What all of us can do during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Even during these days of social distancing, there are still things we can do and resources we can use to keep our minds and spirits positive. Explore previews of these resources below.

To stay informed about COVID-19 in Delaware, visit de.gov/coronavirus, or call 2-1-1. Individuals with hearing impairment can call 7-1-1. For those with specific health-related questions, email us at DPHCall@delaware.gov. Contact your primary health care provider if you have concerns about symptoms, particularly those with fever and coughing or shortness of breath.

In these difficult times, victims of domestic violence and child abuse need to know there is a place for them to find safe refuge. If you or someone you love are experiencing domestic violence or child abuse, help is available.

24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: (302) 762-6110
Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 292-9582
Violencia doméstica: (302) 745-9874

  • Resources for All Delawareans

    Get Outside and Get Moving!

    Walking, biking, and hiking are great exercise, and they’re great for mental health too. DNREC offers tips to enjoy the outdoors safely during the COVID-19 period.

    Find them here: https://news.delaware.gov/2020/03/24/get-outside-but-protect-yourself/

    Mental Health First-Aid Resources

    This is a training course offering skills and mental health resources. Check out the MHFA website — in particular, their messaging about COVID-19.

    Facts About COVID-19

    Know the facts about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and help stop the spread of rumors. Learn more here.

    Food Resources

    Food Bank of Delaware is hosting three drive-thru mobile pantries for struggling families in Kent, Sussex, and New Castle counties. Find more information here: https://www.fbd.org/covid-19-updates/.

    Delaware 2-1-1

    For information and help finding local available resources, including food access, utility assistance and health information, please dial 2-1-1.

    A Center for Mental Wellness Has Expanded Telemental Health Services

    Right now, the mental health and well-being of Delawareans in need of counseling or medication management is more important than ever. View this downloadable flyer that explains how to set up an appointment with a mental health provider either by phone or via internet. It includes a checklist of simple online technology tools you’ll need to connect and engage with your provider.

    Teletherapy Psychological Services Now Available Throughout Delaware

    Maintaining our mental health during the COVID-19 emergency is just as important as maintaining our social distance. Delaware Psychological Services is now providing teletherapy for the whole family. To schedule an appointment, call 302-703-6332 or email info@dps-wellness.com. For more information and access to their services, visit https://www.delawarepsychologicalservices.com/.

    Food Resources During COVID-19

    Finding healthy foods during the COVID-19 emergency doesn’t have to be a challenge. Delaware offers assistance to families in need through school meal sites, SNAP and WIC programs, and local food pantries. Download this flyer to learn more about them and how to apply.

    Delaware Libraries Services Now!

    One thing we can all do at home during the COVID-19  situation is read. Whether it’s cozying up alone with a good book or reading aloud to your children, reading is a great way to keep our minds occupied and learning. Now, you can access a wealth of online resources with any device, from the comfort of your home, for free. Download e-books, read e-magazines, and find more here: https://lib.de.us.

    Domestic violence tips for mental health professionals.

    Being home for weeks on end during the coronavirus fuels incidents of abuse against women,children, and others in the house. Telehealth technology permits communication between you and your clients, but you can’t see abusers listening in or hiding out of sight in the room. That’s why you should download this Telehealth Safety PDF. It offers best practices, planning tips, suggestions to keep clients safe while talking, hotlines you can call if you feel they’re at serious risk, and more. View the PDF.

  • Resources for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

    SAMHSA Fact Sheet

    A helpful fact sheet from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers tips and guidance on how to anticipate/address reactions to disease outbreaks, plus how to support concerned children and respond appropriately. Read the fact sheet here. Check out other information here: https://www.samhsa.gov/. 

    Child Nutrition Site

    The Community Education Building (CEB) is providing meals to our students — and any child 18 or under — from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the building lobby. Children may come on their own or be accompanied by an adult.

    To find other approved child nutrition sites, visit https://www.doe.k12.de.us/page/4149.

    Family Resource Center

    CEB’s Food Pantry & Family Resource Center will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Please call 302-660-4753 for more information or to schedule an appointment to pick up a Food Pantry Box (including groceries and home supplies). Learn more at https://www.cebde.org/covid-19-updates.html.

