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Coping with change is hard for most people. Not being able to plan for next week or even next month is uniquely hard. When we are required to face the unknown, not be in control, it’s normal for all of us, adults and children, to feel out of sync, hard to settle; the psychological term for this is “emotional dis-regulation.”
Here are some tips to help everyone feel calmer and less irritable as we learn incrementally how to live with the change of feeling isolated while being “too together” all at once:
1. Your children are actively paying attention to how you feel, talk and behave. Even very young children look to you first to know whether they should worry or not. They listen to your words, your tone, watch your actions, they react to your moods. They eavesdrop on your communications with others and come to their own (often mistaken) conclusions.
That said, it’s pretty safe to assume that this pandemic is unique to all our experiences. It’s normal that as information is updated hourly, and recommendations change daily, adults may feel that our world is upside down and inside out – our anxiety is normal.
What can you do about it?
Talking with another caring adult about your feelings is helpful (out of the children’s earshot); reminding yourself of other times in your life when you have felt anxious and uncertain about the future can be reassuring; creating a plan for your family just for today and tomorrow may be productive and doable-looking further down the road may not be possible and lead you to feel more out of control.
2. Create a routine for the day. Even a schedule, for example, when we will play together, and time to play independently. (Of course, this will depend on your child’s age and capacity to play alone. A timer works well here). Time for family mealtimes, clean up, predictable bedtimes, nap times (for both kids and grown ups), some form of exercise, indoors or if possible, in your backyard. Other planned time for reading, screen time, family movie time, game time.
If children are old enough, and you have enough bandwidth, opportunities to help with meal preparation, clean up.
3. Limit your own access to media coverage. Information, when delivered calmly and by a trustworthy source, typically helps us feel more in control. It’s necessary to be informed so that we can keep up with the changes and required adjustments. That said, a steady diet of news, 24/7, creates its own layer of stress. Decide when and how often you will get your information from media sources. Choose from a host of other more soothing “background electronic wallpapers” that may even entertain, inspire, educate. It is said that music “calms the savage beast within.”
4. Talk with your children about changes only as they affect your family’s day-to-day living. Children by nature are egocentric; for instance, “How will this affect me?” Knowing the new rules of the road for this unique family experience is important. Simple explanations are best. Letting children ask questions as they arise, rather than prompting them, or assuming their feelings, is helpful. Try not to anticipate how their lives may be affected weeks or months from now. It’s about today.
5. Development matters. How your child understands and reacts to new information from you will vary but their age and stage will help guide you to understand their reaction(s):
Very young children, 3-6 years old, require only the simplest of explanations about what’s happening today as it affects them. Remember that routines are reassuring to everyone, especially toddlers and preschoolers. “Mommy is working at home today” is enough for many children.
Early elementary age children may have more questions and concerns about the pandemic than their younger siblings. Let them lead you with their questions; answer simply and clearly, always reminding them that it’s your job to keep the family safe. Although the virus is unlikely to affect your family, you may make decisions to protect others in your community.
Words like “contagious,” “social distancing,” “quarantines” may be unfamiliar to them. It’s important to speak in a reassuring way that is clear and simple. For example, “Staying home from school and work keeps the virus from spreading so we will be doing that. It just makes sense” or “I need to work from home and you have school work as well. Let’s talk about a plan for the rest of the day.”
Late elementary/middle school children may worry about their older and extended family members, or threatening financial situations. They may feel its “unfair” if their friends are allowed to gather in small groups but you have said no. Remind them that your rules are for their health and the health of others who may be more impacted; each family makes their own decisions for their own family’s well being.
Adolescents are able to understand the unlikely but possible negative health and financial impact that the Corona virus may have on their family, their community, both local and national.
That said, cancelled school may sound terrific at first but it carries with it cancelled sport seasons, plays and concerts they have rehearsed for months, anticipated school vacation trips. Without school and after school activities, they may feel depressed and anxious, isolated from their friends and routines. We know that adolescents fantasize about their “immortality.” Be sure to concretize the risks of “not physically distancing” and that they need to trust you to make the rules that will keep them safe from harm. Expect them to express their understandable disappointment, anger, confusion, worry, etc. (More) moodiness is pretty normal.
