As childcare centers reopen with care, they must follow Safe Mode guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. COVID-19 is not gone, so we must reopen with care. When we begin the green phase, not all activities can restart right away. As Philadelphia continues to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and other precautions, 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
- Philadelphia summer resources: Find information about Playstreets, staying cool this summer, playgrounds, City summer programs, and more.
- Mighty Writers
- Mighty Mindfulness: Parents and kids can tune in at the end of each week for live mindfulness time with Ms. Amber on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Family Write Night: Explore topics like culture, family history & mightiness, providing opportunities for kids and adults to bond, share ideas, share stories, and write together! Be ready to play games too! Tuesdays, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Mister John’s Music: Tune in for weekly music episodes with Mister John, Miss Lilly, and more. Sing, play, and dance along!
- United Way’s FREE Vello virtual literacy program: This summer program pairs children with trained virtual reading volunteer mentors at designated times, twice weekly, from June 22 through August 28. In order to sign up your child before sessions begin, please fill out this registration form today.
- Summer of Wonder: The Free Library has a new virtual Summer of Wonder taking place from June 1 through August 31. View virtual programming for fun craft and maker activities, storytimes and book clubs, gaming and STEM programs, and more to help your mind stay curious and active all summer long.
- Early childhood activities: Ami Patel Hopkins, a Philadelphia educator, has created her own site for resources for Philadelphia families which includes easy activities at home for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
- Free Library Early Learning online: The Free Library’s Literacy in Early Learning Spaces team has launched a YouTube channel sharing fun activities for learning at home.
- Reading Promise: This campaign is designed with and for Philly families to energize raising strong readers.
- The Ultimate Summer Learning Adventure: Follow along for fun at-home activities all summer long. Find 6 weeks of 180+ activities for grades pre-K-2.
More activities and resources
- Sesame Street art: Let your children get creative on a computer, tablet, or cell phone by creating virtual art.
- Baby sign language: Learn a new skill! Ms. Stephanie is hosting online baby sign language classes for free.
- Month-by-month pregnancy and baby guides: Learn about monthly pregnancy and baby milestones on The Bump.
- DIY kinetic sand: Did you know you can make your own kinetic sand at home? Check out this quick recipe and suggestions for play.
- Tinkergarten activities: Explore outdoor, play-based learning with your child. Find activities by age (0-8) or skills (thinking, social and emotional, and body skills)
- 6 PBS Kids Apps for Summer Learning: Free to low cost apps and activities that families can do together. Explore online games, mobile apps and more.
- Reading CheckUP: Learn about the specific reading skills your child should focus on with recommendations for home activities that perfectly align to your child’s needs.
Black Lives Matter resources
- Free Library of Philadelphia’s Black Lives Matter resources: Explore Black literature, children’s books, films, articles, and more.
- PBS’s Guide to Teaching Your Child About Black History and The Parent Toolkit’s ‘How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism’: Check out these suggestions for how to start conversations about Black history, race, and racism with your children.
- The Conscious Kid: Learn more on Instagram with this parenting and educational tool that explores race.
- Resources on Racial Injustice: This Google site offers a tremendous amount of resources, teaching tools, and outlets of support for families, professionals, and children.
- How to Use Children’s Books to Talk About Race and Racism: Storytime opens up new worlds for our children. Here’s how to show and teach children about diversity.
Health and wellness resources
- The School District of Philadelphia and Uplift Center for Grieving Children are providing the Philly HopeLine, offering counseling services for students, parents and guardians. Call or text 1-833-PHL-HOPE (1-833-745-4673), Monday through Fridays from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and holidays, Saturday and Sundays from 12 p.m to 4 p.m.
- Virtual kids fitness party: Stay active together, with fitness, yoga, and mindfulness for kids.
- Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19: Advice for families adapting to the many changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Yoga Ed. has a free 15 minute video: Calm Body, Calm Mind | Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Class for Kids on YouTube.
- Debbie Allen Dance Academy: Tune in for family-friendly, fun, and free online dance class with Debbie Allen.
- Themed Books and Activities for Summer Reading and Learning: This collection offers books and activities to help kids explore a variety of subjects like dinosaurs, money, and much more. Plus, be sure to check out their summer science collection for engaging in DIY summer science learning.
- Helping kids stay safe: a child abuse prevention resource guide
Collection of child abuse prevention resources for parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members to help keep kids and caregivers safe and emotionally well.
Childcare and education resources
- What reopening means for childcare: As childcare centers reopen, we can all do our part to help children and staff at childcare and early education centers stay healthy and safe. Here’s what to expect if you are seeking childcare. Learn more about the City’s Reopening With Care plan.
- Kindergarten transition: Will your child be 5 years old by September 1, 2020? Kindergarten registration is taking place NOW and is completely online. For more information, visit the School District of Philadelphia’s Thrive at Five page. Scroll down for videos to walk you through each step or download the step-by-step PDF. Still have questions? Call the Office of Student Placement at 215-400-4290. Families in need of translation assistance can call the Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at 215-400-4180.
Food, housing, and financial resources
- Eat Healthy on a Budget: Check out these suggestions from Food Fit Philly before planning your next shopping trip.
- Get Connected to Internet Access: This resource from Great Philly Schools provides information on three ways to access the internet.
- Essential Businesses Hiring: These Philadelphia-area businesses are seeking employees.
- Mortgage and Renting guidance: If you can’t pay your mortgage help is available. There are no evictions in Philadelphia until July 10, 2020. Rental and utility assistance now available.
- Utilities Assistance: LIHEAP’s Recovery Crisis Program can help eligible residents pay for their utilities, including electricity. Stay cool this summer and apply today at compass.state.pa.us
- Where to find Free Food and Meals during COVID-19: The City and partners are committed to ensuring that all Philadelphians have food in spite of the challenges caused by COVID-19. Find a food site near you.
- Free pregnancy, baby, and toddler supports during COVID-19: Find pick-up sites for free diapers and baby food, as well as virtual pregnancy, breastfeeding, and family supports.
For early learning providers
- Home Grown: This relief program provides direct financial support to address the needs of home-based child care caregivers and providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- SBA Coronavirus Relief Options: The SBA offers multiple funding options for those seeking relief.
- Fund for Sustaining Quality (FSQ): Check out these COVID-19 business support resources from PHMC and partners to support early education operators, including upcoming new webinars, recorded webinars, links partner and other community resources including grant and loan applications, and new tools as they are created.
- Cleaning Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has created a website to connect Pennsylvania businesses with those businesses able to meet supply requests.