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Resources for Families During the COVID-19 Outbreak

At Judge Baker, we are committed to providing high-quality care to our community. Part of this is making sure we are disseminating accurate information and facts about COVID-19.  We understand that this uncertain time can increase anxiety for many kids (and their parents and caregivers!) and hope these resources will help you feel more prepared. Our clinicians at the Center for Effective Child Therapy are also available to offer telehealth sessions to new and current clients.  To arrange an appointment, please email cect@jbcc.harvard.edu.

Articles

Facts for Families: News and Children – American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Talking to Children About Coronavirus – American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe – The American Psychological Association (APA)

Tips to Keep Kids Healthy During COVID-19 - The Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Helping Children Cope with Emergencies - The Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 – The Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Taking Care of Your Emotional Health - The Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Taking Care of Your Family During Coronavirus - The Center of the Study of Traumatic Stress

Supporting Families During COVID-19 - The Child Mind Institute

Utilizing Telehealth During COVID-19 - Child Trends

Ways to Promote Children's Resistance to COVID-19 - Child Trends

Maintaining Emotional Health & Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak -Mass.gov

COVID-19 Resource Page – Massachusetts Medical Society

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus – National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Coronavirus and School Closures - Parents.com

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Guide to Keeping Your Child's Hands Clean - Today's Parent

What to Tell Children About Coronavirus - VOA News

Working from Home with Kids - Vox

Activities

Free Audio Books for Kids - Audible 

Indoor Activities and Games to Get Kids Moving - Big Life Journal

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Virtual Field Trips

Graphics

COVID-19 Fact Sheet – Judge Baker Children's Center

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus - National Public Radio (NPR)

Financial Resources

 

A crisis of unknown length, such as COVID-19, often increases existing anxiety, depression, loneliness, and behavioral challenges. This loss of routine, social isolation and heightened stress can lead to a mental health crisis for youth already at risk. Our dedicated staff continues to work tirelessly so we can provide a wide range of essential services during this incredibly challenging time. To increase access to mental health care and emergency food supplies for children and families most impacted by COVID-19, we have also established The Baker Family Fund.

 100% of donations to The Baker Family Fund will be used to:

• Provide support for emergency food supplies and basic necessities to families in our therapeutic day school, The Manville School.

• Provide mental health services to children and families who urgently need care but could not otherwise afford it.

• Expand our capacity to provide urgently needed telehealth services to reach families most in need.

United Way COVID-19 Family Support Fund

United Way has established the COVID-19 Family Support Fund to provide immediate emergency assistance to families impacted by the current public health crisis. The Fund will provide emergency grants distributed through their network of Family Fund agencies throughout the region to be used for basic necessities such as food, housing and childcare. 

How can someone request financial support from the fund?

For information about how to access emergency assistance funds and referrals, dial 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected to United Way’s call center. You can also visit mass211.org.

Child Nutrition Outreach Program

CNOP works to increase participation in school breakfast and summer meals in Massachusetts. They strive to ensure that all children in the state have access to meals that help them learn and thrive. To access their searchable database of resources, please click here.

For Professionals

Online Resources for Family Support Professionals - Children's Trust