Contact Us:        helpme@united4children.org     | 314-252-0078

Child Care Supports for the COVID-19 response is being conducted in partnership with COVID-19 Regional Response Team (led by Dr. Jason Purnell); Community Impact Network; Child Care Aware of MO; City of St. Louis Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families; St. Louis County Department of Human Services; and United 4 Children. We are thankful for these wonderful partnerships!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Louis County gathered a team of experts to craft the region’s strategy. At the direction of the COVID-19 Regional Response Team, led by Dr. Jason Purnell, United 4 Children has been requested to oversee childcare for the region.

As the lead agency for Childcare support during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are supporting the region in three essential categories: Care Coordination, Basic Need Coordination and Child Specific Consultation.

Each of these areas are designed to support the whole child regardless if care is taking place at home or in a child care setting. United 4 Children’s services area available to caregivers and families across the St. Louis Metro Region. 

Care Coordination

Per regional communication release Saturday 3/21, it is possible that regional childcare agencies may close. As essential businesses will remain open, the children of first responders and dedicated workers will need a safe place to be during work hours.

Child Care Aware of Missouri is serving as the lead organization in providing child care referrals. Email referralcenter@mo.childcareaware.org or call the toll-free number at 866-892-3228. Our team will support the centers and will follow up with weekly check-in’s and virtual coaching to support the childcare staff. You can also email helpme@united4children.org

Basic Needs Coordination

In this time of crisis, childcare providers may lose access to items critical to basic needs. This includes but is not limited to: food, diapers, health and hygiene supplies. Due to this issues, we are leading basic needs coordination for childcare programs and the families who rely on them. The process is as followed: We are listening and gathering information, coordinate supply, our team coordinates supply delivery and pick up options, weekly check-in’s for future delivery and needs.

Contact: helpme@united4children.org | 314-252-0078

Child Specific Consultation

Life is changing drastically and children are in the midst of the chaos. United 4 Children is here to help children thrive. Using a strengths based approach, we can provide expert coaching to support the child’s health and well-being. The process is as followed: Contact United 4 Children at eberlemaysel@united4children.org and fill out a google form, our team will customize child specific plan and match the family or child with expert coaching, coach in 30 minute sessions while providing play kits.

Contact: eberlemaysel@united4children.org | 314-252-0078

To locate your nearest federally-qualified health center, please visit Find a Healthcare Center

St. Louis County Health Line | 314-615-2660

St. Louis City Health Department Line |  314-612-5100

View Operation Food Source Distribution List

View DHSS website for updates

This site also includes the number for a 24-hour hotline should you have general questions about COVID-19.

To understand the Stay-at-home order and how it relates to childcare and closing, click St. Louis County Stay at Home Order and St. Louis City Stay at Home Order

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Missouri expands food stamp program in response to coronavirus

County health department guidelines for childcare settings

Charter/Spectrum is offering 2 months of free internet to support Academic Learning for families. Call (844) 488-8395 for more information. Also, please note that if there is an outstanding bill, the free internet is not an option.

TLC for Kids provides staffing for childcare programs around the region, as well as in-home care. Contact Angela at angela@tlcforkids.com or by calling 314-725-5560 

Information about the CARES ACT: paycheck protection program calculations | COVID-19 Federal Aid Reference Guide | PPP_Calculator

To understand the Stay-at-home order and how it relates to childcare and closing, view PDF document.

Any child care that is operated in St. Louis County beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020 must only care for the children of necessary staff of an Essential Business. Children of employees who are not necessary staff of an Essential Business should not be in care.

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Children’s Story Explaining Virus 

If you are looking for a great resource to talk to children about the coronavirus and how they feel about it, below is a great children’s story to share. 

Learning at Home During Trying Times

https://illinoisearlylearning.org/reslists/trying-times/ 

Stuck at Home with Kids – What to do

https://hechingerreport.org/stuck-at-home-with-young-kids-due-to-the-coronavirus-heres-what-to-do-and-not-to-do/ 

Play Activities for Infants and Toddlers

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/series/play-with-me

Educational Toolkit for At Home Learning

https://www.barbarabush.org/toolkit-for-at-home-learning/

50 Fun Things to Do With Your Preschooler At Home

https://innerchildfun.com/2020/03/50-fun-things-to-do-with-your-preschooler-at-home.html

55 Indoor Activities for Kids at Home

https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2020/03/indoor-activities-for-kids-at-home.html 

55 Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills at Home

https://teaching2and3yearolds.com/55-ways-strengthen-fine-motor-skills-home/?fbclid=IwAR2bVaxt2eJ7Z54wSScwjhDCFWtk5puCbQc9UxeDY198WAQz9DYii8kBy6I