When you acknowledge their feelings and not attempt to minimize them, they may be able to sit with them, and even surprise you – by problem-solving ways to adapt. Isn’t that what we want for our adolescents?
6. Consider the marathon, not the sprint. The first days and weeks of a crisis summon up enormous amounts of energy (albeit it anxious) in all of us. We listen and react to our leaders (both local and national), health care providers, educators, and community helpers as they develop emergency plans, roll out procedures, and problem-solve.
If history informs, possibly very shortly, we will collectively feel as though we have hit a “wall of exhaustion” as we sort out how to sustain difficult, if not seemingly impossible, changes in our families’ lives, no matter how long these changes last. We grieve our lives before and yearn for them.
Taking care for ourselves now seems prudent. Today. You know how: practice healthy sleep, personal hygiene, mindful breathing (five minutes a day is all it takes!) Move our bodies, rest our minds, use technology to connect with others, discover ways to laugh, find meaning in sacrifice.
Talk to someone who can help! Call 211 Now!
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Massachusetts Department of Public Health and recommended the use of face coverings and face masks while out in the community. For more information, including how to make your own cloth face mask, see the link below.Stay Healthy »
From The American Bar Association: Some information to help you get started advocating for needed services, documenting any regression, and preparing information to seek compensatory services after schools re-open.Special Education Resources »
Alcoholics Anonymous of Eastern Massachusetts has compiled a list of online meetings in the Commonwealth.
Opens as a Google Doc.
Enter your zip code to search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.Find Assistance »
Autism Sprinter, Inc was founded by Yahaira Lopez, a mom of twin boys with ASD and ADHD. She is hosting an interactive series of videos for parents on various children's mental health and special education topics. The videos air on her Facebook page on Tuesdays from 7 pm - 8:30 pm.Caring For Our Children »
Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. They are hosting a series of webinars on Basic Rights in Special Education via their Facebook page breaking each presentation into four 20 minute online workshops for families and professionals to view at home.Special Education Resources »
Updated information from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on homebound learningSupporting Our Students »
Calmer Choice has compiled resources focused on mindfulness and well being to help you during these difficult times. Please check back often, as they are constantly updating this list.Practice Self Care »
Calmer Choice YouTube offers videos on mindfulness, meditation, story time, and self care techniques.Practice Self Care »
People affected by mental health conditions face unique challenges during the COVID-19 crisis. Fortunately, the Senate and the House has passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will give immediate help to individuals and nonprofits struggling because of this emergency.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has provided a page with detailed information about this act, and how it will affect individuals with mental illness.
Emergency child care programs are available for the COVID-19 Essential Workforce.Find Assistance »
Emergency child care programs are available for the COVID-19 Essential Workforce.Find Assistance »
The Children's Trust and One Tough Job has published a list of carefully selected, up-to-date resources for Massachusetts parents, including resources, health and safety tips, and activities for kids.Stay Informed »
Guidance from the Attorney General's office on the rights of disabled persons to accommodations during the COVID-19 Crisis.Stay Informed »
To protect ourselves and others from COVID-19, the CDC now recommends cloth face coverings be used when outside. But what about children? Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions about cloth face coverings and children during the COVID-19 pandemic.Stay Healthy »
This webinar was created to help college students, who have been affected by disruptions in school due to COVID-19. The emphasis of this webinar is to help you develop organizational strategies while managing school work and other priorities at home.Supporting Our College Students »
Online TelePsych virtual visits offer a convenient, easy way for clients to access psychological and psychiatric care via a secure video-conferencing system.
Does not accept MassHealth or SUD-specific services
Community Health Center of Cape Cod is offering a variety of health services via the telehealth platform. Receive the health care you need while staying safe.
