MSPCC has collected resources for families to understand how to talk to children about the COVID-19 pandemic as well as resources to have fun, learn, and stay busy while practicing social distancing.
Talking to your child about Coronavirus:
Zero to Three Toolkit with resources on children’s frequently asked questions and fun activities to do with young children during social isolation.
Harvard Graduate School of Education video on helping children cope with anxiety surrounding Coronavirus.
PBS KIDS conversations about Coronavirus, as well as videos, games and activities all about hand washing and staying healthy.
Free education resources for children at home.
Head Start supporting children experiencing trauma
COVIBook PDF in 19 languages for explaining the virus and ways to prevent it to children.
Fun activities while practicing social distancing:
New England Aquarium Virtual Visits
Animal Conservation at the San Diego Zoo
WHO mental health considerations
The NAN Project resource guide for young adults
Zero to Three resource on self-care with young children at home.
Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds self-care for children, teens, and young adults
Active Minds tips for college students for staying well
The Mighty recommendations for managing anxiety and OCD
YMCA 360: Free, on-demand classes for grown-ups and children.
Sensory Grounding and Box Breathing Techniques: video tutorials offered by the iHope Network.
Mindfulness Exercises: 73 exercises that will strengthen your ability to practice mindfulness. BONUS: practice mindfulness with your children!
Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Relaxation exercise offered by the iHope Network.
MassGov We All Need Help Sometimes: Graphics on taking care of your mental health during quarantine.
MSPCC is committed to standing against racism, oppression and hatred. To access resources about addressing racism with young children, click here.
For more resources for families and behavioral health providers, visit the Children’s Mental Health Campaign and MassAIMH.