Parents, not sure where to look for the resources you need during this time of uncertainty? We’ve pulled together a list of some of the best resources we’ve found, both from our local community and the web.
Updates from Local School Districts
We recommend checking each school district’s website for the latest information on closures, free meal options and more.
COVID-19 updates, closure information, and details about their daily grab-and-go meal program are available hereopens a new window. Information is available in English and Spanish.
COVID-19 updates and resources for parents/students, including emergency meal information, during the closure are available hereopens a new window in English and Spanish.
Check their website for the latest closure information.
Check their website for the latest closure information.
The CDE has an extensive resource listopens a new window for school-age children in Colorado.
Other Options for Free Meals
- Littleton Family Servicesopens a new window: Check out their Facebookopens a new window for a full list of food pantries in the Littleton/Englewood area.
- Check out this interactive mapopens a new window of where to get free meals in the Denver Metro area during school closure from Chalkbeat.com.
- Here’s another site collecting places for free mealsopens a new window across the entire state of Colorado.
Access to WiFi
Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone - Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifiopens a new window. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser. Click on 'Try a free one-hour pass today.' For more options from Comcast, visit https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19opens a new window
Resources from Arapahoe Libraries: Check out all the great educational databases for kids and teens available with your library card.
No library card? No Problem: Sign up here for a temporary card to access Arapahoe Libraries’ digital resources.
Many educational sites are making their resources freely available during this time. Check out these sites for more great resources:
- Educator Resources from Penguinopens a new window
- Scholastic's Learn at Home resourceopens a new window
- Khan Academy Sample Scheduleopens a new window
- Abcmouse.comopens a new window is free with code AOFLUNICEF for kids ages 2-8
- WeAreTeachers.com has lots of great posts with ideas of things to do
- Educational companies offering free subscriptions due to school closingsopens a new window
- NASA has STEM activitiesopens a new window for students in grades K-4.
- Wanting to do some college prep? Here is a list of 450 Ivy League coursesopens a new window available online for free that includes everything from computer science to art.
Resources for Books and Authors
Need suggestions for what your kids could be reading right now? Fill out our Need Suggestions form and one of our youth or teen librarians will make a personalized reading list for your student.
Lots of authors are hosting virtual author visits or making content available on their websites:
- Resource with information about live-streamed kid and teen author eventsopens a new window happening daily.
- Nidhi Chanani, author of Pashmina: Coloring Pagesopens a new window
- Jessica Kim, author of Stand Up, Yumi Chung!: Activity Sheetsopens a new window
- Read, Wonder, and Learn! Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere: Blog post with videos and linksopens a new window
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willemsopens a new window
- Authors Everywhereopens a new window, a Youtube Channel created and run by children's book writers and illustrators.
Author and Illustrator of Hey, Kiddo, Jarrett J. Krosoczka hosting free drawing webcastsopens a new window
Stress Management and Fitness
- Khan Academy: Guided Meditations for Studentsopens a new window
- Yoga/HIIT/Barre for Parents and Kidsopens a new window from the Down Dog Apps
- Planet Fitness is offering free daily work-ins on their Facebookopens a new window—live-streamed everyday at 5 pm MST
- Looking for something physical? The YMCA has launched more than 60 free classesopens a new window for people at home. Currently, you do not need to be a YMCA member to access these, and they include a variety of physical activities including Youth Sportsopens a new window.
Other Fun Resources and Activities
- Google is offering free virtual tours of more than 1,200 museums across the globe through their Arts and Culture platform.opens a new window
- Smithsonian Magazine has a giant database of free coloring pages from museum collectionsopens a new window.
- Activity ideas through #StoryMarchopens a new window includes free resources from children's authors and illustrators on arts, science, reading and writing.
- Every Child A Reader Coloring Pagesopens a new window for Children’s Book Week
- Want to cook with your kids? Here are 50 free recipes from America’s Test Kitchenopens a new window
- Take a Virtual Tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in Londonopens a new window via Open Culture
- Try some music from the Berlin Philharmonicopens a new window, who opened their digital concert hall for free to all for 30 days. It includes more than 600 concerts from the last 10 years as well as documentary content from behind the scenes.
- Watch a classic film for free via The Internet Archive’s Feature Film Collectionopens a new window.