By Carla Heppert | Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Children and Youth Partnership, Resources for Navigating COVID-19

We at Children & Youth Partnership have compiled a variety of resources to help children and families in our community during this challenging time of social distancing related to COVID-19. Please check back frequently for updates to the resources provided below, as we will be adding new links as the days and weeks continue on.

If you have a great resources that you feel should be included, please feel free to email it to Carla Heppert at

Dare County/North Carolina Specific Resources:

  • Beginning on March 23, Dare County Schools will transition to online learning for all students. For more information about Dare County Schools:

       - English
       - Español

  • Dare County: Dare County has a specific website devoted to the Coronavirus, as well as their emergency management procedure. For more Dare County-specific information:

        - Emergency Management
        - Coronavirus

  • Dare County Libraries: The Eastern Albemarle Library System offers a variety of electronic resource options for adults and children. During the COVID-19 closure, any Dare County resident or property owner can apply for and receive a library card account that will allow them to access the Dare County Library's digital content listed below. Click here to apply (at the bottom of the page).

       - Adult E-Resources
       - Student E-Resources

  • North Carolina Unemployment Benefits- NC Governor Roy Cooper has expanded upon the eligibility for unemployment benefits in this uncertain time. For more information or to apply for unemployment benefits: 

       - How to Apply 

  • North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services- Visit this website to have some of your questions answered regarding COVID-19 in North Carolina. 

       - Coronavirus Response

Food Availability Resources:

  • Dare County Schools will be providing free breakfast and lunch for any Dare County child ages 0-18 beginning March 17. Click here to check out the various pick-up locations that are available.

  • Free Community Curbside Suppers- Beginning on Thursday, April 2 and continuing every Monday and Thursday from 4:30pm-6:30pm, community curbside suppers will be providing free meals, twice per week, at Rooster's Southern Kitchen in Kill Devil Hills (MP 8).

  • Food for Thought- If your child currently participates in the Food for Thought (weekend food bag) program, food bags can be picked up each Friday during the breakfast pick-up time (7:45am-8:45am) at any of the Dare County Schools Student Meal Program locations listed here.

  • Beach Food Pantry- Located in Kitty Hawk, Dare County residents are able to get free groceries four times per year. Each grocery visit provides enough groceries based upon family or household size. In an abundance of caution, clients will be served from the parking lot. Beach Food Pantry is open Monday-Friday, from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

  • Source Food Pantry- Located in Manteo at Source Church, Source Food Pantry is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00am-1:00pm.

  • Roanoke Island Food Pantry- Located in Manteo at Mt. Olivet UMC, Roanoke Island Food Pantry is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-11:00am.

  • Lifeline Outreach OBX- Located in Salvo, the food pantry at Lifeline Outreach OBX is open on Wednesdays from 10:00am-12:00pm and Saturdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

  • WIC- This Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Live-Streamed Enrichment Activities for Students (Occur at Specific Times):

  • Every Weekday from 8:00am-10:00am: Science Mom and Math Dad will host daily science and math lessons via Facebook Live events. Each show will features a science lesson, math activities, interactive games, and stories. These lessons are best suited for ages 7-12.

    - The Science Mom Facebook Page 

  • Every Weekday at 11:00am: ZooAmerica will be live streaming visits with some of their zoo friends. 

    - ZooAmerica Facebook Page

  • Every Weekday at 11:00am: Play to Learn Preschool will hold a circle time live video with songs, stories, games, and typical circle time activities. This is best suited for preschool-aged children

     - Play to Learn Preschool Facebook Page

  • Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 1:00pm: Visit Mindful Schools to check out free online mindfulness classes specifically geared toward kids.

  • Every Weekday at 1:00pm: Beloved children's author Mo Willems (author of the Elephant and Piggy series and Don't let Pigeons Drive the Bus, etc.) will invite you into his studio every day to draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing.

    - The Kennedy Center: Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
    - Mo Willems Facebook Live Event

  • Every Weekday at 3:00pm: Cincinnati Zoo will provide a Home Safari Facebook Live Video. During this video, a new zoo animal will be highlighted each day. An activity will also be provided that your child will be able to do at home. If you are unable to access the video via Facebook Live, it will be posted on Youtube and the Cincinnati Zoo’s website, along with the activity.

       - Cincinnati Zoo Live Event Link
       - Cincinnati Zoo Posted Resources

  • Every Thursday at 7:00pm: Join Dolly Parton for 'Goodnight with Dolly' as she reads one of the many books from her Dolly Parton's Imagination Library collection. 

  • The Link below provides a compiled spreadsheet of many of the livestreamed activities occurring during week days across the United States.

       - Livestreamed Events during Week Days

Learning Resources:

  • How Families Can Make the Most Out of School Closures: This article provides a great sample schedule for your child’s day, as well as other ideas for projects, setting goals, and boundaries.

  • Teaching kids at home due to coronavirus? Homeschooling moms share their tips: This article provides great advice on setting up a plan for schooling at home.

  • Scholastic Learn at Home: Scholastic provides free daily learning experiences including stories, videos, and activities, based on the grade level of your child (Pre-K-Middle School aged children).

