During this challenging time, the wellbeing and development of our city’s children remain top priorities. In light of the school and business closures caused by COVID-19, the City’s PHLpreK team has compiled recommended activities and resources for families and childcare providers:

For families of young children

  • At-home activities and routines

    • Free Library of Philadelphia: Did you know you can get a library card online? This card will give your family access to electronic resources, downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines. The Free Library is also hosting online events for children – follow them on Instagram and Facebook for updates!
    • Scholastic Learn at Home: Visit this website for science and social studies videos and activities designed for students in pre-K and kindergarten.
    • Storyline Online: This site features videos of celebrities reading children’s books, complete with illustrations.
    • School District of Philadelphia Early Childhood Toolkit: The School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Early Childhood created a Parent Toolkit full of activities for young children.
  • Food, housing, and financial resources

  • Health and wellness resources

    • Health and wellness tips for parents with young children during COVID-19: Take care of your mind and body while you’re at home, with these recommendations from Get Healthy Philly.
    • Infant Toddler Early Intervention Procedures during COVID-19: Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services published an overview of early intervention services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • “Take a Breath”: Check out this song by singer-songwriter Raffi, which can help children deal with stress.
    • How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus: Advice and activities for parents and caregivers to have informative and reassuring conversations with children about COVID-19.
    • Hotlines:
      • Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-866-723-3014
      • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
      • To report Child Abuse, contact ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313  or 215-683-6100
      • Call 1-877-PA-Health to report public health emergencies
      • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
      • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
        • This 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

For early learning providers