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Parent and community resources for Arizona families during COVID-19

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  • Shannon Sowby   |   Expect More Arizona

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More than ever before, we are reminded that many Arizona students and families face myriad challenges that are compounded in times like these. We will continue to advance our mission of ensuring every student receives an excellent education every step of the way, both now and in the future.

Expect More Arizona’s staff will be working from home as much as possible in the next several weeks as we do our part to keep ourselves and others safe. We will leverage technology to remain available to our partners, members of the media, and individuals with whom we work.

We are focused on serving as a resource for our partners, families and local communities by providing timely and accurate information, tips and tools.

In the short-term, we’ve compiled information for parents and caregivers about ways to talk with children during these difficult times, what’s happening with schools and colleges, where to access education and community resources, and more.

We will continue to update this list as we receive additional information and resources to share.

Down the road, we’ll help develop and disseminate information about the long-term implications of school closures and specific education advocacy opportunities.

These are definitely unsettling times, but Arizona has a long history of endurance and determination, and our diverse communities are filled with resilient, hard-working students and individuals, including AMAZING educators. Working together and supporting one another, Arizona can rise from this challenge stronger than ever.

Last updated 3/23/2020 at 2 p.m.

If you have any updates or additions to this list, please send an email to


Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource (Source: National Association of School Nurses and the National Association of School Psychologists)

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children (source: Centers for Disease Control)

10 Tips for Talking with your Kids About Covid-19 (source: PBS)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child (source: KidsHealth)

Talking to kids about the coronavirus (source: Child Mind Institute)

Talking to Young Children About Coronavirus (source: First Things First)

En Español

Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Un recurso para padres (source: National Association of School Nurses and the National Association of School Psychologists)

Cómo hablar con los niños sobre el coronavirus (source: Child Mind Institute)

Additional Tips for Parents

Top 10 Tips for Parents (source: Arizona Department of Child Safety, Office of Prevention)

Los Diez Principales Consejos Para Padres (source: Arizona Department of Child Safety, Office of Prevention)

Healthy At Home:With the growing impact of the COVID-19 virus, this free toolkit is a resource to support families with information and resources for supporting the children in their care. Available in English and Spanish.


Arizona Public Media and Arizona PBS: are partnering to offer Arizonans broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to our state curriculum to provide continued at-home learning. The new 5 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. broadcast schedule includes specific blocks of time for students in pre-K through 12th grade and covers subjects including English language arts, social studies, science and math.

ASU for You: Whether you are a learner or an educator, this new offering from Arizona State University provides a flexible and growing set of digital educational assets for people of all ages and at all stages of their educational, career or lifelong learning journey.

ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College: Resources for parents to support learning at home during school closures with tips and a list of links to various websites and online learning opportunities.

Audible: Audible Stories is a free service that offers educational and entertaining audiobook content for kids, teens, and families. There are titles for beginning readers like Stone Soup and Winnie the Pooh, and for older readers, there’s Jane Eyre or The Call of the Wild, along with titles from authors like Dan Gutman, Ally Carter, Leigh Bardugo, and Julie Kagawa. In addition, there’s also fun educational content like children’s song collections. There are titles across six different languages, and it’s set up for kids through teens with easy-to-navigate categories, plus a section of literary classics.

Boeing: check out the 100 Days of Learning collection of lesson plans, videos, interactive media, and design challenges, all of which are intended to increase student interest and aptitude for 21st-century skills and can be used at home with your own kids.

Brain Breaks: Ideas for “brain breaks” when doing school work at home.

Brainpop: a subscription-based learning resources site is offering free access to its huge library of videos to schools and families impacted by COVID-19. It even has a video explaining coronavirus in an easy-to-digest format that kids (and adults) can understand. Coding lessons for all grade levels.

Cosmic Kids Yoga: Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation videos designed especially for kids aged 3+.

Common Sense Media: is the curriculum used at many schools to help students understand digital citizenship. Check out the parent resources page to navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids.

Daily Schedule: It is important to create a daily schedule to keep you and your kids sane. Check out this site for sample templates to help you get started.

Doodles with Mo Willems: Every day at 10 a.m. Arizona time, tune in for a live video with Mo Willems doodling.

Duolingo: If you students is looking to practice a foreign language, or has been enrolled in a dual language program, Duolingo is a free, online resource to continue working on their language skills at home.

Fordham Institute: A thoughtful compilation of the best educational YouTube channels, educational videos, podcasts for kids and free online instructional materials.

GoNoodle – Active Screen TimeGoNoodle gets kids up and moving to fun, engaging content and games. Free resources in English and Spanish. Parents can find grade-based learning tool kits, including worksheets, book lists, tips and more.

Johnson Space Center: Join Boeing and Discovery Education on a mission to inspire the world through aerospace innovation with an exclusive virtual field trip to historic Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Khan Academy: Khan Academy offers exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material. They are also holding special COVID-19 live streams for parents and teachers looking for resources. 40+ virtual field trips your kids can take from the couch.

KiwiCo: Offers these free at-home resources for kids (and their grownups). Grade-based (pre-K through 8) online math games.

Mystery Doug: A YouTuber who answers educational questions.

National Geographic Kids: NatGeo provides brain booster activities on its website.

PHXTV Classroom: The city of Phoenix’s digital classroom, PHXTV Classroom, has expanded its programming and will stream live on from 9 – 11 a.m. daily, with a replay from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PHXTV Classroom (also broadcast on Cox Cable channel 11 and CenturyLink 8005) will feature a variety of stories, with different programming each day, on history, science and art.

Save with Stories: Celebrities on Instagram are keeping kids occupied by reading stories.

