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COVID-19 resources

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your job as a parent can feel very difficult during COVID-19, and you need support

Here are a list of key resources put together by experts across different fields serving parents in MN to help. Take a deep breath, and remember you are doing a great job!

health resources


parenting support

info for new parents and COVID-19

MNAAP New Baby Tips

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Advice for Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or Caring For Young Children

Every Mother Counts COVID-19 Resource Hub

all parents

Zero to Three Parenting Video During COVID-19, Dr. Barbara Stroud, PhD (Video)

Managing Your Toddler’s Behavior (Video)

Free Parent Powered Text Program: English flyer Somali flyer Spanish flyer

Parenting During Coronavirus/COVID-19 (PBS)

Top 10 tips for Parents During COVID-19 (Ohio Department of Public Health)

Advice for Caregivers During COVID-19 (Louisiana Health Board Infographic)

Setting Limits with See, Feel, Do

Tips and Resources for Children and Parents During COVID-19 (MDH)

Young Children at Home During COVID-19 Outbreak and the Importance of Self-care

Answering Your Child’s Questions About COVID-19

Tip for Returning to Childcare Post-COVID-19

Commonly Asked Questions for Parenting During COVID-19


activities and virtual/distance learning

How Sharing a Book Helps Calm Your Child (Reach Out and Read MN)

Children’s Museum Play Helps Resources

At Home Activity Guide (Zero to Three)

Education companies offering free subscriptions

Free Virtual Field Trips

Zero to Three’s Favorite Children’s Books for Families During Hard Times

Staying Healthy Tracker for Kids



staying connected

5 Tips to Make the Most of Video Chats (Zero to Three)

Staying Connected While Separated from your Child




helping your child deal with loss and grief:

Helping Your Toddler Deal with Grief and Death

Helping Teens Deal with Loss During COVID-19


community resources

COVID-19 Resources for Children and Families resource guide (Hmong, Somali and Spanish) aimed at helping families find supports related to COVID-19, including economic, child care, mental health, and other supports.

United Way 2-1-1: Provides free and confidential help with things like financial assistance, food programs, finding housing or legal advice. Call 800-543-7709 or visit

Grocery shopping online with SNAP EBT

SNAP participants and those receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program food benefits can now purchase eligible food items online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Amazon and Walmart are currently the only two approved online retailers in Minnesota, but if additional retailers are approved, they will be listed on this page. Only EBT food benefits can be used online at this time; EBT cash benefits cannot be used online. EBT food or cash benefits cannot be used to pay for delivery costs or any fees.


Learn more on this webpage with frequently asked questions about Online EBT.

African American Leadership Forum COVID-19 Resources

Native Governance Center COVID-19 Resources

Community Resources in Central MN (Provided by CentraCare)

Community Resources in Southern MN (Southern MN Initiative Foundation)

Community Resources in Northeastern MN (United Way of Northeaster MN)

Community Resources in Northwestern MN (Northwest MN Foundation)

Wisconsin Resources


in crisis and need help right away?

National Parent Helpline 1-855-427-2736 Operated by Parents Anonymous.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1- 800-787-3224 Email and live chat are also available.

Postpartum Support International Helpline 1-800-944-4773

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