COVID-19 Resources

Legal Updates


Courts are open to hear emergency matters, including domestic violence Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO’s) and Requests For Orders (RFO’s - a motion or request for order). If the RFO is not an emergency, it will be denied. Emergencies are deemed to be an immediate threat to the adult or child (physical harm or death). If you or your child are being victimized or in danger, first call 911 and then seek legal counsel to obtain the necessary TRO’s and RFO’s. In spite of the backlog of cases in family law, the rules in place to protect children from harm remain in place. If a child is in immediate danger, the court will still review the matter as an emergency ex parte matter. Reporting the concerns to family services is an important first step so an investigation can take place and immediate action can be taken to protect the child if necessary. Resources for those experiencing violence in the home are listed below.

 

Resources for Those Experiencing Violence in the Home

Domestic Violence

o   Human Options, Orange County: (877) 854 – 3594

o   Laura’s House, Orange County: (866) 498 – 1511

o   National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 787 – 3224

Child Abuse

o   Orange County SSA: (714) 940 – 1000 / (800) 207 – 4464

 For Teens

o   Boys Town National Hotline: (800) 448 – 3000

o   My Life My Voice: Downloadable phone application

Mental Health

o   ReConnect EISOA Program: (714) 352 – 8822

o   OC Links Referral Line: (855) OC – Links

o   National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI): (714) 991 – 6412

o   Mental Health America: (900) 273 – 8255

o   American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: (800) 273 – TALK

Current Solutions Available

So what do you do if your parenting plan, visitation, custody or support orders need to be modified due to the change in circumstances brought on by COVID-19 but the court will not hear your matter? The solution during this time of court closures and even after the courts are open again, starting with the backlog of cases, is alternate dispute resolution (ADR). You should start by trying to reach stipulated temporary agreements, and if you cannot agree, mediation or arbitration with private judges through videoconferencing is an available alternative. This way you can temporarily resolve discovery compliance, child support, and parenting plans during this time period. Motions and new cases should be led in the meantime in the court so they are in the queue when the courts open back up.

On April 1, 2020, the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, released an administrative order with guidelines on custody/visitation orders during COVID-19.

  •       First, the court stated that parenting time shall continue as if the children are still attending school and the closure of the schools due to the pandemic will not be considered an extension of any break or weekend.

Then, the guidelines state that for those who have supervised visitation, their visitation will still occur, but it will be conducted virtually.

  •       Next, the guidelines emphasize that the COVID-19 crisis is not a reason to deny any parenting time unless it is ordered by a court. Parents are expected to comply with all of the CDC and state guidelines regarding social distancing. Failure to do so will not be considered an emergency foe emergency orders, but it may result in changes in custody when the courts re-open.
  •       Finally, the order states parents are encouraged to communicate about precautions they are taking to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, but a parent is not allowed to deny parenting time due to concerns the other parent is refusing to take sufficient precautionary measures. However, if a parent has major concerns that the other parent is not following the shelter at home order and is placing the child in danger a complaint may be made with Orange County Social Services Agency (SSA) who can investigate and make a report.

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Educational Resources


Psychological and Educational Assessment Center

The Psychological and Educational Assessment Center is offering assistance in empirically based cognitive and behavioral strategies for both children, adolescents and parents with on-going support sessions as needed. They are offering online empirically based basic reading and reading comprehension interventions using: Lindamood-Bell, Slingerland and Orton-Gillingham methodologies.

 

ABCya

ABCya provides fun and educational games for children in pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. The activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun. Games are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, and pattern recognition among others. (Link: ABCya)

Funbrain

Funbrain is for kids in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy. (Link: Funbrain)

Scholastic

Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities. Scholastic has started a “Learn at Home” series, which will keep children learning even though schools are closed. Each day, Scholastic will add four different learning experience videos to their website for different grade levels. (Link: Scholastic)

Bamboo Learning through Amazon's Alexa

Bamboo Learning has integrated voice-based learning through Amazon’s Alexa, making it easy for kids to learn since almost everyone has this tool in their homes. They have a variety of different tools that will educate children on subjects ranging from math and reading to music and history.

