COVID-19 Resources

A List of Education and Information Resources

COVID-19

Edu-tainment

Fun & Games

Home Schooling/Distance Learning:

Literacy

Physical Movement

Small Business

Unemployment

COVID-19 Information:

ACCESS HEALTH CT

Special Enrollment Period starting March 19 through April 2. Coverage is available for uninsured Connecticut residents who don’t otherwise receive insurance through their job or become unemployed. To see if you qualify call, 855-365-2428 between 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday - Friday

COVID-19 INFORMATION IN CONNECTICUT
 
CDC
 
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
 
DEBUNKING COVID-19 MYTHS

The Coronavirus Project is a  new initiative of the Federation of American Scientist that aims to debunk misinformation circulating the web on matters of public health and safety, as well as provide clear and sourced information for policymakers. 

 
JOHNS HOPKINS CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE CENTER
  
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR CORONAVIRUS
 
CT SAFE CONNECT

Safe Connect is a project of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) that was developed as a way to make it easier for victims of domestic violence to access information, resources, and assistance. Their services are CONFIDENTIAL, SAFE, FREE & VOLUNTARY (which means you can change your mind at any time).

UCONN'S RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES, ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FOR COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS
 
HOW TO SEW A FABRIC MASK
 
CORRECT WAY TO WEAR AND TAKE OFF A MASK
 
HOW TO SAFELY REMOVE GLOVES
 
CONNECTICUT PUBLIC TELEVISION'S CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE PAGE

Edu-tainment:

AUSTEN CITY LIMITS VIDEO ARCHIVE
 
BEARDSLEY ZOO

The Beardsley Zoo will be doing FB Live every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 2:00 pm of the zoo friends.

BOSTON'S CHILDREN'S MUSEUM VIRTUAL TOUR
 
COLCHESTER HERITAGE WALK
Created by our own William J. Johnston Middle School students and faculty with content from the Colchester Historical Society. Take an educational walking tour around the Colchester Green. Just download the Pocketsigns app on your phone to get started. 
CINCINNATI ZOO HOME SAFARI
 
HOUR OF CODE

One hour tutorials designed for all ages in over 45 languages.

INTERNET ARCHIVE

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

KID LIT TV

Explore the world of children's literature.

JULIA CHILD VIDEO COLLECTION

Featuring the best of the first lady of cooking, from early episodes of The French Chef to the beloved Baking with Julia series to the incomparable live shows with Jacques Pepin.

KATE MESSNER READ-ALOUD LIST
 
THE LOUVRE ONLINE TOURS
 
MARS ROVER

Explore Mars with the Curiosity rover.

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
At the Metropolitan Museum of Arts website you can explore art, virtually tour exhibits, and tune into virtual events and programming. 
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

Met to launch “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure. All “Nightly Met Opera Streams” will begin at 7:30 pm EDT and will remain available via the homepage of metopera.org for 20 hours. The homepage link will open the performance on the Met Opera on Demand streaming service. The performance will also be viewable on all Met Opera on Demand apps.

MUSEUMS WITH VIRTUAL TOURS
 
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS
 
NASA IMAGE LIBRARY

NASA's new image library consolidates imagery spread across 60 collections into one searchable location. Users can embed content in their own sites and choose from multiple resolutions, including the original size, to download.

SAN DIEGO ZOO LIVE CAMERAS

Watch live cameras on baboons, polar bears, giraffes and more!

SEATTLE SYMPHONY

The Seattle Symphony will continue sharing performances that provide strength, comfort, and joy. The musicians of the Seattle Symphony have generously volunteered to share free broadcasts with everyone during this time of uncertainty.

STORYLINE ONLINE

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers, and educators worldwide. Each book includes a supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK VIRTUAL TOURS

 

Fun & Games:

BEGINNER'S ORIGAMI
 
BOARDGAME ARENA

Join the largest boardgame table in the world. No download necessary - play directly from your web browser. Play with your friends and thousands of players from the whole world.

HOW TO VIRTUALLY PLAY D&D
 
PAGAT CARD GAME RULES

Everyone has a deck of cards at home. This website has rules for tons of card game and domino games that you've heard of and some that will be new to you.

SETTLERS OF CATAN #WESTAYHOME EXPANSION

The #westayhome scenario is a CATAN mini-expansion that is a print and play. It is suitable for the CATAN base game and can also be played with the Seafarers and Cities & Knights expansions.

