COVID-19 Tips & Resources for Families with Young Children
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, First 5 LA will be gathering information and sharing resources and tips to help families. View below for a list of categories/resources:
COVID-19 & Parenting/Families:
- Social Distancing –– And Connection
- Screen Time During Quarantine and Beyond
- Co-Parenting during COVID-19: 7 Guidelines to Help Divorced Parents
- Demystifying “Shelter-In-Place”
- LA Forward Crisis Response Guide: For Families & Parents
- World Health Organization: Healthy Parenting & COVID-19
- Zero to Three: Tips for Families
- CNN: How to Coronavirus-Proof Your Home
- AARP: 3 Ways to Save Lives and Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 (Español)
- KPCC: No Panic Guide to Making Homemade Masks with Kids
- CNN: The Power of Family Dance Parties When the World is “Falling Apart”‘
- Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors: Resources for Families (Español)
- Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors: Heath and Safety Information Flyers
- Sesame Street Communities: Resources for Dealing with Health Emergencies
- WHO: Preparing for a Long Hot Summer with COVID-19
- Moms LA: What’s “Open” in Los Angeles for Families
- Resources for LAUSD Students/Families
- LAUSD Latest Information: https://achieve.lausd.net/resources
- First 5 LA: Resources for Virtual Learning, ECE Professionals and LAUSD Students/Families
- Free Resources Provided During School Closures
- LAUSD IT Help Desk (Call 213-241-5200)
- 60 LAUSD “Grab-and-Go” Food Resources Centers
Resources for Free Internet:
- Resources to Get Families Online
- L.A County has set up a wifi locator tool. To use, visit: findwifi.lacounty.gov and view this flyer for additional information.
- L.A. County Libraries are offering free printing, laptop and mobile hot-spot kits. For more information on participating libraries, visit: https://lacountylibrary.org/express-service/ For printing information, visit: https://lacountylibrary.org/print/
Tips for talking to your child about COVID-19:
- PBS: How to talk to young children about COVID 19
- NPR: Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring Coronavirus
- National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children about COVID-19
- Center for Disease Control: Talking to Children about COVID-19
- Sesame Street Communities: Talking About COVID-19
- Sesame Street Communities: Comfort Strategies
- Sesame Street Communities: Managing Uncertainty and a “For-Now” Normal
- Sesame Street Communities: “For-Now” Routines for Parents and Kids
- Something Strange Happened in my City: A social story about the coronavirus pandemic for children
- Sticky: A Germ’s Story
- A Germ Called “Coronavirus” – A short book for kids (Español)
- COVID-19 Health Literacy Project: Fact Sheet for Kids Ages 3-6 (English)
Information related to the COVID-19 vaccine & kids:
Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can:
- Be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19
- Get sick from COVID-19
- Spread COVID-19 to others
CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. People who are fully vaccinated can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what you and your child or teen can do when you have been fully vaccinated. Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
Virtual and Indoor Activities For Kids:
- Explore.com Live Cams: View different live scenes from around the world!
- Free “Virtual” Museum Visits
- Moms LA: Virtual Summer Camps
- Creating Healthy Exercise Routines During Quarantine
- Child 360: How to Spot STEAM at Home!
- Child 360: Home Activities for Families with Young Children
- Activities for Parents and Children During the COVID-19 Quarantine
- Nickelodeon “Kids Together” Information
- Aquarium Live! – Online academy to learn about the ocean with online educators and interactive programs
- Los Angeles Zoo: Bringing the Zoo to You
- Virtual Zoo Event: Wild for the Planet
- California Science Center – Stuck at Home Science Activities – Free educational activity guides and videos are designed for families to explore, investigate and have fun learning together without leaving home. All activities use easy-to-find household supplies and are appropriate for a variety of ages.
- Sesame Street Communities: Learning At Home – Brain Builders Games
- National Parks Live Cams & Ranger Talks
- Watch Live Music with Levitt LA! Check out their Instagram page: www.instagram.com/levitt.la
- LA Yoga: Parker Pig Goes to the Beach Yoga for Kids!
- MOMA: Free Online Art Classes from Home
- LA Times: Guide to the Internet
- Michelle Obama’s Monday Story Time Series! Learn more here.
- LAist: Here’s a guide to all the online activities for kids we could find
- Two Bit Circus Foundation – Live STEAM-based projects, every M-F at 10 a.m. Watch at https://www.twitch.tv/twobitcircusorg
- Virtual Arboretum Garden Visits! https://www.arboretum.org/digital-arboretum/at-home-adventures/
- Gardening with Kids!
- PBS: Activities at Home: Ramp and Roll in the Hallway
- PBS: Cupcake Math: It’s a Piece of Cake!
