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  • 1.  Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-20-2020 10:45 AM
    Hello everyone,

    To make it easier for folks visiting HELLO to find resources, we're starting this thread for you to post resources to support teachers and families during this time.  You can just click on "Reply All Via Email" above this message and write an email describing and linking to your resource.  That will post it to Hello.

    Here's an illustration of where to click in you Daily Digest email to contribute:

    Michael Coventry
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC

  • 2.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-20-2020 10:38 AM
    Thank you so much for this, Ann! As an online parenting coach and meditation teacher, I'm helping families worldwide to feel calm and get creative - anyone can feel free to share my blog with numerous ideas for parents of babies through teens:

    Aparna Venkataraman
    Morgantown WV

  • 3.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-20-2020 10:55 AM
    NAEYC staff have pulled together a resource page for coping with COVID-19.  We will be updating it often, so check back in on it.  We hope you find this useful.

    Michael Coventry
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC

  • 4.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-20-2020 04:43 PM

    Since many of you are making videos to share with parents and children from your home, I collaborated with a colleague from the NAEYC Creative Services team on some tips for making videos at home.

    Read the blog post, "Making Videos at Home: Tips for Educators" on the website.

    Michael Coventry
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC

  • 5.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

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  • 6.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-19-2020 12:14 AM
    I've added more quick, fun math activities for preK. Just a few at a time, so as not to overwhelm. Stuffed animals graphing, shoe sorting, and cola cup filling. Please share with parents, caregivers, and teachers. Simple support is the name of the game these days! Hope this helps!

    Carrie Cutler
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Houston
    The Woodlands TX

  • 7.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-19-2020 11:37 AM
    NAEYC staff have pulled together a resource page for coping with COVID-19.  We will be updating it often, so check back in on it.  We hope you find this useful.


    Michael Coventry
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC

  • 8.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-19-2020 04:38 PM
    I'd like to share another resource that might be helpful to families:

    Some calm advice about how to establish a daily routine at home during the coronavirus crisis.

    "Families at Home: Essential Daily Routines"

    Ann Gadzikowski
    Director of Early Learning
    Encyclopedia Britannica
    Evanston IL

  • 9.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-22-2020 09:46 AM
    We feel for all those impacted by the disruption, stress, and anxiety brought on by coronavirus. We are doing our part at the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS) to provide support in the way of FREE online training. Although digital, online courses and webinars provide a sense of community and a way to encourage one another. And it's purposeful use of our time! Online training ripples out to parents who are also searching for ways to help their children thrive at home. We are grateful for the generous community of educators donating time to offer free content, and we are honored to share it with you.

    Reframing the Meaning of Community in Changing Times 
    Caylin Gans, ForestSchooled, Ottawa, Canada
    Mon., March 23 from 12-1PM (EST)

    Gentle Yoga for Grounding
    Simona Lederman, Nature Playschool, PA
    Wednesdays, starting March 25 at 7:30PM (EST)

    Drip Drop Fun: Simple Water Play Activities
    Katie Rooney, Irvine Nature Center Nature Preschool, MD
    Fri., March 27 from 12-1PM (EST)

    Register for these free courses at If you need a dose of nature-based inspiration for yourself or your kiddos, you know where to find us!

    In Spring,

    Monica Wiedel-Lubinski
    Executive Director
    Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS) | it's our nature

  • 10.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-24-2020 09:13 AM
    I am putting together short 3 minute VIDEO TIPS for PARENTS.
    So many parents are stuck home with kids and not sure how to create positive joyful days. We know it's hard with young kids without knowledge. Yet, our community has lots of knowledge of what young kids love. Please connect with me if you want to share tips. This will be a FREE service to the public. thank you

    Scott Mesh
    Los Niños Services, Los Niños Training, NYC

  • 11.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-26-2020 11:55 AM

    In this changing landscape, our nonprofit, the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools, is offering free webinars about nature-based learning for teachers and parents. Here is the next one:

    Forest and Nature Preschool Director's Call: Changing with the Season

    Fri., 3/27/2020 at 8PM (EST) or Wed., 4/1/2020 at 4PM (EST)*

    As an adminstrator, how are you adapting your program to provide support to families and your staff as a whole? How have you allocated staff time and resources to deliver meaningful care and learning from a distance? How will tuition payments and missed time off play out for your program? We will lean on each other during a networking call to share challenges and practical solutions that can help us all. Encouragement and support is a-given! This is a networking call, not a presentation, so plan to interact and share. We will cap the discussion at 30 participants.*

    In Spring,

    Monica Wiedel-Lubinski
    Executive Director
    Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools
    Glen Arm MD

  • 12.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-27-2020 09:24 AM
    Here is an excerpt from an article by the Harvard Business Review (HBR), That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief

    HBR: People are feeling any number of things right now. Is it right to call some of what they're feeling grief?

