COVID-19 Resources for Parents

Parenting tips, activities and information on how to talk to your children about the Coronavirus.



Tips for Parents

Tips and Resources for Staying Safe, Healthy and Having Fun in the Times of COVID-19

(or when stuck at home on a rainy day)

(John R. Oishei Children's Hospital)

Along with food and community resources for Western New York, this document contains autistic-specific resources about handwashing and staying home; relaxation and emotional wellness; physical fitness; staying connected with friends, family and community; educational resources and just for fun activities and other helpful information.

Parent talking with Child

Parenting in a Pandemic

How do we maintain stability in the midst of unpredictability

The Healthy Child (Psychology Today article by Jennifer Weil Malatras, Ph.D.).

Mother and Disabled Daughter

Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak

This Q & A document outlines states' responsibilities to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families, and to the staff serving these children.

(US Department of Education)

Parent talking with Child

COVID-19: Resource Center

Resources for Special Education, Crisis & Mental Health, and Families & Educators

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is committed to providing the public with information, guidelines and resources to help support the learning and well-being of students, their families and others in the school community during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to the COVID-19 Resource Center, NASP also created a Parent Resource: Talking to Children About COVID-19.

(The National Association of School Psychologists - NASP)

Talking about the Coronavirus with Kids

Supporting and Reassuring Children Around the World

PDF downloads are available in multiple languages. (Manuela Molina - @MINDHEART.KIDS)

Play a Storytelling Game

Play a Storytelling Game

Print out story cube PDFs and practice storytelling by rolling homemade dice to tell a unique story!

(PBS Kids for Parents/WMHT)

Young boy walking dog

Yes, You Can Take Your Kids For a Walk

Pediatricians say families should get outside, but avoid playgrounds because they encourage children to play closely together.

(NPR - Elizabeth Blair - Morning Edition)

Tips for Parents Video

COVID-19 Tips for Parents (video)

Dr. Stroud has provided this informational video for parents in order to support caregivers in managing the emotional responses and developmental needs of their children during this crisis. Dr. Stroud provides parents with information and skills to support their children's emotional health, mental well-being and build necessary skills of resilience.


Father playing with child

COVID-19 Outbreak: The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is not selfish or indulgent - it's how we keep ourselves well to ensure we are physically, emotionally, and mentally capable of being there for our young children.


COVID-19 News and Resources

Stay Up-to-Date

For the latest information and resources around COVID-19, please visit the NYS Department of Health website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Coronavirus (COVID-19) website. This page is available in multiple languages and includes guidance for COVID-19.