Scholastic Learn At Home: Scholastic created a free, open-access digital hub with education materials for children in Pre-K to Grades 6-9. The website provides up to three hours of learning opportunities each day. Subjects include English language arts, STEM, science, social studies, and social-emotional learning. There is no login or account required.

Smithsonian: Parents and kids can play games, take a 3D look at some of the Smithsonian’s collections, and view photos and information about specific items in its collection.

The Spanish Experiment: Children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker.

TIME Magazine: the TIME for KIDS digital library is free for the rest of the school year.

Virtual Museum Tours: Since museums will also be closed, Google partnered with hundreds of museums to offer virtual tours. The Lourve Museum also has a virtual tour on their site.

Virtual Field Trips: A collection of sites to live webcams, virtual tours/trips, and other miscellaneous fun academic sites.

Writing Prompts: Students can respond to daily writing prompts, inspired by The New York Times, at home for free.

100+ Activities For Kids to Do At Home: Here’s a list of 100+ ideas to help you keep your kids occupied in meaningful ways. While these ideas aren’t necessarily academic, they will learn from them. Real life skills, patience, problem solving, creativity, perseverance, and so much more.

Other Articles

Quarantine Advice from an Arizona Teacher of the Year
Check out our recent guest blog from Arizona Teacher of the Year Beth Maloney offering advice to parents out there to help keep the kids (and you) from going quaran-crazy!

How ‘regular school’ parents can homeschool their kids
School closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak mean millions of parents and guardians who have grown accustomed to sending their children to traditional school are trying to homeschool.

Consejos de Una Maestra del Año de Arizona para la Cuarentena

Resources for Teachers

AZ Dept of Ed

Virtual Learning is a resource hub for teachers and families to assist them as they plan for non-traditional instruction and should be used with discretion and in the way that best fits with their school/district curricula. This is a living document that will be updated frequently.

Title IV-A Online Learning and Enrichment is a resource hub for teachers and families to assist them as they plan for non-traditional instruction and should be used with discretion and in the way that best fits with their school/district curricula. The resources include PE, Health, Arts, Virtual Field Trips, Teacher PD, Connectivity Resources, and Podcasts.

Age of Learning: Includes three software products: ABCMouse, geared towards kids 2-8 years old, Adventure Academy, which is a multi-player game geared towards kids 8-13 and Reading IQ, which is a virtual library that tests a child’s reading level and surfaces appropriate books for them. To get free access for families, your school must request it using this form. 
Daily Free Learning Workbooks for teachers to share with parents while schools are closed.

i-Ready:Printable at-home activity packs are designed to provide students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade.

Learning A-Z:  Learning A-Z is offering free access to Raz-Kids and Headsprout to those schools that don’t have these products today, which will give your students full access to literacy resources from home, or any place with an Internet connection.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Free resources for teaching math online.

PBS: Distance learning tips from one teacher to another

TNTP: Resources for Learning at Home When Schools Close 

WeAreTeachers.comFree online learning resources for teaching your students virtually. Virtual classroom platforms, online quizzes and assessments, video lessons, and even complete curriculum plans to get you started. Everything here is free for schools closed due to the outbreak (and some are always free).


Arizona Department of Education: ADE’s website has a complete list of meal services provided by each school district. Similar information can be found by visiting each school district’s website or via this Arizona Educators Unified online list.

Arizona Food Bank Network: The Arizona Food Bank Network has a website allowing you to search your location to find a food bank near you.

Arizona Childcare Resource and Referral: Contact AZCCR&R for child care information.

Birth to Five Helpline: These are unusual and challenging times that we face. Staying connected by having someone to talk with or lend an empathetic ear is more important than ever to the well-being of families, our communities and our state. Birth to Five Helpline professionals are available to you by phone, text, or email.

Local First Arizona: From curb-side service and gift cards to discounts and delivery, this site is your go-to source for promotions to help support our local businesses.

Childcare: options for working parents amid shuttered schools, as some preschools and daycare centers remain open.

Additional Resources by County


Arizona State University, The University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University will move classes online for the remainder of the semester. The campuses at ASU and UA remain open, and students can still live in the dorms if necessary. Students who have other living arrangements are encouraged to stay away from campus. Other parts of campus that are open include food services, health centers, libraries and computer labs.

At Grand Canyon University, all but a few select classes on the Phoenix campus will be moved online for the remainder of the spring semester. The GCU Phoenix campus will remain open on a “limited” basis, including residential housing, the library and select food services.

Maricopa Community Colleges: All in-person and hybrid classes are suspended through Sunday, April 5, 2020. All current online classes will continue to be held as scheduled. Faculty are currently working on moving existing in-person and hybrid classes to alternative or online learning environments for the remainder of the Spring semester. They recognize that there are courses and learning experiences that cannot be delivered in an alternative learning format and are currently identifying solutions, All Colleges have canceled all student activities, including athletic games and practices, and have postponed college events during this time period.

Arizona Western College in-person classes have transitioned to online wherever possible until March 27. AWC spring break is March 30 through April 3, during which the school will assess the situation. The college is currently providing students with library services and tutoring remotely, as well as advising, registration, etc.

Pima Community College has suspended face-to-face student and public services through March 27.

Arizona Christian University will extend its spring break through March 20, and all classes will be online for the remainder of the semester. The campus will remain open with housing for students and food services but, instead of chapel, messages of worship will be sent out weekly via social media.

Benedictine University‘s campus in Mesa is on spring break from March 16-20. Classes will be conducted virtually starting March 23, with in-person classes expected to resume April 6. The university has instructed students who could leave campus to do so by March 22 and take any items essential to their classwork with them.

Embry-Riddle is extending its spring break until March 18, when classes will resume online until at least April 6. Students who live on campus can return and pick up items they left, then return home or stay on campus. For students who aren’t able to return to campus to pick up critical items, the school will provide shipping assistance.


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