Good news and opportunities in the time of Covid-19

With the arrival of the corona virus, many of us face unprecedented circumstances, decisions and life-style changes. I believe we need to take these steps rapidly and seriously. At the same time, we need to preserve and create joy and connection, especially with and for our children and elders. Fortunately, many people are offering ideas and resources. I’ll keep adding to this as I come across them:

a list of great shows to keep kids ages 2 through 6, and their caretakers, occupied, from the New York Times.

Resources for Children from EY Matters

Specifically for children, including the CoviBook (in several languages) for explaining Covid-19 to young children. And find more Covid-19 resources from EY Matters.

ECDAN Collection of Resources

Early Childhood Development Action Network’s comprehensive list of links, in multiple languages, including information, resources, ideas

Giant List of Ideas for Being Home with Kids

A Google Doc of ideas… “Thanks to the Princess Awesome & Boy Wonder Community for the amazing suggestions!!”

Loose Parts Play on Facebook

Loose Parts and Social Distancing

130+ FREE Outdoor Learning Activities For Kids Unexpectedly Stuck at Home

Tinkergarten DIY Activities

Virtual Field Trips

A google doc of ideas and links from “Mrs. Farney”

Cinncinati Zoo Virtual Safaris

“Join us for a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 3pm EDT (US Eastern Daylight Time) where we will highlight one of our amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home.”

52 Things Outside

Help Kidz Learn

Activities and tools for children with disabilities who use switches, eye gaze and other alternative access to computers. Free resources and free 14-day trial for paid resources.

Friendships in the Age of Quarantine

How people pull together, even at a moment of social distancing


Free Virtual Dialogues with Boulder Journey School

“An opportunity to come together with other early childhood educators to acknowledge the challenges we are all facing, share ideas, and build new thinking together for ways we can adapt and respond to the educational landscape in the midst of social distancing.” Register

Talking to Kids about the Corona Virus

By Rachel Ehmke Kids worry more when they’re kept in the dark.
In English and Spanish.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children

Coronavirus and What Parents Need to Know

By Dr. Laura Jana

Paul Hamilton’s Excellent Free Resources List

Over the years, Paul Hamilton has amassed an amazing collection of Free Resources from the Net for (Special) Education that you won’t want to miss! Well organized and very comprehensive, it includes a collection of online and downloadable resources that support curriculum and productivity tools, as well as UDL references.

“Play Streets” bring fun and more to Los Angeles

“The temporary transformation of Fickett Street in Boyle Heights began with yellow shades resembling huge kites suspended over the sun-scorched asphalt. Soon, a thoroughfare known for its speeding vehicles and gang activity became something else entirely — a “play street” in which women gathered for Lotería, or Mexican bingo, and …

Map: Real places that inspired the best kids’ books!

Atlas Obscura offers up “A Guide to the Real-Life Homes of the Heroes of Children’s Literature.” Find the actual streets, buildings and spaces that provided the inspiration and settings for some of your favorite books! Thus far, the map only covers North American locales. But imagine the road trip it …