- PBS: Family Math Activity: Practice Place Value at Playtime! (Spanish)
- PBS: How to Unwind After Teaching Online
Keeping Kids Physically Active During Shelter-At-Home Orders:
- Sedentary lockdowns put kids at risk for obesity. Here’s how to help them stay moving: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/12/health/pandemic-obesity-kids–wellness/index.html
- Bike Riding: Biking is a fun way to explore your neighborhood, get exercise and help your child practice motor skills. Be sure to practice safety by wearing a helping and educating yourself on safe streets. For more information on how to cycle safety, visit: https://www.safety.com/cyclists-road-safety/
- Wild Open School
- California Department of Education: Distance Learning Resources
- Common Sense Media – Learning Resources in Spanish
- Audible.com: Free Audio Stories – Instantly stream a collection of audio stories, including titles across six different languages.
- Common Sense Education: Virtual Learning Tools
- Common Sense Media – Virtual Learning for Special Needs
- Elementary Online Learning Resources
- Middle and High School Online Learning Resources
- K-12 Online Learning Resources
- Remote Learning and Virtual Classroom Platforms
- Mazzam – Educational resource that utilizes classical music. Free until June 30th!
- Sesame Street Communities: Learning At Home – Science
- Sesame Street Communities: Learning At Home – Math
- Sesame Street Communities: Learning At Home – Reading
- PBS: 8 Audiobooks and Podcasts to “Read Aloud” for Kids
- PBS: 3 Fun Ways to Build Science Skills in the Summer
- PBS: Downloadable Digital Backpacks – Science
- PBS: 5 Creative Activities to Explore Core Subjects Through the Arts
- PBS: 3 Ways to Play with Math in the Summer
- PBS: Downloadable Digital Backpacks – Math & Social Emotional Learning sheets in English & Spanish
- PBS: A Teacher’s Game Plan for Easing Into a New Online School Year
- PBS: Discovering Joy in Books: Tips for Families of Reluctant Readers
- PBS: Radio Storytime: A Librarian’s Solution to a Pandemic Problem
- PBS: Libraries Closed? Low-Cost Options to Keep Kids Reading
- PBS: Fun Family Math: Make a Stick Puppet
- PBS: 4 Distance Learning Tools for an Inclusive, Engaging Classroom
- PBS: Using Screen Time to Grow Social and Language Skills for Your Child with Autism
- (Just for Fun) Vox: The Hell that is Remote Learning, Explained in a Comic
- PBS: Three Easy Kids Activities for Fun Outdoor Math: Mud Pies, Fairy Potions and Footprint Measurement
- PBS: Abracadabra! Find the Magic of Math with These Simple Mathematical Tricks
- PBS: Five Ways Early Educators Can Make Math Fun, According to an Early Education Researcher
- PBS: Easy Tips and Tricks to Add a Little Math to Six Nostalgic Kids Games
- PBS: Basic Math Skills: How to Use a Deck of Cards to Practice Counting and Sorting with Kids
- PBS: 10 Easy Ways to Add Math Twists to Everyday Family Activities
- PBS: 10 formas fáciles para darle giros matemáticos a actividades familiares cotidianas
- PBS: Family Math Activity: Take Part in a Family Relay Race!
Resources for ECE Professionals:
- LACOE: COVID-19 Resources for ECE
- First 5 LA: Resources for ECE Professionals, LAUSD Families and Virtual Learning
- Sesame Street Communities: Professional Development
Resources for Finding Child Care:
- Child Care Alliance Los Angeles – Resource and Referral Search
- California’s State Website for Finding Childcare: https://mychildcare.ca.gov/#/home
- Mayor Garcetti’s Childcare Connection for Front-Line Responders: https://corona-virus.la/Childcare
Mental Health Resources:
- California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief for Caregivers and Kids during COVID-19
- California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief During COVID-19
- Calming Down Anxiety During COVID-19
- California’s COVID-19 Resource Site: Emotional Stress Hotlines
- World Health Organization: Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
- Child Trends: Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019
- LA Forward Crisis Response Guide: Mental Health
- ACEs Aware: COVID-19 & Stress
- Los Angeles Department of Mental Health: Resource Brochure
- Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook
- Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Network
- Today: 13 books for helping ease kids’ anxiety about coronavirus
- First Aid for Your Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety
- Sesame Street Communities: When Kids Miss Their Friends
- Sesame Street Communities: Feeling Worry
- Meditation for Kids: https://www.vibrasmeditation.com/
- ACEs Connections: Resources for parents, educators and people practicing resilience
- More ACEs Aware resources, specifically for parenting and COVID-19.
