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

I Can Be Safe and Healthy by Washing My Hands!
Scripted Story  |  English
Source Credit: NCPMI
¡Puedo estar seguro y saludable lavándome las manos!
Scripted Story  |  Spanish
Source Credit: NCPMI
Helping Your Child During the Pandemic
Infographic  |  English
Source Credit: NCPMI
Ayudando a su hijo durante la pandemia
Infographic  |  Spanish
Source Credit: NCPMI
Tips for Helping Your Child During the Pandemic
Family Handout  |  English
Source Credit: NCPMI
Consejos para ayudar a su hijo durante la pandemia
Family Handout  |  Spanish
Source Credit: NCPMI
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

Why Can't I Go to School?
Scripted Story  |  English
Source Credit: NCPMI, Kerrie Fanning, They Playing Field, Reach Dane
¿Por que no puedo ir a la escuela?
Scripted Story  |  Spanish
Source Credit: NCPMI, Kerrie Fanning, They Playing Field, Reach Dane
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

Prevention Strategies

Help Us Have a Good Day! Positive Strategies for Families
Infographic  |  English
Source Credit: NCPMI
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.

Response Strategies

Help Us Calm Down: Strategies for Children
Visual Support  |  English
Source Credit: NCPMI
Ayúdanos a estar Calmados: Estrategias para niños
Visual Support  |  Spanish
Source Credit: NCPMI
Tucker Turtle Takes Time to Tuck and Think at Home
Scripted Story  |  English
Source Credit: NCPMI
La tortuga Tucker toma tiempo para detenerse y pensar en casa
Scripted Story  |  Spanish
Source Credit: NCPMI
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

Tips for Supporting Yourself During the Pandemic
Family Handout  |  English
Source Credit: NCPMI
Consejos para apoyarse a sí mismo durante la pandemia
Family Handout  |  Spanish
Source Credit: NCPMI
Taking Care of Ourselves: Stress and Relaxation
Website  |  English
Source Credit: Center for ECMHC

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