Resources for Families, Children, Youth

Created April 10, 2020, updated continually since then
Coordinated by Mary McClintock, Community Action Pioneer Valley
[
mmcclintock@communityaction.us]
If you have updates for this list, please send them to Mary.

In addition to these Family/Children/Youth-specific resources,
Check the COVID-19 Updates section of Look4Help to find help with food, money, housing, mental health, addiction/recovery, and many more resources.
https://www.look4help.org/guided-search/covid-19-updates-to-resources/ 

For Family and Friends of Families Experiencing Violence at Home:
Visit: https://bit.ly/SupportPeopleExperiencingViolenceAtHome 

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Community Action Pioneer Valley’s Family Center
https://www.communityaction.us/family-center
413.475.1555
The Family Center is operating remotely. Staff are available for individual family support and connecting people to needed resources by phone - call at 413.475.1555. We answer that line 9-5 Monday – Friday and can connect you to the appropriate service or staff person. Many of our group programs are being offered through Zoom meetings and we are providing additional content and connection through the Community Action Family Center Facebook page and new Early Childhood Resources Facebook group. Our support groups for moms (New Babies New Feelings and We Need A Break) and our group for youth of color (StandUp) are offered through video conferencing twice a week – call for a link to join in. Our current Parenting Journey cohort will continue through zoom. Staff are making wellness calls to our most vulnerable active participants and families. Our School Liaison is providing resource information and support options to our local school department. Our Clinician is available to assist participants navigate mental health support. ParentChild+ services are continuing through phone or video connection. Diaper distribution has moved to Community Action’s Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry that is currently operating from Federal Street Elementary School Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 4pm. Please call us at 413-475-1555 whether you have visited the Family Center in the past or it is your first time reaching out for support or connection.

Healthy Families. https://www.communityaction.us/healthy-families Staff continue providing ongoing support to participants through virtual visits. Referrals for young first time pregnant and parenting moms and dads (under age 21) can be submitted through the on-line form available on our website or by calling the listed program numbers. We cover Franklin County and the North Quabbin region as well as Hampshire County and the towns of Chester and Ludlow.

Community Action Pioneer Valley’s WIC Program
https://www.communityaction.us/wic
WIC is now holding online appointments instead of in-person visits. We are following the guidance from our funding source, USDA. If you are concerned about your WIC appointment for any reason, please call us for assistance. We will do our best to help all families navigate services. 413-367-1160

Community Action Pioneer Valley’s Head Start & Early Learning Program
We are still processing new applications. We serve children and families that reside in Franklin, Hampshire and Western Hampden Counties. We offer quality comprehensive services in our Head Start and Early Head Start:
•Full day and part day preschool classrooms
•Full day infant/toddler classrooms
•Home Visiting programs for pregnant Moms and children 0-5
Families can reach an Enrollment Counselor at 413-387-1250 or apply online at
www.communityaction.us.

Community Action Pioneer Valley’s Youth Program
https://www.communityaction.us/youth-programs
Please call for our latest program updates: 413-774-7028.
Community Action Pioneer Valley’s Youth Programs has suspended all in-person programming at this time, but we are continuing to provide our services remotely. Looking to get in contact with a member of our staff? Please visit our contact page<
https://www.communityaction.us/youth-programs-contact-us>, and send them an email! You can also leave a message at (413) 774-7028 and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
For our Young Adult Action Board, contact Myck LeMay at
mlemay@communityaction.us. 
To receive information about ShoutOut!, send an email to Lydia Davis at
ldavis@communityaction.us. 
For WIOA, contact Holly Kosisky (
hkosisky@communityaction.us) or Noemi Lasalandra (nlasalandra@communityaction.us).
Send an email to Noemi Lasalandra if you are looking for YouthWorks information.
If you are looking for the Young Parent Program, reach out to Jena Duncan at
jduncan@communityaction.us. We know these are tough times for everyone, and we would like to provide support to you as best we can.
VIRTUAL LGBTQIA+ YOUTH SUPPORT:
GenerationQ
, Every Tuesday & Wednesday For Ages 14-21, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Contact Lionheart at tlionheart@communityaction.us Or Text: 413-768-4159
GenerationQ Middle School For Middle School Age Youth Every Monday, 3:00 - 3:40 PM, Contact BJ Miller, jmiller@communityaction.us, Join us in a safe, online environment for games, discussions, movies, and more!

