Keeping All Georgians Safe and Connected
During this COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, we are committed to ensuring that our communities have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information and resources to keep them safe, healthy, educated, and connected during this time of isolation.
Public and private partners across Georgia—including the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB)—have contributed to these resources. We also link to the most up-to-date guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and trusted news outlets from across the state.
Children and COVID-19—CDC
Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out.
DPH is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by coronavirus and regularly coordinates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
DPH provides a daily status report of confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The CDC provides a framework for actions that local and state health departments can recommend to mitigate community transmission of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions—CDC
The CDC responds to questions about how to protect yourself, symptoms and testing, health care professionals and departments, community spread, and others.
COVID-19 Information—Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
The Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line (866-399-8938) provides 24/7 free and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the pandemic. This page also includes webinars, guidance, and special bulletins from the department.
CNN/Sesame Street Coronavirus Town Hall
CNN and Sesame Street partnered to explain the ABC’s of coronavirus in a town hall for parents and kids. Topics include dealing with big feelings, how to handle spending so much time at home, helping kids cope with loss, and tips for staying healthy.
Cultivating Our Best Selves in Response to COVID-19
The Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing offers this free talk based on the Community Resiliency Model, which trains community members to not only help themselves but to help others within their wider social network. The primary focus of this skills-based, stabilization program is to re-set the natural balance of the nervous system.
DECAL/QCC Summer Camp Search Checklist
Before you choose a summer camp or child care for your child, ask these questions about the facility’s general policies and COVID-19 prevention measures. Parents can get answers to questions and referrals to safe, affordable, and engaging programs by calling 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS (877-255-4254). This free service is available Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., and on Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Healthy Coping Strategies for Kids
The pandemic has increased everyone’s stress levels, including kids and teens. Now, more than ever, we need to practice healthy strategies for managing feelings and coping with stress. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta presents ways to successfully teach healthy coping skills.
Let’s Talk About Prevention: Online Learning Series
With in-person conferences being canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, the Monique Burr Foundation for Children is helping youth-serving organization staff continue professional development with this series of nine one-hour webinars related to child abuse, bullying, exploitation, and other types of victimization.
Mental Health Series for College Students
Going to school, juggling mental health situations, and staying healthy is a tough balance to maintain for college students. The team at BestColleges.com offers facts about the COVID-19 crisis, how to cope, a student’s guide to managing stress, college planning tips, and information about how coronavirus is affecting students.
National Alliance on Mental Illness—Georgia
Tips for families and communities on social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak. NAMI continues to host COVID-19 educational webinars.
Navigating COVID-19: Resources for Pregnant and Postpartum Families
This toolkit from Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia provides guidance on how families can prepare for delivery, postpartum and infant health, and how to apply for public benefits.
The Children’s Trust Fund Alliance adds resources each week to help families stay strong during this pandemic. Past topics include concrete support in times of need, parental resilience, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children.
Providing Child Care During COVID-19
This webinar engages family childcare providers and center-based care providers in a conversation about their experience being open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and what they are doing to maintain program health and safety.
SEL Resources for Parents, Educators, and School Communities Related to COVID-19
Inside SEL (Social & Emotional Learning) offers tips for parents, educators, and school leaders to prioritize children’s social and emotional development at home. Categories include adult self-care tips; diversity, equity, and inclusion; parenting resources; and resources for school communities.
Summer Guide to Staying Mentally Fit
On Our Sleeves, part of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, produced this guide to help you maintain structure and keep your kids mentally fit.
Young Children at Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Importance of Self-Care
ZERO TO THREE offers self care tips to help ensure parents and caregivers remain physically, emotionally, and mentally capable of being there for young children.
Converting Classroom Training from In-Person to Online
This webinar from National Child Welfare Workforce Institute provides information on converting in-person experiences to virtual learning platforms. Learn tips, tricks, and ways to overcome barriers.
GaDOE Office of Teaching and Learning
GaDOE is advising school districts to develop a plan to continue student learning, if possible, should they need to close for several days—using resources such as study packets, cable access, virtual school, and online classes. These resources from GaDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning are available to support schools’ efforts.
Georgia’s K-12 Recovery Plan—Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Department of Public Health
The Georgia Department of Education, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has developed guidance to support districts and communities in determining their plans and strategies for reopening schools. Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K – 12 Schools provides a tiered approach with clear, actionable steps that are advisable before students and employees return to school buildings, along with guidance that is applicable throughout the 2020 – 2021 school year.
