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Resources List

COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE

For Parents/Caregivers

To Take Care of Others, Start by Taking Care of Yourself (Tips from the Harvard Business Review)

handhold (MA DMH) Created by a team of mental health and child development experts in partnership with parents to guide you in caring for your child’s mental health and emotional well-being (En Español).

Helping Children Cope (Ready.gov) Includes tips, risk factors, and additional resources.

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (NASP/NASN) Guidelines from the National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times A toolkit with seven strategies and corresponding resources, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education and Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (En Español).

 

For Kids

Free eBooks about COVID -19 for Children A curated collection of free e-books for children of varying ages and in multiple languages. From the New York City School Library System.

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (NPR) Comic that includes information from healthcare experts interviewed for an NPR story. Can also be printed and folded into a zine (En Español).

First Aid for Feelings workbook Free from Scholastic. Available in English and Spanish (En Español).

COVID-19 Time Capsule Printable pages to record feelings, family moments, memories, letter to self and more (En Español).

Coronavirus Infographic and Game (Tumblehome Books) Free resources for teaching children about the Coronavirus and hygiene.

Virtual School Librarian Statewide digital resources to ensure all students and teachers have the services of a school librarian to find high-quality information, tools and strategies to continue developing media literacy and research skills.

Fun & Entertainment

Audible Stories for Youth Free youth content from Audible. Instantly stream a collection of stories, including titles across six different languages. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet (En Español).

Authors Everywhere This is a Youtube Channel created and run by children’s book writers and illustrators. With all this talk of potential quarantines and school closures, we wanted to do something to offer relief for parents and kids who might find themselves stuck at home. On this channel, you’ll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. We hope that we can offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this time.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka “Draw Every Day” videos with award-winning Massachusetts writer and illustrator.

#StoryMarch & #StoryMarchWrite A fun way for artists and writers of every age to stretch themselves a little and have fun using prompts every day to inspire creativity!

Story Preservation Initiative You’ll find a selection of audio stories from three master storytellers on the K-3 Storytelling Learning Lab, found at www.storypreservation.org To access click K-3 Learning Lab on blue banner. A one-time registration is required and then click on “storytellers” and listen and enjoy at no cost.

Spanish children’s stories (The Spanish Experiment) Well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids… and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English. Site also includes free Spanish lessons.
Tip: Scroll to bottom to find similar sites for French, German, and Italian!

Skype a Scientist This organization offers children and families opportunities to interact with scientists from around the world. Click the “Events” tab to view pre-planned live group sessions, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, click “For Families,” and you will be matched with your very own scientist to chat about science (En Español)!

Free Family History Activities for Kids Free, easy-to-do activities that will keep kids entertained and get them thinking about their family history. From American Ancestors and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Storytimes and Activities for Kids (MBLC We’re in this Together) “Libraries have moved their storytimes and other activities online, streaming or recorded. This list is being updated as more become available.”

Storyline Online Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Mazza Museum Storytimes Upbeat, fun stories for morning and evening stories to help you wind down for the night. From the Mazza picturebook museum in Ohio.

Story Time From Space Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation

General Resources

Mental Health Hotlines

Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.

Disaster Distress Helpline (Call: 1-800-985-5990) SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support (En Español).

Counseling/Therapy

Find a Therapist in Massachusetts (Psychology Today) Includes qualifications, specialities, and a personal statement.

Therapist Matcher (NASW MA) Free telephone referral service has connected thousands of people with licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSWs) across Massachusetts

Support Groups

NAMI Massachusetts COMPASS COMPASS is the information and referral helpline at NAMI Massachusetts. Provides resources and support to help people navigate the complex mental health system and problem solve in difficult circumstances (En Español).

NAMI Massachusetts Family Support Groups Meeting now by conference call instead of in-person (En Español).

HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) Free services for victims of abuse.

Department of Unemployment Assistance Apply for Unemployment or report benefits fraud (En Español).

Action Inc. Local branch of the Community Action Partnership that assists all on Cape Ann struggling with poverty.

Action Inc. Fuel Assistance Program Help with heating costs and energy efficiency.

The Open Door Food Pantry Offers weekly curbside grocery pickup, as well as pet food and diapers.

DrugRehab.com Filled with tools and resources to overcome addiction and pursue lifelong recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous Find local meeting information and helpful literature (En Español).

Wellspring House Help finding local shelters, affordable housing, and job training.

SeniorCare Provides services for elders enabling them to live independently while remaining part of their community.

North Shore Elder Services Offers a variety of services and programs for elders.

 

Please let us know if you have questions or suggestions regarding this resource guide!