Family Newsletter

March 2020

CANCELED: Spring Weather FUN for Families

Join CASY's Family Engagement Specialists for March's webinar: Spring Weather FUN for Families. Let's talk about spring activities for children and the development benefits children gain from those activities and more! Register here.

Families affected by school and child care closings may have new child care options.

The Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning has announced policy changes to assist families needing child care assistance in response to COVID-19, including CCDF policies.

Learn more here.

Coronavirus Resources & Tips for Parents, Children & Others

Click here for tips and resources to help your family learn more about COVID-19. Find tips on staying connected during social distancing, staying active and engaged as a family, as well as managing stress and anxiety. Also find a section providing resources for parents on how to talk with children about COVID-19. These strategies emphasize reassurance of child fears and anxieties, modeling proper hygiene, establishing routines in the case of school closures, and monitoring media use.

Safety Tips for Children Staying Home

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Need ideas for fun children's activities during their extended time out of school? Check out the links below!

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities

With kids at home and parents looking for educational activities, many of our favorite authors are offering online read alouds and activities on social media. Click here for some of the best virtual author activities!

25 Amazing Virtual Field Trips for Kids—Spring 2020

Field trip out of the question? Think again. Thanks to technology, it’s now possible for kids to visit all kinds of places from the comfort of their classroom (or home!). We’ve compiled a list of the best virtual field trips for you, so enjoy your “visit”!

Start your trip here!

Don't forget to visit the websites of your local museums and zoos to find fun activities and videos!

Grab a box of mixed pieces and get started on the 30 Days of LEGO Play! Kids, no matter the age, will love this challenge!

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Free Kid's Stories from Audible

Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.

Click here to learn more.

ASK ROSE Homework Helpline

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s AskRose math and science tutoring helpline has extended its daytime hours Thursday and Friday to help homebound middle and high school students.

Free homework help is available from noon to 3 p.m. through a phone call, email or chat session. Services also are available during normal service times: Sunday through Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Connections can be made at 877-ASK-ROSE (877-275-7673) or the AskRose website, The site also offers more than 500 resources available through videos and downloadable reference materials.

100 Ways to Reduce Toxic Stress

When to keep your child home from Child Care

In today's world of two-income families and single parents, many young children spend a lot of their time in child care. Many school-age children are in before and after school child care programs, as well. Click here for more information to help you decide when your child should stay home.

Am I Really My Child's First Teacher?

You might be thinking, “I’m a parent, not a teacher.” The great news is, whether you’ve had training or not, you are your child’s first teacher. So what can you do? Click here for three quick, yet impactful suggestions for quality literacy experiences. These ideas will help you promote literacy in a way that makes sense for you and your family.

5 Potty Training Myths

So, you’ve finally figured out how to get your kid to sleep through the night, and teething is somewhat over. Now you get to take a deep breath and crack open that bottle of red…wait, is that poop on the floor? And just like that, the next phase of development begins…potty training. Read this article and become familiar with potty training myths.


In a continuing effort to broaden availability and ease of access to consumers, Covering Kids & Families is proud to announce the launch of our new website. They have moved to a more intuitive interface, added additional tools and informational resources and made the site more friendly for mobile devices.

Most important of all, the new consumer-focused website and recently unveiled toll free referral line (1-888-975-4CKF) combine to make it easier than ever for consumers to connect with one of their expert, certified Indiana Navigators.

Visit the new CKF Indiana Website here.

Week of the Young Child

Join NAEYC April 11–17, 2020 for a week of fun-filled, themed days to celebrate our youngest learners! The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by NAEYC to spotlight early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities. Click here for more information. Find activities for your children here.

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