For Students, Educators, and Parents

Resources for Educators

Colorado Department of Education

COVID-19 Resources for Schools

Phone: 303-866-6600


Colorado Department of Higher Education

Staying informed about COVID-19


State of Colorado

Public health orders and recommendations to protect our communities for schools, workplaces and community


Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs

Tips on how to plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus disease from the CDC


Colorado Department of Education for Educators

News for educators on COVID-19 impact on Colorado schools


Resources for Students

Colorado Department of Education Youth Services Resources

Youth services resources


Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Comic that includes information from healthcare experts interviewed for an NPR story. Can also be printed and folded into a zine.

Handwashing posters & other materials for children and teens
Center for Disease Control (CDC)

BrainPOP: Coronavirus
BrainPOP is a surprisingly entertaining, at time humorous, basic explanation of COVID-19 and needed precautions for elementary age children and young teens.


Resources for Parents 

Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment

What to Do When School is Closed


Colorado Emergency Childcare Collaborative


Colorado Office of Early Childhood


Meal Sites during School Closures
Map and List from Colorado Department of Education

List and Map of locations

More information on meal distribution from Hunger Free Colorado


Protect Yourself and Your Family

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (PDF) 
Guidelines from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)


Talking to Children about COVID-19
Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children 


Helping Children Cope
From, how to help children cope with disasters

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Corronavirus Diease 2019 
This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope. (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Information from Common Sense Media


Digital Learning Resources


Smithsonian Institution

  • Smithsonian Learning Lab: A free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources and creating content with online tools. The Learning Lab has an immense amount of content, and the Getting Started guide is a helpful resource.
  • Smithsonian Open Access: Allows students to download, share and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images without asking permission because they have been released into the public domain.
  • Smithsonian Digital Volunteers Program: Allows the general public to make things like historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible. Students can join fellow volunteers to add more field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, manuscripts, biodiversity specimen labels and more to the collection.
  • Sidedoor: A podcast for students that enlists the help of biologists, archaeologists, zookeepers and astrophysicists to tell engaging and educational stories.


Library of Congress

  • Student Discovery Sets: Puts primary sources in student’s hands by bringing together historical artifacts and documents on a wide range of topics. The Student Discovery Sets are free on iBooks.
  • Current Exhibitions: The Library has several current exhibitions available online, including ones on Rosa Parks, the Nineteenth Amendment, comic art and more.
  • Digital Collections: Over 400 digital collections are available online, featuring content from U.S. Presidents, musicians, inventors, historic newspapers and more.
  • By the People: A crowdsourcing initiative that allows anyone to volunteer to improve access to history by transcribing, reviewing and tagging Library of Congress documents.
  • Classic children’s books: Available for free online via the Library website.
  • The Library of Congress’ YouTube channel: Contains a wide range of author programming, as well as content from scholars and musicians.
  • Ask a Librarian: The tool remains available to the public, with Librarians available to answer questions and provide research assistance.
  • The Library’s National Screening Room: Showcases the Library’s vast moving image collection. It is designed to make otherwise unavailable movies, both copyrighted and in the public domain, freely accessible to viewers worldwide.


Ebooks and Audiobooks:

  • Capstone Interactive Ebooks: Interactive ebooks for PreK-high school
  • TeenBookCloud - A collection of eBooks and educator resources perfect for your middle school, high school, or public library. Find a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks.
  • Elementary Digital Bookshelf: PreK-8
  • Secondary Digital Bookshelf: Grades 5-12
  • ABDO Zoom Online Database: Grades PreK-2
  • Authors Everywhere -- A Youtube Channel created and run by children's book writers and illustrators. With all this talk of potential quarantines and school closures, we wanted to do something to offer relief for parents and kids who might find themselves stuck at home. On this channel, you'll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. We hope that we can offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this time.






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