Any ongoing list to help Massachusetts residents impacted by Coronavirus to access resources in the community.Find Assistance »
Without access to the school building, the process of holding IEP meetings has become a concern for educators and parents alike, but digital tools can be used for this work. Edutopia offers 8 helpful tips on conducting virtual IEP meetings.Special Education Resources »
Feeling anxious about the coronavirus? A Stanford psychiatrist offers tips.Practice Self Care »
As the world’s leading expert on childhood, we’re here to help by providing tools and tips you can trust for parents, caregivers, teachers and all those who care about children in crisis.Caring For Our Children »
Buoy Health offers an online symptom checker for Massachusetts residents to assess your risk for Coronavirus.Stay Healthy »
Many parents have questions about how the coronavirus will affect the special education and related services their children are to receive, pursuant to the children's IEPs and 504 Plans.
We have new information that will answer some of your questions and help get your child's special education back on track when schools re-open.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) published a comprehensive guide for information and resources relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)Stay Informed »
If you are in crisis and need help immediately, please consult one of these toll-free national hotlines or contact your local police or emergency services.
This list of free, national hotlines and helplines can assist parents, caregivers, families and youth. They are organized by topic to help you find what you are looking for easily.
Child support questions: (800) 332-2733, (617) 660-1234) (local callers)
Tax questions (617) 887-6367 or (800) 392-6089 (toll-free in Massachusetts)
DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) published an updated FAQ regarding special education. Under "Information From Zoom Meetings" click on "Coronavirus/Covid-10 Frequently Asked Questions For Schools And Districts Regarding Special Education" to view the Word Document.
Questions or concerns can be directed to DESE COVID19 line via email: COVID19K12ParentInfo@mass.gov or telephone: 781-338-3700
Parents may also contact the Office of The Child Advocate Hotline: 617-979-8360 (open during business hours)
Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990
Harvard Pilgrim members can access virtual video visits with licensed doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists.
Doctor on Demand Customer Support: 800-997-6196
Searchable database of Frequently Asked Questions for Harvard Pilgrim members accessing Doctor on Demand services.Stay Healthy »
A comprehensive list of resources for parents, educators, administrators, child protection workers, health practitioners, and policymakers.
Some resources are available in Afrikaans, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Xhosa
Frequently asked questions related to the Economic Impact Payments through the IRS as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).Stay Informed »
e-Psychiatry currently provides individuals, employers, clinics, hospitals and other mental health providers access to a online psychiatrist using telepsychiatry. We currently have several board certified psychiatrists and other mental health providers licensed in the state of Massachusetts.
Frequently Asked Questions for e-psychiatry services.Stay Healthy »
The Fall River YMCA has partnered with the Greater Boston Food Bank to offer a temporary "Mobile Market" at the Fall River YMCA, 199 North Main Street, from 11 am to 1 pm on the following dates. More dates will be added as needed:
Thursday July 2 & July 16
Monday August 6 & August 20
Friday September 3 & September 17
A summary of key provisions of the Families First Act, which addresses the domestic outbreak, including paid sick leave, insurance coverage of Coronavirus testing, nutrition assistance, and unemployment benefits.Find Assistance »
DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) has compiled a sampling of links to information and resources on their website about topics that may be of interest to families, and to those supporting family engagement in education.
Topics include Learning & Testing Resources, Special Education, Laws & Guidance, Adult Education, College & Career Readiness, Early Learning, English Learners, Charter & Virtual Schools/Education Collaboratives, and Health & Safety.
COVID-19 is creating a lot of worry and fear for families. The FRC Network is here and ready to provide whatever support we can. The FRC Network has created a comprehensive list of important resources.Stay Informed »
The purpose of this FEMA page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed with our updated myth vs. facts related to the federal (COVID-19) response.Stay Informed »
Project Bread's toll-free FoodSource Hotline is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger.
To find food resources in your community, call the FoodSource Hotline:
Monday - Friday
8 A.M. - 7 P.M.
10 A.M. - 2 P.M.
MSPCC has up-to-date information on providing foster care as Massachusetts manages COVID-19.
After-Hours Helpline: (800) 486-3730
Our libraries may be closed, but we can still access many valuable services. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has put together a wonderful page detailing all the free resources available to Massachusetts families and library card holders.Find Assistance »
The Federation for Children with Special Needs has been a trusted resource for many decades for families of children with special needs and the professionals working with them. In this unsettling time, we will continue to support all of you by answering questions, problem-solving with partners and providing trusted resources and information. FCSN has developed the Frequently Asked Questions and Resources posted on this page.