Crash Course Kids YouTube Channel

Crash Course is one of the best ways to educate yourself, your classmates, and your family on YouTube. From courses like astronomy and anatomy it covers a wife variety of AP high school curriculum topics. (Link: Crash Course Kids)

Kids Learning Tube YouTube Channel

People of all ages love Kids Learning Tube’s fun and unique approach to education, and teachers and parents most often comment that their students, children and they themselves are smarter for watching. Kids Learning Tube educates kids through music and animation in a fun and unique approach to learning. (Link: Kids Learning Tube)

Common Sense: Wide Open School

The nonprofit organization Common Sense launched a site to help parents and provide education resources. This free resource includes content from the American Federation of Teachers, Amplify, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Head Start, Khan Academy, National Geographic, Noggin, PBS, Scholastic, Sesame Workshop, Time for Kids, XQ Institute and even YouTube. All the content offered through Wide Open School is freely available. (Link: Wide Open School)

Free School YouTube Channel

Free School is a safe and friendly place to expose children to famous art, classical music, literature, and natural science in an age-appropriate and kid-accessible way. (Link: Free School)

Turtle Diary Kids Games

Turtle Diary offers a unique blend of education and entertainment to create the ideal interactive learning platform for your little ones. The kids’ quizzes and games offered on our site enable children from first to fifth grade to become confident in applying learned concepts, and grant instant evaluations. (Link: Turtle Diary Kids Games)

E-Learning for Kids

E-Learning for Kids is a non-profit organization providing free, fun, curriculum based quality primary education to all children worldwide. (Link: E-Learning for Kids)

TED-Ed

“TED-Ed (from the nonprofit responsible for TED Talks) is committed to creating lessons worth sharing. On this channel, kids can be challenged by perplexing riddles, or they can investigate nature or ponder such subjects as questions no one knows the answers to.” (Link: TED-Ed)

BrainPop

BrainPop is a trusted learning resource supporting core and supplemental subjects, reaching millions of learners worldwide. BrainPop is expanding their learning tools, and helping kids create, construct, and collaborate as they explore their world. (Link: BrainPop)

Tynker

Tynker is the #1 Kids Coding Platform, where millions learn to code. Tynker offers self-paced online courses for children to learn coding at home, as well as specially designed curriculum for schools and camps. (Link: Tynker)

Udemy

With access to online learning resources and instruction, children anywhere can gain skills and transform their lives in a meaningful way. (Link: Udemy)

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace. (Link: Khan Academy)

PBS Kids

PBS Kids offers free access to media content and community-based experiences that support learning for young children. Our mission is to use the power of media to open worlds of possibilities for all children, so that every child can reach their full potential in school and in life. (Link: PBS Kids)

Highlights Kids

This is a place for children of all ages to play games and discover new jokes, surveys, answers to science questions, and fun crafts and recipes. (Link: Highlights Kids)

Starfall

Starfall is a children’s website that teaches basic English reading and writing skills. The main demographic is preschoolers, and kindergarteners. (Link: Starfall) 

Unite for Literacy

Unite for Literacy gives access to an abundance of books that celebrate children’s languages and cultures and cultivate a lifelong love of reading. (Link: Unite for Literacy)

Literactive

Literactive provides reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and 1st grade students available online. (Link: Literactive)

SplashLearn

SplashLearn is an award winning math learning program used by more than 30 Million kids for fun math practice. It includes unlimited math including lessons on number counting, addition, and subtraction among others. (Link: SplashLearn)

Cool Math 4 Kids: Math Game Time

Math Game Time offers free math games, worksheets, homework help, and videos for teachers, parents, and children. (Link: Cool Math 4 Kids)

Teach Your Children about Financial Literacy

The mission of the American Financial Services Association Education Foundation (AFSAEF) is to educate consumers of all ages on personal finance matters and help them realize the benefits of responsible money management while gaining a better understanding of the credit process. (Link: Teach Your Children About Financial Literacy)

