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
- Tips for Parents with Young Children
- 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
Resources related to LAUSD/School Closures:
- First 5 LA: Resources for Virtual Learning, ECE Professionals and LAUSD Students/Families
- Learning Continues During School Closures
- LAUSD's Announcement on digital education partnerships
- Information on getting free internet to connect your families with educational resources
- 60 LAUSD "Grab-and-Go" Food Resources Centers
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
Information related to COVID-19 and Children's Health:
- 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
Tips for parents coping with school closures:
- L.A. Times: What Parents Need to Know About School Closures
- CNN: Foregoing Playdates during Preschool and Child Care Closures
Virtual and Indoor Activities For Kids:
- Explore.com Live Cams: View different live scenes from around the world!
- Free “Virtual” Museum Visits
- 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
- Audible.com: Free Audio Stories - Instantly stream a collection of audio stories, including titles across six different languages.
- Common Sense Education: Virtual Learning Tools
- Elementary Online Learning Resources
- Middle and High School Online Learning Resources
- K-12 Online Learning Resources
- Remote Learning and Virtual Classroom Platforms
Mental Health Resources:
- Calming Down Anxiety During COVID-19
- 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
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)
- 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
- State and Federal Policy Changes in Response to COVID-19
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.
California Workforce & Development Agency
- 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
Resources for Immigrants:
- L.A. County Office of Immigrant Affairs: Coronavirus & Immigrants FAQ
- 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.
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.
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.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding:
- Center for Disease Control: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & COVID-19
- Department of Public Health: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & Infants
More County, State and Federal Resource Sites:
- The State of California’s COVID-19 Resource Page
- L.A. County Department of Public Health: Coronavirus
- Center of Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus
- 211 L.A. County 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.