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Franklin County’s Resource List:
https://bbbs-fc.org/covid-19-resources-2/

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Emergency Childcare Directory that includes an interactive map and downloadable list:
https://eeclead.force.com/apex/EEC_ChildCareEmergencyFAQParents.  

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The Brick House
http://brickhousecommunity.org/ 

24 Third Street, Turners Falls
The Brick House offers support for basic needs and other supports as needed.
Family Services en español: Sandra / 413.824.1106

Family Services: Stacey / 413.800.2496

Youth Programming: Jane / 413.800.5705

Food/Community Resources: Aisha / 413.800.2208

The Brick House Family Support Services (Updated July 2020):

• Free Gill-Montague Regional School District breakfast/lunches & other local meal + produce donations

distributed Mon/Wed/Fri 1:10-2 pm. Available to anyone - no proof of income/residency required

• Teen Center drop-in hour on Zoom, Tu/Th 3:30-4:30 pm, Youth Social Distance Walk & Lunch, Wed at 12pm - For Zoom links visit facebook.com/brickhousecommunity

• Parenting support - call Stacey o llama a Sandra

• One-on-one support & referrals for families struggling with rent and utilities payments, help filing for unemployment, applying for food stamps and other claims.

• For more community resources, visit brickhousecommunity.org


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FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN ON AUTISM SPECTRUM TURNING 18
Turning 18 Checklist: http://autismhousingpathways.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Turning18checklist_04-20.pdf


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EARLY CHILDHOOD RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES:
All Babies Cry
Babies cry an average of two to three hours a day over the first six weeks - but there’s help! We want all parents to know that you are not alone. During this unprecedented pandemic, we are offering All Babies Cry free for everyone. Use the access code, COVID19, to get free, full access to all of our videos with practical advice from experts, parents, and grandparents.
https://www.allbabiescry.com/?fbclid=IwAR2DWFF0xrH3U8-ULh2zXhYxSp8E4uX7UMYGtGG3zHXv6tA_43-1bzxZOlg

One Tough Job
This website includes timely and relevant information for parents, including resources they can access based on their child’s age.  The website is also available in Spanish<http://espanol.onetoughjob.org/>. https://onetoughjob.org/

#COVIBOOK
This short book was developed to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. The recommendation is to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times.
Click here for the link to the #COVIBOOK<
https://www.mindheart.co/descargables> (open in Chrome)
Available for download in many languages including Spanish and Portuguese.

PBS How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
PBS has pulled together a variety of resources to help caregivers talk to kids about Coronavirus.
Click here for the link to PBS <
https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus>

The AAP Parenting Website
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/Pages/default.aspx
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/coronavirus.html
We have heard that many of your students are worried about the new coronavirus. We’ve created this collection to help you ease their fears and empower them with age-appropriate information. These teaching resources were carefully prepared by grade-level to help your students understand what is being done to keep them safe and how to prevent germs from spreading.

Children’s Institute Website
https://www.childrensinstitute.net/about-us/covid19-resources-for-families
This link provides resources on how to share information such as this with young children as well as other useful topics to help children and their families navigate through the current situation.

Tips for Parents of Young Children
Here's a 5 minute video that was produced for Somerville families, but which includes helpful tips for all parents of young children during these COVID times. Please pass this along!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGx_fsZiBl0&feature=youtu.be 