Club SciKidz

Club SciKidz have been posting daily science or cooking experiments that are safe for children to try at home. These experiments are interactive and will help viewers learn more about elements, matter, sound and more. (Link: Club SciKidz)

 

Geek Gurl Diaries YouTube Channel

“Like Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Python, Programming, Computer Science, Logic, Electronics, and being geeky and awesome? I do, so I started to make videos for people like me!  Welcome to the Geek Gurl Diaries, where us girl’s discuss, create, demo and interview all things geek.” (Link: Geek Gurl Diaries)

 

Science Channel

The Science Channel website helps children learn about outer space, leading scientific exploration, new technology, earth science basics, and more. (Link: Science Channel)

 

SciShow

“The world is marvelous and weird, and SciShow is here to explain it. Whether it’s earthquakes in Italy, meteors in Russia, or why some people’s pee doesn’t smell like asparagus, SciShow explores the surprising and exciting realities of our universe.” (Link: SciShow)

Mike Likes Science YouTube Channel

“Hi I’m Mike! Welcome to my YouTube channel. I like learning and helping people learn. So every month or so, I make science inspired music videos. If you like learning, then you’ve come to the right place!” (Link: Mike Likes Science)

 

Wild Kratts YouTube Channel

Join the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure, while traveling to animal habitats around the globe. Each adventure explores an age-appropriate science concept central to an animal’s life and showcases a never-before-seen wildlife moment. (Link: Wild Kratts)

 

Science for Kids

The aim of Science Kids is to provide educational resources for teachers and parents that help make science fun and engaging for kids, taking important concepts and putting them into a form that kids can not only understand but also enjoy. (Link: Science For Kids) 

Switch Zoo Animal Games

“Today, Switch Zoo has 142 species, and the website features additional animal games, music created from animal voices, a reference section about all the animals in Switch Zoo, lesson plans, and poetry, stories and artwork created by students and other visitors.” (Link: Switch Zoo Animal Games)

NASA

NASA is posting free activities for children online. (Link: NASA)

STEM and STEAM at Home Projects by Grade

Kindergarten

Children can make balloon rockets to learn about velocity, force, and gravity. (Link: Balloon Rockets)

First Grade

Children can learn about space and planets with two projects that show the different phases of the moon and explain what happens during an eclipse.  (Link: Moon “Oreo” PhasesEclipse Mobile)

Second Grade

Students can explore and learn more about various animal habitats. (Link: Habitats)

Third  Grade

Students can try this sink or float experiment to learn about force with buoyancy testing (Link: Buoyancy)

Fourth Grad

Students can learn about natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes. (Link: Hurricane / Earthquakes)

Fifth Grade

Students can learn about the space and the solar system. (Link: Moon Phases / Planets)

Geography Focus YouTube Channel

The GEOfocus channel is all about geography, including maps, flags, culture, languages, and travel. The videos created for this channel include profiles of countries and regions, descriptions of important landmarks and geographical features, and discussion of international issues. (Link: Geography Focus)

Learn a Language

This website provides the best applications to learn Spanish and other languages. (Link: Learn a Language)

Duolingo

Duolingo has a website and application that encourages children to pick a language and practice speaking that language for 15 minutes a day. (Link: Duolingo)

Conjuguemos

Conjuguemos teaches students how to learn a new language through different types of interactive activities, quizzes and games. They offer these courses in Spanish, French, German and Italian, just to name a few. (Link: Conjuguemos)

Technology


Game Night Apps

Good Morning America created a list of useful and entertaining applications to download and make the most out of quarantine. (Link: Good Morning America)

Houseparty Application

Houseparty is a social networking application that allows up to eight people to video chat at once in a “room.” Users can have infinite rooms and easily float between rooms. Users receive a notification when friends open the app and can join chats with friends. (Link: House Party)

Zoom

Zoom is a phone and computer application and a website that allows for audio and video conferencing. It makes meetings with friends, family and colleagues  possible and easy. (Link: Zoom)

CyberWise

Free Cyber Civics Classes for Families that teach children how to navigate the internet safely and appropriately. (Link: CyberWise )