“Getting Ready Guides” for Grades K – 3
The GaDOE and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) launched “Getting Ready” guides to help parents of young learners in grades K – 3 keep the learning going over the summer and explore skills that will prepare a student for the school year ahead.
Reopening Youth Organizations During COVID-19
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is providing guidance and resources focused on getting kids back to being kids, safely. This guidance is not meant to replace guidance from local and state offices on when to open, but rather to provide additional support and insight.
COVID-19 Community Resource Map
Created by the GroundBreakers Network to amplify and increase accessibility to community resources in response to COVID-19, this mapping includes financial support, student initiatives, meal relief, mutual aid networks, health care, and shelters.
Food Finder is a mobile app and website created by a Georgia high school graduate that helps students and families find free food assistance programs quickly.
GaDOE School Meals Information
GaDOE has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for alternate meal service flexibility in the case of extended closures. This will allow schools to serve students meals through USDA-approved meal service options, at approved sites within the community.
Apply for Food Stamp and Medicaid benefits. Download an application.
Go to connectebt.com for Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) or call 888-421-3281 for updates.
You can also contact the DFCS Customer Contact Center at 877-423-4746 for additional information or to request a paper application. Find your county office.
Local Food Banks—Georgia Food Bank Association
Your community is served by one of Georgia’s eight Feeding America affiliate Food Banks. Find yours here to donate or get help.
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)
Georgia will provide additional food assistance to families of students enrolled for free and reduced meal assistance during the recent school closures due to COVID-19. The temporary funding includes a one-time allotment of $256.50 per eligible child and is intended to prevent food insecurity for families across Georgia. P-EBT assistance is available to families already enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and those enrolled for school-based meal assistance but not SNAP. For families already receiving SNAP, the additional funds will be added to their EBT cards during July. Families who don’t already receive SNAP but are enrolled for free and reduced-price meals in their schools as of May 2020 are eligible for P-EBT and can apply in July to DFCS to receive the one-time supplement.
Small Business Guidelines
The Georgia Department of Economic Development provides answers to questions regarding how Gov. Kemp’s new Executive Order addressing COVID-19 affects Georgia’s small businesses.
Small Business Response and Recovery Resources
The UGA Small Business Development Center offices across the state are open and available to assist small businesses impacted by current circumstances. Virtual consulting and online resources are available.
Student Meal Pick-Up Information by School District
Many Georgia families will be able to pick up school meals for their children during state-mandated closures. This a list of how each school district is handling meal pick-up procedures. If you are a school district and your information is not listed or has been updated, email [email protected].
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO)
These programs, administered by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and the Georgia Department of Education, provide access to free and nutritious meals to children 18 and under during the summer months when school’s out. Find summer meal sites on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Meal Site Finder map. The website includes dates of operations, meals available at each location, meal times, and more. This summer, the Food and Nutrition Service is kicking off a new text-message option. Text Summer Meals to 97779 or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) to find summer meal sites. Spanish-speaking families may call 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6279). (This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For USDA’s non-discrimination statement, click here.)
The Georgia Department of Labor is providing online access to unemployment services, partial claim access for employers, and resources for other reemployment assistance. Find your local career center.
Families hit hardest by the pandemic may receive aid through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. LIHEAP is a federal program that helps low income households pay the energy bill for heating or cooling their homes. Under the CARES Act, $900 million of supplemental LIHEAP funding will be distributed nationwide to help “prevent, prepare for, or respond to” home energy needs.
Residential service cut offs have been postponed. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is maintaining a listing of residential utilities that may not be discontinued during the emergency due to non-payment. GEMA’s website features emergency response resources.
USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Response to COVID-19
USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) provides options and flexibilities to feed children during the COVID-19 outbreak, including issuing 21 nationwide waivers for child nutrition programs to allow for innovative methods of meal service and distribution during this pandemic and launching the Meals 4 Kids site finder in both English and Spanish to help families find free meals for kids. USDA’s Meals to You initiative now serves nearly five million meals per week to rural children impacted by COVID-19-related school closures—five times its original goal.
