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 online? Visit this link to find out about publisher permissions for online read-alouds.

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.
  • 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 meals to any Dare County child ages 0-18. Meals are distributed Monday-Friday from 11:00am-1:00pm at three main sites and various other community pick-up locations throughout Dare County.  Click here to learn more about the pick-up locations and various special schedules (i.e. Holidays, etc.).

  • 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 Rodanthe, 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.

Learning Resources:

       - 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

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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

Resources to Share COVID-19 information with Kids:

Adult Learning Resources:

Health and Safety Resources:

  • 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.