FREE Online Resources to Help Educate and Entertain Kids at Home

March 17, 2020
Education
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These resources have been compiled to help parents keep kids entertained, but also help avoid the summer slide. (Please note that these links will point away from the CSC’s website to pages not necessarily affiliated with or endorsed by CSC Broward. The CSC cannot guarantee ADA compliance of the non-affiliated site.)

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Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus

Why Are People Wearing Masks?

Supporting Young Children Isolated Due to Corona Virus 

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus

Scholastic Coronavirus Guide

PBS Kids guide for talking to younger kids about the coronavirus

PBS Kids guide for talking to younger kids about tragic or scary events in the news

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) guide for talking to kids about COVID-19

Memorial Healthcare Systems: Educational Videos in ASL to keep you informed on COVID-19

Alton Brown explains why handwashing works better than hand sanitizer

Time to Come In, Bear: A Children's Story About Social Distancing

NPR guide for talking to kids about scary events in the news

Tips for Families: Talking About the Coronavirus, Zero to Three

How to Prepare for Extended School Closings—and Not Lose Your Mind

Coronavirus and Parenting: What You Need to Know Now

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus, Child Mind Institute

What Parents Need to Know About Coronavirus

Morningside Center guide for talking to students about the coronavirus

Morningside Center guide for addressing bias and bullying in response to the novel coronavirus

Supporting and Reassuring Children around the World (in English, Spanish, Italian, French, Polish, and numerous other languages)

Love in the Time of Coronavirus: A HOPE-informed Guide for Parents

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)

Coping After a Disaster (Ready Wrigley Books), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Cómo sobrellevar los desastres o eventos traumáticos (Read Wrigley Books), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Ready Wrigley Prepares for Flu Season, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

LISTO CALIXTO se prepara para la temporada de influenza, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Caring for Children in a Disaster (CDC)

A Germ-fighting Superhero, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood/PBS Kids

Step-by-step Handwashing with Elmo, Sesame Street/PBS Kids

Talking to Kids About Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)

HOPE, Engagement, and COVID-19, HOPE

Healthy Families America website

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Eagles’ Haven is a community wellness center created solely and mindfully for the MSD/Eagles community giving current, future and former students, parents, family members and faculty one responsive and nurturing place to call or drop in for any supportive service or wellness needs 7 days a week, free of charge. Services include: wellness experiences, information and education, and family strengthening services.
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Early Literacy Interventions | Reading & Math, Inc.

Reading & Math, Inc., through a partnership with Broward County Public Schools, is implementing the Reading Corps program in Broward County. Florida Reading Corps tutors serve Broward County's most at-risk students with targeted early literacy interventions. Reading Corps screens all students at designated schools to identify children who are behind on early literacy skills, and develop individualized tutoring plans to meet each child's needs.

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Earned Income Tax Credit | HandsOn Broward

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal anti-poverty program that provides financial assistance for working families. In 2002, the Children’s Services Council began promoting EITC through a county-wide public awareness campaign. Since then, over $500 million have been returned to Broward residents.

Prosperity & Hunger Programs
Earned Income Tax Credit | Hispanic Unity of Florida

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal anti-poverty program that provides financial assistance for working families. In 2002, the Children's Services Council began promoting EITC through a county-wide public awareness campaign. Since then, over $500 million have been returned to Broward residents. Many low-income EITC recipients file their returns for free at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, and a mobile team that serves Broward residents.
Primary POC: Ingrid Ekblad | iekblad@hispanicunity.org

Early Childhood Programs
Financially Assisted Child Care Services | Early Learning Coalition of Broward County

This program provides subsidized child care for low-income families residing in Broward County based on income eligibility. The intent of this program is to prevent child abuse and neglect; assist families in becoming or remaining economically self-sufficient; and prepare preschool-aged children to enter school ready to learn.

Family Strengthening
Foster Care & Adoption | Forever Family

Weekly segments on the NBC-6 local news feature Broward children in need of a permanent, caring home. On occasion, Forever Family will highlight related issues, such as foster parentrecruitment, Guardian ad Litem recruitment, and foster/relative care youth transitioning to independent living.
Primary POC: Gia Tutalo-Mote | gia.foreverfamily@gmail.com

Family Strengthening
Foster Care & Adoption | Heart Gallery of Broward

A traveling exhibit of professional portraits and biographies of children available for adoption. The photographic and kiosk-based gallery is displayed in many public places, such as shopping centers and libraries that can reach hundreds of prospective parents.
Primary POC: Yvette DuBose | yvette@heartgalleryofbroward.org

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