Georgia has received approval for two waivers that facilitate access to WIC through May 31, 2020: one that allows Georgia WIC to remotely issue benefits to any participant (or parent/caretaker or proxy) and another that waives the physical presence requirement (which includes the ability to defer in-person testing requirements). Local agencies (health departments) have been encouraged to utilize flexibilities that are already part of existing policies such as 30-day extensions for certifications, mailing of vouchers (instead of in person pickup), and nutrition education via telephone or website. Contact your local WIC office for adjusted COVID-19 services available in your area. Find your nearest WIC clinic.
Comcast—Staying Connected During Coronavirus
Comcast is taking immediate steps to make it easier to connect low-income families to home Internet. New customers will receive two free months of Internet service if you apply and are approved by December 31, 2020. For all new and existing customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service has increased. Households with outstanding debt owed to Comcast may be eligible for Internet Essentials.
GaDOE Georgia Insights
This website features GaDOE’s entire range of COVID-19 responses in one location. Parents, students, and educators can find information on distance learning, closures, graduation, testing, meals, and special education.
Georgia Broadband COVID-19 Update
Because of the shift to telehealth with “virtual visits,” teleworking, and remote continuity of learning, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has launched this webpage to help Georgians find high-speed Internet.
Georgia Public Libraries
While many public libraries across Georgia are closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, some are still offering limited services to help kids keep learning while schools are closed, provide Wi-Fi for local residents, and more.
Georgia Public Wi-Fi Locations Map
The Department of Community Affairs offers a public Wi-Fi access map.
Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across Georgia are available to anyone who needs them for free—including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. The site includes a map of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots.
ATL Museums at Home
Many of Atlanta’s top museums and other attractions have joined together to share educational, fun and entertaining content. Virtual experiences include a special “Field Trip Friday” event each week.
This group of websites has 1,000+ short animated movies K-12. It includes quizzes and more, covering science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
- BrainPOP Jr. (K-3): Designed to support critical thinking skills and encourage children to ask questions and make connections. Targeted kids ages 5 – 9.
- BrainPOP ELL: English language instruction for K –12 English language learners.
Bright By Text
Bright by Text is a free service that provides activities, games, and resources right to your smartphone. Messages are targeted to your child’s age and include information on child development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavioral tips, and more. Message and data rates may apply. To get started, text GPB to 274448 or fill out this form. Subscribers can receive texts in English or Spanish.
Camp PBS Kids
Go on summer learning adventures with PBS KIDS. Get tips and activities to make this summer a season full of creativity, exploration, and fun for the whole family. Explore different topics such as space, world cultures, reading, fun in the outdoors, and cooking with math with your favorite PBS KIDS characters.
This free online summer learning destination is full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy building topics boosted by Maker experiments. Keeping kids and their families learning together throughout the summer and out-of-school time, Camp Wonderopolis can help build vocabulary, background knowledge in science, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and other literacy skills along the way.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta: The museum offers fun and educational content for families and children of all ages through #CMAatHome. Children can enjoy storytime, music and movement, and draw-along activities. Families can also learn words in Italian, German, and Japanese during online cooking lessons. Content includes instructions, vocabulary, and helpful videos.
Cox Campus offers free, online courses for early childhood educators, families, leaders, and community members. Nuestro tema: Los amigos is a new free learning experience focused on helping Latino parents during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Shine Your Light Summer 2020 is a suite of tools with a reading-based focus that celebrates children’s emotions, encourages empathy, and ensures teachers know how to assess and teach each child. Categories include teacher readiness for K-3 educators, pop-up learning for birth – 5 and K – 3, “Talk, Read, Play LIVE” for birth – 5 families and educators, and “Hablemos, Leamos y Juguemos” for Spanish-speaking families.
To help parents and guardians provide homebound students meaningful educational experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, Discovery Education has launched Daily DE, which provides a suite of no-cost activities and resources for students and families to help continue learning while schools are closed.
Discover Georgia STEM Camp
This virtual camp is open to any Georgia student in grades K – 8 enrolled in public, private, charter, or homeschools. Online, virtual, science-based camp sessions meet online four days a week in one hour sessions throughout June 2020. Talented Georgia teachers have designed fun science learning activities for each grade level to expose, inspire, educate, and entertain students with a range of age-appropriate STEM-focused exercises.
Freckle helps teachers effectively differentiate instruction and practice across math, ELA, social studies, and science.
