COVID-19 Resources


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.

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

FAQ for CCDF funds during COVID-19 outbreak


Serving meals during closings

Online DESE forms to continue serving meals during school closures


Message from Dr. Delaney Ruston of Screenagers:



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.

Recommended cleaning products from the CDC


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

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.


Manage stress

Families and staff are under tremendous stress as they adapt to the realities of this health crisis. Several resources have been developed to help:

Missouri Department of Mental Health resource guide

Social and emotional learning lesson plan


Report cases

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.

Frequently asked questions regarding the coronavirus and children


Educational resources

Help children and families understand what COVID-19 is and how to prevent its spread. Communicate information through emails, social media, signage and conversations.

Practicing cultural competency


Fun educational resources

Coronavirus comic

Grades 6-12

Brain POP tools

Making handwashing fun


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

STEAM and Creativity

History and Social Studies

Physical and Mental Health

Resources for Multiple Subjects


Full Schedule

Tools to Facilitate Remote Learning

Advice for Caregivers at Home


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