Home Projects and Activities


Art for Kids Hub YouTube Channel

“We love doing art together and hope you follow along with us. Many of our lessons are perfect for any age, all you need is a few supplies!” (Link: Art for Kids Hub)

Happy Drawings YouTube Channel

In these videos, you will learn how to draw cute cartoons, step-by-step. (Link: Happy Drawings)

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems YouTube Channel

Children's author Mo Willems has been releasing “Lunch Doodle” videos on The Kennedy Center’s website, which encourages children of all ages to draw and write with him. (Link: Lunch Doodles)

Terra Arts

Terra Arts offers free virtual art classes including creative arts, oil painting and portrait painting classes. (Link: Terra Arts)

Creative Collectives

Creative Collectives offers free art and craft tutorials you can do at home with your kids. This studio will go live every weekday at 1pm Eastern Time. (Link: Creative Collectives)

MVPKIDS

MVPKIDS is having a coloring contest for kids. All you need to do is go to the website, download the free coloring page and upload it back to the website when you are done coloring. (Link: MVPKIDS)

Nonna Live: Learn to Cook Italian

Learn to cook Italian food with Nonna Nerina. The 84-year-old Italian grandmother and her granddaughter Chiara teach viewers around the globe how to make homemade pasta from the comfort of their homes. (Link: Nonna Live)

Martha Steward: Four Ingredient Recipes

Try these four ingredient recipes from Martha Stewart. They are ideal for new fresh ideas that are quick and easy. (Link: Four Ingredient Recipes)

Educational Games with Alexa

If you have an Alexa at home, this article provides 20 games and learning experiences your children can do with Alexa. (Link: Educational Games with Alexa)

Snapology of Los Gatos: Daily Lego-Building Challenges

The Facebook Page “Snapology of Los Gatos” includes daily challenges and prizes for the winners. (Link: Daily Lego-Building Challenges)

Old-fashioned Card Games

Use this guide to refresh you with the rules so you can teach your kids the games of Spoons, Hearts, and Spades. (Link: Old Fashioned Games)

Activities for Each Member of the Family


Kids Bop Daily Dance Break YouTube Channel

This YouTube channel allows your children to have fun dance parties. (Link: Kids Bop Dance Parties)

KiwiCo Subscription Box: Science and Art Projects for Kids

KiwiCo’s monthly subscription box sends activities like a make-your-own biomechanical hand, and a soap making kit. Cue happy, occupied kids and some free time for parents. (Link: KiwiCo)

Eteenpreneur

This leading community provides teen-entrepreneurs with online business education and peer support. (Link: Eteenpreneur)

Smart Girls

Founded by artist Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls organization is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. They emphasize intelligence and imagination over fitting in. (Link: Smart Girls)

Best Teen Dramas

Glamour created a list of the best teen dramas to keep teenagers entertained during quarantine. (Link: Glamour)

Marco Polo

This application will let participants send videos with special effects and filters to all of their friends and family. (Link: Marco Polo)

Marie Claire: Starbucks Drink Recipes

Marie Claire helps posted Starbucks drink recipes so that adults can have their venti iced caramel macchiato at home. (Link: Marie Claire)

Business Insider: The Best Oscar Movies Ranked

Business Insider compiled a list of the best Oscar movies to watch during quarantine. (Link: Business Insider)

Entertainment


Live Children’s Book Reading by Josh Gad

Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf from the Frozen franchise, has been reading children’s books via his Twitter account. Since Frozen 2 was just released, this is the perfect way to wind down the day and get your kids ready for bed.

