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COVID-19 Resources for Families

We are here to support you and your family as we all navigate the uncertainty of the pandemic and its aftermath. Here are resources that may benefit you and your loved ones.

Many of the following programs were established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Financial Stability

“I am an essential worker and I need child care.”

“I need help finding and paying for child care.”

“I need help finding and paying for food.”

“I need help paying for utilities.”

Health & Safety

“I need the latest updates on health and safety guidelines.”

“How do I talk to my children about COVID-19?”

“I need help dealing with the stress of COVID-19.”

Supporting Learning

“I need age-appropriate ideas and resources to support my children’s learning and development.”

Financial Stability

“I am an essential worker and I need child care.”

As the states and counties follow the Governor’s plan to reopen Kansas, you may need help finding and paying for child care. The resources below can help you find out what’s available.

  • If you’re an essential worker, Kansas is offering financial assistance to help your family pay for childcare during the pandemic through the Kansas Hero Relief Program. Find out if you qualify and apply.
  • If your work has not been designated as essential, the Child Care Subsidy Program helps families pay child care costs to DCF-enrolled providers. Check your eligibility and apply.
  • If you are eligible or already receive subsidy but have questions about benefits, this frequently asked questions document may provide some answers. Review these Coronavirus FAQs.
  • Finding child care: These resources can help you find a child care provider near you.
    • For some tips and ideas for finding child care, click here.
    • Child Care Aware of Kansas also provides assistance to families searching for licensed child care. Start your search.

“I need help finding and paying for child care.”

DCF remains committed to serving essential workers during this challenging time. The resources below will help you apply and find a child care provider in your area if you need one!

  • Kansas Hero Relief Program: The Hero Relief Program helps families with essential workers pay child care costs to DCF-enrolled providers, so they are able to continue their work in responding to COVID-19. Find out if you are eligible and apply.
  • Finding child care: These resources can help you find a child care provider near you.
    • For some tips and ideas for finding child care, click here.
    • Child Care Aware of Kansas also provides assistance to families searching for licensed child care. Start your search.

“I need help finding and paying for food.”

Changes in current circumstances, like the unexpected loss of a job, reduced hours, and closed schools may be impacting your family’s ability to get things you need. If you or someone you know need assistance finding food resources in your area, use the tools below, and remember, you are not alone.

“I need help paying for utilities.”

Due to the current hardships many are facing, DCF has re-opened the application period for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). This program helps eligible households pay a portion of their home energy costs by providing a one-time per year benefit. The new application period runs through May 29.​

To check your eligibility and apply for LIEAP (as well as other DCF assistance), click here.

For additional information, visit the energy assistance informational page and review these frequently asked questions.

Health & Safety

“I need the latest updates on health and safety guidelines.”

With all the information being shared, it can be hard to keep up. Luckily, KDHE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working to collect the latest information for you on how to keep your family safe.

“How do I talk to my children about COVID-19?”

As public conversations around COVID-19 increase, children may worry about their safety, the well-being of their family and miss their friends. Family members can help children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes fear. Below are some developmentally-appropriate resources to help you to talk about COVID-19 with the children in your life.

“I need help dealing with the stress of COVID-19.”

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for you or others in your life. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming, stressful, and cause strong emotions. Individuals affected by mental illness may face additional challenges dealing with COVID-19. Below are some resources to help manage stress or connect to emergency assistance.

 

  • If you or someone you care about is feeling overwhelmed, or you feel like you want to harm yourself or others, please:
    • Call 9-1-1.
    • Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
    • Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (TTY 1-800-787-3224) or visit TheHotline.org.
  • If you have questions or just need someone to talk to, call the Parent Helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN, or download the app (Apple | Android).
  • For CDC recommendations on managing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
  • How to Support Children (and Yourself) During COVID-19: This guided resource can help you find ways to support the emotional and physical wellbeing of your family during this time.

Supporting Learning

“I need age-appropriate ideas and resources on learning and development”

Caregiver roles have shifted in the time of COVID-19. Below are some resources and activities that may help you support your child’s learning and development. In addition, there are resources that may help you explain the current circumstances to your children in an age-appropriate way.

 

  • HealthyChildren.org: These resources cover everything from tips for parenting in a pandemic to ways to keep children of all ages occupied and learning.
  • ParentResourcesKS.org: These resources include tools and resources to help develop your child’s literacy, physical development, creativity and imagination, and curiosity.
  • ZERO to THREE Tips for Families: These resources for families include age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.
  • Sesame Street in Communities: These bilingual resources can help address your children’s developmental, physical, and emotional needs.
  • How to Support Children (and Yourself) During COVID-19: This guided resource can help you find ways to support the emotional and physical wellbeing of your family during this time.
  • The Power of Storytelling: This resource shares how you can help your children process all of the uncertainty and change happening around them through telling stories.
  • Parenting When Life is Tough: These resources offer guidance for nurturing and interacting with your children while being responsive to their questions and sensitive to their heightened emotional needs.
  • Vroom: These resources include tips and fun activities that help boost brain-building in young children.
  • Kansas Enrichment Network: This resource hub can help you find and plan engaging STEAM activities for youth.
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