    Kessler: Yes, and we're feeling a number of different griefs. We feel the world has changed, and it has. We know this is temporary, but it doesn't feel that way, and we realize things will be different. Just as going to the airport is forever different from how it was before 9/11, things will change and this is the point at which they changed. The loss of normalcy; the fear of economic toll; the loss of connection. This is hitting us and we're grieving. Collectively. We are not used to this kind of collective grief in the air.

    Read the entire article here:

    Tonya Satchell
    Johns Hopkins University School of Education IDEALS Institute

  • 13.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-27-2020 09:56 AM
    In the midst of this crisis, I wanted to share some helpful tips about coronavirus and census:

    Tonya Satchell
    Johns Hopkins University School of Education IDEALS Institute

  • 14.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-29-2020 08:40 PM
    FYI - Sesame Street has created a special site: Caring for Each Other ( with resources focused on maintaining health and hope.
    According to CSRNewswire, "The initiative features resources designed to help parents provide comfort and manage anxiety, as well as help with creating routines, fostering playful learning at home, and staying physically and mentally healthy. will be regularly updated to meet the needs of families as the situation evolves.
    "Around the world, young children's lives are being turned upside down, and parents and caregivers are looking for ways to give their children-and themselves-a sense of stability in this new normal," said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President for Curriculum and Content, Sesame Workshop. "But there are things parents and caregivers can do to face each day with optimism. Sesame Street is here to provide the caring adults in children's lives with the resources they need to help children, and foster their healthy development at home."
    Sesame Workshop is also creating brand new content on topics like handwashing, how to cough or sneeze properly, and how taking good care of yourself means taking good care of others, which will be available in the US and globally in a wide range of languages and released in the coming weeks.
    Additionally, over 110 free Sesame Street ebooks are available on all major ebook platforms.

    Faith Rogow
    Media Literacy Education Maven
    Insighters Education
    Ithaca NY

  • 15.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-30-2020 09:59 AM
    Looking for some interesting ways on how to get my teachers minds off of COVID 19 and in to continue the teaching and the students. 

  • 16.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 04-01-2020 04:04 PM
    Hi all,

    I'm a School Psychologist for district preschool programs. Over half of our families speak Spanish. I wanted to put together resources for our families to use during this challenging time, and I had to search far and wide for resources that were available in both languages. I'm sharing the site for anyone who wants to use any of the resources. Some are for my specific city and county, but all the other ones should be relevant.

    I'm also open to any suggestions to be added, or corrections to be made (I used Google translate since it was harder to get translation support like I normally do during this time).

    Hope this helps some.

    All my best,

    Katie Raher, PhD, PPS
    Consultant and School Psychologist
    Constant Love and Learning
    Pleasant Hill CA

  • 17.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 04-25-2020 11:45 AM

    Please share this free on-demand video with #childcare program administrators and owners who are struggling to keep their businesses viable to rebound after this pandemic. Heidi Hagel Braid from First Children's Finance offers incredibly detailed and specific advice, as well as inspiration. Joanne Hurt from Wonders Learning provides insights from the perspective of an Executive Director and child care advocate who is living through the hardship with creativity and determination. 

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    Derry Koralek
    Kensington MD

  • 18.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 04-25-2020 07:38 PM

    One of our PEACE Educators Interest Forum members has been active with some of her friends and is sharing the following resources with all of you. The values represented in the books are a wonderful fit for the PEACE Educators Interest Forum and probably for members of other interest forums.  

     Announcing!  "Sparklers" Book Lists for Trying Times and Earth Day

    The book lists following have been created by a group of teachers and others who are passionate about discovering wonderful children's literature and making it readily available.  The Sparklers Working Group of FGC (Friends General Conference) is a group of Quakers, all who love quality children's books that help promote peace, respect, simplicity, community, stewardship, and equality.  The book lists, including links to YouTube videos of each story, are available on the QREC (Quakers for Religious Education Collaborative) website.  The links here will give you access.

