lots of resources from homeschooling parent of 3 @christiemegill

NYTimes Parenting (all ages): How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus

PBSKids “How to talk to kids”: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

Young Children (from Tips for Families: Talking About the Coronavirus for school-age kids: Coronavirus

“Just for Kids” comic from NPR: What Kids Want To Know About Coronavirus: An Original Comic : Goats and Soda

Trauma-Informed Guide for Families (multiple ages): Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 
(Age-specific recommendations on helping kids cope start on p4)

Shared childcare guide

  • Resources aren’t distributed evenly -- time, money, space, willingness to teach, and secret stashes of Pirate Booty all have value, and should be respected as such
  • Set clear guidelines, and stick to them. Arrive and leave at the pre-arranged times
  • If anyone in the family is ill in any way, *do not participate in shared programs* unless pre-arranged
  • Talk to your kids about the new rules: it will be important to practice social distancing even in small groups