COVID-19 Shelter in Place with Kids: Guide for East Bay Parents - 510 Families

COVID-19 Shelter in Place with Kids: Guide for East Bay Parents

We need to stay at home as much as possible, and if we go out, keep at least six feet away from each other. We’ve gathered resources and tips to help East Bay families. We’ve updated our events calendar with fun online activities. Find something interesting to do! Take a doodling class with an artist, watch a musical performance up close, or find what penguins do when the zoo is closed.

In some cases, we have linked to our affiliates for your convenience.

Please add more helpful tips in the comments!

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How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus & COVID-19

Resources for Children We Love

NPR put out a comic book for talking to kids about Coronavirus. Depending on your children’s ages, you may want to check it out online together or print it out as a booklet or poster.

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Exploring Coronavirus kids comic from NPR >

I also really loved this article by the Greater Good Foundation about How to Keep the Greater Good in Mind During the Coronavirus Outbreak (In the midst of our panic around COVID-19, we must look to each other to help us get through it). You may find that the article helps you reframe some of your worries into calm action so you can be more present with your family.

Additional Resources for Children

Habitot put together this list of resources and articles that we wanted to share, too.

Local information resources during COVID-19 emergency

Local health officials are asking for us to shelter in place and not leave home except for essential services.

Find the most current information through the County and State Departments of Health:

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Many, if not all, entertainment businesses are closed now to limit the community spread of the Coronavirus. Only essential services like health care, food service (grocery and many restaurants), and gas stations are permitted to operate.

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