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Talking to Kids about Difficult Topics

Resources about Race and Racism in America – For children, teens, adults and parents – A collection of resources including articles, lists, and podcasts about educating, supporting, and talking to children about race.

Anti-Racist Reads – For children, teens, adults and parents – A collection of book titles available online to learn more about race, racism, and racial justice, ranging from preschool through adult.

Talk, They Hear You – For Caretakers of Children Under the Age of 21 – A campaign by the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) whose goal is to provide parents and caregivers with resources they need to address the issue of alcohol and other drugs with children under the age of 21.

PBS Kids: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus – For Grades PreK-3 – Guidelines for talking to children about COVID-19 along with links to videos about germs, illness, and hand washing features PBS characters like Curious George, Elmo, & Daniel Tiger.

National Geographic Kids: Facts About Coronavirus – For Grades PreK-5 – Conversation starters, activities for kids, and resources for families from National Geographic.

Fred Rogers Center: Support for Helpers During Coronavirus – For Parents & Caregivers – Resources from the Fred Rogers Center for parents and caregivers looking for ways to explain Coronavirus and to create learning opportunities and structure for children.

CDC: Talking with Children About Coronavirus – For Parents & Caregivers – Parents, family members, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety of fear. This wesbite offers guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

National Association of School Psychologists: Taking to Children about COVID-19 – For Parents & Caregivers – Guidelines for helping children cope with anxiety and concern about COVID-19.

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