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Virtual Learning Resources

A curated collection of free resources for all ages to connect, explore, discover, and share from home.

COVID-19 Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
How to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick.

World Health Organization (WHO)
How to protect yourself, travel advice, situation reports, research and development, and mythbusters.

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub
What you need to know about COVID-19 in NJ.
General COVID-19 Questions: 2-1-1 (7a-11p)
Medical COVID-19 Questions: 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts

NJ State Library’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
An extensive collection of links to vetted COVID-19 related resources.

Somerset County’s Health Department
Current COVID-19 situation in Somerset County including county updates, COVID-19 health education, and cases status map.

Resources for Parents 

NJ Parent Link
COVID-19 Resources for NJ Parents, Families, Communities & Professionals.

“Coronavirus: A Book for Children” by Axel Scheffler
Engagingly illustrated digital book by Axel Scheffler, this approachable and timely book helps answer these questions and many more, providing children aged 5-10 and their parents with clear and accessible explanations about the coronavirus and its effects – both from a health perspective and the impact it has on a family’s day-to-day life.

“My Hero is You, How Kids can fight Covid-19!” by Helen Patuck
Digital children’s book about a girl named Sara who lies in bed at night, feeling scared and helpless. She misses seeing friends and going to school. As she drifts off, a dragon appears, and they fly all over the world together on a shared mission: teaching children how to keep themselves and their families safe from the novel coronavirus.

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Strategies from the Child Mind Institute.

Tips for Families: Coronavirus
Resources that offer tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
PBS for Parents article including ways to talk with your children about Coronavirus, four ways to help young kids build germ-busting habits, and related videos, websites, and handouts from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Sesame Street, and Curious George.

Mental Health Support

2nd Floor Youth Helpline:  1-888-222-2228
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

American Psychological Association COVID-19 Information and Resources
Continually updated by APA for psychologists, health-care workers and the public.

How to Help

Story Online
The world’s best storytellers reading books aloud. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home.

Storytime from Space!
The Global Space Education Project sent children’s books to the International Space Station to be read by astronauts!

HarperKids Storytime Read Aloud
The HarperKids read aloud video playlist of their picture books.

Brightly Storytime
Penguin Random House’s read aloud videos of their picture books.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
A fairy tale podcast about the extraordinary women who inspire us. The show is based on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the global best-selling book series inspiring millions of girls and women around the world to dream bigger, aim higher, and fight harder.

General Subjects

BBC’s Bitesize
Three new lessons every weekday, with videos, activities and more.

Printable worksheets for Pre-School through High School.

Discovery Education’s Virtual Field Trips
Join live Virtual Field Trips or watch them on demand later for children and teens. Each Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities.

DK Home Learning for Kids
Digital activity packs to help take children beyond the book, engaging with their imagination and creativity as they color, draw, play, and write.

Encantos’s Bilingual Learning Resources
Encantos offers a steadily growing list of bilingual learn-at-home resources, designed by teachers and educators.
Free printable worksheets, word lists, and activities.

Kahn Academy
Online classes for all main subjects grades K-12, with video lessons and practice problems. The website is now also sharing recommended schedules for students working at home. Also check out their newest course: Imagineering in a Box. Go behind the scenes with Disney Imagineers and complete project-based exercises to design a theme park of your very own.

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group: Learn with Us
Looking to keep your kids entertained and engaged? We’ve got parents, educators and every kind of reader covered with the books they need and resources they can trust for all their at-home learning needs.

New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN)
Web based career navigation system, funded by the New Jersey Department of Education, that provides comprehensive information for Middle and High School students to develop well informed college and career plans. It includes tools that encourage self-assessment, career and post-secondary education exploration, goal setting, and decision making.

Wide Open School
A vast collection of online learning resources curated by the editors of Common Sense Media.

English Language Arts

KidLit TV
A virtual library of FREE read aloud, drawing & writing tutorials, podcasts, art activities + reading resources for kids and tweens!

Navigating EBSCO eBooks Document
This document helps you navigate EBSCO’s eBook K-8 Collection or the eBook High School Collection which allow simultaneous access, meaning any number of readers can look at the same book. This is an ideal tool for a class book read, a genre study, an exploration of a specific topic, or just looking for a book to read. Additionally, there are numerous professional development and other books that teachers may find helpful in preparing for classes.

Reading Through It Together
Brightly’s educational resources & activities for parents to use with their babies through teens.

Stay Home with Candlewick
Activities, discussion guides, educational materials, videos, and more!

Science and Math

Ask a Geologist
This free bi-weekly web series, brought to you by Rutgers Geology Museum, runs for the duration of the isolation period. The program aims to engage primarily elementary and middle school children – though all are welcome – and answer any questions. Send them in ahead of time using this form or post one in the online chat during the presentation. Courses
Computer science courses for grades K-12. Plus videos, fun tutorials, and projects. If you don’t have time for a full length course, try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages on their Hour of Code page. Also check out Code Break, which includes weekly interactive classroom featuring our founder Hadi Partovi and special guests, plus a new activity or challenge every week. Every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.

Math worksheets for grades K-8.

Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium: Watch from Home
Go to to watch more than a dozen planetarium shows you can watch from home. Go to their YouTube channel for activities and a weekly Star Talk about things you can see in the sky. Lastly, visit their Facebook Group where they post planetarium and astronomy news.

STAR_net STEM Activity Clearinghouse
Find high quality STEM activities for all ages.

Udemy’s Coding for Kids
Free coding courses and tutorials.

Vidcode Virtual Coding Clubs
Drop-in sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. to learn to code video games, filters, special effects, and more!

Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting”
On Bob Ross’s YouTube page, you can find all 31 seasons of his show, encompassing a total of 403 roughly 30-minute episodes.

Children’s Museum of the Arts
How-to create art videos created by the Children’s Museum of the Arts.

Crayola at Home
Create and learn at home with craft projects, live events, lesson plans, and coloring pages.


Berkner Break Concerts for Kids
Rutgers alumnus and queen of children’s music found a way to connect her young homebound fans by hosting free “Berkner Break” concerts at 10 a.m. most weekdays on her Facebook page.

Mindfulness and Movement for Kids
Katie Scherrer’s playlist of her mindfulness and movement videos for preschoolers.

Mr. Jon & Friends
Live music for toddlers/preschoolers in the mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Singalong at Home with Emily Arrow
Every day at 1:00 p.m. she shares a lesson from her studio, bringing music and mindfulness from her home to yours.

Seattle Symphony Orchestra
The musicians of the Seattle Symphony have generously volunteered to share free broadcasts with everyone during this time of uncertainty. All broadcasts can be streamed through the Symphony’s social media channels on YouTube and Facebook.

Settlement Kids: Live
“Settlement Kids: Live” is a Facebook Live session twice a week that anybody can log into.  Instructors take youngsters through games involving sound and movement.

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