Resources for HOUSTON Families

Families across Houston are having to cope with extended school closures, uncertain economic futures, and hundreds of other challenges in the wake of COVID-19. In response to this crisis many nonprofits, service providers, and advocacy organizations are working together to support families in this extremely vulnerable time. Below is our growing collection of coronavirus information and resources for families.

Healthcare & Health Access
Education & Virtual Learning

3/2020 – Balancing Online/Remote and In-Person Learning for Young Children – English

3/2020 – Balancing Online/Remote and In-Person Learning for Young Children – Spanish

3/23/2020 –  CDC: Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Tips to keep children healthy and learning during school closures 

3/23/2020 –  Khan Academy: Daily Sample Schedules for Prek-12 

3/19/2020 – We Are Teachers: 18 best podcasts for elementary, middle, and high school kids

3/17/2020 – 20 websites to keep kids busy (and smart!)

3/16/2020 – Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

2/20/2020 – Dallas Public Library allowing residents to take internet home with hotspot lending

Texas Education Agency – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance


Amazing Educational Resources – Education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closures

Scholastic –  Scholastic Learning At Home Resources

Story Online –  Free children’s literacy resource featuring the world’s best storytellers reading books aloud

Audible – Storybooks for children 

Youtube – Wild, Free and Crafty: Free Art Lessons for Kids and Adults

Youtube – Cosmic Kids Yoga

EdNavigator – How Should Parents Prepare for Coronavirus, School Closures, and Getting Anything Done?

National Center for Families Learning – 30 Days of Families Learning Together (English)

National Center for Families Learning – 30 Days of Families Learning Together (Spanish)

CLI Engage – Family Resources for COVID-19

Arlington Public Libraries – Daily virtual story times

Fort Worth Library For Kids – Read and Listen Titles

Story Pirates – The Story Pirates Podcast

Teaching Mama – 15 Hands-On Math Activities for Preschoolers

Parenting & Family Well-Being

March 2020Prevent Child Abuse America: Coronavirus Tips & Resources for Parents, Children & Others 

March 2020  Healthy at Home: A Toolkit for Supporting Families Impacted by COVID-19

03/31/2020 – American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children: Crianza positiva durante el COVID-19: 10 consejos para ayudar a mantener la calma en el hogar

3/26/2020 – Healthy Children: Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19

3/23/2020 – A Kids Book About Covid-19

3/22/2020  Coronavirus FAQ for Child care providers & families

3/20/2020 – Child Mind Institute: Supporting Families During COVID-19

3/18/2020  Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic

3/17/2020 – Sanctuary for Families: Safety Planning During COVID-19; Tips From Survivors For Survivors

3/12/20NPR: Life Kit Podcast Coronavirus And Parenting: What You Need To Know Now

3/11/2020 – Paper Pinecone: 101 Activities to do at home with preschoolers and toddlers

3/9/2020 – Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus

3/18/2020 – Handling Your Kid’s Disappointment When Everything Is Canceled

3/22/2020  Coronavirus FAQ for Child care providers & families

4/1/2020 – 4 Ways to Help Your Anxious Kid

Child Mind Institute –  Cómo apoyar a los niños durante la crisis del coronavirus” 

Depelchin Children’s Center – Fathering in 15

4th Trimester Project – Coronavirus, COVID-19 for New Moms

Child Mind Institute – Support for Kids With ADHD During the Coronavirus Crisis

Child Mind Institute – Autism and the Coronavirus: Resources for Families

Child Mind Institute – Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis

Entertainment Calendar  Kids Out and About: 250+ Creative Ways to Keep Your Family Sane During the COVID-19 Crisis

Parenting for Lifelong Health – Covid-19 Parenting Tips

The Brain Architects Podcast – The Brain Architects Podcast: COVID-19 Special Edition: A Different World

Early Childhood Development Action Network – Early Childhood Focused Covid-19 Resources

First 3 Years – Online Course Modules

Texas Department of Family & Protective Services – COVID-19: Help For Parents to Weather the Coronavirus Crisis

National Parent Helpline – State Resources

Child Mind Institute – ¿Cómo podemos ayudar a los niños con las transiciones?

Child Mind Institute –   El autocuidado en los tiempos del coronavirus

National Diaper Bank Network 

Sesame Street – Caring For Each Other

Free Virtual Tours & Experiences

The Kennedy Center: “Lunchtime Doodles with Mo Willems” (author of Knuffle Bunny, Elephant and Piggy, and the Pidgeon books)- LIVE on YouTube at 11:00 am Central time

SAG-AFTRA Foundation: “Storyline Online” 

From No Small Matter: “Quarantined with Rachel” 

Cincinnati Zoo: “Home Safari”– LIVE on YouTube at 2:00 pm Central time

Free Fun in Austin: “Virtual Field Trips You Can Take with Your Kids: Museum Edition”

The New York Times: “Children Stuck at Home Can Still Explore the Zoo or Aquarium. Some Penguins Could, Too.”

Common Sense Media: Free Online Events and Activities for Kids at Home

Children’s Museum Houston: Virtual Learning: Today’s Broadcast

UNICEF USA: Keep Students Active with a Lifesaving Purpose


City of Fort Worth: Fort Worth readers unite for May challenge

Immigration/New American Children

Have a resource to share with families? 

We’d love to add to our Family Resource Database and hope to update this page with new resources daily. Suggest family resources via the google sheet linked to the right or email information on your resource to  Julie Morris at [email protected].

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