- PBS: Activities at Home: Make a Breathing Wand to Practice Mindfulness in the Living Room
- PBS: 4 Ways to Foster Social-Emotional Learning Skills From Your Living Room
- PBS: Make Your Kids’ Mental Health a Summer Priority
- Sesame Street Communities: R for Resilience
During the COVID-19 pandemic, stress and isolation may contribute to greater instances of domestic violence. Help is still available to all who need it. Please visit: http://nodvla.org/get-help/resources/ to be connected to a domestic violence resource in your neighborhood or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. You can also call L.A. County’s hotline at 1-800-978-3600.
- First 5 LA: Resources for Communities (Information on community resources, employment/business resources, housing/shelter, volunteering)
- Food Resources by Service Planning Area (SPA)
- 211 Community Resource Line – 211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. It is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time.
- Family Food Resources: Enough For All – Continually updated list of food resources in L.A. County.
- COVID-19 & The Census: It’s Easy to Be Counted Safely!
- LA Forward Crisis Response Guide: Guide for the Financially Vulnerable
- Foster Together Network: Financial Resources for Caregivers (Espanõl)
Financial Resources for Those Impacted by a COVID-19 Death:
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. More information: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance
For Workers Impacted By COVID-19
- AFL-CIO: Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
- Employment Development Department of California – COVID-19 Resources: https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
- Summary Chart: Benefit for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
- Information on Disability Insurance (DI), Paid Family Leave (PFL), and Unemployment Insurance (UI)
- Support Services for those who are Sick or Quarantined, Caregiving, or Dealing with Reduced Work Hours.
- Frequently Asked Questions: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and Benefit Guidance
South LA COVID Retraining & Recovery (CORE) Fund –– CORE offers scholarships to South LA residents furloughed/laid-off due to COVID-19 to enable them to retrain in careers that are likely to be in high demand in a post-COVID economy, particularly in the healthcare and technology fields. For more information, visit: https://www.sola-resources.com/core-fund
The Angeleno Campaign helps low-wage hourly workers who had jobs in homes and restaurants, seasonal workers, and other precarious workers such as day laborers, street vendors, or self-employed individuals who are experiencing financial hardship because of COVID-19. This economic hardship may be due to job loss, severe reduction of work hours, or furloughs.
To be eligible, applicants must be residents of the City of Los Angeles with a household income that falls below the Federal Poverty Level. Applicants must have been denied unemployment insurance benefits, be ineligible for public benefits, and/or applied for unemployment insurance benefits and have not received their first check. The City of Los Angeles has 16 FamilySource Centers, which are operated by vetted non-profits. These centers will assess applicants and household needs and provide financial assistance via grocery gift cards and/or no-fee debit cards enabled by Mastercard’s City Possible network.
To apply, call 3-1-1 to be connected to the nearest FamilySource Center or visit https://hcidla.lacity.org/family-source-centers.
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards. Learn more: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priori…
The County of Los Angeles — in partnership with Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo Foundation, Citi, and others — has created a new application portal for small businesses and nonprofits seeking to apply for the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a forgivable loan product created by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
To access the portal, visit: https://crfusa.com/ppp/la-ppp-inquiry/
L.A. Countywide Rent Relief
California Tenant and Landlord State Resources: https://landlordtenant.dre.ca.gov/
Los Angeles County, August 17, 2020 – In an effort to assist renters with limited means affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has provided $100 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to create a COVID-19 Rent Relief program, operated by the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA). The program is set to launch on Monday, August 17, 2020, and will remain open for a two-week period, closing on Monday, August 31, 2020. The program’s goal is to assist between 8,000 to over 9,000 households. To apply, visit: https://211la.org/lacounty/rentrelief
With the rent due, the Mayor reminds Angelenos that the city’s eviction protections remain in place for both residential and commercial tenants facing hardships due to the pandemic. For free legal assistance, please visit our LA Represents page.
Councilman Bonin’s office Eviction / Renter rights: https://11thdistrict.com/covid-renter-resources/?f...
From Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office Eviction / Renter rights: Questions? The County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs is here to help. Learn more and contact DCBA: (833) 223-RENT (7368) rent.lacounty.gov, [email protected]
Long Beach Rental Assistance Program:
The City today announced a new rental assistance program that will help provide relief to qualified tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as unanimously approved by the City Council.
L.A. County and State Resources:
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program continues to serve families in need during the COVID-19 emergency. To protect all families and staff, local WIC offices may be offering services by phone or online until further notice. Families should call the WIC office rather than go in person for enrollment or other assistance. If you have additional questions, please contact the state WIC office at [email protected] or (800) 852-5770. Click here for more information: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CFH/DWICSN/Pages/WICCovid19Info.aspx
- All DPSS Benefit –– Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKS and General Relief benefits will be issued without interruptions through the mothers of March, April and May 2020.
