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Tips for Families: Coronavirus

The following resources offer tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.

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Talking about the Coronavirus

Answering Your Young Child’s Questions About Coronavirus
Even if you’ve kept your toddler away from news about COVID-19 in the media or overhearing adult conversations, they are bound to have questions. Here are some age-appropriate responses to common questions.

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
NPR presents a comic developed from an interview with Tara Powell, Joy Osofsky, PhD, and Krystal Lewis on what kids might want to know about the Coronavirus.

Why are people wearing masks? Why are people covering their faces?
Read through tips to answer tough questions toddlers may ask about COVID-19.

Supporting Young Children Isolated Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Learn more about common reactions in children when they are faced with stress and things you can do to help.

Ask Congress to Take the Next Step for Babies!

Infant-toddler advocates know that the COVID-19 crisis will hit babies and their families particularly hard.

Urge Congress to act now

Time at Home

Young Children at Home during the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Importance of Self-Care
Self-care is not selfish or indulgent—it’s how we keep ourselves well to ensure we are physically, emotionally, and mentally capable of being there for our young children.

At-Home Activity Guide
With these activities and experiences at-the-ready, you can feel less stressed and more prepared!

First Things First: Parenting in the time of coronavirus and social distancing Families have lots of questions, so First Things First, an early childhood agency, reached out ZERO TO THREE’s parenting expert for her thoughts and advice for parents with babies, toddlers and preschoolers during this period of social distancing.

Staying Connected

Five Tips to Make the Most of Video Chats
Can’t visit the grandparent’s because of new rules or worries? Here are some tips for making the most of your next video chat.

Separated From Your Young Child?
Sheltering in place or self-quarantine frequently means being apart from our family, including our very young children. Those on our “front lines” in this fight–our medical personnel, our first responders, even our grocery store personnel—are making the very difficult choice of staying away, rather than risk infecting their little ones. While these days and weeks are filled with more questions than answers, there are still many ways for parents to keep their connection strong with their little ones.

Staying Connected While Separated from Your Young Child
Here are some additional ideas to keep the parent-child connection strong, even if you can’t be together with your child.

Sesame Street Resources

Our neighbors on Sesame Street offer these fun activities and guides to staying safe and healthy as part of their new Caring for Each Other initiate:

My Healthy Week!
Chart a schedule of the ways little ones can stay strong with this free printable.

How to Wash Your Hands
Share the video featuring Bebe to show the right way to stop the spread of germs, and have a child show you how they use soap, then water!

H is for Handwashing
Read this storybook to explore the ways that children across the world stay happy and healthy. Invite children to think about how the ways we wash our hands that may be different and similar to our friends in other places.