Family Resource Center
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis grows in Alaska and worldwide, we want you to know that we are here for you and your family. Below are some resources and updates to support you and your family during these uncertain times.
What's Happening Now
- Participate in a family survey on mental health and wellness during COVID-19 by texting SURVEY to 907-269-0344 or visit the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology website here.
thread's statewide offices are physically closed, but we are open for business and providing all services via telephone and/or through distance delivery.
If your child care program is closed, thread encourages you to stay home and avoid placing your children in alternate care, if possible.
We also understand every family has a unique situation at this time. If you need assistance with child care referrals, contact thread at 800.278.3723 between 9 am and 5 pm, or use our online search tool. We can provide you with the latest information on which programs are open and have vacancies.
The Municipality of Anchorage has launched a map showing the status of early childhood education programs in the municipality.
Talking to Children About COVID-19
- Our Smallest Warriors, Our Strongest Medicine: Overcoming COVID-19 (Children's Book)
- A Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development (Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University)
- My Hero is You: New children's story book to help children cope with COVID-19
- Talking With Children About Coronavirus Disease 2019: Tips from the CDC
- NPR's Just for Kids comic about COVID-19: This comic answers kids’ questions about the Coronavirus. It can also be printed and read to younger children.
- Child Mind Institute's Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus: Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.
- PBS Kids: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
- Resources for Supporting Children's Emotional Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Learning at Home (E-Learning)
- Early Learning Activities for Babies
- Early Learning Activities for Toddlers
- Early Learning Activities for Preschoolers
- Resources from Johns Hopkins University's IDEALS Institute
- Working and Learning from Home: The AAP's family website, HealthyChildren.org, has tips for staying at home, including whether to worry about extra screen time.
- AK Learns: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development's resources for Pre-K families
- At-Home Tips to Make the Most of Everyday Moments with your Baby from Vroom
- At-Home Tips to Make the Most of Everyday Moments with your Toddler from Vroom
- At-Home Tips to Make the Most of Everyday Moments with your Preschooler from Vroom
- Preparing for Emergencies with Brain Building Tips from Vroom
- Activities for Kids at Home During School Closures
- PBS Kids Learn and Grow: Age by Age Tips & Activities for Social Emotional Learning, Literacy, Arts and More!
- We Are Teachers: 16 Card Games to Learn Math
- Khan Academy Kids: Free educational program for young children
- Squiggle Park: Build reading skills
- Storyline Online: Listen to celebrities read children’s books
- Playworks Online Game Library
- Imagination Tree Blog: Resources and Activities for Fun at Home
- Scholastic Learn at Home: Day to Day Projects to Keep Kids Growing
- Second Step Summer Reading List
- Kids National Geographic
- Typing Club: Learn to type
- Duolingo: Learn a new language
Working From Home
- How to Master Working From Home—While Under Quarantine With Kids: If you find yourself telecommuting for the first time, use these tips from full-time work-from-home moms.
- 5 Tips for Effectively Working From Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak, When You Have Kids
- 9 Tips for Working at Home With Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis
- Watch this video to inspire you to get out and play from Play Every Day
- Play Every Day Campaign from the State of Alaska
- Play & Learn Ideas from Experience Early Learning
- Health at Home PE & Health Resources for Parents
- 100 Mile Club Free 26 Day Challenge
- Yoga Ed Youtube Channel: Yoga for Children
- Alo Yoga Youtube Channel: Yoga for Children
- OMTastic Yoga: Free Yoga Resources for Children and Families
- GoNoodle Library: Movement and mindfulness videos
- Mindful Schools: Free Online Mindfulness Classes for Kids
- What about play dates? The New York Times asked the experts what social distancing means for play dates.
- Alaska Kids Can Get Out and Play, But Avoid Indoor Play Dates
- Let's Talk About Feelings
- Together We Are Safer - Youth Safety During COVID-19
- Social Connections
- Concrete Supports
- Child Safety and Well-Being During COVID-19 (Office of Children's Services)
Health and Wellness
- Is It Safe to Bring My Child to Child Care During COVID-19?
- Help Me Grow Alaska
- COVID-19 and Pregnancy & Breastfeeding: Tips from the CDC
- Caring for Children While School is Out: Tips from the CDC
- Cloth Face Coverings
- Results from Family Surveys by the State of Alaska Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology
- Resources for Children and Youth with Special Care Needs
Tell Us Your Story
thread wants to hear from you about how COVID-19 is affecting your family. Share your story.