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YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS:
Community Action Pioneer Valley’s Youth Program
https://www.communityaction.us/youth-programs
Please call for our latest program updates: 413-774-7028.
Community Action Pioneer Valley’s Youth Programs has suspended all in-person programming at this time, but we are continuing to provide our services remotely. Looking to get in contact with a member of our staff? Please visit our contact page<
https://www.communityaction.us/youth-programs-contact-us>, and send them an email! You can also leave a message at (413) 774-7028 and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining our Generation Q programming, contact Tyanna Daniel Lionheart at TLionheart@communityaction.us.
For our Young Adult Action Board, contact Myck LeMay at mlemay@communityaction.us.
To receive information about ShoutOut!, send an email to Lydia Davis at ldavis@communityaction.us.
For WIOA, contact Holly Kosisky (hkosisky@communityaction.us) or Noemi Lasalandra (nlasalandra@communityaction.us).
Send an email to Noemi Lasalandra if you are looking for YouthWorks information.
If you are looking for the Young Parent Program, reach out to Jena Duncan at jduncan@communityaction.us. We know these are tough times for everyone, and we would like to provide support to you as best we can.

DIAL/SELF Youth and Family Services
413-774-7054
Check this site for current COVID-19 Updates:
http://dialself.org/COVID-19-updates.html 
We have changed our drop-in hours at our sites in Greenfield & Orange.
16 Miles Street, Greenfield: Monday 1pm-4pm, Wednesday 11am-4pm, Friday 11am-4pm
15-17 E. Main St, Orange: Tuesday 11am-4pm, Thursday 11am-4pm
We continue to encourage people to call in advance whenever possible to minimize in person contact, practice social distancing and reduce the risk of spreading COVID19.

Emergency housing supports
DIAL/SELF staff will continue to work with youth and young adults to help identify and support potential safe emergency housing options. If it is after normal business hours and you are a youth under the age of 25 who needs immediate help figuring out housing options you can call 413-774-7054 and dial option 8.



The Brick House
http://brickhousecommunity.org/ 
The Brick House offers support for basic needs and other supports as needed.
Family Services: 413-800-2496
We are offering bagged lunch and breakfast distribution (from Gill-Montague Schools) in front of the Brick House on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:15-1:45pm. A Brick House staff member is available during these times, and often has additional food and other supplies to hand out.  Please stop by! We want to hear how you are doing and how we can help.
Check out our
 Parent/Caregiver Virtual Support Group Wednesdays April 8th – May 27th
For other Parent and Family Support Services, (assistance with SNAP, unemployment applications, housing, and other concerns) contact Stacey at 413-800-2496
Staff will be available to text/call during regular business hours (9am-5pm)


Teen Center: Cell# 413-800-5705
The Teen Center is physically closed for regular drop-in hours due to COVID-19 precautions. Join Teen Center staff for virtual teen center drop-in hours on ZOOM from 2:30-3:30 pm Monday-Friday. We’d love to see you!
Teen center staff are available to talk and answer any concerns that come up for youth during this stressful time. Friend us on facebook  (Jane Brick House, Kaleb Brickhouse, and Dan Brickhouse) or call the
Teen Center cell# :413-800-5705.


 

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Entertainment and Health & Fitness:
https://myquarantinelist.bookmark.com/
This includes links to free online games, virtual museum tours, free movies to stream and live events being streamed online!

Staying Active at Home: Youth Physical Activity Resources

Staying Active at Home: Adult Physical Activity Resources

The YMCA is now offering 60 free classes online at https://ymca360.org/
Watch The Body Coach’s YouTube channel for weekly “kids workouts”
-If you or a loved one has limited mobility, join Miner Combat online at 10:30 every Monday and Wednesday for a FREE 20-30min activity that will take place entirely sitting. Dance from the waist up!
-Okay so this might be cheating, but if you have a treadmill you can take a virtual walk through
 Switzerland!

Yoga and Meditation
These pages will be providing guided yoga and meditation videos free to the public on their Facebook pages. Tune in live or watch at a later time! Follow them on Facebook and/or subscribe to their newsletters via email.

North Adams Yoga
Radiance Yoga
Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness (also on youtube)
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Museums/Parks
-Take a tour of Yellowstone National Park 
-Check out the
 U.S. Space and Rocket Center
-Travel to The Louvre Art Museum in Paris, France 
-Talk a walk on the Great Wall of China
-Explore Boston Children’s Museum
-Even take a trip to Mars!  
-Take a ride on some of Disney’s most popular attractions VIRTUALLY!
-For more virtual museum tours  click here!
-For more virtual national park tours go to Google Earth!
Clark Art Institute,  Clarkart.edu
We miss seeing you in our galleries...but that doesn't mean we can't share the collection with you!  Browse our collections and feel free to download images that inspire and delight you. Make your own gallery to brighten your home or simply print out an image and create your own postcard to send to others who need a moment of inspiration in their days!

