Resources for Families

Resources for Families and Students

 

Food Resources

Circle of Giving- a group of local parents is fundraising on behalf of RTMSD families. Please contact Bernadette Dacanay, RTMSD Home and School Visitor at bdacanay@rtmsd.org or 610-627-6197 if your family needs food.

Media Food Bank- First Church of Media, 350 W State St, Media (rear of building). Thursdays 7-8pm, Sundays 1-2pm.

Delaware County Interfaith Food Assistance Network – link to all food banks/pantries within Delaware County

 

Coping During COVID-19

Child Guidance Resource Centers’ Mental Health Resource Kit- CGRC provides tips for parents during the pandemic including self-care, handling stress, helping your child with Autism, etc.

"Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19" – The National Association of School Psychologists provides recommendations on how to help children during this time including staying connected to school and monitoring child's mental health.

Helping Kids Who Are Worried About Coronavirus- Counselor Keri provides 15 ways to help kids who are worried about the Coronavirus.

 

Coping During COVID-19 (Teenagers)

"Teens & COVID-19: Challenges & Opportunities During the Outbreak" - Recommendations on topics such as working with teen on creating a new normal such as sticking to a schedule, gathering together for dinner; communicating and stressing need to stay home to save lives, help teen to look forward to future plans and goals; mind and body health

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Calming Anxiety – KidsHealth from Nemours provides simple tips for parents and children dealing with anxiety during this time.

"8 Ways to Help Teens Cope with Social Distancing Blues" – The University of Michigan Health provides recommendations such as exploring alternative celebrations - for now, embracing technology, but also unplugging for walks, and other family activities.

 

Parenting Tips During COVID-19

Coronavirus: A Book for Children – Professor Graham Medley, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, created a child-friendly story for parents to read to their children about Coronavirus.

The World Health Organization has great tips to help parents interact constructively with their children. They have ideas for planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behavior, managing stress and talking about COVID-19.

Parenting with Resilience in Unsettling Times - Dr. Dan Peters shares strategies for parenting with resilience during this pandemic. The key is to start by making sure parents are managing their own worries and fears. Children look to the adults to gauge what is going on in the world. Parents are the leaders of their family and will need to lead at this uncertain time.

Talking to and Supporting Children During the Pandemic – (VIDEO) Dr. David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP, Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement provides insight into supporting your child during the pandemic.

National PTA: Tackling COVID-19 Together – The National PTA provides links for topics about social emotional support, learning at home and health & safety.

Helping Children with Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief Related to COVID-19 – The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides guidance on how to support your child through various possible scenarios related to COVID-19.

Compiled by RTMSD Counselors and RTMSD Home and School Visitor