Home Schooling/Distance Learning:

AP ONLINE COURSE SCHEDULE

Continue working toward college credit and placement with free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. 

BEARDSLEY ZOO DISTANCE LEARNING

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's Distance Learning Programming gives students in Connecticut and beyond an opportunity to learn about our amazing animals, their remarkable behaviors, and more from the Zoo's Animal Care Specialists. All without leaving their classrooms or homes! All of our custom classroom video lesson-plans align with NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)

CILC - COMMUNITY OF LEARNING

Providing core curriculum every day of the week for homebound students in grades K-6th. Beginning March 23rd we will offer, free of charge, interactive, live-streamed programs from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Eastern time. The programs are delivered by our highly professional content providers.

CIVIC ONLINE REASONING

Developed by the Stanford History Education Group to teach people how to evaluate the trustworthiness of online sources

COLLEGE TEST PREP

Handouts, practice tests, and review guides about ACT & SAT test preparation and college admissions

CT DEPT OF ED - RESOURCES TO SUPPORT STUDENT LEARNING DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES DUE TO COVID-19
 
CT WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN IN STEM LESSON PLANS
STEMfems Junior is a series of easy-to-implement educational modules designed specifically with Connecticut’s National Science Standards to address the critical gender gap in STEM. Each STEMfems Junior curricular guide is suitable for grades 3-5 and focuses on the story of one Connecticut woman’s contributions to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. 
EDX

edX is the trusted open-source platform for education and learning and is freely available. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies.

FREE IVY LEAGUE ONLINE COURSES
 
KHAN ACADEMY

Daily schedules for students age 4-18

MYSTERY SCIENCE

A starter list of K-5 science lessons that are easy to do from home for free.

SCHOLASTIC VIRTUAL LEARNING

Even when schools are closed, you can 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!

Literacy:

AUDIBLE

A free limited selection of audiobooks

JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD @ HOME

Activities and resources to keep students engaged during this new-normal of school closures and social distancing. Free resources to help keep students' brains busy and blossoming.

PROJECT GUTENBERG

A website devoted to providing free ebooks in the public domain.

MANY BOOKS

Many Books provides ebooks in the public domain and ebooks by self-published authors.

RIVETED FREE TEEN READS

Riveted by Simon Teen is an online community for anyone that loves young adult fiction! Here at Riveted by Simon Teen, you can read YA books for FREE, discover your new favorite books and authors, enter for the chance to win new and upcoming releases, and more!

TUMBLEBOOKS
K-6 children's ebook database
Username: tumble735
Password: books

K-6 math ebook database
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

Grade 7-12 ebook database
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

All ages audiobook database
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

Romance books

A huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Username: tumble2020

Physical Movement:

DAREBEE

300 no-equipment workouts. The Darebee Resource is an independent fitness resource run and maintained by a small group of volunteers and fitness professionals. They make fitness accessible, make training fun and make a healthy lifestyle easier to start and maintain – on a budget.

HOME PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR KIDS

Seven YouTube Channels to Get Kids Moving & Grooving - a collection of YouTube channels includes a heap of kids exercise videos to get kids moving, grooving and having fun.

MILES FOR MILES

Join Miles the Hartford Marathon Foundation mascot in April to get the kids moving and motivated at home with weekly activity schedules, videos and more. While kids are without school PE or after-school sports, the need to keep moving is at an all-time high when parents and guardians are stretched for time, attention and creative ideas. Let this free plan lighten the burden to help families focus on the fun.

Small Business Owners:

CONNECTICUT BUSINESSES APPROVED TO RECEIVE DISASTER ASSISTANCE DUE TO COVID-19

Small businesses can learn more about the program and apply for financial assistance at www.sba.gov/disaster or call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955.

CT DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Emergency response small business unit, For specific questions related to Connecticut small business, email the Joint Information Center at [email protected] or call the DECD small business hotline at 860-500-2333.

CT WOMEN’S BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Tools and resources to support businesses during this time.

HOW TO APPLY FOR AN SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN

Video - Many small businesses are concerned with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the health and stability of their business. Presenters will provide the most current information available. Presenters: -- Bill Tierney, SBA Lender Relations Specialist -- Jim Bzdyra, CEDF President & CEO
PDF of Slides

Unemployment

CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF LABOR - UNEMPLOYMENT ONLINE PORTAL
 
FAQ ABOUT COVID-19 FOR EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS
 
UNEMPLOYMENT DUE TO COVID-19