While our Head Start centers are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to provide tools and resources to make sure the fun and learning can continue at home!
Our exemplary Head Start teaching staff and administrators have compiled a plethora of resources for parents to continue where schools left off–teaching our future world changers.
We also understand how difficult it may be to effectively educate our young ones about the Coronavirus and how to remain calm during these uncertain times. PBS Kids has created some fun and creative ways to communicate with your children.
Come back often! We will update this link with new resources as they become available!
Below are the links to each resource:
How to Talk to Your Kids about the Coronavirus – How to share age-appropriate facts and correct misinformation.
How You and Your Kids can De-stress during Coronavirus – If you are feeling stress about COVID-19, you are not alone. Here are some tools for kids and parents to use to help navigate these worries and stresses in this or any situation.
Additional online resources for children under the age of 5:
Home Safaris by the Cinncinati Zoo – Each day at 3:00 PM EST, they host Home Safaris, a LIVE broadcast where they highlight one of their amazing animals and include activities parents and children can do at home. Past Home Safari broadcasts are available for view.
Engagement tip: After you view this, have your child draw the animal he or she just saw!
PBS Kids Television Programming – children ages 2-8 can explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media, and community-based programs.
Engagement tip: Have your child/ren make up a story about what you just watched!
Storyline Online – Parents can view 62 imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrities and actors including, Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Betty White, and Kevin Costner among others, reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, helping to inspire a love of reading in children. Guides that include activities related to the story are available for download. These storytime videos are available on-demand 24 hours a day.
Engagement tip: Ask your child their favorite character or part of the story. Have him or her explain why they like that character or storyline!
Sid the Science Kid – The Sid the Science Kid on-air series and online resources provide many opportunities for teachers to introduce or reinforce early science concepts in the classroom. Help your students think, talk, and work as scientists do with activities that explore “Science Tools” with the Science Adventures curriculum. Students will learn about some of the tools that scientists use including magnifiers, charts, measuring tools, and science journals.
Engagement tip: Create your own science experiments using household items!
Healthy at Home – This resource provides access to bilingual content created in partnership with pediatricians and mental health experts on prevention and care, as well as activities that promote emotional well-being and learning at home.
Engagement Tip: Go over the bilingual content regardless of what your primary language is!
Nick Jr – This website transports toddlers into their favorite shows like Bubble Guppies, Max & Ruby, Dora the Explorer and more. They can play games, go on adventures and create crafts with their favorite characters. There is a family section with health tips, vacation ideas, recipes, how-to videos and more.
Fun Brain Jr. – this website is part of the Family Education Network and helps younger kids develop math, early literacy, and problem-solving skills through fun learning games, stories, and printables. The site is designed for parents to sit and explore with their children or allow kids to navigate themselves.
Sesame Street – The mission of this website is to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Sesame Street uses the power of media and the beloved Muppets to meet children’s developmental needs with critical early education, social impact programs with a large dose of fun! It features video clips, games, and playlists. Clips can be found by grouping by character, theme or educational topic. Children can play educational games, watch videos and create art with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and more.
Go Noodle – Go Noodle is a series of web-based videos, games, and activities focused on introducing short bursts of physical exercise. The site is meant to be used for physical activity in five to ten-minute bursts, particularly during transition periods. The movement and mindfulness videos are created by child development experts and are available for free at school, home and everywhere kids are!
Hatch Early Learning – Weekly Hands-On Activities for Family Engagement. Ignite @ Home- an app designed to promote Kindergarten Readiness. Absolutely FREE.
Wide Open School – Wide Open School is a free and open collection of the best online learning experiences and activities for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense and organized by grade band and subject.
Noggin – Here at Noggin, we know school closures and child care issues are disrupting life. We remain committed to providing high-quality, digital learning experiences for your kids. That is why we are offering our service FREE for 90 days in partnership with our friends at the National Head Start Association. Noggin is the only subscription service where learning is led by the trusted Nick Jr. characters your kids know and love — brought to you by experts with over 30 years of preschool edutainment experience. When you subscribe to Noggin you’ll get access to an ever-expanding library of educational games, eBooks, activities, and exclusive shorts developed by curriculum specialists.
Teaching Strategies – Here you can find content, encouragement, information, and tips that you can use to customize your support and extend learning at home. We will be updating and evolving the content in this toolkit regularly, so be sure to check back often.
INFOhio Early Learning Portal – The INFOhio Early Learning Portal is for parents and educators of children ages three through five. To prepare Ohio’s early learners for school and their future, INFOhio encourages adults to use digital resources with children, providing guidance and support. You can trust the reliability of the resources in the portal. Each website and app in the portal was selected and evaluated by librarians and educators using this rubric. All resources align with the Ohio Early Learning Standards.