- While DPSS centers are currently closed, services are continuing to be provided via website and phone. You can now enroll and apply online.
Click here for more information.
Resources for Immigrants:
- Coronavirus Testing for Uninsured L.A. County Residents
- *Note* The Public Charge rule does NOT restrict access to testing and treatment of communicable diseases, includes COVID-19. Fore more information, click here.
- State of California: Guidance for Immigrant Californians
- Immigrant Guide California: COVID-19 Guide for Immigrant Californians
- Teaching, Interpreting and Changing Law: Information on Public Charge & COVID-19 (espanõl).
- Disaster Relief Fact Sheet for Immigrants
Office of Immigrant Affairs
L.A. County Office of Immigrant Affairs: FAQ – Coronavirus Information for Immigrants
Individuals seeking any medical care/treatment related to COVID-19 will not be factored into in any future application for immigration status. LA County residents that are uninsured should utilized, MyHealthLA, a program provided by the County. Services provided will not count against people in a public charge test. Mix-Status Families. People who are eligible for benefits should continue to access them and it will not be count against other members in the household who will be applying for residency in the future. Office of Immigrant Affairs can be reached at 1-800-593-8222.
The Los Angeles County Public Defender
- The Office of Los Angeles County Public Defender has a team of 700 attorneys working to protect the rights of immigrant population in the county and reduce the impact of criminal convictions on the County’s immigrant population.
- Public Defender Office is focusing on lowering the prison population to reduce the harm of spread of coronavirus.
- Public Defenders Office provides legal representation to individuals in custody that face immigration consequences.
- Public Defender’s Office is available to help and answer any questions around immigration and incarceration.
- Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office can be reached at 213-974-0572 or 1-833-974-3003.
CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles) manages a free hotline people can call if they think they have the Coronavirus, 888-624-4752.
- N.Y. Times: Evolving Understanding of Risks for Children With Asthma
- KPCC: Emerging News about What We Are Learning about Kids’ Risks and COVID 19
- First 5 LA: Health Information & Resources for Children’s Health and Pregnant Women
- COVID-19 Literacy Project: Fact Sheets on COVID-19 (Multiple Languages)
Information on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Vaccine Distribution Chart: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidvaccinedistribution/
- State of California Vaccine FAQs: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/
Getting the Vaccine:
- Get Out the Shot: a volunteer-run collective that is seeking to remedy and specific and pernicious harm – there are barriers to vaccine access in the communities that have been hardest hit by COVID-19. Los Angeles is struggling to get vaccines into the people that need them most. Get Out the Shot is matching the need to appointments for those that are eligible. Individuals looking for help for themselves or a loved one can call 213.986.7604 or complete the help form. A volunteer will call them back in the language they specify to get pertinent information for an appointment, including how far they can travel, whether they want walk-up or drive-thru and when they are available.
- https://myturn.ca.gov/ – Sign up to find out when it’s your turn to get the vaccine!
Go to http://Coronavirus.LACity.org/Testing to learn more about new COVID-19 testing available from the City of L.A. and to see if you’re eligible.
The City and County’s contact tracers reach out by phone to everyone who is a close contact of someone who tests positive to collect potentially life-saving information. Please answer the call if you get a phone call from “L.A. Public Health”.
(6/3/20) LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, in partnership with the Governor’s Office, launched the following testing sites in the First District:
- Cal State LA, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
- Chap Care 10408 Vacco Street Suite A, South El Monte, CA 91733
At the above testing sites, you do not need to experience symptoms to be tested. However, those with symptoms will receive priority consideration.
Testing for Employees and Staff
Your organization can block off appointments on a particular day so that staff can be tested. We encourage you to pursue this option by contacting Norma Casas, DHS, at [email protected] to make this arrangement.
Appointments are available now! Individuals can schedule an appointment to be tested here — https://lhi.care/covidtesting. There are many appointments available this week.
Health Insurance Resources:
The State of California has announced that all health insurance plans are required to provide no-cost care to members seeking coronavirus testing, screening, or treatment.
- Because of COVID-19, you or someone you know may be newly eligible due to job loss and can apply for Medi-Cal online at coveredca.com
- For more information on how to keep your Medi-Cal during a pandemic: healthconsumer.org/covid19
- Maternal and Child Health Access will assist individuals who have Medi-Cal but are experiencing issues accessing it. Call 213-749-4261 and receive a call back within 24-48 hours from a blocked number.
The California Department of Public Health: Women & COVID-19 Resource Page, including information on: