Social-Emotional Wellness During COVID-19

Social-Emotional Wellness During COVID-19:  Caring for Ourselves and One Another Parent & Family Resource


The New York City Department of Education cares deeply about the social-emotional health and wellbeing of NYCDOE’s children and families. We recognize that the sharing of information about COVID-19, and the resulting school closures, will have a significant impact on each of us. Increased stress and anxiety are common responses to the coronavirus outbreak. The resources below can support you and your family through this challenging time. In addition to resources for stress management, there are helpful strategies and resources for proactively developing your child’s social and emotional skills. 

Strategies for Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19 

  • Talking to Children About COVID-19(Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists): Available in multiple languages
  • Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
  • How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus: Early Childhood (
  • Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus (NPR)
  • Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus (New York Times)


Resources for Coping with Stress & Anxiety 

  • SEL Resources for Parents (Collaborative for Academic & Social-Emotional Learning)
  • How Mindfulness Can Help during COVID-19 (Child Mind Institute)
  • Helping Children Cope pgs 4-5 (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
  • Meditation Apps for Kids
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for School Communities (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence)


At-Home Strategies to Promote Social-Emotional Wellness :  Middle School (6-8)


Additional Resources:

  • Harmony at Home is a FREE online toolkit for educators, families, and caregivers to teach vital social emotional learning (SEL) skills to children using the strategies Sanford Programs have developed for classroom teachers. We have curated interactive Sanford Harmony lessons for parents to make this transition as easy and rewarding as possible. Check it out at: