Parents and Caregivers

The resources provided below include activities, strategies, videos, and articles to help you and your child promote healthy practices both in home and at school.


 CDC Foundation

How Right Now is an initiative to address people’s feelings of grief, loss, and worry during COVID-19. Support for the How Right Now initiative is provided by the CDC Foundation.

 CDC Resources

Information about youth connectedness - an important protective factor for health and well-being.
A guide to recognizing and addressing increased stress in children due to COVID-19.
2020 has been a difficult year for many. In addition to the pandemic, our nation has faced an unprecedented hurricane season and historically bad wildfires, as well as earthquakes and tornadoes. Supporting mental health through these challenges is critical, for people of all ages.
Tips on how to make smart nutrition choices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources for ages 0-24 geared towards ensuring social, emotional, and mental well-being.
E-cigarettes and Youth: What Parents Need to Know
A factsheet for parents about e-cigarette use in youth. English - Spanish
A guide for structuring children's learning and environment when schools are virtual.
Suggestions for how to motivate and incorporate physical activity into daily life, including special considerations for children and adolescents with disabilities.
Parents for Healthy Schools

Parents for Healthy Schools
A set of resources to assist schools, school groups, and school wellness committees with encouraging parent involvement in school health. Parents for Healthy Schools uses evidence-based strategies for parent engagement.

Parents for Healthy Schools: Making a Difference in Your Child's School PowerPoint Presentation
A PowerPoint presentation with ideas for how parents can get involved in school health.

Resources for promoting positive parenting to help adolescents make healthy choices.
Resources for recognizing stress in yourself, at work, coping and support for children, and support for teens and young adults.
Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children to use in talking about Coronavirus Disease 2019.
Information for parents and families on engaging in school health.

  General Health and Safety

Healthy at Home Toolkit
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Resources designed to support you and your family in reducing stress, eating healthy, moving regularly, getting quality sleep, and more.
Healthy Sleep Toolkit
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Fun, factual resources that kids and adults can use together to build healthy sleep routines that boost immunity, reduce stress, and improve learning.
An interactive map where families can get directions to nearby sites that provide meals for students who rely on free or reduced-price meals.
Team Nutrition Cooks! is a series of cooking-based nutrition activities for out-of-school and afterschool programs, for children around ages 8 to 12 years old. These activities can spark children’s interest in trying new foods and help empower them with skills for independence. Cooking can also help kids become more interested in making healthy food choices that can help build and support good eating habits throughout their lifetime.
Call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE to speak with a representative who will find food resources such as meal sites, food banks, and other social services available near your location.

  Mental Health and Stress Management

Parent letters and student worksheets that provide structured ways for teachers or parents to introduce SEL concepts to students while they are working at home.
An article with accompanying lessons and activities around managing stress, regulating emotions, and responding positively to setbacks.
Finding Personal Space
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
A video describing how you can turn any space into your very own "zen den" or "quiet corner."
A series of developmentally-appropriate social and emotional learning (SEL) resources for parents, families, and caregivers to use at home. These lesson ideas facilitate the development of SEL skills in children, from infancy through high school.
SEL Resources
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
A collection of resources curated by CASEL designed to support educators, parents, and caregivers in enhancing social and emotional needs.
A few guided exercises to help build gratitude into your life.
A resource that describes how to recognize and address signs of traumatic stress in children of different ages.

  Distance Learning

A library of free resources including printable worksheets, online games, guided lessons, lesson plans, and more organized by age and subject. Requires account creation.
COVID-19 Remote Learning Resources
Indiana Department of Education
A reource that includes a searchable database of online lessons and activities that can be filtered by grade level and topic.
Creating a Daily Schedule
Nebraska Department of Education
Steps to create a schedule that has the flexibility to meet individual and household needs.
Information on free technology, resources, and guidance for teaching online.

  Physical Activity

Fitness Break Cards
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Simple, 5-minute physical activity ideas that can help you to keep moving and relieve stress.
Move More Together
American Heart Association
A collection of virtual workouts and streaming events for the family.
A free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, have fun, and learn while not in school. Resources also available in Spanish.
Move More at Home
Iowa's Healthiest State Initiative
A list of 10 ways to keep your kids moving.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
A comprehensive text that discusses the proven benefits of physical activity and outlines the amounts and types of physical activity recommended for different ages and populations.
Pro Athlete Fitness Breaks
Wasserman Foundation
Videos of professional athletes leading different 1–2 minute physical activities.