(Haz click aqui por estos mismos recursos en Espanol)
Resources for financial support:
Article to list of current jobs that are hiring 3/23/2020 – https://www.kvue.com/article/money/need-a-job-these-austin-area-stores-other-businesses-are-hiring-right-now/269-b06b80a3-fc9f-4a30-8fb3-6fca4ad09693
All evictions and utility disconnections are on hold amid COVID 19:
- Travis County Evictions Put On Hold, Austin Energy Won’t Shut Off Utilities Amid COVID-19 Outbreakkut.org
- Travis County JP Order on No Evictions
- City of Austin Utilities suspends disconnects amid COVID-19austinenergy.com
Families can call Spectrum for FREE Internet @ 1-844-488-8395. Must meet this criteria:
- Are in an area that Spectrum services.
- Can’t already have an account.
- MUST provide proof of at least one K-12 student in the household.
- Can’t owe Spectrum money from the past 3 yrs or you can’t owe them equipment.
AISD Meals info: www.austinisd.org/coronavirus/meals
AISD Curbside & Bus Delivery map – https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1LtYfb-nXaKQEy3m4f2hjOm9HXdpDKwjv&ll=30.25074928865733%2C-97.73652620000001&z=11
- Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. AISD is working in collaboration with the Texas Department of Agriculture
Central Texas Food Bank – https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/get-help
- The food bank updates the page monthly with listings for the schedule of food pantries and hot meals. The mobile pantry and fresh food for families links provide the schedule for the current month. The referral guide provides a more detailed listing of places by county in both English and Spanish.
Travis County Community Centers providing pantries – https://www.traviscountytx.gov/health-human-services/community-centers
Resources for families experiencing increased anxiety/fear:
Vida Clinic – vidaclinic.org/virtualvida
- Austin ISD’s school-based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is now offering teletherapy services to the entire Austin ISD community. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To schedule an appointment, visit vidaclinic.org/virtualvida or contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Texans, no matter where they live, can dial 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905 and select option 6 to get information and referrals to COVID-19 social services, including testing, community clinics, unemployment benefits and more.
- Texans can also dial 2-1-1 to find information about local community resources such as financial assistance for utilities or rent and food pantries, housing assistance, crisis counseling, utility payment assistance, and senior services.
Crisis Textline – https://www.crisistextline.org/texting-in
- Text HOME to 741741
WEconnect and Unity Recovery – https://www.weconnectrecovery.com/free-online-support-meetings
- Offering recovery meetings to everyone daily. Meetings will follow an open format and are available to anyone in or seeking recovery. 7 Days a Week at 4 different times: 8 AM CST, 11 AM CST, 2 PM CST, and 8 PM CST
UCLA Health – https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/mindful-meditations
- Free guided meditations
Military OneSource – https://www.militaryonesource.mil/confidential-help/non-medical-counseling
- Hotline offering free non-medical counseling to those in the military and their immediate family
Phone Apps – No apps replace therapy, these are just an extra temporary tool
- Happify – https://www.happify.com/ – activities to change negative thoughts and reduce stress
- MindShift – https://www.anxietycanada.com/resources/mindshift-cbt/ – reduce anxiety with CBT tools
Other helpful ways to manage emotions for parents and kids – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Rk2nEE7dkbAGiuRWmx6JS4nnyDrjT5yj1ygEKiil7gE/edit
Resources/Support for help with home schooling or distance learning with your kids:
- AISD Learning at Home – https://sites.google.com/austinisd.org/aisd-learning-at-home
- Activities designed to keep up learning while school is closed
- Have Fun Teaching – https://www.havefunteaching.com/resources/
- Academic packets sorted by grade covering all subjects
- Scholastic – https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html?caching
- They are offering 20 days of learning that can be completed in any order or time for up to 3 hours per day.
- Brain Pop – https://www.brainpop.com/
- Many students already have experience using Brain POP as it has been used in several elementary classrooms. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, the page is also offered in SPANISH and FRENCH and English Language Learners. There is a banner up top to request free access due to school closings.