You can also call the Federation for Children with Special Needs at 800-331-0688
It's science: getting dressed for the day can make you feel happier, even if you are working from home.Working From Home »
Many schools and teachers are using Google Classroom as a digital platform for our students. This PDF will walk you through getting started with Google Classroom.Supporting Our Students »
With Google Classroom being the popular choice for homebound learning, it's helpful to know about available Chrome web extensions that can assist students in five main categories:
Text to Speech
Find college students to tutor K-12 studentsSupporting Our Students »
An extensive list of emergency resources, insurance coverage, and guides to mental health services.Find Assistance »
Handhold was created by a team of mental health and child development experts in partnership with parents who have gone through what you are going through. Our goal? To guide you in caring for your child’s mental health and emotional well-being.
Family partners and parents of kids with similar experiences to yours told us what they wished they had known earlier in their journey. Mental health experts, including child psychiatrists, social workers, and psychologists, selected the most relevant and useful resources.
We encourage you to start by answering the four questions under “Should I Worry?” to explore your concerns. Whatever steps you decide to take, we offer a variety of tips, tools, and resources to help you take them with confidence.
An online community built by leading experts in health and wellbeing to help us all get through the stress and isolation of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.Practice Self Care »
We provide businesses and individuals with world-class telehealth services that save you time and money.
General Representative Telephone: 978-515-CARE
This tip sheet is for caregivers or other adults supporting children with traumatic separation or traumatic grief related to COVID-19. Especially in stressful times, in addition to the suggestions here, all children benefit from caregivers listening to and validating their different feelings.Caring For Our Children »
Adults can help by making sure adolescents don’t overestimate the dangers or underestimate their ability to protect themselves.Supporting Our Teens »
BAMSI’s Helpline links people in Plymouth County with essential services to help them achieve their basic needs.
Helpline, in collaboration and partnership with community partners, acts as a community resource for individuals and families, particularly at times of financial instability.
New funding has been made available under the Residential Assistance to Families in Transition (RAFT) program. This special program targets households facing instability as a result of a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) related housing crisis due to a loss of wages or increase in expenses (e.g., medical expenses).
* NEW PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING FOR RAFT *
According the RAFT, the application process has changed. Click the button below to complete the new online application.
If you do not have internet access, leave a message on the RAFT Line: 781-422-4204
Help yourself, and them, by learning techniques to manage stress in a healthy way.Caring For Our Children »
A self-advocacy guide for anyone who is homebound or bedbound in the US.Find Assistance »
It's not so easy for young children, who must forgo activities they previously enjoyed and may be confused by contradictions - like being able to see friends at, but not after, school - but there are ways parents can help children learn to regulate their emotions and behaviors, and to practice these skills.Caring For Our Children »
We at the Humane Society of the United States are reeling from the changes happening in the world outside, as we know you are. We’re thinking about the people out there who are anxious, homebound or sick—and all of your animals too.
This FAQ page will guide you through what you need to know to keep your pets health during the Coronavirus outbreak.
NPR created a comic just for kids that explains the Coronavirus using colorful illustrations and easy to understand language.Caring For Our Children »
Edlaw Project created a quick reference guide with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about your children’s educational rights during the school closures due to Covid-19.
Click the link below to download the PDF reference guide.
Lasagna Love was started at the beginning of the pandemic, when the founder of Good to Mama was looking for a way to help moms in her community. She and her toddler started making and delivering meals to families in the neighborhood who were struggling, whether that struggle was financial, emotional, or simply a feeling of overwhelm.
Lasagna Love has since grown into a national movement, with thousands of people all cooking and delivering meals to families in their communities. What we do is simple: feed families, spread kindness, and strengthen communities. Our mission is not only to help address the incredible rise in food insecurity among families, but also to provide a simple act of love and kindness during a time full of uncertainty and stress.