Georgia Home Classroom
Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), in partnership with GaDOE, is offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to Georgia’s state standards to provide continued at-home learning. Students in Pre-K through 12th grade can access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays on GPB-TV. The broadcast schedule includes trusted, educational programming. Additional GPB and PBS programs are also available to stream on gpb.org or the free PBS Video App and PBS KIDS Apps. In addition to the broadcast schedule, Georgia students and educators can also access an online library of free educational resources from GPB Education, PBS LearningMedia, and Discovery Education, including videos, activities, and associated lesson plans for teachers, that align with Georgia standards.
GaDOE and GPB also launched “Getting Ready” guides to help parents of young learners prepare for the upcoming school year. These guides for getting ready for K – 3 are designed to provide a simple way to keep the learning going over the summer and explore skills that will prepare a student for the school year ahead.
Georgia Public Library Service
Here are online resources to keep you engaged and learning while schools, businesses, and libraries are closed. For example, Georgia Historic Newspapers gives you free access to over 1.5 million newspaper pages; Georgia’s Sanborn maps dating back to 1881 allows you to look up nearby streets, buildings, or landmarks to see how they’ve changed; and Georgia Aquarium’s live aquatic webcams can entertain and educate your kids.
As local public libraries continue to provide online resources, including wi-fi connections, to students and their families, plans have been adapted for the Summer Reading Program. Online access to Beanstack will be provided to all 408 public libraries in Georgia. Beanstack lets you track reading, participate in challenges, and engage with fun literacy activities. Many libraries are planning fun virtual programs.
Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN) Summer Activity Guide
GSAN has developed a suite of fun and engaging activities and challenges for school-age children designed specifically for this atypical summer. The activities are organized by four different age groups (5 – 9, 10 – 12, 13 – 15, 16 – 18), adaptable for in-person and virtual instruction, and based in skill building and social-emotional learning. Quick Guides will accompany the suite to support youth development professionals and families. Resources will be released gradually from May 27 through early August.
As Georgia teachers reach students remotely, GPB is here to help with digital learning contingency plans. GPB Education provides free access to over 300,000 standards-aligned digital learning resources for all grades and subject areas including streaming video, instructional strategies, virtual field trips, teacher resources, and complete lesson plans through partnerships with Discovery Education and PBS LearningMedia.
All-new summer content and resources will keep kids learning and encourage exploration with their favorite PBS KIDS characters. Join GPB for a series of fun and educational online workshops for kids this summer to watch well-known PBS KIDS shows and participate in hands-on learning activities. Workshops will take place at 10 a.m. and last approximately one hour.
GPB Kids—for Parents
GPB Kids offers advice to parents on how to talk to their kids about coronavirus.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt—At-Home Learning Support
Educators and family members can access free lesson ideas, blogs, videos, and professional development resources while schools are closed as a result of coronavirus.
All around the world, schools are closing and transitioning to remote options. Free iCivics games and other resources are an option for teachers to keep the learning going outside of school walls, stay connected with students, and providing them with a healthy break from the headlines that can be unsettling.
Khan Academy offers free practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace.
Mystery Science provides lessons that inspire kids to love science. During school closures, popular science lessons are being provided for anyone to use for free. No account or login is needed.
NASA STEM at Home
NASA is helping inspire the next generation of STEM professionals with these free hands-on projects categorized to help kids Build It! Solve It! Launch It! Play It! Color It! and Read It! at home.
National Summer Learning Association
Check out resources and guidance from the field on remote learning and news regarding food access. Programs and families can find more information to keep kids learning, safe, and healthy.
Organized by grade level and specific skill for grades K – 12, Open Middle features a series of equations with missing numbers that students solve using critical thinking, number sense, and math concept knowledge.
Prodigy offers engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform designed to motivate first- through eighth-grade students to learn and practice math. No cost, ever.
This free web-based, texting app provides personalized tips, resources, and reminders to support parents as reading coaches to their children, charting families’ progress on the learning journey.
The Kids Should See This
An educational alternative to YouTube, this collection of kid-friendly (not made-for-kids) videos, is curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and home.
Wide Open School
This free collection of online learning experiences features resources for children in pre-K through grade 12, offering suggested daily schedules with online and offline activities. The site features content developed by National Geographic, Sesame Workshop, noggin, Boys & Girls Club, and National Head Start Association, among others.