- Explore Learning – https://web.explorelearning.com/coronavirus-response/?_ga=2.106688006.466128487.1584485950-1117065028.1584485950
- Online learning on Math and Science with 30 day and 60 day free trials
- Outschool – https://outschool.com/2020-school-closures-offer
- Scheduled video classes by teachers on different topics
- Other Educational Resources – http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/
- This has an EXHAUSTIVE list of educational companies that are offering free resources or subscriptions due to school closings
- Fun Brain – https://www.funbrain.com/
- Educational games
- Khan Academy – https://www.khanacademy.org/
- In addition to lessons and activities they have entire daily schedules suggestions for ages 4-18!
- Prodigy – https://www.prodigygame.com
- Parents can set up a free account and add their child according to grade and state curriculum. Parents are able to track their child’s progress, while children do activities/games testing math skills.
- Math Playground – https://www.mathplayground.com/
- Several math activities to practice math skills.
- ABCya! – https://www.abcya.com/
- Games for different grade levels to practice skills
- Vooks – https://www.vooks.com/
- Animated books read aloud. Parents can join for free for a 1 month trial
- Starfall – https://www.starfall.com/h/
- Mostly reading activities, a few math activities
- Book Club for Kids – http://www.bookclubforkids.org/
- Better suited for advanced readers, this website provides a podcast where kids read or discuss a book, and curriculum materials that provide questions that children can answer, as well as a vocabulary list from the book they listen to.
- National Geographic Kids – https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
- Kids Discover – https://www.kidsdiscover.com/kids-discover-online/
- A large library of units on different science and social studies subjects with several topics that provide more detail.
- Bill Nye, the Science Guy – https://www.billnye.com/home-demos
- If you have the materials, Bill Nye has experiments to try at home.
Resources for when people are bored/have cabin fever:
- Keep a routine! Use a marker board, poster, or notebook paper, and create a daily schedule together. Allow children to create a schedule that includes their interests. Be sure to put in time for activities or breaks for movement. This is a great opportunity for parents to discuss expectations at the start of day and then review the calendar/schedule they’ve created.
- Make time for CONNECTION. There are several ways to video chat with friends and family – Whats App, Facetime (iPhone), Video Call (Samsung users), Google Duo, Marco Polo (doesn’t have to be live), Skype, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram are some popular ways.
- Create a BINGO card with activities/tasks/chores that have to be completed before children can earn screen time (read for 30 minutes, write a letter, do a physical activity, brush teeth, put away toys, do something nice for someone, create something, etc.)
- STEAM Activities (Really could be a part of homeschooling resources too.) https://thinkeryaustin.org/blog/thinkery-at-home-updating/
- Story Pirates – https://www.storypirates.com/podcast – Podcast performed by actors and comedians who take stories written by kids and turn them into sketch comedy and musical theater. This can also be used as an educational opportunity for creative writing, as kids can also submit stories they’ve written for a chance to be featured in the podcast.
- Learning 4 Kids – https://www.learning4kids.net/play-activities-by-age/ – DIY crafts & Activities listed by age
- Michelee Puppets – https://micheleepuppets.org/category/diy/ – How to make a variety of DIY puppets
- Overdrive – https://www.overdrive.com/ –If you have a membership at any public library, you can access digital and audio books and “check out” the books through the app.
- NFL Gamepass: https://gamepass.nfl.com/packages – NFL is offering free access until May 31st to watch any game from 2009-2019!
Resources to get people moving:
- Go Noodle – https://www.gonoodle.com/for-families/
- Videos to get everyone moving!
- The Kiboomers – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLy6-72NzYpFztbJ7jNEMkg
- Children’s youtube channel with several videos to get in the wiggles
- United We Move – https://www.facebook.com/planetfitness
- FREE Workouts streamed live daily at 6pm CST on Facebook Live by Planet Fitness available to everyone
- Down Dog – https://www.downdogapp.com/
- Phone app for yoga, providing free access until April 1st
- Yoga with Adriene – https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
- Youtube channel providing Yoga for all levels