coronavirus covid-19

Resources for Families
As things develop quickly around COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and it’s impact on Siskiyou County, we will be continually adding local and other resources for families and caregivers to help with this challenging time.
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The following are resources to help families, children, and caregivers in our Siskiyou communities
cope with and learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic and response.

Activities for Children

First 5 California is a wealth of information and resources! Find Read, Talk, Sing, and Play activities for ages 0-5 that promote healthy brain development. First 5 California also has a Pinterest page with logs of wonderful ideas. Looking for a dance party? Try the First 5 Kids Station on Pandora.

KidsActivities.com
An entire list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings PLUS so much more!! Virtual field trips, screen-free activities, crafts, fun food projects — lots of printables and wonderful activities for kids! (for babies through 8th grade).

Find fun activities by age at ZERO TO THREE that you can do with your child (0-3years) at home with everyday materials. The activities can be found in English and Spanish.

Child Care

Essential Workers — If you are in need of child care during this time of crisis, please contact Margaret at Siskiyou Child Care Council by phone at 530.938.2748 or by email at mhoaglen@siskiyouchildcare.org.

Education & Literacy

WIDEOPENSCHOOL.ORG | We are a family | Schools are closed. Minds are wide open.
On April 1st, Common Sense Media announced the launch of a brand-new, free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning as a result of the coronavirus. We are still exploring the magnificence of this site – Wide Open School! It’s an inclusive portal to many wonderful resources for kids pre-k – 12th grade.

Looking to Learn? Explore.org is the world’s leading live nature cam network and documentary film channel. WOW!

From MindHeart ~ Manuela Molina created this short book (printable as a PDF at this site) to support and reassure children around the world regarding COVID-19. The author invites 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. It is recommended to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. Share COVIBOOK and help families ease children’s anxiety. You will find this book in many different languages at this website.

Entertainment

WIDEOPENSCHOOL.ORG | We are a family | Schools are closed. Minds are wide open.
On April 1st, Common Sense Media announced the launch of a brand-new, free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning as a result of the coronavirus. We are still exploring the magnificence of this site – Wide Open School! It’s an inclusive portal to many wonderful resources for kids pre-k – 12th grade.

Looking to Learn? Explore.org is the world’s leading live nature cam network and documentary film channel. WOW!

Common Sense Media Resources for Families and Educators during COVID-19  ~  from First 5 Association

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus
“Research shows that just being in the presence of a compassionate, safe adult can help kids calm down. As families, we can be “that person” for each other…..” | PBS KIDS for Parents

Four Things to Do Every Day for Your Mental Health
Make time in your schedule for these core human needs.

TIPS FOR COPING DURING THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS (for all those who live with, care for, or teach children) This list was put together after an information gathering/brainstorming session with College of the Siskiyous Mentor Teachers. It is intended to inspire early care and education providers, parents, and all those in a helping role to practice self-care while helping children and adults through stressful times. 

Are you experiencing a mental health crisis? Call the Access/Crisis Line at 1-800-842-8979
24-hours a day, 7 days a week, for confidential help.

Siskiyou County Behavioral Health provides a broad range of mental health and substance use disorder services.

 

Parenting Resources

WIDEOPENSCHOOL.ORG | We are a family | Schools are closed. Minds are wide open.
On April 1st, Common Sense Media announced the launch of a brand-new, free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning as a result of the coronavirus. We are still exploring the magnificence of this site – Wide Open School! It’s an inclusive portal to many wonderful resources for kids pre-k – 12th grade.

How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus
“Research shows that just being in the presence of a compassionate, safe adult can help kids calm down. As families, we can be “that person” for each other…..” | PBS KIDS for Parents

Emotions & Self-Awareness/ Development for Kids
When kids develop a strong emotional toolkit, they are better able to handle the ups and downs of life. As parents, we can help children name their feelings, understand them and develop strategies for expressing them in healthy ways. | PBS KIDS for Parents

First 5 California is a wealth of information and resources! Find Read, Talk, Sing, and Play activities for ages 0-5 that promote healthy brain development. First 5 California also has a Pinterest page with logs of wonderful ideas. Looking for a dance party? Try the First 5 Kids Station on Pandora.

Talking to Children about COVID-19
CDC: Talking with children about Coronavirus
Child Mind Institute (also available in Spanish)
PBS Parents
New York Times: How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
National Public Radio (NPR): A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Understood (resources for kids and adults with learning differences or disabilities)
The Autism Educator: What is the coronavirus?
Autism Little Learners: Why do I have to stay at home?

Free Resources for the classroom and home – from Lakeshore Learning

Talking to Children about Coronavirus in Developmentally Appropriate Ways

How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus

“Research shows that just being in the presence of a compassionate, safe adult can help kids calm down. As families, we can be “that person” for each other…..”

 

Emotions & Self-Awareness/ Development for Kids

When kids develop a strong emotional toolkit, they are better able to handle the ups and downs of life. As parents, we can help children name their feelings, understand them and develop strategies for expressing them in healthy ways.PBS KIDS for Parents

Yesterday (April 1, 2020) Common Sense Media announced the launch of a brand-new, free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning as a result of the coronavirus. We are still exploring the magnificence of this site – Wide Open School! It’s an inclusive portal to many wonderful resources for kids pre-k – 12th grade. 
How Dual-Career Couples Can Work Through the Coronavirus Crisis
“….my research shows that the couples who survive crises with their relationship and careers intact are those who discuss and agree on certain principles as the crisis begins. These should capture what matters most to them, what they need and want to achieve, what they need from each other, and what they must give in return.
#StayHomeSaveLives covid19.ca.gov

Californians are required to stay at home except for essential needs. What’s open? What’s closed? Find out here.

We must all work together to keep California healthy so that we can get back to normal as soon as possible.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Surgeon General of California, explains how to talk with your children about coronavirus and gives practical tips to starting the conversation.
YouTube – March 24, 2020

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Social Distancing

To stop the spread of coronavirus, health officials have instructed the public to practice social distancing — staying home, avoiding crowds and refraining from touching one another.

Some questions and answers about social distancing …
After a week of coronavirus confusion, California foster families get some guidance 

– Teri Sforza – The Mercury News – 3/22
Parental dilemmas abound in the thick of the coronavirus crisis. But foster parents juggle an extra layer of complexity as they try to protect their young charges — and still honor court-ordered visits with biological families eager to get those children back.

Food Safety and Coronavirus:
A Comprehensive Guide.
Questions about COVID-19 and food safety, answered. Published: Very helpful.
Please share with others.
We are all teachers now: resources for parents and kids cooped up at home  ~  More than 861 million children are learning from home now, as schools globally shutter to try and slow the spread of Covid-19.
Parents are all teachers now. A Quartz team made up of education reporters, former teachers, and parents have compiled useful resources to help parents navigate this transition. (Anderson, 3/20/20)

 

Handling Your Kid’s Disappointment When Everything is Cancelled ~By

School and events are shutting down, impacting children in unexpected ways. Here’s how to deal with the letdown.

A Word

From Our Executive Director

” We encourage you to please take good care of yourself and your families, read together, talk about your day, sing silly songs, dance spontaneously, play music, eat healthy foods, and stay active!
It feels more important than ever to draw on one another’s strength and compassion, share our voices, stay informed, and uplift and encourage each other. We want to know how you are doing and how we can help. Please feel welcome to contact me at (530) 261-1297.

Stay well — let’s work to stay together even when we have to be apart.”

– Karen Pautz