The sudden increase in time spent together within a common living space can promote “family togetherness”, but also possible stress and resulting conflict between intimate partners.Maintaining Our Relationships »
Tips for managing stress during COVID-19, including separate resources for anyone, for professionals and community leaders, and for health care workers.Practice Self Care »
All children have the right to a free and appropriate public education, including during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Massachusetts Advocates For Children (MAC) is closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation. Their resource page is being updated regularly as new information is provided.
MAC's COVID-19 Education Helpline is open. If your child is facing barriers to their education in this challenging time, please call us at:
617-357-8431 ext 3224 (English)
617-357-8431 ext 3237 (Espanol)
The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for TeleHealth enables community providers and Mass General clinicians to provide high-quality, coordinated care to patients and families through virtual technology including: phone, video, text, email, mobile applications and remote monitoring.
General Telehealth: 617-724-2654
Outpatient Psychiatry Department: 617-724-5600
Outpatient Psychiatry Service Intake Access Line: 617-724-7792
Frequently Asked Questions for Massachusetts General Hospital telehealth services.Stay Healthy »
Massachusetts Health Connector offers extended enrollment for uninsured individuals to ease coronavirus fears.Find Assistance »
Growing up with a brother or sister with a disability, whether the disability is mental or physical, seen or unseen, is a unique, challenging, and potentially rewarding experience.
The MSSN supports siblings of people with disabilities in the following ways: creating welcoming communities for siblings across the lifespan; improving the range and availability of sibling support services; and providing education about sibling-related issues.
The OCA works to ensure Massachusetts state agencies provide children with quality services and that children receiving services are protected from harm. We work with families, legislators, social workers, and other professionals to improve state services for children and families.Supporting Our Students »
Resources and information for Massachusetts residents from the Office of the Attorney General. Topics include: your rights as an employee, health care and insurance, child care, student loans.Find Assistance »
This PDF covers frequently asked questions for families with children receiving home and community-based behavioral health services during COVID-19.
Additional information on MassHealth services during COVID-19 can also be found in the resource on this page titled "MassHealth Information for Applicants and Members During COVID-19."
An updated information page on MassHealth coverage and benefit during COVID-19, including: maintaining your coverage, COVID-19 testing, coverage for telehealth services, and children receiving behavioral health services at home or in the community.
Customer Service Center: 800-841-2900
Apply for benefits online at www.mahealthconnector.org
MassSupport Network provides free community outreach and support services across the state in response to the unprecedented public health crisis, COVID-19.
The Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and managed in partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and Riverside Trauma Center, a program of Riverside Community Care.
For statewide assistance call: 888-215-4920
For additional information on how we can help, email: MassSupport@riversidecc.org
With school closures due to COVID-19 outbreak, many schools and community partners are preparing to make meals available to students when school is closed. Meals4Kids offers an updated listing and searchable map to help you find school districts and sponsors currently serving meals.Caring For Our Children »
Information and resources from Mental Health America on maintaining your mental health during a time of crisis.Practice Self Care »
Guided mindfulness sessions Fridays at 12:00 pm with with Maria Gehl, an internationally recognized leader in mindfulness in early childhood. Sessions are only 15 minutes, perfect for our busy schedules!Practice Self Care »
A great list of links to information about Coronavirus (Covid-19) in various languages.Stay Informed »
Mood 24/7 provides an easy way to record how you're feeling. This free app helps you track your daily mood.Practice Self Care »
My Brother’s Keeper is a vibrant, welcoming Christian ministry with locations in Easton and Dartmouth, MA which delivers furniture and food to families in need.Find Assistance »
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free program for family members and other caregivers of people diagnosed with mental health conditions. The program is designed to help participants understand and support their loved one, while maintaining their own well-being.Find Support »
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering online resources surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.
