MASN COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR AFTERSCHOOL PROVIDERS
As more COVID-19 cases emerge, it is important to stay informed. We are in the process of compiling a list of resources from reputable agencies and partners so they are easily accessible to afterschool programs.
- Please visit the CDC website to see the latest information and official recommendations regarding the virus.
- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has information for child care providers.
- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education also has a website with important COVID-19 information.
To provide afterschool program directors, staff, and partners a place to submit questions and ideas related to COVID-19, the Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN) has created this survey. MASN will be reviewing questions daily and forwarding questions to the appropriate state departments (DSS, DHSS, and DESE). When responses are received from DSS, DHSS, or DESE, the individual submitting the question will be e-mailed the response and the response will be posted below for other programs to review.
We ask that you please be patient with the time that it takes for the state departments to respond to our questions as they typically need to prepare official guidance and policy documents in consultation with their federal offices.
Upcoming online training and events
MASN online training:
- Afterschool Directors’ Meeting:
- This session is for program directors and will include updates from MASN, a presentation from an afterschool program about their COVID-19 closure work, Q&A, and optional discussion groups.
- We are going to use the same Zoom link for the next 5 weeks. Please register in advance for this meeting, the system will generate a link specific to you, and you will have an option to add the series of meetings to your calendar: click here to register. The session will be held on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
- Connect and Learn:
- This session will provide an opportunity for afterschool professionals to learn what is happening with programs around the state as well as space to connect in conversation with others in the field. The topics we will discuss in this session are virtual programming ideas, how to serve your community and resources for afterschool programs during social distancing. Come learn and brainstorm with your colleagues from across Missouri!
- Register: Please register in advance for this training using this link. Once you register, the system will generate a workshop link specific to you, and you will have an option to add the Zoom session to your calendar: click here to register. The session will be held Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
Handouts from previous MASN Meetings and Trainings:
Online training from other sources:
- Impacts of COVID-19 on Missouri’s Budget and Funding Services for Kids and Families:
- Amy Blouin, President and CEO of Missouri Budget Project, will discuss new legislation and how Missouri lawmakers can maximize the new resources for state services and for families. Cora Faith Walker, former state representative and current Policy Director for St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, will provide a local perspective on the impact of COVID-19 on city and county budgets and what opportunities are available for localities as part of the federal legislation.
- Register here. The event will be held on April 8, from 12 to 1 p.m.
Stay up-to-date on expert guidance
Review the full list of CDC guidance for schools and childcare programs.
Check with your local health department for information.
Monitor guidance from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Department of Social Services.
21st Century Community Learning Center, SAC grants and other funding
DESE-Extended Learning Guidance for Coronavirus (Corona Virus Update for Programs)
MASN Supports for 21st CCLC and SAC grantees (MASN Supports to 21st CCLC and SAC Grantees During Closure Period)
Are you located in the St. Louis area? If so, The Opportunity Trust will be offering $500, $1,000, $2,000, and $5,000 grants to individuals and teams in St. Louis who are launching ideas to address the full range of student needs— from academic to social-emotional— while out of school in the coming weeks.
Child Care Development Funds
Serving meals during closings
Message from Dr. Delaney Ruston of Screenagers:
HEALTH PRACTICES AND RESOURCES
Wash hands frequently
Follow CDC guidance on handwashing, washing frequently, with soap and water for 20 seconds. Ask staff and children to wash immediately when they arrive and immediately before they leave. Remind staff and children to not touch their faces, as COVID-19 enters through the nose, eyes and mouth.
Step-up your sanitation
Clean surfaces that are frequently touched like handles, doorknobs, touch-screens, keyboards, desks and countertops.
Stay home if sick
Remind families to keep students at home if they are sick. Make sure that it is easy for staff members to stay home if they are sick.
Social distancing means limiting contact with people, especially large groups of people, to limit the spread of the virus. You may decide to skip your cousin’s wedding or go to the grocery store late in the evening when fewer people are there. Additionally, you can learn other greetings to avoid shaking hands, such as elbow bumping or prayer hands. Moving activities outside, where there is better ventilation, can also help keep everyone healthy.
Families and staff are under tremendous stress as they adapt to the realities of this health crisis. Several resources have been developed to help:
Information from the Office of Child Care, Region VII:
If a child, family member of a child, or staff member in your facility who tests positive for COVID-19, please notify your local public health department immediately for instructions on handling the virus. In addition, if you are licensed by the Department of Health and Senior Services, please notify your licensing specialist. If you are license-exempt and/or registered to receive Child Care Subsidy, please notify the Children’s Division, Early Childhood Section at 573-751-6793.
Help children and families understand what COVID-19 is and how to prevent its spread. Communicate information through emails, social media, signage and conversations.
- AIR-COVID-19-FAQs-508: FAQs from the American Institutes of Research
- How to talk to kids about coronavirus (NYT) https://parenting.nytimes.com/childrens-health/coronavirus-kids-talk
- How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus, Harvard Medical School
- Resources on how to support children’s emotional health during times of crisis
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource, National Association of School Psychologists
- Coronavirus Public Health Emergency: Psychological Tips for Children and Adolescents’ Emotions, Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus, NPR
- Social and Emotional Learning Supports for Children and Young Adults Around Covid-19, SEL4TX
- 5 Ways to Help Children Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety, Education Development Center
- Coronavirus, Online Learning, Social Isolation, and Cyberbullying: How To Support Our Students, Cyberbullying Research Center
- STEM Next – Five practices to support families. Details how to share resources without overwhelming families.
