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

Early Childhood Education Resources:

  • 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.
  • NC Early Childhood Foundation: This website will provide updates to any information relevant to early childhood as it comes from the NC General Assembly, NC DHHS, and the NC Department of Public Instruction.
  • 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.
  • Creative Tools for Teaching- This site, provided by the Smithsonian associates, serves as an online resource to support early childhood educators in using arts integration, museum theater and improvisation to support instructional play in Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms. Learn about ways to enhance future lesson plans while you are stuck at home. 

Mental Health/Mindfulness Resources: 

  • Are you a Dare County resident who is struggling emotionally? Has the COVID-19 pandemic got you feeling down or anxious? Speak with a counselor today by calling 252-473-8216 between 9am-3pm.*
    *This is not an emergency or crisis line. This service provides a listening ear and referrals to other services for individuals in Dare County who need emotinal support during this difficult time.

  • The Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) connects North Carolinians to additional mental health and resilience supports that help them cope and build resilience during times of crisis. It is currently being made available to everyone in North Carolina’s 100 counties during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • The Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002) provides mental health and resilience supports for health care professionals, emergency medical specialists, first responders, early care educators, other staff who work in essential settings and their families throughout the state who are experiencing stress from being on the front lines of the state’s COVID-19 response. Hope4Healers is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week for people to reach out for support; they will be contacted quickly by a licensed mental health professional for follow-up. Check out the flyer in English by clicking here y en Español, here

  • Mindfulness Class for Kids: Mindful Schools is offering a free mindfulness class for kids with fun, interactive activities, 30 minutes of mindfulness, and more. 

  • Take a Deep Breath: Enjoy this curation of content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time.

  • Resilience in Challenging Times: This link provides a digital care package for promoting resilience during this time of uncertainty.

  • Taking Care of your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

  • Managing Anxiety and Stress: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Coronavirus: How to Protect your Mental Health

  • Stop, Breathe & Think: This website provides activities for adults and kids about how to practice mindfulness.

  • Being Resilient During Coronavirus: During times like these, it's natural to feel afraid, anxious, or threatened. This link provides great resources for being resilient during COVID-19.

  • Cosmic Kids Yoga: This YouTube Channel provides videos that demonstrate yoga and mindfulness activities for children ages 3 and up.
  • Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety During Coronavirus Coverage- American Psychological Association
  • How to Eat more Mindfully- This video encourages you to engage all of your senses while eating something delicious.
  • Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety- This link provides resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.
  • Coronavirus Resources & Tips for Parents, Children, & Others: On this website, Prevent Child Abuse America provies great tips for staying connected, staying active and engaged, and managing stress and anxiety.
  • Ways to Promote Children's Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic: This article from Child Trends highlights several protective factors that can help to buffer children and increase their resiliency. 
  • Random Acts of Kindness: During difficult times, we often see the most beautiful acts of kindness. If you’re home and looking for things to do to keep busy, check out this website.
  • The Brain Architects: While the coronavirus pandemic has changed many things around the world, it has not stopped child development. Check out this podcase as they share helpful resources and ideas in support of all those who are caring for children while dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.
  • COVID-19: Stress, Distress and Trauma: This resources provides several short videos in a series with Dr. Bruce Perry. Through his videos, he discusses patterns of stress, self-care, understanding regulation, decision fatigue, and much more. 
  • If your kids are acting out, they might just be sad: This article provides insight into why some children may be acting out of sorts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dare County/North Carolina Specific Resources:

  • 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:

        - 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 in a new format beginning April 9. Three pick-up locations will be designated for non-contact food pick-up options on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:30 and 1:00pm. Each day's pick-up will contain breakfast and lunch to last for the other weekdays when no pick-up will be held. Pick-ups will occur in front of the building at Cape Hatteras Elementary School and Manteo Elementary School, and at First Flight Elementary School near the bus parking lot. Click here to learn more.

  • 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 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 Facebook Page
       - 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: This link provides information about 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. 

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®.

  • Caring for Each Other- Sesame Street has some wonderful offerings for both parents and children as we navigate home schooling, social distancing, and the coronavirus pandemic. You can also check out their article on ways to maintain routines during the 'For Now' normal by clicking here

  • Coronavirus Kindness Challenge- This fun and uplifting challenge provides a set of kindness ideas to help kids look for ways to be kind, even while at home during COVID-19. 

  • COVID Time Capsule- This link provides a fun time capsule activity for children to look back on in the future to remember what it was like to observe social distancing at home.

  • Kindermusik App- As everyone remains at home and tries to keep up their spirits, Kindermusik has rolled out their new app! This exciting app will include a full musical library of Kindermusik songs, themed playlists , instrument play for kids, and much more! Download the app for free today on Apple's App Store or Google's Play Store. Kindermusik is also offering one of their albums for free! Download the WOYC2020 album by clicking here

  • Check out archived videos of Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, where beloved children's author Mo Willems (author of the Elephant and Piggy Series and Don't let Pigeons Drive the Bus, etc.) invites you into his studio to draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing. 

  • Big Life Journal- Check out this free stay-at-home care package printable to find great ideas for indoor games and activities, stay at home resource lists, 'I'm Board' lists of indoor activities, 'Things I Can Do' for teens, and much more. 

  • Sensory Bottles- Check out this great video showing you how to create your own sensory bottles with materials that you may have laying around your house. 

  • Wild Kids- The May edition of this magazine has some fun items to do and look out for in nature throughout the month of May. 

Resources to Share COVID-19 information with Kids:

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.

  • 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. 

  • Coronavirus Parenting: Managing Anger and Frustration: This great article from the Child Mind Institute gives ideas for ways to maintain your cool in the stress of coronavirus parenting.

  • Single Parenting During the Coronavirus: This article from the Child Mind Institute provides strategies for managing your household when you are doing it alone.

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.