Our staff is working to provide youth and families with access to information, resources, and recommendations for continued learning, working at home, and addressing the challenges presented by the COVID-19 public health emergency. From tips for home education to resources for financial assistance, and more, find regularly updated links below, and follow us on social media (links below) for even more local information and staff favorites.
Highlights from our Rutgers Family
Find nationwide information from the CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html - and gain reliable information about what's happening in New Jersey - https://covid19.nj.gov.
"In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety." Check out this Coronavirus Sanity Guide - https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide - or the many resources, including access to a mental health professional, from the American Psychological Association - https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19 - and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America https://adaa.org/finding-help/coronavirus-anxiety-helpful-resources.
Find information on worker benefits, protections, and the coronavirus in New Jersey here - https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtml - and gain advice for those recently unemployed or those facing layoffs from a Rutgers workforce expert here https://www.rutgers.edu/news/guidance-unemployed-workers-due-covid-19-recession.
Learn more and apply for food, cash, or insurance assistance with the Department of Human Services - https://www.njhelps.org.
Families with children or college students learning from home can gain from tips offered by Rutgers - https://www.rutgers.edu/news/tips-navigating-covid-19-crisis-home-teens-young-adults – and college students can continue to learn a lot in this remote environment - https://rlc.rutgers.edu/succeedonline.
Common Sense Media has compiled everything from resources for families, to time management tips, and listings of free educational apps during this time - https://www.commonsensemedia.org/resources-for-families-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic. And many museums, parks, and other common destinations for fun and educational field trips may be closed, but they are making great content available to kids and families online. Visit https://www.si.edu/kids to experience the Smithsonian from your own home, and try engaging with others like the Georgia Aquarium or San Diego Zoo on new Facebook Live events happening daily or weekly.