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A Coronavirus Pandemic Resource Guide for New Jerseyans

Compiled by the Office of U.S. Senator Cory Booker. PDF format. For questions or to get help from Senators Booker’s office, please call (973) 639-8700.

A pandemic winter feels daunting. Here's how parents can help kids cope.

After three seasons of this pandemic during which kids could mostly cure their cabin fever with bike rides and socially distanced outdoor games, we’re staring down the next few months of winter, where one short day pushes into the next short day. The kids are done. D-O-N-E. The parents are out of ideas and patience. 

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Caring for children and adolescents with autism during COVID-19

APA and Autism Speaks present a webinar designed to help parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with autism connect with each other as they continue to navigate life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for Dementia Caregivers

Most likely, dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, just like dementia does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk.

COVID-19 and Autism in NJ

A central hub of coronavirus resources for the autism community.

COVID-19 and Students With Disabilities: What You Need to Know

The FAQ contains essential information for parents, guardians, caregivers, and advocates to understand the educational rights of students with disabilities during this time of virtual learning. Issues such as the implementation of Individualized Education Programs (IEP), lack of access to technology, the legality of waivers, and considerations regarding compensatory education are all addressed in this publication.

COVID-19 and the Public Charge Rule: What We Know

There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding who can seek medical assistance in the middle of this pandemic. In an attempt to help sort out and provide accurate information, MCOHA has put together key resources available.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Schools and the Impact on Kids With Food Allergies and Asthma

There are several resources schools can use to protect students and staff with food allergies and asthma during COVID-19 policy changes.

CSOC Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services

Out of an abundance of caution, PerformCare recommends that eligibility applications for CSOC intellectual and developmental disability services (including Summer Camp Services) be submitted online through the Family Portal. Completing the application(s) online will also process faster at this current time. Coronavirus update: The best way to apply for Summer Camp Services and eligibility for intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) services through CSOC is through our online Family Portal. https://apps.performcarenj.org/CYBERPortal/Production/Default.aspx Get more information about the summer camp services and the (I/DD) application. The Summer Camp Services application deadline has been extended to May 30, 2020.

Governor Murphy and Superintendent Callahan Announce Administrative Order Clarifying Capacity Limits for Indoor Sports Practices and Competitions and

Indoor sports practices and competitions are subject to current indoor gathering limits, which was most recently set at 10 persons. However, a practice or competition can proceed with more than 10 persons if individuals who are not necessary for the activity, such as spectators, are not present.

Healthy At Home - Cooking With Children

Making a quick dish in the kitchen may not seem like the perfect teaching moment but it could provide several benefits.

Hope for New Mothers: A Virtual Support Group for Pregnant and New Moms

Hope for New Mothers is a virtual support group for pregnant and new moms living in northern New Jersey with babies up to one year old.

Esperanza Para Madres es un grupo de apoyo virtual para embarazadas y madres con bebés de hasta un año.

Kidcasts: From COVID to the Capitol Insurrection, These Podcasts Help Kids Discern Fact from Fiction

These days, it can seem as if Americans consume news and information from completely different worlds, resulting in widespread distrust of what were once considered reliable sources. Journalists and kids podcast producers are addressing this void.

Mental Health America 2020 Back to School Toolkit

Mental Health America (MHA) has developed its 2020 Back to School Toolkit with this and more in mind to help students, parents, and school personnel navigate the uncharted waters of COVID-19.

MVC (Motor Vehicle Commission Licensing Centers & Vehicle Centers

In order to maintain social distancing, some agencies have been designated as Licensing Centers and some as Vehicle Centers. All Vehicle Centers are open by appointment only. No walk-ins are allowed at Vehicle Centers. Currently, walk-in services are only available at Licensing Centers for: • Permits • New IDs/Licenses • Name Changes• Red Decals. All other transactions at Licensing Centers are available by appointment only.

My Child Is In Crisis! Who Do I Call?

IF THERE IS INJURY OR THREAT OF INJURY, DIAL 911. If your child has been impacted by depression, trauma, violence, defiant behavior, and/or drug or alcohol use, call the NJ Children’s System of Care at 1-877-652-7624. It is open 24/7/365.

Navigating the New Normal: Parents Edition

Noggin asked the Surgeon General of California and other leading experts how to handle the stress of the pandemic on little kids. With help from Jamie-Lynn Sigler, a mom and superstar host, and parents just like you, this 20-minute special will help answer questions you have about your kid’s health and learning during this challenging time.

New Jersey Centro de informaciĆ³n de COVID-19

Llamada (Preguntas generales COVID-19) : 2-1-1 (7a-11p)
Call (Medical COVID-19 Questions): 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)
Envía un mensaje de texto con NJCOVID al 898-211 para recibir alertas

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub

Call (General COVID-19 Questions): 2-1-1 (7a-11p)
Call (Medical COVID-19 Questions): 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts

NJDHS Novel Coronavirus Information

Aging Services. Child Care, Developmental Disabilities, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Mental Health and Addiction Services, etc.

NJTV Learning Live, a new series of on-air instruction

Kids in grades 3-6 can tune in to NJTV from 9:00 am-1:00 pm for on-air classes, taught by some of New Jersey’s finest public school teachers.  Hosted by Kimberly Dickstein Hughes, recipient of the 2019-2020 State Teacher of the Year Award.

Quarantine Ideas for Families - Making a Home Schedule

Keeping a regular learning schedule for kids and teens is a must. Here are popular schedules based on age and ability.

Report: Parents are Essential Too: Supporting Working Families During the Pandemic

"Parents are Essential Too: Supporting Working Families During the Pandemic," examines data on conditions for working parents and finds that the current crisis has intensified barriers to economic security and childcare among families with children.

Resources for Caregivers of Individuals With Autism

Listed below are resources that are designed to assist both the individual with autism and his or her caregivers.

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities Information and Resources Related to COVID-19

The Boggs Center, as New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and New Jersey’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, has compiled a selection of resources from New Jersey and across the country that may be useful to the disability community across the state. 

The Class that Can: Coronavirus

The Class that Can by Riya Jain and JJ Vulopas will help you explain the novel coronavirus to your children. NJ Family provides exclusive access to this new COVID-19 book for kids

The Coronavirus Vaccine Race

How did scientists develop coronavirus vaccines in record time? New York Times science reporter Carl Zimmer is our guide to the coronavirus vaccine race - from the starting line, to the point when several teams are racing to the finish line. Find out how science gave the competitors a turbo boost that could save hundreds of millions of lives.

The Covid nine TEEN Project

The COVID NineTEEN project provides FREE teen-led activities and one-on-one tutoring meant to support elementary school students. Our teen mentors help keep children motivated and take the stress off of parents.  We are a group of motivated teen mentors for elementary school children to help them fill their time and continue to flourish despite the uncertainty of the outside world. Parents sign up for our weekly newsletter and the weekend prior, an email is sent with the activities and timing for the week.

The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education

Throughout this public health emergency, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has been in near constant contact with educators and stakeholders, hearing the field’s concerns through daily site visits, weekly stakeholder meetings, and discussions with a standing committee of nearly two dozen chief school administrators. Beyond this ongoing engagement, the NJDOE convened approximately 50 education and community organizations, met with over 300 chief school administrators, and surveyed nearly 300,000 parents/guardians to inform the development of this reopening plan. Sticking true to the adage “nothing about us, without us,” this plan reflects the NJDOE’s best efforts to deliver reopening solutions by and for New Jersey educators and families.