At Home Activity Guide

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3264-at-home-activity-guide 

Baking Math

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/blog/baking-math 

10 Prop Box Ideas:  Mini Learning Centers at Home

https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/10-prop-box-ideas-mini-learning-centers-home 

Movement / Active Screen Time

https://www.gonoodle.com/for-families/ 

Dr Jean and Friends Blog

http://drjeanandfriends.blogspot.com/

Washing Hands Activities

https://educators.brainpop.com/lesson-plan/washing-hands-activities-for-kids/

Soap Foam Calm Play Activity

https://teachingmama.org/soap-foam-calm-play-activity/ 

List of Virtual Museums, Zoos and Theme Parks

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/

Go on a Neighborhood Bear Hunt

https://nypost.com/2020/03/25/communities-hold-bear-hunts-to-entertain-kids-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

Go on a Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

https://thesavvysparrow.com/neighborhood-scavenger-hunt-free-printable/

 

 

Social Emotional Learning at Home

Help Me Have a Good Day

https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/docs/Family-Strategies_Infographic.pdf    

Help Us Stay Calm

https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/docs/Stay-Calm_Infographic.pdf 

Social Emotional Learning Games to Play with Your Child  

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/games-skillbuilders/social-emotional-activities-for-children  

Don’t Expect Toddlers to Behave Consistently – They Literally Can’t

https://www.scarymommy.com/dont-expect-toddlers-behave-consistently/?utm_source=FBOnsite 

Do You Feel Me Game

https://www.greatschools.org/gk/do-you-feel-me/?utm_source=GreatKids&utm_medium=web&utm_content=emotional_smarts_module&utm_campaign=Emotional_Smarts 

Coronavirus Kids Guide (School Age Children)

https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-kids-guide.html

How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus 

Children can be scared when hearing about COVID-19. Here are five ways to talk with children about the virus

https://news.missouri.edu/2020/children-can-be-scared-when-hearing-about-covid-19-here-are-five-ways-to-talk-with-children-about-the-virus/ 

5 Helpful Responses for Families

https://consciousdiscipline.com/covid-19-five-helpful-responses-for-families/?mc_cid=2df75cbd90&mc_eid=a8bcdecdd9 

Coronavirus Social Story

https://660919d3-b85b-43c3-a3ad-3de6a9d37099.filesusr.com/ugd/64c685_319c5acf38d34604b537ac9fae37fc80.pdf 

Coronavirus Social Story

https://fdafdaa5-78a3-4b52-a60c-bbc1ed5e8667.filesusr.com/ugd/d4e6d3_e6d1e88990374bd59c9de2b3b273e47f.pdf 

Why Can’t I Go To School Social Story

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Sl-wI1Cfp5HJ7QBszjoisLcYC14H2PU-/view 

Why is My School Closed Social Story

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ljdgsg5mghcdh99/Why%20is%20my%20school%20Closed%20scripted%20story.pptx?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR2HFDlgcwdTTe52wq2P3Bcvkb5ZdUuqdy2vEAW5c9NwiiDHJYUqEJ4XPjI 

Supporting Kids During Covid 19

https://childmind.org/article/supporting-kids-during-the-covid-19-crisis/ 

Coronavirus  Social Narrative Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkZ23tDzN4c&feature=youtu.be 

Just for Kids:  A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus 

Supporting Children with Disabilities

How Will Schools Provide Special Education During the Coronavirus Crisis?

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/03/19/are-we-going-to-get-ourselves-in.html?cmp=eml-eb-ad_popweek_03272020&M=59208226&U=3027702&UUID=508dd18e29457b47e2457ad7b157ea88&intc=eml-contshr-shr-desk 

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times

https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/sites/afirm.fpg.unc.edu/files/covid-resources/Supporting%20Individuals%20with%20Autism%20through%20Uncertian%20Times%20Full%20Packet.pdf

What to Do When Your Child on the Autism Spectrum’s Routine Is Disrupted by the Coronavirus

https://themighty.com/2020/03/covid-19-autism-routine-disruption/?utm_source=Autism_Page&utm_medium=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1gQ_ER9t5LN3Tx3npkiBa-jlkVwTSNzY9ARzOY8sQlKy0fWPErn67VJqE 

How to Cope with Disrupted Routines During Covid 19

https://www.autismspeaks.org/news/how-cope-disrupted-family-routines-during-covid-19 

Coronavirus, School Closings, Special Education

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/coronavirus-school-closings-legal-faqs

Daily Schedule (Consistency promotes a sense of safety)

http://info.teachstone.com/blog/keep-children-engaged-while-at-home-with-a-daily-schedule