Childcare, Learning and Education Tools Resources
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At-Home Activity Ideas for Individuals With Intellectual Challenges and Developmental Disabilities
Gateway to Learning created activities and resources to help individuals with intellectual challenges and developmental disabilities continue their skill development and lifelong learning at home.
Autism Speaks Back to School Toolkit
Autism Speaks has compiled a digital toolkit of resources, information, referrals, and support to help autistic individuals and their families navigate the return to school and individualized education program (IEP) information as well as public policy and advocacy highlights to assist in transitions during the pandemic.
Back to School Toolkit 2022 from Mental Health America
Mental Health America has developed a Back to School Toolkit to help students, parents and school personnel navigate school during COVID-19 and assist young people who are struggling with their mental health.
The toolkit is also available in Spanish.
Free selection of family fitness workouts on the Beachbody Kids Workouts Vimeo page.
Camp Kinda is an exploratory learning experience designed to keep kids ages 3 to 13 engaged curious, and having fun — even if they’re stuck at home. It’s like summer camp (kinda).
Families can sign up for access through May 2022 for $25 per family. The subscription includes access to the entire catalog of Camp Kinda and Camp Kinda, Jr. adventures—more than 350 hours of activities, Fee waivers are available for families facing financial hardship.
CDC’s School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers and Guardians
Many parents, caregivers, and guardians face new and difficult choices about how their child will return to school in the fall, such as deciding between in-person and virtual learning.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides this tool to help parents, caregivers, and guardians weigh the risks and benefits of available educational options to help them make decisions about sending their child back to school. It is organized to provide parents and caregivers with tools to help assess their child’s and family’s risk of COVID-19 and considerations that will help them make a choice, if offered, of instructional format and more.
Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Family Activities
Chicago Children’s Theatre shares a variety of instructional videos and activity ideas, including tapestry weaving, coloring books, making a shadow puppet theatre and more.
Chicago Public Schools COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Chicago Public Schools back-to-school information for the 2022-23 school year and COVID-19 guidance, testing, vaccines and resources for students and families.
As families across Illinois continue to get back on their feet amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Human Services is expanding Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) eligibility to help residents get back to work.
Parents who are unemployed and actively seeking employment will be eligible for three months of child care assistance, provided they meet the standard Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) eligibility requirements.
If parents become employed or enroll in an education program before the end of the three-month period and meet all other CCAP eligibility requirements, their eligibility will continue for 12 months in total.
Families interested in applying for support through CCAP should contact their local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (CCR&R) or call (877) 202-4453 toll-free.
Child Neurology Foundation’s Back-to-School Resources During COVID-19
The Child Neurology Foundation partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics, medical and educational experts, and families to develop a Back to School Educational Series for the COVID-19 pandemic.