Our lives have changed drastically over the last week. Many people across Colorado and the country (and the world) are doing their part to “flatten the curve” of the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing and staying home. Schools have closed and students are home, people who are able are working from home, bars and restaurants have been closed, and unfortunately many people have lost their jobs. We are deeply concerned about what this means for the most vulnerable populations in Colorado. We have compiled some information about where people can help and where people can access help.
How to Help:
Help Colorado Now is seeking volunteers and donations to help “at-risk individuals across our state get through the COVID-19 crisis.”
Colorado COVID Relief Fund is hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way. They are seeking donations and will be providing aid to support Colorado communities and organizations affected by the recent outbreak of COVID-19.
How to Get Help:
Colorado Department of Education COVID-19 Meal Sites: Most districts are providing meals for students during the closures. You can visit CDE’s COVID-19 meals website for more information or visit your district's website.
Hunger Free Colorado: Provides information about where people in Colorado can get assistance accessing food. There is a list of food pantries, information about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Meals on Wheels and a hotline to help people locate food (all information is confidential and staff are bilingual).
Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative is providing emergency childcare for workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 crisis: doctors, nurses, first responders and others.
Educational Resources for Home
Many school districts closed schools starting this week. Yesterday, Governor Polis ordered all Colorado schools closed starting Monday and extending through April 17. He also called on districts to work on providing remote learning opportunities for students. We know this presents many challenges around access to devices and internet and more, but hope to see this become a reality on some level. Jefferson County started their remote learning this week.
We know this time has many parents left concerned about continuing learning at home. We will be sharing some excellent resources to help, but at the same time would also like to encourage parents to give yourself grace during this challenging time. Read with your kids, cook meals together, encourage them to read by themselves, get outside for fresh air, and take care of everyone’s mental health.
Kahn Academy: In depth online learning resources and modules for students at all grade levels in a variety of topics.
Eureka Math: Online resources for math, English language, and science broken out by grade level.
Mystery Science: A curated starter set of science lessons from the creator of the most popular science lessons in U.S. schools. Short mini-lessons are completely digital and full lessons include an activity. All of the activities are designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home.
Distance Learning and Remote Working Resources: Colorado Succeeds compiled online learning resources.