Your family's guide to being healthy and strong during the Coronavirus Pandemic as well as being fully educated and prepared for this and other potential Rhode Island and national emergencies.
(Information for children/parents/seniors is also found in each section or page of this site.)
Articles for Children On All Issues They Face During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Wearing a Face Mask - Tips To Teach Children
by Dr. Day Care, Dr. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, Ed.D.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Kids Can Do
Why Are People Wearing Face Masks?
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Helping Kids Get Used to Masks
Videos for Children
Helping young children understand mask wearing
Helping young children understand social distancing
Coping With the Coronavirus Crisis: Supporting Your Kids
Helping Kids Face the Challenges of Reopening
This summer will be scary for some kids, frustrating for others. How to help them deal.
Will My Child Bounce Back From the Coronavirus Crisis?
Trauma, resilience and how parents can help.
How to Help Siblings Get Along
Navigating challenges as we head into summer.
Teenagers and Reopening
Tips for helping kids stay safe during a confusing time.
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Kids worry more when they’re kept in the dark. Here’s what to say.
Supporting Kids Through the COVID-19 Crisis
Tips for nurturing and protecting children at home.
Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis
Tips for parents with older children at home.
How to Help Your Kids Handle Disappointment
Tools for coping during the coronavirus crisis.
How to Ask What Kids Are Feeling
Ways to get insight into how your kids are handling stressful times.
How Mindfulness Can Help During COVID-19
Tips for calming anxiety during a difficult time.
How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19
What to Do if Your Child Is Sick
Social Distancing With Children
How Teens Can Make a Difference
Addressing Specific Coronavirus Concerns:
How to Help Kids Sleep
There are several ways to say goodbye to bad nights.
Summer Activities for Kids With Learning Disorders
How to keep kids active and engaged.
Summer and ADHD: A Survival Guide
School’s out, but children still need support and structure to thrive during the coronavirus crisis.
Anxiety and Coping With the Coronavirus
Managing worry — your kids’ and your own.
Giving Kids With ADHD Support and Structure During the Coronavirus Crisis
Managing attention (yours and theirs) will help kids thrive.
Signs of Depression During the Coronavirus Crisis
Kids who seem to be stuck in a negative mood may need help to bounce back.
Screen Time During the Coronavirus Crisis
What limits are appropriate when kids are stuck at home?
Coping With Social Anxiety During Social Distancing
Helping reluctant kids stay connected.
Teaching Social Skills at Home
How kids can learn and grow during social distancing.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Pregnancy FAQs
Is it Safe to Breastfeed if I Have Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Caring for Kids With Special Health Needs
Caring for Your Child With Asthma
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children
Helping young children understand hand washing
My Hero is You: How kids can fight COVID-19!
My Hero is You is a book written for children around the world affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. It is intended to be read to children aged 6-11 years, by a parent, caregiver or teacher. Feedback from more than 1700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world about how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic was taken into consideration during the development process.
CLICK HERE! for section on EDUCATION.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Videos for Parents
How Wearing a Mask Helps Protect Against Infection
More Resources for Families:
ChildMind.Org: We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone.
KidsHealth.Org: Expert approved advice on children's health from birth through teens for parents, for kids, and for educators.
The W.H.O. created a series on HEALTHY PARENTING during the Coronavirus - Click HERE for more information and to download.
Visiting friends and family that are high risk
UNICEF has a short quiz to help students and families differentiate COVID-19 facts from fiction, and there is a range of general guidance for parents in talking to their children about COVID-19. Also, please visit https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/covid-19
Articles for Parents:
How to Protect Babies and Toddlers
Kids & Medical Care During the Pandemic
Is it Safe to Send Kids Back to School?
Is it Safe to Send My Kids to Childcare?
Getting Tested at a Drive-Thru Testing Site
What Do Quarantine and Isolation Mean?
UNICEF VIDEOS: Armed only with mobile phones, 16 girls from nine countries film their hardships, fears and hopes for a fair world.
Resources for Seniors:
Administration on Aging
COVID-19 information: https://acl.gov/COVID-19
National resource site on services and opportunities for older Americans.
Resource site on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
A partnership of health and community resources in Rhode Island, including long term care, home care, and adult day services.
The national resource center for engaging older adults
Jewish Collaborative Services of RI (JCS)
JCS serves individuals and families of all ages, including seniors, adult children of seniors, disabled individuals, birth and adoptive parents, children, military families and others in need of services. We are an inclusive community, helping people of all religions and from all walks of life.
If you need help managing physical, emotional or financial challenges, our caring and professional staff can connect you with services to meet your needs.
401-462-4444 or 2-1-1
Call or visit the Point to talk with a specialist today and get connected to resources in your area – for free. Explore options for healthcare, employment, and more; get help with applying to public and private programs.
RI Department of Human Services
Information on services for elderly Rhode Islanders
RI Elder Info
Community Care Contacts for Seniors in Need CLICK HERE!
Article: A Word About Nursing Homes & Covid-19
RI Office of Healthy Aging
DigiAge Collaborative - Through a partnership of industry, government, and community, digiAGE aims to bridge the digital divide for older adults, linking them to the technology and virtual opportunities to keep them connected to family, friends, and information.
Senior Centers Connect is a resource guide from the National Council on Aging for centers that are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The guide includes ideas for programming and continuing services.
St. Elizabeth Haven for Elder Justice
A program within St. Elizabeth Community that offers a safe place for an elderly victim of abuse to stay for a short period of time.
Resource for information on elder safety and domestic abuse prevention.
Helpful Articles for Seniors:
How to Become Tech-Savvy in 10 Days
Ways Older Adults Can Stay Connected to the Community During Covid-19
Addressing Social Isolation Amongst Seniors
From the CDC:
Shopping safely during the Coronavirus pandemic