Fun educational resources
Academic learning resources for families
With many schools and programs closed, families are looking for ways to continue learning at home. Here are some learning resources recommended by Foundations for a Brighter Future and others for children while they are out of school:
- Learning Heroes has developed free resources for kids and parents at home:
- The Readiness Check – your child answers short questions (like a game!) and you see how they’re doing with math and reading. At the end, you get videos, activities, and everyday tips to support learning at home.
- The Learning Hero Roadmap – an interactive guide on the topics parents care most about-from supporting life skills to handling tough conversations with your kids to preparing for college and more. With extra time at home, talk to your child about their strengths, interests, and where they might need more support.
Literacy and Language
- Award-winning children’s literacy website where famous actors read books aloud!
- Author Dan Gutman will be doing a daily read-aloud of his newest My Weird School book Miss Blake is a Flake!
- Free elibrary for everyone – including children’s books in Spanish, Chinese, and more!
- Keep up the foreign language learning while learning remotely with Duolingo!
- Free reading comprehension tools for both parents and teachers.
- Astronauts doing read-alouds from SPACE!
STEAM and Creativity
- Free, complete science lessons for K-5 including at-home activities
- Eureka Math has online resources for grades PreK-8, plus typical high school subjects – Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus
- Not just for bedtime, Bedtime Math offers daily activities for kids K-5 to think about math in new and fun ways
- An hour of code for pre-readers through high school, with Minecraft, Frozen, Star Wars, and more!
- Daily lunch doodles with beloved author Mo Willems, complete with activity pages!
- Activities to spark creativity – including “Finish This Comic!” and drawing/writing prompts
- Exploratorium: fun science experiments students can do from home. https://www.exploratorium.edu/
- Programs can apply to have free access to Girls Who Code lessons, which teach girls to code from home. Click here to apply.
- MangoMath – Free at-home math activities for students
History and Social Studies
- Free American history lessons for grades 4-12 on a wide range of topics
- A teacher has compiled 30 virtual field trips for students who are beginning to get stir crazy!
- Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art from home, with supplementary projects to keep kids engaged.
- Bonus: Follow by reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler with OpenLibrary!
- Visit 12 famous museums from around the world!
- The NY Times Learning Network offers free resources for middle and high school students on geography, current events, and more.
- Civics and current events lessons for middle and high school students from PBS News Hour.
- Civics and current events lessons for middle and high school students from PBS News Hour
- Smithsonian Museum: https://www.exploratorium.edu/
- The American Museum of Natural Resources https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology
- National Geographic Kids: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Physical and Mental Health
- Mind and body wellness for at-home learning from health and physical education teachers.
- GoNoodle offers hundreds of activities for getting up and getting active! Looking for some focus and calm? Try GoNoodle’s Good Energy series.
- Kid-grit – Get a FREE copy of The kid-grit Pandemic Crisis Guide! The brand new and free kid-grit educator guide: KNOWLEDGE IS POWER is here! This guide offers social-emotional learning directly corresponding to the COVID-19 crisis. Keeping with our foundational approach to holistic SEL, we created a 5-10 hour activity guide in mindfulness, body awareness, community and connection, and digital and social media awareness.
Resources for Multiple Subjects
- Free, easily sortable resources for all subjects and grade levels – from warm-ups to full lessons and virtual reality adventures!
- Scholastic Classroom Magazines is offering cross-curricular daily projects for PreK through middle school, each with four thematically related activities.
- PBS Kids is offering a daily newsletter with activities and advice while schools are closed!
- PBS online lesson and video archive: https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/
- Ed Navigator is sharing a few great things every day to help cope with kids at home.
- Blocks Rock – Home Learning Resource Library. Discover over 100 activities to support learning from home.
Junior Achievement is providing online resources for free to teachers and parents. Request your program now at www.jastl.org.
- 220 Leadership – 220 stands for Second (2)- to (2)- None (0). 10 things you can do today to start thriving, not surviving.https://www.220leadership.com and https://www.220leadership.com/blog/10-to-thrive-covid19
- Khan Academy is providing full daily schedules for PreK-12, including lots of course content and ideas for brain breaks.
- A free schedule builder, plus an assortment of links with ideas to help you fill out the schedule.
Tools to Facilitate Remote Learning
- Fun accessible apps to provide assistive technology during remote learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, dyslexic, or have other reading difficulties.
- Online platforms for teachers looking for the best way to interact with their students and share content during remote learning.
- Fun/free things to do online
Advice for Caregivers at Home
- Time Magazine: The Secret to Keeping Your Kids Happy, Busy and Learning if Their School Closes Due to Coronavirus
- NPR: Coronavirus and Parenting: What You Need to Know Now
- The Atlantic: How Parents Can Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) in Quarantine
- NY Times: 10 Questions Parents May Have About Coronavirus
- NY Times: What Are the Rules for Play Dates During the Coronavirus Crisis?