     Two book lists have been created to support families and children especially during this time:

    1. Books for These Trying Times:

    1. Books for Earth Day, and beyond:


    Both lists can also be accessed through the QREC Valiant Together Facebook page:

    Marilyn Shelton [Designation]
    California AEYC
    Fresno CA


  • 19.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 04-27-2020 01:42 PM
    Wanted to share May's Early Learning Blog.   This month's blog is all about what early learning teachers/schools/centers can do to encourage our youngest learners (and families) to learn that is NOT screen-focused :-) Many ideas came from NAEYC's Celebration of the Week of the Young Child and align withThe Framework for Teaching's 4c: Communicating with Families.  All ideas are quick, easy family-focused activities to build up those "family learning together muscles" for this COVID19-sheltered season and summer break where learning is often lost.  
    Please feel free to share this blog and the aligned website,, (which will have 20+ new early learning videos all aligned to Framework for Teaching Components/ Clusters this May/June), with any of your early learning educators! If you or your colleagues have missed any of the previous blogs, go to "News and Events" where they are all listed!
    Stay safe and connected friends! pam

    Pamela Rosa
    Rosa Educational Consulting
    Bloomington IL

  • 20.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 04-27-2020 05:22 PM

    Hello Teachers! For those of you needing online content to share with parents and students, Nashville Public Library's Youtube page has some wonderful content we are creating! I work with Brings Books to Life! The outreach program at NPL, and every Wednesday at 10:30 you can tune in to my stories from strange and wonderful places that teaches early literacy concepts, all with cool green screen technology. Also, for those missing out on circle time, every Tuesday at 10:00am BBTL does an online storytime with songs and the word of the day. Just search Nashville Public Library Storytime.

    Take Care Everyone! Susan 

    Susan Frizsell
    Curriculum Coordinator
    Nashville, TN

  • 21.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 05-07-2020 01:20 PM

    How to Create a Pandemic History Book

    History books are a gift to help us never forget. They are like breathing in at the focus time and then breathing out years later. By recording history we capture a point in time for future reflections.

    memory box


    But writing a history book that accurately reflects the facts is challenging. A well-written, vetted history book takes planning and many revisions to get just right. It's a big, daunting project.

    Thankfully there's another type of book that can help us capture historical events that is easier, even fun to produce-a scrapbook!

    A scrapbook is like a museum on pages. It's a way to capture an important historic period of our lives through organizing and sharing artifacts of that time and of the people who experienced it. Using two dimensional objects, scrapbooks contain memory-triggers for initiating future reflection. They invite a very special kind of reading, rich with deep conversation, inquiries, and storytelling.

    And they're fun to create! Scrapbooking can be a magnificent project for individuals or whole families to do together. Even small children can participate in scrapbooking. The result becomes a treasure when kids are old enough to sit down, maybe with their own children, to discuss their family's history.

    Now? Really?

    During this time when we're mostly staying at home to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, many of us find ourselves with space in our days for activities such as scrapbooking. So why not capture this historic period in a creative way?

    Invite everyone in the home can help make a gift to our future selves and friends. We also can collaborate with fellow quarantiners and others online to create a digital scrapbook.

    Take and/or collect photos and items (like a cardboard toilet paper core) and anything else that could trigger vivid memories that help shape answers to questions like:

    Corona Model

    What did we do when we were locked inside without friends to play with?

    How did we "go" to school?

    What made these the "good old days?"

    What made this time feel scary?

    Take Heart…

    Rest assured that someday we'll all sit shoulder-to-shoulder on the sofa, delivering belly laughs with pats on the knee, kisses and hugs as we get out that pandemic scrapbook and vividly remember our personal history and sweet/sad memories of this unique time.

    Photo Credit

    Mark Condon
    Vice President
    Unite for Literacy
    Louisville KY

  • 22.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 05-09-2020 10:31 AM
    Dear all, please check out this heart-warming resource, Paw Paw's Home Preschool while Sheltering in Place.

    Debbie LeeKeenan, a veteran NAEYC member and her husband have the good fortune to live near two of their grandchildren and have been caring for them during Shelter in Place.  They both have been providing activities for a 1.5 and a 3.5 year old which are developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive, open-ended, and can be adapted for a broader range of ages. Debbie has generously agreed to partner with the Asian Interest Forum to provide some examples of the activities to all of us. As Debbie stated, "These experiences are invitations for learning and use simple materials. They are also based on the interests of the children, encourage play, curiosity, and creativity."

    Please check out the photos of in her 36-day long diary and share this resource with anyone you know who are currently staying at home with young children.  If the link doesn't work up there, you can visit,

    Wishing you all a safe and healthy Mother's day weekend!


    Best regards,

    Sandy Baba, Ph.D
    NAEYC Asian Interest Forum Co-Facilitator
    Education Researcher, Community Advocate,
    California AEYC Diversity Committee Member
    *Hello is a great platform for us to exchange our ideas and have conversations, lets keep sharing our ideas!