The #COVID19 outbreak is leaving many feeling anxious, angry, sad, or scared. If you need to talk to someone, text NAMI to 741741 or call the NAMI Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
The National Family Support Technical Assistance Center (NFSTAC) is the nation’s first Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded Center of Excellence focused on supporting families and caregivers of children, regardless of their age, who experience serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders.Find Support »
New England Region of Narcotics Anonymous has a listing of virtual meetings in the New England Region.Find Support »
Chat at thehotline.org
Text LOVEIS to 22522
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor
On March 25th, Governor Baker announced new funding under the Residential Assistance to Families in Transition (RAFT) program. This funding will provide short-term emergency financial assistance for families and individuals to stabilize their situations. This program will help eligible Homeowners and Renters by assisting with mortgage payments, rent, utility bills, and other costs.Find Assistance »
Netflix is launching a new series on Instagram that will focus on taking care of yourself and your mental health during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The series, which will begin airing on Instagram Live tomorrow at 7 PM PT, features the stars of some of Netflix’s top Young Adult shows and movies, including “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” “The Kissing Booth,” “Stranger Things,” “Cheer” and “13 Reasons Why.”Caring For Our Teens »
If you are looking for information about resources in your community for children and adults with mental health and substance use needs, you’ve come to the right place. Network of Care Massachusetts includes a directory of over 5,000 programs and organizations across the Commonwealth, searchable by keyword and zip code.Stay Healthy »
Easterseals Massachusetts is able to provide you with three 30 minute Occupational Therapy or Speech and Language Pathology sessions for a one time donation of your choosing.
For eligibility details and more information, please click the button below.
P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT, is a federal program. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), in collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), received approval to operate this program in response to the COVID-19 related school closures. P-EBT provides food supports to help families with children who were receiving free and reduced-price school meals pay for food.Find Assistance »
Provides information for parents and caregivers about infectious disease outbreaks in your community. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties. This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.Stay Informed »
Save On Your Prescriptions With Our Free Prescription Discount Card!
Here are 3 steps for how people can call to help coordinate at home delivery of prescription medications:
1. Call the FamilyWize toll free number at 800-222-2818
2. A FamilyWize team member will work with you and your local participating pharmacy to arrange and schedule delivery to your home .
3. Ask your pharmacist to apply your FamilyWize card number to receive a discount on your prescription.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The CDC has issued interim guidance to help administrators of public and private childcare programs and K–12 schools plan for and prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff.Caring For Our Children »
The RAFT Program is a homelessness prevention program funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.Find Assistance »
This is a tool to help you keep track of your child's remote special education services and instruction while school is closed. You can also use it to keep track of concerns you have about your child's learning or any areas of progress.Supporting Our Students »
UMass Medical School has compiled a unique list of resources for youth, young adults, and college students, as well as families and professionals working with young adults.Caring For Our Children »
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is working with your children's school district to help everyone return to learning this fall. Because of the pandemic, we are all learning new ways of doing things. And we remain committed to the well-being and growth of every student.
Topics on this site include: Why Doctors Say We Are Ready To Return To School, School Reopening Guidance For Families, and Frequently Asked Questions About Returning To School.
The Sacred Heart Food Pantry is located in the rear of the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, at 53 Oak Street, Middleboro.
First 4 Saturdays 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
First and third Wednesdays 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Second and fourth Wednesdays 4 PM - 6:30 PM
Are You in Need of Assistance? Enter your zip code to find The Salvation Army's social service programs near you, including food distribution sites.Find Assistance »
Google Docs list of places kids can get school lunches free across the state.Caring For Our Children »
Massachusetts Families Organizing For Change (mfofc.org) is connecting our families with experienced educators, physical/speech/occupational therapists, behavioral specialists, nurses and other consultants
Please fill out the form below (opens as a Google Doc) and you will be put in contact with an educator who can have a phone call, a Google Hangout, Zoom call, or a video chat to better help you support your children with disabilities.
New Program! Supporting Siblings During COVID-19
A support group exclusively for siblings and caregivers of challenged children.
For more information, contact Emily Rubin at 857-523-1145 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Children express their emotions in many ways. During COVID-19, your child or teen may be showing signs of stress that you haven’t seen before. Find out the signs to look for, and how to support your child/teen.Caring For Our Children »
Young children are very sensitive to their caregivers’ stress and may not be able to talk about their worries and fears. During COVID-19, your young child may be showing signs of stress that you haven’t seen before. Find out the signs to look for, and how to support your young child.Caring For Our Children »
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious foods. To get SNAP, you must be low-income and be a U.S. citizen or legal noncitizen (restrictions apply). Eligibility for SNAP benefits depends on financial and nonfinancial criteria.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, all qualified households will receive the maximum SNAP benefit.
