Age-Specific Supports for Coping with the COVID-19 Crisis At Home


For Young Children


This Feelings Workbook from Scholastic, free to download and use, is targeted towards elementary aged children. It has writing and discussion prompts about feelings, ways to stay healthy, and space to create a daily schedule and identify adults who care. Get ideas for releasing and expressing feelings in creative ways. Available in English and Spanish.


CNN partnered with Sesame Street for a special recorded Town Hall About Coronavirus for Kids. The 90-minute program featured experts and Sesame Street characters — including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Rosita and Grover. Together, they answered questions submitted by families. This Town Hall provided families with the opportunity to learn more about the pandemic and ask questions.”The ABC’s of Covid 19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents” tackled issues including education, anxiety, screen time and play dates.


For Teens and Young Adults


This Child Mind Institute article is specifically designed for parents & caretakers of teenagers and young adults. It helps families to recognize particular challenges that they are experiencing and gives actionable tips for support. Available in English and Spanish.


For All Ages


This HelpGuide.org article for parents & caretakers educates families about age-specific signs of traumatic stress and ways to cope. For example, in young children, signs of trauma might include changes in sleep or eating patterns, whereas in older children and teens, signs of trauma might include complaining of physical ailments or avoiding things that remind them of an event or circumstance.


This Handout from Franklin County Family and Children First Council, gives practical advice about how to create a calm routine, plan for daily movement, and connect with people.

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Ohio Parents and Caregivers -- Click Here to Apply to be on our Advisory Council in 2021 -- Applications Due November 26, 2020

We are now recruiting Ohio parents and caregivers of Ohio children from birth to grade 12 to be members of our advisory council beginning in January 2021!

Click here to download the English version of the application and share with families in your community.

Click here to download the Spanish version of the application and share with families in your community.

Applications are due by November 26, 2020, and can be emailed as an attachment to OhioSFEC@osu.edu.

To read more about the work of the council, visit our state advisory council web page.

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