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This guide provides engaging activities and challenges to be used for youth-serving summer programs, whether running virtually or in-person, or to send digitally to families. It is organized to support four different age groups (5-9), (10-12), (13-15), (16-18). The first unit was released May 27, 2020 and subsequent units will be released in two-week increments.
This infographic is designed to assist directors in making decisions about re-opening youth programs and camps during the pandemic. It asks the main questions about re-opening, about health and safety practices, and about continued monitoring of child and staff health. It reminds directors to also check on guidance provided by state and local health officials.
American Camp Association and YMCA of USA online and downloadable Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020 is now available.
This website provides basic information about substance misuse among families with children.
This guidance from the CDC includes important information specifically for child care centers that are open during the pandemic.
These guidelines are for child care and after school programs providing care for children of frontline medical workers during the COVID-19 crisis. They include guidance on preparing facilities, handling access to the program, cleaning and disinfecting, and food safety. This brief was published on April 4, 2020 and includes a helpful sample daily checklist for the program.
This website is a compilation of learning resources from many organizations. It is organized so that both educators and families can access activities for grades pre-K-5 and grades 6-12. It includes virtual tours of national parks and museums, activities by subject area like social studies and math, and activities in Spanish for students who are English Language Learners.
This PowerPoint offers clear insights into how children and families may react to disasters, as well as a conceptual framework for how to help and specific interventions to offer, such as psychological first aid. While geared to pediatricians, it is very relevant to Out-of-School Time (OST) leaders and caregivers trying to help in the current pandemic. Also available in Spanish.
This resource offers information on supporting children’s emotional well-being during the COVID-19 public health crisis. It includes recommendations for how to talk to children about the virus and how to promote emotional health through reassurance, routines, and regulation. It also includes links to key organizations that can support children, families, and providers.
This article provides recommendations for child care for essential workers including: (1) use of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards for guidance on the prevention and management of illness; (2) expansion of paid family leave to extended family members of essential workers so they can stay at home with their children; and (3) compensation of all early child