Enter your zip code to search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.Find Assistance »
Southcoast Health has established a 24/7 COVID-19 Hotline for patients who have symptoms, travel history, or exposure they are concerned may be related to the Coronavirus.
Call 508-973-1919 for assessment, answers, and advice on next-steps. Our Nursing Triage Hotline will ensure you receive the appropriate level of care while safeguarding the public and Southcoast's workforce.
Spanish and Portuguese-speaking interpreters are available.
MAC (Massachusetts Advocates For Children) is leading biweekly virtual chats for parents to connect with each other and learn tips for advocating for your children during this pandemic.
Meets every other Thursday at 8 pm. Advanced registration is required by following the link below.
Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPaN) features a series of webinars and PowerPoint slideshows on topics related to special education during COVID-19.Special Education Resources »
Federation For Children With Special Needs YouTube channel hosts a series of videos focused on special education topics including: IEP, transition planning, and special education rights.Special Education Resources »
Documentation is key. It's important for us to keep a written log of our child's progress during the COVID-19 homebound learning. But we're already trying to keep track of so many things!
Federation For Children With Special Needs created a simplified Student Remote Learning Record. This PDF download will give you the ability to quickly mark off key information each week.
Tips from Child Mind Institute for nurturing and protecting children at home.
Child Mind Institute will also be hosting twice-daily English, and twice-weekly Spanish Facebook livesteams with Child Mind Institute experts, answering your questions about parenting during the coronavirus.
Unschooling. Homeschooling. Crisis schooling. What is the difference? And what are the best learning strategies for your child?Supporting Our Students »
Guidelines and tips for talking with your children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).Caring For Our Children »
HumanityCrew features a video on talking to kids about Coronavirus.Caring For Our Children »
Experts offer advice on how parents can help adolescents get the facts straight and be prepared.Caring For Our Teens »
MassHealth has provided a list of resources to assist with accessing telehealth services, including assistance with the cost of telephone and internet services.Stay Healthy »
A YouTube animation by Kim St. Lawrence, children's author, explaining the importance of social distancing.Caring For Our Children »
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association) explains social distancing, quarantine, isolation, and ways to care for your behavioral health during these experiences.Practice Self Care »
To give parents a sense of what’s out there, we’ve compiled resources in 10 categories: education, travel, reading, mental wellness, music, art, physical activity, theater and dance, languages and entertainment.Family Time »
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits.Find Assistance »
Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development published a step-by-step guide to applying for unemployment due to COVID-19.
*links for Rhode Island and Connecticut are included, as well
Concerned about youth vaping at home while schools are closed? Massachusetts Department of Public Health has information and resources for parents and for you on how to combat this addiction.Supporting Our Teens »
Brazelton Touchpoints Center is offering a series of free 1-hour webinars and an online learning community that will explore the challenges posed by virtual service delivery and share strategies providers have found for building and sustaining strong relationships with families virtually.Navigating Virtual Services »
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts members can see licensed doctors and providers for minor medical and behavioral health care using live video visits on your favorite device.
These hospitalizations can be extremely challenging not only for patients, but also for families who might experience distress due to uncertainty about a loved one’s recovery.Caring For Our Children »
For the next 60 days, Comcast is offering FREE nationwide access to Xfinity Wifi for low-income families to stay connected to the Internet for education, work, personal health reasons, and more. They will be providing 60 days of complimentary Internet service for new customers, and increasing speeds for new and existing customers.Find Assistance »
Many families now face new challenges: how do we care for our children while working and schooling at home, and not panic during this unprecedented outbreak?Working From Home »
UMass Medical released a helpful PDF guide with tips and strategies on working remotely and staying connected.Working From Home »
The Special Ed Advocate is a free online newsletter from Wrightslaw. The newsletter provides accurate, up-to-date information about special education legal and advocacy issues. Our goal is to help readers navigate the confusing world of special education and get quality services for children with disabilities.Special Education Resources »