  • 23.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 05-06-2020 06:23 PM
    I appreciate this thread of COVID resources for families with young children, especially with ideas out there that highly inappropriate.  
      I've been recommending these three resources from 
          ~ Guidance for Supporting Young Children Through COVID-19.  This is my favorite guide.  It covers a wide range of topics, always in a supportive way, including supporting play, communicating with loved ones, establishing routines, thoughts on screen-time, and how to talk to young children. I particularly like the attractive layout and the photos of diverse families that makes it appealing to families as well as educators.
       ~  Dr. Susan Linn's puppet show video. Her puppet shows at NAEYC conferences have always been delightful and informative - and so is this one, in which Susan helps Audrey the Duck understand what is meant by the Corona virus, and answers Audrey's questions about why their life has changed so much. Watching this short video helps young children understand.  Just as important, I think it models for us adults how to talk to children.  
        ~ The webinar featuring DEY's Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Kisha Reid. This hour long webinar addresses the specific concerns of teachers of young children. Kisha Reid and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, well-known educators and advocates, offer strategies to help teachers maintain connections to young students and families, encourage play-based learning, and support children's – and teachers – wellbeing during these challenging months. 
    Judy Van Hoorn
    member, NAEYC Play, Policy, and Practice

    Judith Van Hoorn
    El Cerrito CAJudith

  • 24.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 05-27-2020 12:11 AM
    Hello, Has anyone heard any information on Guidance for childcare transportation during this Covid-19 pandemic? , social distancing, What procedures should when follow when riding the bus? I've had a few other providers ask this question and there isn't much out there.

    Tiffany Grant
    Excell Academy
    Minneapolis MN

  • 25.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 05-30-2020 07:48 PM

    As schools across the U.S. started to close down in the wake of COVID-19, children were told that they wouldn't be going back for the foreseeable future.

    While some kid might enjoy starting their summer vacation early, others miss seeing teachers and friends.

    Medical students Devon Scott and Samantha Harris saw an opportunity to help.

    The cover of a book

    Click to download the book.

    "Kids are very curious and may be asking why they aren't at school, or why they can't hang out with their friends, or why people wear masks at grocery stores," said Scott, a medical student from Loma Linda University in California who is currently completing a research fellowship year in the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. "We wanted to add a resource to bridge the conversation gap between parents and children in an easy-to-understand way."

    Read the entire article by the University of Pittsburgh here:

    Tonya Satchell
    Johns Hopkins University School of Education IDEALS Institute

  • 26.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 06-09-2020 12:59 AM
    "The crisis has made clear that we must fundamentally rethink the ways we educate young children and support families in the United States."

    Jorge Saenz De Viteri
    Pomona NY

  • 27.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 06-10-2020 08:03 AM
    Check this out: If you're just beginning to get back together with children in-person, or you're still interacting online, and you're looking for a way to help children process what they've been experiencing, my colleagues at Action for Media Education, a Seattle-based nonprofit, have launched a project called the Corona Multimedia Showcase that asks, "If you could share your thoughts and feelings with others around the world, what would you create?"  It's an international celebration of the creativity of children, youth and their families during this time of a pandemic. Under the leadership of Dr. Marilyn Cohen (U of Washington Ed Prof Emeritus), they are inviting/facilitating contributions from children ages 3-19 to use art and multimedia and media literacy reflection/inquiry as a way to share their experiences of COVID-19. Entries are due by July 10. You can find all the details at This isn't a corporate thing. They aren't doing this to collect your data or co-opt kids voices for branding purposes. It is a chance for kids to be creative and see themselves as part of a larger community.

    Dr. Faith Rogow
    Ithaca NY

  • 28.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-21-2020 11:15 AM
    These are fabulous resources-thanks so much!!!!!!

    Katy Forcillo
    Young Fives Teacher
    Grosse Pointe Public Schools.
    Grosse Pointe, MI

  • 29.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-23-2020 05:07 PM
    Hi NAEYC Friends,

    I hope that everyone is staying safe. I'm looking forward to the days when we can look back on this as a memory and remind folks of how CHILD CARE is the backbone of our entire society.

    Until then, I thought I'd share this compilation of resources that some of you may find helpful. Please share as you see fit. You can also submit resources you think need to be added.

    Tonya Satchell
    Johns Hopkins University School of Education IDEALS Institute

  • 30.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-22-2020 12:43 AM
    thanks but is there anything for the twos? i work mainly well the group i am with is mainly twos but i do also work with the other age.

    Michelle Fanwick
    Palo Alto Commuity Child Care
    Palo Alto CA

  • 31.  RE: Resources on COVID-19