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Family Resources

Home and Employment Support

Temporary housing for homeless families and individuals
State unemployment assistance for those who lost work
Special enrollment for health insurance until April 3rd
Search for low cost internet providers in your area
Economic support for businesses, non-profits, and independent contractors

Food Security

Free Sack Meals for Students, free breakfast and lunch from PSD available to MSCS students
Food Bank of Larimer County, still open and providing updates
Vindeket Foods, drive up pay-what-you-can grocery service
877-877, text “Food” or “Comida” for a meal location site near you, sponsored by No Kid Hungry

Food Delivery

Pig and Plow: Northern Colorado Local Food Resource, delivery offered
Virtual Farmers Market - Fort Collins, a Facebook group with delivery
Colorado Rootz Market, a Facebook group with delivery
NoCo Nosh, a locally owned and operated food delivery alternative to Grubhub and the like

Facebook Groups

Mountain Sage Family Community, a private group for currently enrolled families
Sew it for COVID, a private group of sewers making PPE masks
Poudre Wellness, a page for workouts, resources, recipes and more

Movement and Exercise

Yoga Bliss with Shelly, family yoga and stories with parent Shelly Bond
Virtual PE recommendations from Mr. Ludolph
YMCA 360, wide variety of free classes
Yoga for Your Nervous System, join by Zoom
Down Dog, use your child's MSCS email address for access
Core Power Yoga, livestream yoga classes for free
Orange Theory, daily workouts on YouTube

Mental Health Support

Building Resiliency tips from Poudre School Districit
Larimer County Connections or call 970-221-5551 for free support
Colorado Crisis Services or call 1-844-493-8255
National Crisis Line, or call 1-800-273-8255
SummitStone Community Crisis Center, call 970-494-4200 or text TALK to 38255
Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections, or call 970-221-3308
Safe2Tell or call 1-877-542-7233
Social-Emotional Supports, from Sarah Moffit, School Psychologist
Mindfulness and Meditation section of the Enrichment Guide
20 Social and Emotional Support Books, from Poudre Library

Mindfulness and Meditation

Daily "meditOcean" by Monterey Bay Aquarium on Facebook
Headspace, meditation and sleep support
Lotus Learning Pond, meditation, relaxation, and more for kids
Mindful Schools, free classes for kids
Summer Deavers Podcast, weekly mindfulness class
Social-Emotional Supports, from Sarah Moffit, School Psychologist
20 Social and Emotional Support Books, from Poudre Library

Inspiration and Connection

How to Make the Most of a Difficult Time by Ms. Albert, MSCS Handwork and Practical Arts teacher
A Verse for Our Time by Rudolph Steiner
Mountain Sage Family Community group on Facebook
Poudre Wellness group on Facebook

Talking with Children About This Time

5-part series on handling Coronavirus with kids and teens from Simplicity Parenting (podcasts)
Quaranteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters from the New York Times
Answering Kids Questions About COVID-19  (video)
Coronavirus and Parenting: 8 Tips from NPR
Talking to Kids about Coronavirus from the Child Mind Institute

Activity and Educational Resources

Meta List Websites

The websites listed in this section have a multitude of offerings for children of all ages.

Common Sense Media: virtual story times, drawing lessons, music classes and performances, educational activities and lesson plans, arts, film, and music lessons and resources, audiobooks, virtual tours, and other fun stuff
Think Indigenous Online: a Facebook page with everything from stress management to online classes from indigenous mentors and educators
National Geographic Kids: videos, brain teasers, games, and educational resource for animals
Ranger Rick: games and jokes, videos, magazines, crafts and activities, and a photo contest
Highlights Kids: activities, jokes, games, and more

Storytelling and Books

M. Black Tells Stories, live on Wednesdays at noon
Twelve Little Tales storytelling support from parent Marna Widom
12 Ways to Support Literacy at Home by Ms. Scott
Old Firehouse Books, thousands of books and free shipping
Poudre River Library, get a digital library card and so much more
Audible, extensive offering of free audiobooks
Storyline Online, actors reading favorite children's books
Operation Story Time, authors reading their stories

Classes and Programs

"Daily Discovery" blog from Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and Science
Digital Learning classroom from History Colorado
Science and Cooking blog from Club SciKidz

Virtual Tours and Live Streams

Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams and educational information
Zoo to You safaris with the Denver Zoo
Home Safari tours with the Cincinnati Zoo
Explore Mars with NASA's Curiosity Rover
Livestream Activities Calendar, a Google Sheet list with a wide variety of livestream opportunities

Music Learning and Experiences

Mobile Music Connections for those with disabilities
Kids Jam Zone, learn music and song writing, record and play songs
Chrome Music Lab, learn music through fun experiments

Activities

Cabin Fever Math activities from Bedtime Math
Printable activity sheets from All Kids

Gardening and Outdoors

Kids Gardening Activities, recommended by Ms. Jackson
Help the MSCS Garden request from Ms. Jackson
50 Bird Species and Sounds from AAA State of Play
Outdoor Activities from Outdoor Kids ​

Handwork and Crafting

Free knitting patterns to MSCS families, from Ms. Anderson (5th grade+)
Bluprint, free crafting classes and tutorials for the whole family

Updated September 24, 2020

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