  • Khan Academy: Khan Academy provides a variety of resources for children grades Pre-K-grade 12. Visit their website for help with various learning topics (math by grade level, science, etc.) and sample schedules for while school is closed.

       - For grades K-12
       - For children ages 2-7- Khan Academy Kids

  • Everyday Learning: This PBS-sponsored website provides videos and interactive activities for Pre-K-Grade 1 children and families.

  • Duolingo: This website allows you to work on your foreign language learning from the comfort of your own home.

  • Sight Words: This website provides a variety of fun ways for families to engage their child with sight words.

  • Amazing Educational Resources: The link below provides access to a spreadsheet that lists educational companies that are offering free subscriptions due to school closings as a result of COVID-19.

  • The link provided here has a list of sites that are available for families to use while schools are closed and they are learning at home.

  • Common Sense Media: This link provides great resources to address understanding COVID-19 news coverage, how to stay calm for yourself and your kids, learning at home, and homework help. You can also find a list of the best apps, games and websites for kids to use for learning by clicking here

  • Time for Kids: Time for Kids Magazine has released some of their digital library (for grades K-6) free for the remainder of the school year. 

  • Fluency and Fitness: This site provides a free 21-day trial of access to over 60 math and reading activities and more than 600 videos designed to both educate and entertain K-2 grade students.   

Fun Activity Resources:

  • Pinterest: CYP has a Pinterest page with lots of fun activity ideas for young children and families.

  • Virtual Museum Tours: In this article, MSN provides links to 12 different museums who offer virtual tours on their websites.

  • 30 Day Lego Challenge: Does your child enjoy building with Legos? Use this challenge to enhance their building experience while promoting out-of-the-box thinking.

  • Do School at Home- Children’s Screen Time Action Network: This guide offers kids suggestions for self-directed educational, screen-free activities that don't feel like extra work.

  • Non-Screen Activities you can do at Home- This guide provides 25 fun activities to do in place of screen-time while you are spending your time at home.

  • Google Arts and Culture- Google has teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries to provide virtual experiences with their exhibits.

  • Read Alouds by Children's Authors- This article has an extensive list with video links of children's authors reading their own stories aloud.

  • Quarantined with Rachel- Using Facebook, this early childhood educator provides great ideas and activities for spending time with your child while quarantined at home.

  • Ranger Rick- At this link, you will find free access to all of National Wildlife Federation's Ranger Rick resources, including magazines, games, and videos.

  • YMCA- At this link, the YMCA has shared a variety of health and fitness videos to keep families active while they are at home. No membership is required to view these videos.

  • This website provides basic courses and activities to help your child (K-12) learn basic computer science and how to code.

  • Story Starters- Scholastic Story Starters generates creative writing prompts, from general fiction to adventure, fantasy, and science fiction for grades K-6.

  • GoNoodle- Need a way to get those extra wiggles out while learning indoors? Check out GoNoodle for short movement and dance activities for kids.

  • Vroom- Vroom is an app that provides science-based tips and tools to inspire families to turn shared, everyday moments into Brain Building Moments®.

Mental Health/Mindfulness Resources: 

Resources to Share COVID-19 information with Kids:

Early Childhood Education Resources:

  • Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County is trying to gauge the need for emergency child care in our community during this time of uncertainty. If you are an essential personnel that is working during the Coronavirus epidemic, please take the survey linked here (or share it with those who may be essential workers at this time).
  • With so many unknowns (both now and in the future), parents may need to consider creating a back-up child care plan. Click here to learn steps you can take in order to do that. 
  • Follow the latest information on child care recommendations by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education by visiting here.
  • Follow the 'Recent Posts' section of the North Carolina Child Care Health & Safety Resource Center website to stay up-to-date on current recommendations in NC for child care as it relates to COVID-19
  • Supplemental Guidance for Early Childhood Education Programs that Choose to Remain Open- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Interested in doing read-alouds for families via social media? Both Scholastic and Penguin Random House have revised their policies for online read-alouds. Click here for the policy from Scholastic. Click here for the policy from Penguin Random House.

Adult Learning Resources:

  • 450 free online courses: This link provides a list of over 400 courses that are being offered by ivy league schools free of charge for participants.

  • Confronting the Coronavirus Outbreak: The Harvard Graduate School of Education has created this ongoing series about how schools and and families can respond to change and disruption, build resilience, and help people learn and thrive at home. 

  • Working from Home While Crisis Homeschooling- This article provides steps for building a plan as you navigate homeschooling your child while also working from home.

  • Through the middle of April, Pro Solutions Training will be offering their training on Tender Topics: Handling Trauma and Sensitive Issues with Young Children and Youth for free. Click here to learn more. 

  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network- After creating a free account, you will have access to several free online trainings, including webinars, e-learning courses, and training curricula. 

Health and Safety Resources:

  • DIY No Sew Face Mask- This Youtube video shows how to make a face mask using a bandana and rubber bands. 

  • How to Protect Yourself and Others- This article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights ways to keep you and your family safe in the midst of the coronavirus.