Responding to COVID 19
We all have a collective responsibility to make sure kids are healthy, safe, and thriving especially during challenging times. Here you will find an assortment of resources during this stressful and scary time.
For Educators & Child Facing Professionals
New Hampshire Department of Education
is helping local schools keep up to date with the latest information and guidance regarding COVID-19.
NH Learns Remotely
As school districts embark on Remote Learning, the Department of Education has put together resources for both teachers and administrators at the local level.
We know not all children are safe at home. As a reminder, YOU are mandated by law to report any suspicions of child abuse or neglect to the Division For Children, Youth & Families (DCYF).
The Granite State Children’s Alliance has developed KNOW & TELL materials and compiled resources for educators and the general public on warning signs, action steps and communication during remote learning.
- 5 Actions you can take to know the signs and how to report when a child needs help.
- 5 Warning signs during eLearing or video communication when a child needs help.
- Tips for Communicating During Remote Learning a multi page guide with some questions/talking points that may help you check in on the well-being of children, their families, and caregivers.
- Tips for other Child Facing Professionals or the General Public can facilitate conversations over video to assess the wellness of a child.
For Parents & Caregivers
New Hampshire Office of the Child Advocate
The Office of the Child Advocate was established in 2018 as part of an aggressive commitment to reform New Hampshire’s child welfare system. During Stay-at-Home Orders and disrupted routines, the State Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) is urging parents to ensure safe sleep practices with infants. Follow this link for a printable safe sleep poster.
New Hampshire Family Resource Centers Emergency Contacts & Service Areas
Family Resource Centers are community-based programs that provide a variety of services to children and families, including parent education, information and referral. They are vital community resources and we encourage everyone to take advantage of their local Family Resource Center and the services they provide.
NH Children’s Trust
The New Hampshire Children’s Trust has developed a resource guide in response to the growing need for information and resources regarding COVID-19 in our state. It includes information concerning the virus, how it spreads, and what families can do to protect themselves, as well as resources and activities to support parents and caregivers as our state navigates CDC guidelines to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
DHHS Family Well-Being Guide COVID-19
This guide was created in response to the challenges many New Hampshire families may experience during the COVID-19 emergency, including financial instability, food insecurity, and family stress.
Family Device & Media Agreement Form
This agreement provides guidance to assist children and families with setting and abiding by expectations for device usage and media access. This is especialy important during remote learning, but also important during normal times.
Andrew’s Clinical Corner
Andrew Wolff is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician. He brings a wealth of clinical knowledge to help support children and families in adjusting to traumatic life events and coping with trauma utilizing a variety of different therapeutic interventions.
Structure and Routine in the Face of COVID-19
COVID-19 is everywhere. Learn what strategies you can use to reduce the feeling of anxiety and restlessness, while maintaining structure and routine during these uncertain times.
Gyms are closed due to COVID-19, learn about the benefits of maintaining healthy nutrition and exercising during COVID-19. Read about different strategies to remain successful in your health goals
Do you have a teenager at home? Learn the impacts COVID-19 have on your teen’s mental health. Take a look at different strategies you can use as parents and what your teen can do to get through this time of social isolation.
Ever heard of “Sleep Hygiene?” Discover the importance of sleep and learn what sleep hygiene is and how to improve your sleep habits during your time at home during COVID-19.
School Age Children and Parenting
Have you seen a change in your school aged child’s behavior? You are not alone. Learn the impacts of COVID-19 on your child and methods you and your child can use to combat the impacts of COVID-19 related anxieties.
Learn about Mindfulness; what is it, what are the benefits of it, and how to incorporate it into your life.
Do you have a preschooler at home? Read about strategies to addressing behaviors and other concerns that arise due to COVID-19.
When parents are functioning at their best, our children are more likely to be functioning at their best too. Because of that, it’s important we consider this pandemic’s impact on parenting relationships.
Take a moment to pause, breathe, and put our minds to work on something solely dedicated to you, your feelings, and your thoughts.
In honor of mental health awareness month, the next few weeks will be dedicated to talking about Anxiety and, strategies to use to help alleviate uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.
Social Media, Anxiety, and Teens
Life keeps throwing us these curveballs that are becoming more and more surreal. We’ve gone from the pandemic, to murder hornets, to May snow showers; WHATS NEXT, 2020?
The Coronavirus Pandemic is a difficult topic for parents to explain to any child, perhaps even more so when the child has Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs. Many children process information in a concrete manner, prefer established routines, and need support to understand and interpret emotions. The I Have a Question about Coronavirus Book provides a straightforward resource that takes these considerations into account and seeks to cover the wide range of questions that emerge as children (and adults) grapple with this global emergency.