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Youth and Family COVID-19 Resources
It’s the job of the grown-ups to be taking care of ourselves so that we’re able to help our kids stay regulated in the midst of worries and changes in routines. Practicing self-care isn’t easy. Here are a few things you can do to help yourself to be best prepared to help your kids:
- Get plenty of sleep
- Eat healthy
- Do something fun
- Find new ways to connect with others while respecting social distancing
- Practice mindfulness
- Follow Mansfield Youth Services and Mansfield Advocates for Children on facebook for new content!
- Download and use our printable Taking Care of Me Checklist for "More of This" and "Less of That"
- Check out Mansfield Human Services COVID-19 Resources page for links to support for unemployment, health insurance, utilities support, nutritional assistance, consumer protection, and other important resources.
Here’s of some of Youth Service’s favorite online resources for young people that have been helping us navigate the new waters and stressors of social distancing.
- Free Apps
- Storytime & Distance Learning
- Virtual Arts & Adventures
- Get Moving!
- Podcasts & Youtube Channels
- Social Emotional Learning Activities
- Headspace: For the next few months, there will be a free section in the app called weathering the storm, available to everyone. It includes meditation, sleep, and movement exercises designed to help guide you through this. It is a great way of helping you find some space and kindness for yourself, and those around you.
- Disneynature Explore: (Ages 6+) Free, interactive nature-education app. Some of this “augmented reality” app’s activities are intended for kids to do outside with a caregiver and mobile device; others can be done inside, through exploring the habitats and lives of animals.
- GoNoodle: Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
- Mansfield Public Library: (duh) for tons of downloadable content
- The New York Public Library: Tons of online content and resources for distance learning available
- 100 Greatest Books by Scholastic
- Scholastic Book: Great articles and stories! Find out why zebras have stripes!
- Reading Rockets: A free public media resource for reading. Be sure to check out five-day space adventure toolkit!
- K12 Reader: Reading Instruction resources
- Libby: Free eBooks and audiobooks in partnership with your local library
- Storyline Online: Streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Carla’s Sandwich by Debbie Herman is a personal favorite
- #OperationStorytime: More famous folks reading some of their favorite stories! Josh Gad and The Day the Crayons Quit is just A+++
- Reading Rainbow: Amazon has all of the episodes available for streaming (seasons 1 -4 included with Prime memberships)
- Renzulli Learning: Personalized distance learning in all subjects with free memberships for the rest of the school year.
- PBS Kids: Free educational games and videos
- Proidgy: Math made fun. Currently offering free memberships
- Khan Academy: Learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. Always free.
- National Geographic Kids: Learn about our planet!
- NASA Kids Club: Learn about space and other planets!
- Typing Club: asdfjkl; Learn touch typing for free!
- Squiggle Park: Free reading skills support
- FunBrain: Free educational games, videos, and books for K-8 learning
- Common Sense Media: How to keep kids learning when they’re at home
- Super Teacher Mom: Mansfield Mom and Youth Services’ All-Around-Martha-Stewart blogs from the New-To-Working-From-Home-And-Suddenly-A-Teacher-Too trenches. Y’all got this!
- Kid-Friendly Coding Languages and Learning Tools: An index of popular online programs, apps, community pages and camps meant for K-12 students to learn coding
- Lunch Doodles: With acclaimed children’s author and Kennedy center Education Artist in Residence Mo Willems is streamed live.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art #MeKids: Made for, with, and by kids. Peruse the collection, travel in the time machine, explore geography, and investigate BIG ideas!
- Virtual Event: Home Safari Facebook: Join the Cincinnati zookeepers’ as will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. Don’t have access to social media? No worries! All videos will be posted on their website and to their YouTube channel shortly after the Facebook Live ends.
- 12 Museum Virtual Tours: Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums/galleries around the world to bring everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.
- New England Aquarium: Virtual presentations are posted on their Facebook for even more updates and stories, follow along on Twitter and Instagram, as well!
- Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry: Online puppet-building workshops on facebook
- More Free & Fun Virtual Activities collected by Mansfield Human Services for folks of all ages!
- Art and design Learning at Home: TONS of online art and design resources!
- Cosmic Kids Yoga: Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. Fun themed yoga adventures to keep your kids moving mindfully and learning great lessons along the way.
