Family Resources

COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR PARENTS, PROVIDERS AND FAMILIES OF CHILDREN BIRTH TO 3

The University of South Florida’s Family Study Center on our St. Petersburg campus is deeply committed to supporting families of infants and young children. During the Fall and Winter of 2020, we teamed together with the Pinellas County Urban League and with many terrific child development experts to offer parents a breather and join in celebrations of the blessings babies bring to our lives. Despite the real pressures every one of us has experienced, the COVID-19 era has been and remains a time when strong connections with babies and children can be nurtured to grow even stronger.

With the support of the Pinellas Community Foundation, we offered a wide variety of opportunities for parents to take time out, check in about their everyday stresses and challenges, and focus on their infants and toddlers. From one-time check-ins and a new parent support hotline, to a series of "Baby Hours" including special sessions for parents of babies, parents of toddlers, BIPOC parents, Spanish-speaking parents, and fathers, to multi-week Parent Cafes and Baby Talk Academies, our initiative served over 500 parents between September and December 2020.

In 2021, with a gift of additional time provided by the Pinellas Community Foundation grant, the Family Study Center team along with the COQEBS School Readiness Committee and numerous community providers contributed to special sessions for the 11th Annual Baby Talk Week in the last week of February. Additional special events are happening in March. And below, you'll find recorded sessions of the Fall 2020 "Baby Hour" videos that parents can view at any time!

We hope you can set aside a little time to view videos that may have interest to you! Also look for opportunities to take part in 2021 activities. Join the FSC Facebook to get notified when new events are happening. And, please take a moment to let Pinellas Cares know whether you found our events helpful - Text CARES to 71441 or go to https://bit.ly/SurveyCares

We are so grateful to parents and childcare providers who have worked magic in supporting babies during these tough times, and we invite you to contact us directly at any time if there are other ways we can be of assistance.

Warmly,
James McHale 
Director, and the staff of the USF St. Petersburg campus Family Study Center


VIRTUAL WEBINARS - SUPPORT FOR CHILDCARE PROVIDERS DURING COVID-19

  • Session 1 - Self-care for childcare providers during COVID-19
  • Session 2 - Part I - Anticipating and supporting children's emotional distress (part 1)
  • Session 2 - Part II - Anticipating and supporting children's emotional distress (part 2)
  • Session 3 - Building strong childcare-home partnerships for children during COVID

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS TO HELP YOUNG CHILDREN DURING COVID

“When We Are Scared” – Free Webinar and Online Book and Video for children by Chandra Ghosh-Ippen

Caring Reminders for Families During Stressful Times  - Fred Rogers Productions shares some tips from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on how families, parents, and caregivers can relieve children’s insecurities and fears.

Tips for Video Chatting with Young Children – Tips for Video Chatting with Young Children – Staying Connected While Far Apart. NAEYC

“Time to Come In Bear“ – Online book and video about Social Distancing for Young Children

Sesame Launches Caring for Each Other Initiative and Resources  - Sesame Workshop offers new resources for families and children as a direct response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sesame Street® Learning Resources  - Free resources, including digital storybooks and games, developed in partnership with Sesame Street

Free Audio Books for Kids – Audible

Indoor Activities and Games to Get Kids Moving – Big Life Journal

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents – National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Virtual Field Trips


OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

RESOURCES IN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGES


VIDEO BRIEF: COPARENTING INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK 

James McHale, Ph.D (Taped during the U.S. sheltering-at-home mandate, March, 2020)


VIDEO BRIEF: HELPING YOUNG CHILDREN MANAGE BIG FEELINGS

Maureen Griner, LMHC


EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE TRAINING SERIES

Jenny Hughes, M.Ed