COVID-19 Resources for Children, Parents, and Families in Pittsburgh


In response to the disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Child Development is gathering relevant resources to support children, parents, and families in Pittsburgh. The list below is a combination of of suggestions from our team of early childhood experts along with input from our valuable community partners. If you'd like to add a resource, please submit it to AdamFlango@pitt.edu.
 

Office of Child Development Resources
Books for Change is a collection of children's books approved by our early childhood experts on subjects ranging from mental welness to economic status (Link)
The Allegheny County Family Support team, part of our Community Programs division, is offering useful information on Facebook
Our HealthyCHILD team, part of our Early Childhood Partnerships division, is featuring new activities and mental wellness check-ins daily on Facebook

Additionally, the HealthyCHILD team is reading books each afternoon during Social Emotional Story Time and providing lessons and activities to accompany them. We'll be updating below with each new book and lesson.


Talking to Children
How to talk to your child about coronavirus disease 2019 (Link: UNICEF)
Talking with children about coronavirus (Link: Fred Rogers Center)

Local Information
Our partners at the Pittsburgh Study have highlighted different resources (Link)
Allegheny County Health Department (Link)
City of Pittsburgh changes (Link)
Pittsburgh Public Schools (Link)
Pennsylvania Schools (Link)
Volunteer information (Link)

Education and Activities
275+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely (Link)
25 Non-Screen Activities (Link)
Free Code Camp (Link)
Bring the Pittsburgh Zoo to You (Link)
Virtual Field Trip Ideas (Link)
Scholastic: Learn at Home (Link)
Google Classroom (Link)
Math websites (Link)
Education companies with free subscriptions (Link)
Reading is Fundamental (Link)

Parenting
Breast feeding information (Link)

Wellness
Resources for wellness, collective care, (and anti-racism) amidst concerns of COVID 19, compiled by Pitt professor Dr. Kari Kokka (Link)
Liberate Meditation (Link)
Irresistible Podcast (Link)
Child Mind Institute (Link)
Pandemic of Grief (Link)
That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief (Link)

Resource Collections 
What Black Pittsburgh Needs to Know About COVID-19 (Link)
Local Pittsburgh Resources (Link: Google Doc)
Healthy Schools PA (Link)
For parents (Link: SchoolClosures.org)
For teachers (Link: SchoolClosures.org)
Wellness resources (Link)
For freelance artists (Link)
Addiction and Mental Health Resources (Link)

Donate
Pittsburgh Food Bank (Link)
Emergency Fund for Pittsburgh Artists (Link)
COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks (Link)