Helpful Websites

CDC: COVID-19 and Children

The CDC has a list of FAQs including questions of how COVID-19 effects children.

HealthyChildren.org

The American Academy of Pediatricians website has helpful information about COVID-19 and children.

Alachua County School Board

Here you can find more information about public schools, free meals, and much more.

Florida Health Department

The FL DOH website has helpful information specific to the state of Florida.

Helpful Resources

PBS Kids

How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During COVID-19

UF Health

Identifying Unhealthy Anxiety During the Coronavirus crisis

Growe Counseling LLC

A Certain Kind of Sick

uf health

Helping Kids Keep From Spreading COVID-19

Activities To Do at Home

Fun Activities | Coding | Cooking | English/Language Arts | Finance | Geography | History | Languages | Math | Mindfulness | Museums and Art | Music | Nature | Reading | Science | Test Prep | Typing | Zoos & Aquariums | Misc.

Fun Activities

  • Busy Toddlers
    Indoor Activities for busy toddlers
  • PBS Kids
    Play with fave show characters and learn too
  • Suessville
    Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss
  • Highlights Kids
    Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities
  • Preschool Express
    Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids.
  • Cool Kids Facts
    Gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.

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Coding

  • Instructables | EdgertonCenter
    3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects
  • Scratch
    Scratch draws students of all types into coding and lays a foundation for future learning.
  • Star Wars
    Coding with Star Wars

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Cooking

  • Nomster Chef
    Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.

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English/Language Arts


Finance

  • Teach Banzai
    Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management.

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Geography

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History

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Learning Languages

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Math

  • Dream Box
    K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them.
  • Dr. Roger’s Math Neighborhood
    Higher level math series… online video series with detailed solutions to more than a thousand publicly-released College Board SAT Math, Subject Test Math Level 1, and Subject Test Math
  • Math at Work
    Math Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors
  • Math Playground
    Elem Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources.
  • Mangahigh
    Website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others.
  • Grid Club
    Math games galore
  • A+ Click
    Math and logic problems for ages 5 and up to adult

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Mindfulness

  • Gonoodle
    Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
  • The OT Toolbox
    At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play.

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Museums and Art

  • National Gallery of Arts Kids
    Interactive offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
    A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.
  • The Louvre
    Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
  • The Museum of the World
    This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
  • Smithsonian
    No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen.

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Music

  • Chrome Music Lab
    Music is for everyone
  • The Well
    Poetry and music
  • Music Theory
    Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators.
  • Mister G
    Bilingual music artist has wonderful sing-along videos for children, a book about Monarch migration called Senorita Mariposa, and is working on some new material to help parents and kids get through the pandemic

Nature

  • Yellowstone National Park
    Tour Yellowstone National Park!
  • Farm Food 360
    This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.
  • Switch Zoo
    Play games and learn all about animals
  • National Geographic Kids
    Geography and animals
  • Young Explorer
    National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow.
  • USGS
    Learn all about earthquakes
  • Farms Almanac Kids
    Farmer’s almanac for kids… Date, weather, moon phase, etc.
  • Into the Outdoors
    Outside-oriented, with some curricula for elementary, middle, and high school students
  • Discover the Forest
    Activities for kids and can give people places to go (once parks are open again)
  • NatureWatch
    Check out five great places to NatureWatch in National Forests across the United States
  • Pollinator Partnership
    Hosts annual Pollinator Week and has an entire curriculum for grades 3-6, plus tons of pollinator and flower-themed activities for children of all ages.
  • Project EduBat
    Has a lot of bat-themed activities.
  • FSNatureLIVE
    Geared towards middle schoolers with science-based curricula and student-led videos on themes such as pollinators, bats, climate change, etc

