COVID-19 Resources: Children, Youth, & Parent Resources

Childcare

YMCA Emergency Child Care

Child care offered for essential workers and vulnerable children only, including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children. There is a screening prior to entry into the facility, and space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Children must be enrolled prior to drop-off. Read more and enroll on their website.


YMCA Virtual Family Resources

Large collection of virtual resources that foster learning, healthy living, exploration and play.


Childcare for Essential Workers

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care will open Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs during the COVID-19 outbreak to provide priority access for families of emergency personnel, emdical staff, and others critical to confronting COVID-19. Check here for more details.


Communities United Inc. (Head Start)

For families who are concerned about how they will afford preschool for the upcoming school year - Head Start offers free early education to qualifying low-income families. They also partner with community organizations to provide support and resources to families. In determining eligibility for the free Head Start slots, they give families the chance to talk to them about any crisis that they many have encountered during the pandemic - job loss, change in income, mental health changes, etc, so they can assist families who are in high need.

We WILL be opening our preschool centers in Waltham, Newton, and Woburn in September for students ages 2.5-5 years old. Qualifying low-income families come to school for free. Families will need to fill out an online application at  https://www. communitiesunitedinc.org/ applynow .

Applications and directions are available in English and Spanish. Please contact Sara ( sara@communitiesunitedinc.org) or Liz (elizabeth@ communitiesunitedinc.org) for assistance, or to refer families directly. Distance Learning will also be available as an alternative option for schooling.


Child Care Search 

This is a tool published by the Department of Early Education and Care to find licensed child care programs in your area and across the state.

Mental Health and Support

Early Connections/Conexiones Tempranas

This is a program of the Jewish Family and Children's Services that provides therapeutic interventions focused on supporting the relationships of young children and their parents. This program is for families with children 0-5 years old. To make a referral or for more information, contact Sarah Nielsen, LCSW at snielsen@jfcsboston.org or 781-860-2195.  For referrals of Spanish-speaking clients, please contact Karen Garber, LICSW at kgarber@jfcsboston.org or 781-693-5048.


WPS Parent Support Group 

Waltham SEPAC is hosting a Parent Support Group, guided by Katie Willard, a  Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and School Adjustment Counselor. The group will facilitate conversations between parents during this difficult time, focusing on creating a space where parents can share openly regarding their experiences with the COVID pandemic and receive support from their peers.

The group will meet virtually, Thursdays from 7-8pm. If you are interested in joining, email katherinewillard@walthampublicschools.org for more details.


Free Parent Coaching

Jewish Family and Children's Service is offering free parent coaching, particularly for parents of children with disabilities. To receive coaching, simply contact them at drn@jfcsboston.org or 781-693-5640 to set up a phone or video session.


New Parent Support Group

Hosted by Jewish Family and Children's Services. Register for a new parent support group via zoom.


Parent Consultation

Hosted by Jewish Family and Children's Services. If you have a child under three and are experiencing feelings of stress, being overwhelmed, or anxiousness, the JFCS Center for Early Relationship Support is offering free Parent Consultation to help during these difficult times. Their Parent Consultation offers parents the opportunity to explore the unique strengths and struggles in their relationship with their child through collaboration with experts.


Parents Helping Parents

Continuing operations remotely. Parent Support Groups operating via zoom; check the website for upcoming dates and zoom links.

Parental Stress Line, still operating 24/7: 1-800-632-8188


Wayside Youth and Family Support Network

Operating remotely, helping clients using Tele-Health. Contact them at info@waysideyouth.org.


National Parent Helpline

They have a comprehensive resource guide that can help a parent navigate any situation that could be thrown at them. They also have a phone number that you may call for support. 

Other Resources

Diaper Depot

Free distribution of diapers.

Monthly-next distribution day is Wednesday, July 22.
3-4pm
McDevitt Middle School
75 Church St, Waltham

Walker pick-up at the front door (Church St), car pick-up at the side entrance (Summer St).

See the flyer here.


Thom Charles River Early Intervention Program

Provides services for children from birth to three and their families. Families can self-refer and services are available in multiple languages and on multiple platforms. Children are eligible based on delay, risk of delay and/or a diagnosed medical condition. Early intervention is open year round as a service.

Eligibility is being broadly defined right now and all parents with questions about their child’s development are encouraged to contact (781) 894-6564 or crei@thomchild.org.


Family Preparedness Packets

From Mass Legal Services, packets to prepare families in case they get sick.


Newton-Wellesley Hospital Child Life Department

The Child Life Department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital has compiled a resource list for supporting children during COVID-19.


Family ACCESS Community Connections

Offers a weekly activities calendar, with early learning and development programs for families with children 0-8. Learn and Play groups in English and Spanish, activities, crafts, and community resources. Updates are posted on their website and Facebook page.

They are also offering a ZOOM Kindergarten Readiness program and a ZOOM parent connections and conversation program in August. Please email jlevin@familyaccess.org if interested in joining.


Teen Summer programming at the Waltham Public Library
Virtual summer hang outs for teens.  Grades 6-12.  July 6-Aug 27.
Flyer Here


Amazing Educational Resources

This website offers free access to and sharing of high-quality resources among teachers, parents and students. On the site you will find resources for all grades.


Brandeis University

Youth Engagement

This is an online platform that includes interactive activities for students in grades K-5: Science, Cooking, Art, Outdoor Activities, and more.

The Youth Engagement: Educational Support and Social and Emotional Wellbeing initiative seeks to connect with youth serving organizations in Waltham to support the academic and social and emotional needs of our local youth. Just like us, many children are feeling anxious and lonely during this uncertain time. We are hoping to create virtual academic programs for students in grades Preschool-12 in partnership with some of our Waltham community partners. We are also focused on keeping their mental health strong and providing them a space to feel grounded, so that they feel supported and can successfully adjust to this new normal.