Parents and Caregivers Can Help Children Manage Stress by Managing Their Own

Across the country, parents and caregivers are adapting to the changes in daily life that have been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While schools are closed, many parents are faced with trying to keep children safe, occupied and up to date with schoolwork, while also dealing with a variety of their own challenges and stressors.

In stressful situations, children often look to the adults closest to them for guidance on how to react. While nothing about living through the current situation of the pandemic is easy, it may be an opportunity for parents and caregivers to model important social and emotional skills, such as optimistic thinking, flexibility and empathy.

The resources we have compiled below will serve to help guide parents and caregivers as they manage their own stress, worry and frustration, while also supporting the health and needs of children.

New Resources

Surviving a Pandemic

In a new podcast, Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, Dr. Lynn Goldman, shares the potential effects of COVID-19 on children, advice for parents during social distancing, and the importance of maintaining mental and physical health during the pandemic.

Anxiety and Coping with the Coronavirus

For parents with children, one of the most powerful ways to help them feel secure is to effectively with your own anxiety. Find expert advice and strategies for staying calm and managing stress and worry.

Coronavirus Parenting: Managing Anger and Frustration

Overwhelmed with everything that is happening right now, parents are often left feeling angry and frustrated. By lowering some of the expectations imposed upon parents right now, you may be better able to focus on supporting emotional needs and positive family dynamics.

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Parents and families everywhere are still struggling to adapt to the changes to daily life caused by the pandemic. Amidst all the challenges this is an opportunity for adults to demonstrate problem-solving, flexibility and compassion as everyone learns to cope and adjust to changing circumstances.

Grant Alerts

Emergency Grants | No Kid Hungry

Emergency grants available for school districts and organizations working to sustain nutrition programs for children during current school closures. Learn more.

Deadline: Undefined

Community COVID Youth-Led Mini-Grants | Peace First

Rapid response grants available to help young people lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, such as providing meals to elderly neighbors, launching digital mental health campaigns, etc. Available to young people between ages 13-25. Learn more.

Deadline: Ongoing

National Communication System for Runaway and Homeless Youth | Administration for Children and Families

Cooperative agreement to operate the Runaway and Homeless Youth National Communication System, providing information referral services, prevention approaches and communications services to vulnerable, at-risk and homeless youth and their families. Learn more.

Deadline: May 13, 2020

Relatives as Parents Program | Brookdale Foundation Group

Funding to help organizations to develop or expand services for grandparents or surrogate parents taking on responsibility of supporting the health and wellbeing of youth. Learn more.

Deadline: June 10, 2020

*The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools does not administer these funding opportunities. Please refer to each organization for further direction and details.

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