Resources to help support your family and community during COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has left us all in situations far beyond normal.

Our usual caregiving routines have been disrupted. Parents are keeping children at home, and child care providers are struggling to balance serious economic impacts and health concerns for both the families they serve and their own families. At LENA, we understand how stressful these changes can be. We’re parents ourselves, and just like you, we’re struggling to balance the demands of work and home life, which have collided since the coronavirus outbreak.

Amidst mounting pressures, we believe the core truths of LENA still apply: early talk is key, and caregivers are the secret sauce. Whatever situation you find yourself in, interaction with children matters. Caregivers have the power to shape a child’s experience of this time. By tuning in and responding to their feelings, we can make this scary time easier.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be aggregating resources here to support positive interactions. If there’s anything we can do to help or a resource you’d like to add to this list, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Check back here each week for fresh ideas. We’ll get through this together!

Activity of the week: Shared reading

Download: Shared reading graphic in English or Spanish

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Video: Shared Reading with Infants in English or Spanish

Article: How to Introduce Toddlers and Babies to Books | Zero to Three

Article: Reading Together to Support Early Literacy | NAEYC


Resource Archive

Activity of the week: Outdoor play

Download: Outdoor play graphic in English or Spanish

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Video: Outdoor Play with Toddlers English or Spanish

Article: Home Learning Resources — Activities to do with Infants and Toddlers | Acelero Learning + Shine Early Learning

Video: Language Development with Zoe | Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County


Activity of the week: Bed time/Naptime

Download: Bed time graphic in English or Spanish

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Article: Nap Time is for Letting Go | NAEYC

Article: Nine Positive Parenting Techniques to do During Bedtime | NAEYC


Activity of the week: Clothing change

Download: Clothing change graphic in English or Spanish

Video: Talking during clothing change with toddlers in English or Spanish

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Podcast: The Brain Architects Podcast — COVID-19 Special Edition: A Different
World
| Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Article: Supporting Our Children during COVID-19 | Let’s Talk Cambridge


Activity of the week: Songs and rhymes

Download: Songs and rhymes graphic in English or Spanish

Video: Using Songs and Rhymes with Infants in English or Spanish

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Article: Beyond Twinkle, Twinkle: Using Music with Infants and Toddlers | NAEYC


Activity of the week: Transitions

Download: Transitions graphic in English or Spanish

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Article: How can we help kids with transitions?”


Activity of the week: Mealtimes

Download: Mealtimes graphic in English or Spanish

Video: Mealtimes Talking Tip video in English or Spanish

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Article: Ideas for Cooking with Kids


Activity of the week: Indoor Play

Download: Indoor play graphic

Video: Indoor play Talking Tip video

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Article: Activity Tips — Managing Emotions, Routines, and Exercise Through Play


Activity of the week: Hand-washing

Download: Hand-washing graphic

Video: Hand-washing
Talking Tip video

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Article: How to Wash Your Baby’s Hands


Strategies to bolster resilience in children 

Download: The
14 Talking Tips

Video: Early Learning
Toolkit: Responsive and Stimulating Caregiving

Blog post: Engaging resilience: How responsive caregiving lays the foundation for
children to thrive

Article: Stress, Resilience, and the Role of Science: Responding to the Coronavirus
Pandemic
| Harvard Center on the Developing Child

Article: Learning About the Coronavirus: Resources for Children and Families

Webinar: Putting Brain-Building Research Into Action at Home

 

LENA Team

The LENA Team is a dedicated group of professionals who are passionate about increasing awareness of the importance of early interactive talk. We are statisticians, speech-language pathologists, curriculum specialists, engineers and linguists.

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One Comment on “Resources to help support your family and community during COVID-19”

  1. Would it be possible for you to provide the archived ‘activity of the week’ graphics in Spanish?

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