COVID-19 Education Resources and Grants
I was an educator for thirteen years, and NEVER in my wildest dreams did I think my former public school colleagues would be teaching their students through the computer because of a global pandemic. It is unknown how long schools will be closed throughout the country, but it is crucial for children everywhere to feel safe and have an education routine, even if it is distance learning.
Parent Resources for Distance Learning:
Education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings: Each of these websites will allow you to sign-up for FREE and help your child further their education.
Online Literacy Resources: Authors, actors, teachers, and many amazing other people are taking their book resources online and offering them free to all of us.
Sixty Awesome Websites for Learning and Teaching Math: “Learning math online isn’t always easy! Luckily there are some great math websites for teaching math virtually.”
STEM Activities for Kids: Explore our favorite experiments, engineering challenges and demonstrations with these fun hands-on STEM activities! Materials are easy to find, most activities take an hour or less, and the STEM learning is limitless.
National Park Junior Ranger Badges: “Check out the online badges that are noted in the list--those let kids either do or submit their work online, so you don't have to pay for either supplies or postage.”
Recess at Home: “All kids should strive to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day.”
Fifty Indoor Activities for Kids: “We’ve all been aware of the recommendations to stay home, self-quarantine if you are feeling sick, and keep healthy, which is why we’ve gathered up the best, easy indoor activities for kids.”
Twelve Museum Virtual Tours: “Go to the museum” with your children and never leave your couch.
Virtual Field Trips: “Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from the comfort of home.”
Educational shows on Netflix: “Sick days can still be educational. Parents can clean the house while kids learn, right from the couch. The number of educational shows on Netflix is growing everyday!”
Schools also need help with distance learning and with finding funding to ensure ALL of their students can be reached during these unprecedented times. Teachers are worried about meeting their students' needs in new ways overnight. School Cafeteria employees are coming up with creative ways to feed the 22 million food-insecure students across the country that depend on them every day to eat. Administrators are figuring out how to disburse technology to students that do not have access at home so they can continue to learn.
School Resources and Grant Opportunities:
U.S. DOE COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel: Critical information & resources for schools and school personnel related to COVID-19.
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund: The Education Stabilization Fund, which provides $13.5 billion in K-12 formula grants to states. This grant is distributed to states based on their share of ESEA Title I-A funds.
National Association of School Nurses COVID-19 Resources: COVID-19 resources for school nurses.
GENYOUth: COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Funding: The GENYOUth: COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Funding program provides grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19.
No Kid Hungry Coronavirus Grant Request: Emergency grants for school districts and nonprofits to supply nutritious foods to students during school closures.
While we are all homeschooling/remotely/digitally educating our kids, if you need assistance with understanding something that has been assigned for your child, or if you need more grant opportunities or resources, just give us a shout. Stay strong during these extremely challenging times; our kids need us now more than ever.
Stay home and stay healthy!