June 2020

  • The California Surgeon General has created a guide for helping people manage stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Print or read the guide in multiple languages here.
  • Rebecca Parlakian shares ideas for how parents of two to five year olds can discuss racism and violence in this article for Zero to Three.
  • Dr. Nia Heard-Garris and Dr. Jacqueline Dougé share advice for how parents can talk to children about racism in an article for
  • The National Association of School Psychologists offers guidance to parents and educators on how to talk with children about violence in this tip sheet which is available in multiple languages.
  • In this video by Dr. Barbara Stroud, parents are provided with information, skills, and tools to support their children’s emotional health, mental well-being, and resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The stress of current events can impact our quality of sleep. Patti Neighmond explores how sleep may be affected, and what we can do to improve our sleep in her article for NPR.
  • Click here to read the EdSource article Education and the coronavirus crisis: What’s the latest? This article is updated frequently with new information as it becomes available.
  • This article by NPR discusses the risk levels of COVID-19 exposure during summer activities like going to the beach or eating in a restaurant.
  • Visit the American Camp Association website if you are interested in learning about summer camp programs for kids and would like to search for a camp in your area.
  • Students from the West Contra Costa area share their thoughts about distance learning in this article by EdSource.
  • The Yale Study Center and Scholastic Collaborative for Child and Family Resilience have created the First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope during the Coronavirus Pandemic which can be viewed or printed here.
  • Practice this deep breathing exercise when you need to relax. Find more self-care ideas in our blog Mental Health during COVID-19: Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family.

May 2020

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Pandemic Crisis Services Response Coalition has created a website to support anyone who is experiencing stress, anxiety, or mental health concerns during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • Read about the impacts of COVID-19 on education in this article by EdSource, which is being updated on an ongoing basis as the situation changes.
  • The Los Angeles Times reports on Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement that California will provide more food assistance for students and families in need.
  • Rise Magazine offers these tips and resources for parents who are separated from their children during the pandemic.
  • The Los Angeles County of Education has developed a free toolkit for sharing information with teachers, parents, and the community about remote learning.
  • Learn how schools are working to support children with the technology they need for online distance learning in this article by EdSource.
  • Sydney Johnson, of EdSource, explains how to protect students’ privacy as they spend more time online for distance learning.
  • Young children can explore music in English and Spanish on Mariela’s Music Time during COVID-19 YouTube channel.
  • Visit the Tandem Virtual Storytime: Share Stories to Spark Joy! YouTube channel to hear children’s books read in multiple languages.
  • Practice math, science, and language skills by making a miniature garden with your child.

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