Emergencies and National Disasters: Helping Children and Families Cope

The following are resources to support families in helping young children cope with the challenges that might occur during stressful emergency or disaster situations. This website will be updated as we obtain more resources.

Let's work as a community to support our little ones! Do you have a COVID 19/emergency-related Pyramid Model or early childhood resource you want to share with families? Email it to sipayton@usf.edu.

COVID-19 and Pandemic Resources


Community Partner Resources

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
Website  |  Available in English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, Korean, French, Vietnamese
Source Credit: NASP
Tips for Families: Coronavirus
Website  |  English
Source Credit: Zero to Three
The Latest Guidance on Coronavirus
Website  |  English
Source Credit: ECTA Center

Having to Stay at Home


Community Partner Resources

Why Can't I Go to School?
Video  |  English | Spanish Version
Source Credit: Reach Dane
Why Can't I Go to School (All other languages)
Scripted Story  |  Available in multiple languages. Find your language
Source Credit: Kerrie Fanning, They Playing Field, Reach Dane
Why is School Closed?
Scripted Story  |  English
Source Credit: PWPBS

Children: Stress and Challenging Behavior


Community Partner Resources

Provide Frequent Positive Attention
Infographic  |  English
Source Credit: Vanderbilt U.
Provide Transition Warnings
Infographic  |  English
Source Credit: Vanderbilt U.
Provide Positive Descriptive Feedback
Infographic  |  English
Source Credit: Vanderbilt U.
Setting Clear Behavior Expectations
Infographic  |  English
Source Credit: Vanderbilt U.
Transition Warnings
Infographic  |  English
Source Credit: Vanderbilt U.
Provide Help Once Your Child is Calm
Infographic  |  English
Source Credit: Vanderbilt U.
Avoid Attending to the Behavior
Infographic  |  English
Source Credit: Vanderbilt U.
Provide a Verbal Reminder
Infographic  |  English
Source Credit: Vanderbilt U.
Stay Calm
Infographic  |  English
Source Credit: Vanderbilt U.

Adults: Self-Care and Managing Stress


Community Partner Resources

Taking Care of Ourselves: Stress and Relaxation
Website  |  English
Source Credit: Center for ECMHC

For Early Childhood Professionals

ReOpening Early Childhood Programs