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Science

  • Access Mars
    Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
  • Biology Simulations
  • PhET
    Science and math labs and simulations
  • The Science Spot
    Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access
  • TYTO Online
    Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems. 
  • NASA Kids Club
    Space science for kiddos
  • Cells Alive
    Learn all about cells
  • Google Earth
    All sorts of learning here if you dig in
  • Climate Kids
    This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. 
  • Ask Dr. Universe
    Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education project from Washington State University. Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they may have about history, geography, plants, animals, technology, engineering, math, culture, and more. 
  • Weather Wiz Kids
    From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather. 
  • Ocean
    This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. 
  • Inner Body
    Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth. With interactive models and detailed explanations, this website will help them learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human body.
  • Natural Inquirer 
    Teaches children about the scientific process and nature using science standards. They have materials from elementary through high school, with some in Spanish also

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Test Prep

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Typing

  • Nitro Type
    Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world.
  • Typing.com
    Keyboarding practice

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Zoos & Aquariums

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Misc.

  • Fun Brain
    Math and Reading games 
  • Curriculum Associates
    Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish) 
  • CK-12
    Science, Math, Social Studies
  • Coursera.org
    Tons of free classes from leading universities and companies
  • Scholastic
    Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
  • Maker Stations
    3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.
  • !ZZIT
    Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects.
  • Khan Academy
    Online education program for toddler through high school.
  • PBS Learning Media
    PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials
  • Quizlet
    For students to practice and master whatever they are learning.
  • The Concord Consortium
    A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week long sequences of curriculum materials.
  • Fee Code Camp
    450 Ivy League courses that you can take
  • Crypto Club
    Immerse yourself in cryptography
  • Super Simple
    Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents.
  • Overcoming Obstacles
    Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills.
  • Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
    This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin.
  • United Stats Mint
    Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby. 
  • Brainscape
    Offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable. 
  • Preschool Inspiration
    Toddler and preschool age ideas 
  • PBS Brain Pop

Additional Resources

Medicaid Transportation Services

For patients with a Medicaid health insurance plan, transportation to appointments or hospital stays can be provided by a transport service if you do not have a reliable vehicle or gas. If you or someone else takes you to your appointment, you can request gas mileage reimbursement. You will be mailed a check in a specific amount according to the distance between your home and the facility. For details or to schedule, call your insurance transportation hotline below.

Please note most services need at least 72 hours advance notice to ensure a ride unless transport is an emergency hospital visit.
Prestige:

  • Transport: 855-381-3778
  • Mileage Reimbursement: 855-464-8812 x0 x3051010832

Sunshine State Health:

  • Transport: 877-659-8420
  • Mileage Reimbursement: 866-381-4853

United Health Care:

  • Transport: 844-714-2219 (check on status 866-372-9892)
  • Mileage Reimbursement: 866-372-9891

Wellcare/Staywell and CMS Wellcare:

  • Transport: 866-591-4066
  • Mileage Reimbursement: 866-591-4066

Some insurance providers (ex. CMS Wellcare) may also reimburse for hotel stays and food. For more information, call your insurance provider and ask to speak with a care coordinator or case manager.

Utility Assistance

To assist customers financially impacted by the pandemic, many utility service providers are suspending disconnections for a limited time. For more information, please contact your local utility provider for policy and enrollment details.

If your child relies on electrical medical equipment to support their health or survival, your household may be entitled to enroll in a medically essential electric service. These typically include preventing utility disconnections due to nonpayment and prioritizing turn-on service during electrical power outages. For more information, please contact your local utility provider for policy and enrollment details. The CF Clinic would be happy to provide letters of support to assist with enrollment, when needed.

Internet Access

To assist with social distancing efforts and mandatory closures, many internet service providers are offering low-cost (and possibly free) services for a limited amount of time. For more information, please contact your local internet service provider for policy and enrollment details.

Questions?

If you have general questions about COVID-19 and how it effects children, please email us at COVID-19InKids@ufl.edu

**DISCLAIMER: UF Health Department of Pediatrics has set up this email for general questions only. Any questions that are specific to a person or a person’s medical condition will not be answered. If you have specific questions about your child, please contact your doctor.**