Atlanta Speech School’s Cox Campus Pop-Up Early Learning Free Online Preschool
Cox Campus has recreated critical parts of a preschool day—morning songs, story reads, and enrichment activities. Each is designed to support children’s development in empathy, language, and literacy. Parents can receive weekly emails, video lessons, and activities tailored to toddlers (ages 18 months – 2) and preschoolers (ages 3 – 4). Shine Your Light Summer 2020 is a suite of tools with a reading-based focus that celebrates children’s emotions, encourages empathy, and ensures teachers know how to assess and teach each child. Categories include teacher readiness for K-3 educators, pop-up learning for birth – 5 and K – 3, “Talk, Read, Play LIVE” for birth – 5 families and educators, and “Hablemos, Leamos y Juguemos” for Spanish-speaking families.
Chat About Children
This educational series for families features episodes from DECAL on monitoring development, supporting transition back to child care and school, building your young child’s brain, engaging children in play, how early language builds literacy, and more.
Georgia Pre-K At Home
DECAL’s site includes educational resources divided into four categories: Storytime, Virtual Field Trips, Let’s Go Outside, and Screen-Free Time. Activities are based on the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards and intentionally involve simple household items easily found at home.
Pre-K Summer Transition Program
For income-eligible families, this four-week program from DECAL offers high-quality instruction to prepare rising pre-K and kindergarten students for success in school.
Toddler Time at Home
DECAL provides a calendar of daily activities with weekly themes that encompass five categories: On The Move, Adventures Online, Sensory Time, Story Time, and Arts and Creativity.
Boost learning from birth – 5. Boost learning from birth – 5. Available for iOS and android phones, this app is filled with fun and simple learning activities for mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime.
While schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream a free collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
This publisher’s mission is to help children develop a love of reading and learning, no matter their ability level. Capstone is offering free trials for the following tools to all preschool and elementary school students now through Aug. 30.
- PebbleGo: This K – 2 database is specifically designed to teach growing learners technology and literacy skills early in their school career. It’s also great for preschoolers.
- Username: gasummer20
- Password: school
- PebbleGo Next: This is the next step in research, providing students in grades 3 – 5 with more content and tools to meet their curriculum needs.
- Username: gasummer20
- Password: school
- Capstone Interactive eBooks: Over 5,000 titles will capture the imagination and curiosity of any reader.
- Username: gasummer2020
- Password: school
This free collection of fiction and nonfiction for students in grades 3-12 can be searched and filtered by Lexile level, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or standard. Readings can be read online or downloaded.
Cómo Hablar con los Niños Sobre el Coronavirus
Las noticias relacionadas con la enfermedad COVID-19 y el coronavirus están por todos lados, desde las portadas de los periódicos hasta el patio de juegos en la escuela. Muchos padres se preguntan cómo hablar con sus niños sobre la epidemia para que estén tranquilos y no se preocupen más. A continuación encontrará algunos consejos de los expertos del Child Mind Institute.
This collection of e-books and audio books is for kids in pre-K through fourth grade. A mix of fiction and nonfiction titles can be downloaded onto computers, tablets, and smartphones.
The OrganWise Guys
Access a wide array of engaging activities such as coloring sheets, short videos, recipes, and more to get kids excited about healthy living. Here are some video resources to help our kids stay healthy:
- Wash Your Hands Before You Eat for Good Health
- Wash Your Hands After Using the Bathroom
- Learning How to be a Germ Killer
READCamp with Malcolm Mitchell
Join this free virtual reading training camp for summer reading with Super Bowl Champion and author Malcolm Mitchell from Memorial Day to Labor Day. K – 12 students participate in training, drills, and practice in order to maintain literacy skills over the summer, earning award certificates as they go. Kids and/or parents can sign up, or teachers can sign up their entire class.
To ensure that students have at-home learning opportunities, Get Georgia Reading and Renaissance are partnering to provide readers free, anytime/anywhere access to digital books and news with myON through Aug. 21. Unlimited, 24/7 access makes it easy for students to continue reading and learning at home.
With over 2,000 leveled books for kids in K – 2, quality reading practice has never been easier. The app features an engaging, kid-friendly interface and reading support on every page.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin.
The Georgia Preschool Association sponsors resources to help teach your child to read.
This award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus—Scholastic
Scholastic created this collection to help you ease children’s fears and empower them with age-appropriate information. These teaching resources were carefully prepared to help your students understand what is being done to keep them safe and how to prevent germs from spreading.
Words2Reading brings families, caregivers, and teachers the best resources in developing early language skills and reading readiness from birth – 8. Grow your young reader through easy-to-follow videos, links, downloadable documents, e-books, and audio clips all available online.