Food Security Resources

Food Pantry Locator

Free, statewide food pantry locator

Mobile Food Pantry Schedule

Updated Covid-19 guidance for mobile food pantries and the statewide schedule

United Way: Schools Offering Free Breakfast and Lunch

List of school districts in Greater New Haven offering free breakfast and lunch with days/hours of distribution

Greater Hartford Crisis Resources for Food Insecure Families

Detailed schedule for children to receive free breakfast and lunch in lieu of school closures

Housing and Utility Resources

Covid-19 Homeless Response

Updated resource guide for families facing homelessness

Internet Essentials by Comcast

How to gain access to free/affordable internet for low income families during pandemic to help wiht transition to online schooling

Connecticut Natural Gas/United Illuminating

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Altice USA: Offering Free Internet Access

How to access free broadband internet connections for students K-12 and college students

The Village: Free Financial Coaching

Connect to a specialist who provides free financial coaching including how to access state financial resources and secure housing

Parent and Children Resources

Diaper Bank Locator CT

Listing of all diaper distribution centers for free diapers given directly to families in need

Connecticut Children’s Pediatric COVID-19 Hotline


Prevent Child Abuse America: Covid-19 Resources for Parents, Children and Others

Comprehensive list of tips and resources

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Family and Caregiver Resources

Trauma-centered resources for families and caregivers to help children through pandemic

FBI Warning About Child Exploitation During Covid-19 Pandemic

Discussion of the dangers that children face from online predators during Covid-19 pandemic and how to approach child/adolescent safety from exploitation

Yale Medicine Guide for Pregnant Mothers During Pandemic

OBGYN’s answer commonly asked questions about pregnancy and Covid-19

Child Mind Institute: How to Talk to Children About Covid-19

Discusses ways to engage children in age-appropriate conversation about the pandemic without adding more fear

DCF Guidelines and Resource Page

Includes housing, child care, domestic violence and mental health resources as well as updated DCF protocols

UNICEF: Helping kids adjust to online learning

Provides tips to help children get the most out of online learning

Preparing for Extended School Closures

How to deal with extended school closures as a parent while still maintaining sanity

Covid-19 General Information Sheets in 30 Different Languages

Up to date information on Covid-19 across the globe in 30 languages

CT Children’s Medical Center School Closure Kit

How to educate children from home and keep them happy, healthy and active

ConnCann Distance Learning Plans by School District

Link to each school district in CT and their up to date distance learning plans

BookBub: Coronavirus Book for Children

Free, digital book that helps explain the coronavirus pandemic in a child-friendly way

Covibook: Reassuring Children Under 7

A short picture book to help support and reassure children under 7 about the pandemic in 25 different languages

Shared Parenting Resources During Covid-19

Tips for parents who share custody of their children

Covid-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families

Parenting tips to promote safety and connection while enduring a new normal with children

Child Mind: Supporting Kids During Coronavirus

Tips for nurturing and protecting children at home

Guide for Parents: How to Avoid Passing Anxiety to Children

How to help yourself and your kids by learning to manage stress in a healthy way

Guide for Parents: Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During Covid-19 Pandemic

Tips for parents managing older children at home

Mental Health and Coping Resources

Center for Discovery Free Zoom Support Groups

Listing of support groups for a variety of eating disorders and mental illness via Zoom

Family Stress Relief from the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Parental coping strategies for overwhelmed parents

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psyciatry: Resource Library

Includes links to teletherapy and trauma-informed methods for coping with the pandemic

CDC Tips for De-Stressing during pandemic

Coping strategies and tips for children, parents, adults, high risk populations, and first reponders etc.

Common Sense Media: Stress reducing activities for children and families

Includes activities for children and families that promotes healthy coping and decreased stress response

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Resources

12-Step online meeting information

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Resources

12-Step online meeting information

Free Headspace Subscription for health care workers

Link to free subscription for public health and front line workers for mental health support

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Guide to Helping Families Covid-19

Resource to help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.

