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WHERE CAN I FIND FREE EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR MY KIDS?
Many of our libraries are sharing activities and holding online storytimes on their Facebook pages. Click here for a list of our libraries, with links to their Facebook pages.
The Murrysville Community Library also compiled their own list and has several storytimes available on their YouTube channel.
Good Housekeeping has a list of education companies who are offering free subscriptions to parents during school closures.
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSURES?
Your school district should provide up-to-date information about school closures, including what students are expected to do while schools are closed.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s most recent press release (dated March 23) provides the following update:
- Schools are closed through at least April 6 with students possibly reporting back on April 9. The closure might be extended if Governor Wolf determines that further closures are necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Standardized testing, including PSSA, Keystone, and career and technical education exams are all canceled.
I’VE LOST WORK DUE TO COVID-19. WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ME AND MY KIDS?
If you have been furloughed, had your hours reduced, or became unemployed due to business closures during the COVID-19 outbreak, you might be eligible for unemployment, Medicaid, SNAP benefits, and other services. View our guide for workers impacted by COVID-19 for more information.
WIC provides nutritional assistance for women and children. Eligibility for WIC depends on household income. If you’ve been furloughed, had your hours reduced, or are unemployed, you might be eligible for the program.
For more information about WIC in Pennsylvania, visit https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/programs/WIC/Pages/WIC.aspx
To apply for WIC, call 1-800-942-9467.
If you have children who are not enrolled in medical assistance, they might be eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Visit the CHIP website for more information.
HOW DO I TALK TO MY KIDS ABOUT COVID-19?
Your kids’ daily routines have changed, they’re constantly hearing people talk about COVID-19, and they might not fully understand what is happening. Check out these resources that provide guidance on how to talk to your kids about coronavirus:
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
- Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
- How to talk to teens about the new coronavirus