    AAP Website

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) site, HealthyChildren.org, offers parents advice and guidance to help children understand who is most at risk for COVID-19, how to practice proper hygiene, and how to cope with the outbreak while sheltering in place at home — even how to care for a family member with mild symptoms. Visit https://www.healthychildren.org/English/Pages/default.aspx.

    PBS Kids for Parents

    This website provides many suggestions to help parents keep their children engaged and learning while home from school during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here, you’ll find WHYY shows and programming for kids, playtime activities by age group, articles on parenting, family night ideas, and much more. Just go to https://www.pbs.org/parents/.

    Information for Families Seeking Emergency Child Care During Delaware’s State of Emergency

    Are you an essential worker unable to work from home but still in need of child care during Delaware’s COVID-19 emergency? Here’s a great link to child care centers and homes where your child will be safely looked after by trusted providers — many within 10 miles of your home. Learn more here:
    https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/child-care/.

    Tips for Caregivers and Parents

    Prevent Child Abuse Delaware, an advocacy group for children’s healthy development, offers lots of ways to keep kids and cared-for loved ones engaged and connected while at home during the COVID-19 emergency. From games and activities to stress management techniques and how to recognize small victories each day, there’s much to guide you here — even phone numbers and hotlines to call for help. Simply download this PDF. Additional resources are found at http://pcadelaware.org/.

    Early Childhood Family Resources

    COVID-19 may be keeping families home, but we’re offering tips and resources to help children of all ages stay engaged and continue to develop. Everything from daily activities, songs, dances, and games to books and stories to remote-education learning modules and videos to fun animal adventures to understanding the COVID-19 crisis and more. Download the links here.

  • Resources for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    For frequently asked questions and answers about coronavirus and pregnancy from the CDC, visit https://files.constantcontact.com/40ed01d1501/398d0831-93fe-4e12-9743-70fea908352c.pdf.

    Additional information from the CDC on pregnancy and breastfeeding can be found here.

    Additional information from the CDC on pregnant woman and children can be found here.

    March of Dimes

    Stress and anxiety are a concern for mothers-to-be and new mothers during the COVID-19 outbreak. From worries about breast milk to the risk of transmission to fetuses, newborns, and young children and more, the following resources can provide some answers and guidance to help alleviate your concerns.

    https://newsmomsneed.marchofdimes.org/hot-topics/coronavirus-how-to-cope-with-stress-and-anxiety/

    The 4th Trimester Project

    Moms-to-be can learn a lot here about staying well emotionally and physically during the COVID-19 epidemic. From concerns about breastfeeding and how to stay in touch with others — including health care providers — to sharing your feelings to tips for postpartum planning. There’s a whole team of moms working to help you become a new mom safely, at https://newmomhealth.com.

    The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

    This helpful website offers expert advice from medical professionals regarding pregnancy during the coronavirus emergency, including frequently asked questions, tips for dealing with a chronic condition, guidance for high-risk pregnancies, and the latest articles and news. It’s great information for and from professionals, as well as for future mothers. Learn more at https://www.smfm.org/women-families.

    Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology

    This website hosts the very latest information about COVID-19 as it relates to advice on breastfeeding, traveling, wearing masks, birthing at home, having COVID-19 symptoms during pregnancy, and other concerns. Find out more at https://www.acog.org/patient-resources/faqs/pregnancy/coronavirus-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding and at https://www.babycenter.com/0_coronavirus-covid-19-pregnancy-faq-medical-experts-answer-yo_40007006.bc.

    National WIC Association COVID-19 Resources

    Designed by medical professionals for medical professionals, this website about women, infants, and children addresses many concerns during pregnancy, from help in debunking COVID-19 myths circulating online to breastfeeding advice to the WIC public health nutrition program, plus news and blog posts. Learn more at https://www.nwica.org/covid-19-resources.

    City MatCH

    CityMatCH brings together city and county health departments’ maternal and child health (MCH) programs, action groups, and urban community leaders to share the latest COVID-19 information and resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and more. Visit https://www.citymatch.org/covid-19-resources.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PREGNANT AND BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an unprecedented health concern for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Here is the very latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Delaware Division of Public Health, assembled in one downloadable flyer. It offers precautions women can take to avoid or prevent infection, as well as information on what to do if they have been exposed or diagnosed, what is still unknown about the virus, whether it affects breast milk, and more. Download and view the flyer here.

