Resources to Support Individuals and Families Coping in a Pandemic

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies recognizes that the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and resulting economic impact is affecting people in multiple ways. We want to support individuals and families as they address these issues by pointing them to resources and ideas that can be helpful in keeping children learning at home, supporting loved ones in care centers, and making short and long-term financial plans.

Family Resources for Teaching Children at Home

Code.org: Learn Computer Science. Change the World. 

  • Code.org offers k-12 students the opportunity to learn programming languages at home.

Free early childhood educational websites 

  • 16 free credible early childhood educational websites for at-home learning.

Gross motor skills activities for little kids 

  • The article written by Catherine Holecko provides different ideas for activities promoting gross motor skills in young children. There is a specific section of indoor activities.

Help children cope with the Coronavirus response 

  • This article, written by Lesia Oesterreich, a family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, shares tips on how parents can help their children cope.

25 Amazing virtual field trips for kids spring 2020 

  • This resource helps children not miss out on the fun school field trips by offering virtual field trips from the comfort and safety of home during this time.

Coping with COVID-19 (NAEYC) 

  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has provided a web page dedicated to helping educators, families, and children cope with this Coronavirus and the impacts it has on our nation's child care and early learning programs.

Let’s Talk, Read and Sing about STEM! Tips for Infant/Toddler Teachers & Providers 

  • Here is a resource for infant and toddler teachers and caretakers on how to creatively promote STEAM through singing, reading, and using numeracy and scientific language during everyday activities.

Toys as Tools: Everyday Science Experiences 

  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) sharing examples of activities families can do to support STEAM exploration at home using common household objects, such as balls, mirrors, magnets, or kitchen items.

16 Everyday Activities That Count as Learning 

  • Here is a resource from We Are Teachers listing some everyday activities such as cooking, card games, coloring, and chores that count as learning.

Parenting Resources

Take a break and take a breath 

  • This blog post, by The Science of Parenting, covers ways to support your kids, and you, as you keep emotions and stress in check through taking a breath and a break.

Parenting in the midst of COVID-19 

  • This podcast, by The Science of Parenting, discusses parenting tips during a pandemic and trustworthy resources.

DIY ways to meet a child's sensory needs at home 

  • Here is a resource from occupational therapists and trauma-informed teachers sharing tips on how to utilize your home to create sensory tools for students with special needs, sensory processing disorders, and children who have dealt with trauma.

Financial Supports and Resources

Prioritizing when money is tight 

  • ISU Extension and Outreach discusses how to prioritize needs and wants when there is financial uncertainty.

Flexible thinking 

  • ISU Extension and Outreach discusses how to make and develop positive financial changes and habits during this pandemic.

Help available for Iowans navigating new financial challenges 

  • ISU Extension and Outreach discusses help available to Iowans during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Resources for Older Adults

The Gerontological Society of America COVID-19 resources 

  • The Gerontological Society of America has dedicated a webpage of resources for older adults and the Coronavirus pandemic.

Oxford University Press COVID-19 resources 

  • The Oxford University Press has a webpage of resources for older adults and COVID-19.

Ageism First Aid 

  • Ageism First Aid is a resource from The Gerontological Society of America for getting a better understanding of what ageism is and learning how to be mindful of your communication with individuals of all ages and diverse backgrounds.

Additional Resources

How to talk to teens and young adults about social distancing 

  • This article, written by Michelle Drouin, Ph.D., covers the reasons some young adults are not following the social distancing guidelines and how to address this topic.

Try to balance workplace and home when workplace and home are the same 

  • This blog post, ISU Extension and Outreach covers tips on how to adjust to your home being your workspace during business closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

20 apps to combat anxiety and stress 

  • Here is a resource from We Are Teachers sharing 20 apps for both children and adults to help relax and cope with stress and anxiety.