Zoos and Farms
-Visit the San Diego Zoo virtually at kids.sandiegozoo.org
-See the animals on the farm on FarmFood 360’s website
-Check out the Cincinnati Zoo Facebook page every day at 3pm for a live-stream of their animals!
-See all types of sea creatures through the virtual tour on New England Aquariums website!
-Hang out with the Penguins at the Kansas City Zoo’s website!

-Live broadcasts from the National Aquarium at https://www.aqua.org/Experience/live

Education
-Check out LearnInColor.com for free educational websites and apps including:
Language: Duolingo
Math: Funbrain
Science: NASA Kids Club
Social Studies: Smithsonian for Kids
And more!!
Go to the Scholastic “
Learn at Home” website for, “day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing!”
Check out the Milwaukee with Kids website for two weeks of
 fun and easy science experiments!
Ranger Rick is offering free access to their
 website and magazine for the next few months!
Go to the
 CBRSD website to view at-home curriculum resources for students in pre-K through 12th.
Need guidance for teaching your child with disabilities?
 View this google doc for more info https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQkipDhVeU5Aq_5RF728qkeLXpwFWQ8vwcBC7KnPHrP35BG4H_AeTlMbX7FDl2qWIa2jX-_TBjRtmIH/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000&slide=id.p
Worried about too much screen time? Go to this website for some help and guidance 

Writing
-Quarantine Journal (document your everyday experiences and feelings)
-Gratitude Journal (Write at least 3 things you are grateful for every day)
-Tiny Buddha’s Worry Journal by Lori Deschene
https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/77447-virtual-writers

 

Reading:
-Olaf will read you a story every night! Follow @Josh Gad on Twitter!
-Work on speech and language at SpeechBuddy.Com
-Listen to stories read from
 Space!
https://greenfieldpubliclibrary.org/p/47/TumbleBooks-Library
TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.
-For Spanish speaking families, escuchar libros leídos en español, aqui
- Levar Burton Reads:  Twitter livestream@levarburton
Reading Rainbow’s Levar Burton reads for children and adults:
        Children: Mondays, 12:00 pm
        Young Adults: Wednesdays, 6:00 pm
        Adults:   Fridays, 9:00 pm

Just for Fun
-Calling all Harry Potter Fans! Click here to take part in a Harry Potter themed virtual escape room!
-Take a “Brain Break” by checking out
 these YouTube channels with “movement-encouraging” videos for kids!
-Stream live cooking classes via the “Made By Me Cooking School” Facebook page!  
Online resources for kids:
http://www.openculture.com/. There are links to so many great topics, tutorials, videos, etc... on a vast variety of cultural topics.

 

Theater and Music:
-Watch plays, musicals and more at SocialDistancingFestival.com
-Nightly Live-streams at Metopera.org
-Get a 7-day free trial of
 BroadwayHD in order to watch hit musicals and shows! 
-Love John Legend? He recorded a whole concert from his living room that you can watch by clicking this!
-Take music lessons from Mr. Rowe, music teacher at HVES

Art:
-Live “lunch time doodling” with Author/Illustrator Mo Williams on thekennedycenter.net - 1pm daily
-Go to The Best Ideas for Kids Facebook page to see
 100+ craft and art ideas plus other fun activities to do with your family! 
-Join Art therapist, Marney Shorr for “Coping with Art From Home” via Facebook on Tuesday and Friday mornings, 10-11:15am. Email her at marn73@hotmail.com  for more info
-Access free, online (and kid friendly)
 calligraphy lessons 
-Become a Disney “Imagineer”!
 Click here!  
-Improve your skills on Letsmakeart.com
-Create beautiful window displays for your neighbors! See how here