    Birthing classes available during stay-at-home orders.

    Whether you’re a new expectant mom or an experienced one, the Birth Center of Newark, Delaware, offers virtual classes to promote a positive birth experience. Taught by registered nurses, these online courses are ideal for women at the 28- to 34-week stage. They will help you learn about or refresh your knowledge of childbirth — before, during, and after labor. Plus, you’ll learn the breastfeeding basics as well as how to improve your body for your growing baby and prepare siblings for the arrival of your newborn. There are even links to support groups and the center’s Instagram and Facebook pages. Download the course guide as a PDF here.

    Pregnancy during the coronavirus emergency

    Pregnant women have enough to be concerned about. Dealing with coronavirus raises even more questions. This downloadable presentation answers quite a few — from how to prevent becoming infected and what to do if diagnosed to the safety of breast milk to managing stress or anxiety to the disease’s potential effects on newborns to helpful resources and more. Download this informative PowerPoint presentation here.

  • Resources for Fatherhood

    National Center for Fathering

    With schools closed, stay-at-home dads as well as father figures can benefit greatly from being more involved in and supportive of their child’s life. They’ll find plenty of guidance and inspiration here — from understanding their strengths and applying their business principles at home during the quarantine to raising special-needs children to discovering a library of information on the fundamentals of fathering. Learn more at http://fathers.com/about-ncf.

  • Resources and Activities for Children

    At-Home Learning Resources for the COVID-19 Outbreak

    Due to the risks of COVID-19, students and children throughout Delaware are at home. So it’s important to keep them active and engaged to reduce boredom and continue their development. To find activities you can do with your child, please visit https://dethrives.com/blog/at-home-activities-for-children-during-covid-19.

    Mental Illness: Practical Strategies for Kids and Parents During COVID-19

    This informative Facebook talk is presented by the national chapter and local Delaware chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses. Featuring guest speaker Dr. Meghan Walls of Nemours and facilitated by Annie Slease of NAMI Delaware, the discussion offers four effective strategies to help kids and parents deal with the mental stress of the COVID-19 crisis. Watch it here.
    https://www.facebook.com/namidelaware/videos/644894959408820/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

    Delaware Libraries Services Now!

    One thing we can all do at home during the COVID-19 situation is read. Whether it’s cozying up alone with a good book or reading aloud with your children, reading is a great way to keep our minds occupied and learning. Now, you can access a wealth of online resources with any device, from the comfort of your home, for free. Download e-books, read e-magazines, and find more here: https://lib.de.us.

  • Resources for Professionals

    MCH Digital Library

    If you’re an educational, medical, government or other professional who actively promotes and supports the health of mothers and children, you’ll find a wealth of resources here — from evidence tools and toolkits to peer-reviewed journal articles and a massive library collection that is searchable by topic and terms. This site also features a link to Georgetown University’s National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health. Learn more at https://www.mchlibrary.org/guides.php.

    National WIC Association

    Find the most recent and informative tweets from this nonprofit organization regarding supplemental and nutrition programs for women, infants, and children; practicing good hygiene during the COVID-19 emergency; information for programs like SNAP and local food pantries; and more. Visit https://twitter.com/NatWICAssoc.

    The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

    The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) has been developing resources, as well as working with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) federal agency and organizational partners to gather available information/resources and will be posting them to www.amchp.org/covid-19. The site will be updated regularly as new resources become available.

    Ways to Promote Children’s Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    A new resource outlines ways to promote children’s resilience in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect them from the potential negative effects that traumatic events can have on their development and well-being.

    Health, Safety, and Educational Tools for Professionals and Providers

    Here, we’ve assembled the combined knowledge of national, regional, and local organizations that are leaders in childhood development, virtual parenting, and child care, as well as mental, physical, and emotional health and more. You’ll find educational apps, media libraries, tutorials, lesson plans, online webinars, toolkits, and other helpful information. View a PDF of over 50 resources.