COVID-19 Resources for Families

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Children’s Institute knows that children’s social emotional health is greatly impacted by times of anxiety and the recent news about COVID-19. Following are resources on how to share information such as this with young children as well as other useful topics to help children and their families navigate through the current situation.

PLEASE NOTE: You can continue to reach any Children's Institute staff member by calling 585-295-1000 or through email. We are working at this time from home offices and will respond in a timely manner.

Message from Ann Marie White, Ed.D., Executive Director

How Has the Pandemic Exposed Structural Racism

Children’s Institute’s Racial Equity and Justice Institute (REJI) team humbly offers this detailed, evolving, and far from exhaustive public account of the vastly disproportionate health, economic and educational fallout on communities and people of color—nationally and locally— revealed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Presented in slide deck form, this report captures data that:

  • illuminate pre-existing racial inequities in health, education, and economics that were overwhelmingly exacerbated during this pandemic,
  • provide a timeframe of inaction and inadequate response that led to preventable morbidity and mortality, and
  • illustrate the imperative of implementing and coordinating policies to dismantle structural racism throughout the Monroe County community in order to reduce or eliminate harm among families of color who bear the greatest burden—by far—of this pandemic.   

Our goal is to provide a resource for awareness and action. We invite you to join with Children’s Institute in collective impact efforts and as we stand with communities of color in tangible ways to support equity of access and wellbeing among all children and families.

How Has the Pandemic Exposed Structural Racism


Information for Families

NYS Parent Portal: Resources for parents & caregivers of young children

Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA): COVID-19 Resources

The Chicago Parent Program: Supporting Parents with Young Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Transform Research Center: COVID-19 resources

Healthi Kids: Resources for Families: COVID-19

CASEL: Strategies for Being Your Best Possible 'SEL'f with Dr. Marc Brackett

The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds: 7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Scholastic Classroom Magazines: Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus

Child Trends: Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Zero to Three: Answering Your Young Child’s Questions About Coronavirus

NASP - National Association of School Psychologists: Health Crisis Resources; COVID-19: Resource Center

Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus; How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids

Psychology Today: How to Stay Calm in the Midst of the Coronavirus Crisis

NCTSN - The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Helping Children Cope with Emergencies; Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children; Preparing for an Outbreak -- FAQs for Individuals and Families; Manage Anxiety & Stress

PBS for Parents: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

Stanford Children's Health: COVID-19: What Parents Need to Know

Permanente Medicine: Family Feeling Stressed About Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Other Resources

Community Check-In Conversation Series

Join us and others in our community to simply listen, support and connect. The Virtual Community Connection is a series of virtual community discussions intended to foster human connection and  inform our anticipation of needs as we navigate an unprecedented time.

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