Netflix Party

Plan a virtual sleepover with Netflix with all of your kids’ friends. This extension lets you and your friends simultaneously stream shows and movies on your desktop, play, fast forward and rewind the movies, so you’re always on the same time frame. There’s also a side chat bar where you and your friends can discuss what’s going on in the movie, much like you would if you were sitting together on the couch. (Link: Netflix Party – Plan a Virtual Sleepover)

International Movies

Here Magazine shares its list of 6 culturally engaging International movies. (Link: Here Magazine)

Prodigies Music Online Classes

Prodigies Music offers online classes and activities for children to teach them musical skills through video lessons, worksheets and sheet music. Children will learn how to sing in tune, understand music notes and how to play an instrument. (Link: Prodigies Music)

NPR: Live Virtual Concerts

As more festivals, performances and concerts are canceled due to the coronavirus shutdown, musicians of all stripes and sizes are taking to social and streaming platforms to play live for their fans. NPR showcases live virtual concerts for all to enjoy. (Link: NPR – Music: Live Virtual Concerts)

Metropolitan Opera

Although the Metropolitan Opera has brought down the curtain at least through the end of the month over COVID-19 concerns, the New York City institution will offer another way for audiences to take in its performances. (Link: Metropolitan Opera)

The Brain Scoop

Emily, the Chief Curiosity Correspondent of The Field Museum in Chicago, is a former volunteer of the University of Montana Zoological Museum. In her videos, she shares some of the amazing things that they have in the museum’s collection. (Link: The Brain Scoop) 

Aquarium of the Pacific

Explore the aquarium of the pacific with their online learning center to discover and learn more about marine animals and their habitats. (Link: Explore Aquarium of the Pacific)

Virtual Museum Tours

There is a way to get a little culture and education while you’re confined to your home. According to Fast Company, Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. (Link: Explore Museums)

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from the comfort of home. In this age of technology, so many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. Now more than ever, is it easier to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch.(Link: 20 Virtual Field Trips)

Explore Natural Parks

This websites allows anyone to explore natural parks , from Hawaii volcanos to Kenai Fjords. (Link: Explore Natural Parks)

Learning About the World

“The mission of Little Passports is to inspire children to learn about the world around them. For more than 11 years, we have helped spark an appreciation for how people in far-flung places live, how music shapes us, the amazing abilities of exotic creatures, and the “why” behind our everyday experiences—all from the comfort of our own homes.” (Link: Little Passports)

Health


Sworkit: Kid Friendly Workouts

Sworkit, an at home fitness program and app is now offering kid-friendly workouts to help your kids stay active while at home. Ranging from warm-ups and strength to agility and flexibility, these videos are sure to keep your child engaged and occupied. (Link: Sworkit)

CorePower Yoga

If you want to get moving, CorePower Yoga is posting free yoga classes online. (Link: Core Power)

Orange Theory

Orange Theory is posting daily workout classes on YouTube for Free. (Link: Orange Theory)

Arc Fitness of Burbank

Arc Fitness of Burbank is offering free online zoom type exercise classes on Facebook for kids and parents. (Link: Arc Fitness of Burbank)

Pacific Dance: Dance Lessons

Many dance studios, including Pacific Dance in Orange County, are offering virtual classes and even private virtual dance lessons. (Link: Take a Dance Lesson)

Really Short Workouts: HIIT

Do these high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts in 10 minutes or less. (Link: HIT Workouts)

Japanese exercise class.

A national warm-up exercise in Japan, and also known as radio calisthenics, Rajio Taiso promotes good health and socialization. No experience is needed and if great for kids and adults. (Link: Rajio Taiso)

Breathing for Panic Attacks

Learn how to breathe through panic attacks on this website. (Link: Anxiety Coach) 

21 Day Meditation Experience

A website designated to harness strength, find peace and create connection through meditation and breathing. (Link: 21 Day Meditation Experience)

Just Color: Coloring Pages

Just Color is offering free adult coloring pages .Coloring is supposed to be therapeutic and relaxing and a great way to ease your mind. (Link: Just Color)

Service: Giving Back to Others


Mission Cares

Scan or snap a photo of your note and email it to MissionCares@stjoe.org. Artwork will be shared with doctors, nurses and other hospital staffers. 

California Kids Giving Back

California Kids Giving Back is a philanthropy club that involves kids giving back to the community.  We are biased here, since our own kids started this you tube channel, but it’s a great way for your children to learn about giving back. (Link: CA Kids Giving Back)

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