Child Mind: How Mindfulness Can Help During Covid-19

Tips for calming anxiety during difficult times

How to Cope With an Anxious Child

A guide for what to do and what not to do when children are anxious. Includes how to respect feelings without empowering fears

Activities for Children of All Ages

Parade: 125 Activities to do With Children During Quarantine

Guide for at-home activities with children of varying ages

30+ Virtual Field Trips for Kids

Includes links to virtual tours of landmarks, zoos, aquariums and famous mueseums

50 Arts and Crafts Ideas for Kids

DIY arts and craft project ideas to do at home

Bill Nye the Science Guy: At Home Experiments

Science experiments designed for at home

Homemade Playdough Recipe

How to make homemade play dough in less than five minute

Youtube: How to Make Slime

Step-by-step guide on how to make slime at home

NASA Kids Club

Educational games to teach children about NASA and space

Free Online Art Classes

Children’s art classes through Facebook Live

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: At Home Activity List

Offers activity ideas to parents and caregivers whose families are sheltering in place, social distancing, and homeschooling due to school closures amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

YWCA Hartford Region: Activity List for How to Make the Best out of Being at Home

Each activity includes everyday materials that you can use in your home and a link to the instructions and other activities that you can do with your child.

Indoor Activities for Kids

35+ Indoor Activities for Kids that are perfect for helping kids keep their bodies and minds active indoors when it’s too hot, cold or rainy to go outside.

Audible: Free Audiobooks

Link to free audiobooks through audible; includes titles across six different languages

250 Ways to Keep Your Family Sane During Covid-19 Crisis

Creative activity ideas for children and families to make the most out of their time together

Scholastic: Learning at Home

Day-by-day projects to keep kids K-12 reading, thinking and growing during pandemic

Wide Open School: Schools are Closed by Minds are Open

Free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense Media

CAC Resources

National Children’s Alliance: Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines

A guide for CACs and medical providers to safety for children, families, and personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic

National Children’s Alliance: Teleforensic Interview Guidelines

A guide for the children’s advocacy center response during the COVID-19 pandemic

National Children’s Alliance: Covid-19 Webinar for CAC’s

A guide for CAC’s for conducting services during Covid-19

Law Enforcement Resources

International Association of Police: Tips for First Responder Family Safety

Safety strategies for families in which a parent is a first responder

CDC Coronavirus Guide for Law Enforcement

CDC recommendations for law enforcement during Covid-19

Child Welfare Related Professional Resources

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children: Letter to Child Welfare Professionals

Discussion of adjustments for child welfare workers during global pandemic

Monique Burr Foundation for Children: Online Child Abuse Prevention Education

Facilitator resources to conduct a live stream of child abuse prevention training for schools during pandemic

Chronicles of Social Change: Child Welfare Systems and Covid-19 Changes

What child welfare systems need to think about during Coronavirus

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Letter to Child Welfare Leaders

Guidance to child welfare legal and judicial leaders on statutorily required judicial proceedings

Child Welfare League of America: Resource Page

COVID-19 information, news, & resources for child welfare professionals and others

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children:

Free or low-cost technology options for child welfare communications (please review privacy policies before the exchange of sensitive data

End Violence Against Children: Protecting Children During Covid-19 Outbreak

Resources to reduce violence and abuse

Zero Abuse Project: Responding to Child Abuse During Pandemic

25 tips for MDT members

National Child Abuse Coalition: Summary of CARES Act Provisions

Discussion of the CARES Act Provision and how this impacts high risk families who have limited financial resources

General Guide to Coping with Compassion Fatigue

How to cope with increased compassion fatigue commonly found within helping professionals

Child Protection: Resource Menu for Covid-19

Drop box folder with collected global, regional and country level resources for Covid-19, including Arabic, Spanish and French folders

Meeting Families’ Needs During Covid-19 Shutdown

Tips and resources for volunteers and professionals

Educator Resources

State of CT Board of Education Letter to Teachers

Attendance guidance and ensuring student engagement during school class cancellations due to Covid-19

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus

Experts from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network share their recommendations for educators supporting students during the COVID-19 crisis.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

Provides school administrators, teachers, staff, and concerned parents with basic information about working with traumatized children in the school system.

Children with Disabilities Resources

National Autism Society: Resources for Autistic People and Families

Autism related resources surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic

Child Mind Institute: Supporting Children with Autism During Pandemic

Tips for talking to your child with autism about the coronavirus

Tips for Speach Therapy at Home for Children with Autism

A guide written by a Speech Pathologist for parents conducting speech therapy at home during Covid-19

American Psychological Association: Advice for Caregivers who have Children with Disabilities During Covid-19

Psychological researchers offering ways to help families, caregivers and children cope during the pandemic.

Unicef: Covid-19 Response and Considerations for Children and Adults with Disabilities

Fact sheet for minimizing virus spread for high risk individuals with diabilities

National Center for Learning Disabilities: Covid-19 Resources and Tools

Parent, educator and young adult resource guides, including legislative updates

CHADD: Resources and Tips for Children with ADHD During Covid-19

Tips and resources for children with ADHD, including how to navigate remote learning