- Koo Koo Kangaroo: When you really need to burn some energy – these kid friendly, pretty silly (but with some beats that even adults can bob their heads to) dance along videos are perfect for your at-home Dance Party. Koo Koo Kanga Roo puts on an all-ages dance party that invites everyone to join in. Whether you know them from "brain break" videos in your classroom, the Warped Tour or a late night bar show, you’ve probably gotten sweaty dancing to their jams at some point. (Dinosaur Stomp and No Crust are personal favorites)
- Mansfield Community Center: Your friends at MCC are offering virtual fitness from their Facebook page
- YMCA: More free virtual workout classes.
- Mark Rober: Former NASA engineer, he comes up with super fun and engaging ways to explore science concepts and engineering challenges—like showing kids how carnival games rip you off, or testing if sharks can taste a drop of blood.
- But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids Best for: all ages
- KidNuz: Kids like to be informed and engaged, but talking to kids about the news can be a challenge. This podcast, created by moms who are broadcast journalist, offers young listeners five minutes of kid-friendly news (followed by a quick quiz) each day, five days a week. Best for: all ages
- Book Club for Kids: This excellent biweekly podcast features middle schoolers talking about a popular middle grade or young adult book as well as sharing their favorite book recommendation. Each episode included a passage of that week’s book read by a celebrity guest. Best for: Tweens and teens
- Story Time: Great Bedtime Podcast, these 10-15 minute stories are a perfect way to lull your little one to sleep. The podcast is updated every other week, and each episode contains a kid-friendly story, read by a soothing narrator. Best for: preschoolers and little kids
- Be Calm on Ahway Island: Thanks to the hosts ‘soothing voices and a pre-story meditation, hour kid might fall asleep to this podcast before the story even gets underway. However, if not, the gentle adventures on Ahway Island will also sweep them off to dreamland. This podcast teaches kid-friendly mindfulness practices like “deep dragon breaths” that can be carried into waking life as well. Best for: all ages
- TED Talks: Ideas worth spreading. There’s something for everyone of all ages to be inspired and learn something new.
- Strengths Chain: Build your child’s confidence with this hands on activity to help kids identify their strengths
- Accomplishment Box: Setting goals gives kids something to work toward. However, as they move forward, it is important to help them look back at what they’ve already achieved; including small steps they may not have even realized were accomplishments. This can help them to stay motivated.
- Feeling Words Game: Build emotional smarts with GreatSchools’ feeling words game.
Here are places to stay up to date on your mental health and other needs
- Us! Youth Services staff are all still here by phone and using video conferencing technology. Give us a call, we’ll set something up with you!
- Dial 2-1-1 select option 1 for Connecticut’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Services
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: Call (800) 985- 5990 that provides 24/7, 365-day-a- year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-TALK(8255)
- NAMI Crisis Text Line: Text 741741
- The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ support): Call 1-866-488-7386 or go to their site for additional text/chat options
- Q Plus: Connecticut LGBTQ+ youth online connection and programs
- GenderSpectrum: National resource for supporting trans, nonbinary, and gender creative youth. Running online groups for tweens (11-12), teens (13-19), and parents/caregivers/family members.
- NAMI hosts online communities where people can exchange support and encouragement.
- SMART Recovery online groups: Feeling Overwhelmed or Anxious? Using Alcohol and Drugs to Cope? SMART Recovery peer groups help you develop self-management and coping skills to make positive changes in your life or help a loved one.
- Support Group Central: Offers virtual support groups on numerous mental health conditions - free or low-cost. Website also offered in Spanish.
- Psych Central: Offers online mental health resources, quizzes, news, an “Ask the Therapist” function, and online support communities.
- Stay up to date with the Mansfield Food Pantry, Foodshare, and other community supportive services over at Mansfield Human Services COVID-19 Resources page
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): Financial assistance and support services for families who meet financial criteria
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP
- Mansfield Animal Control: Pet Food Pantry available for Mansfield residents! Call (860)487-0137 or email ACO@mansfieldct.org to make arrangements
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits: If you lost your job or were furloughed due to COVID-19 you can file for unemployment benefits through the online portal
- AccessHealthCT: 1-855-805-4325