COVID-19 Community Resources
Across the state, community organizations are working harder than ever to provide helpful resources and services to families in need. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but is a good place to start. See additional county-specific resources at the bottom of the page.
Last updated 9/20/2020
Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors: developed a list of helpful resources for organizations and families in multiple languages, as well as helpful ways to teach children about the virus, keep your family engaged with learning activities, and best practices for staying healthy. Learn more: ap-od.org.
Arizona Department of Health Services: Does your child need a mask to wear to school? The Arizona Department of Health Services partnered with Hanes to provide 5 free washable, reusable cloth face masks for anyone that needs them. Follow the link to the order form and more details: azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-order-masks.
Arizona Science Center: Science Hall will provide on-site support for remote learning from CREATE at Arizona Science Center®. During each week-long session, Science Center Team Members will guide your child through their individual virtual school schedule and offer guidance and support, when needed. Your children will also enjoy daily, hands-on STEM activities from CONNECT—tailored to their grade level. Most important, Science Hall offers a safe, clean, enriching environment where your child will have the necessary resources to succeed in remote learning.
Science Hall Overview
- Grades: K-6
- Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
- Flexible weekly registration to fit the needs of your family, starting Monday, August 24.
- Weekly Cost: $250 per child.
- Daily, hands-on STEM enrichment activities from CONNECT @ Arizona Science Center—covering a variety of topics, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, weather, and more.
- Independent learning time to complete distance education requirements—with support from on-site educators to keep everyone on task.
- Children will be separated into small groups by grade level. Each grade-level “bubble” will be kept as static as possible, with all children staying with the same team each week.
- Scholarships for Science Hall are available thanks to generous donors and community partners.
To learn more or to sign up today, click here.
Arizona Together: Homeowners, employees, small businesses, students and others struggling financially or with limited resources as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can now tap into a large collection of growing resources on the website at ArizonaTogether.org. Anyone interested in volunteering in their community with organizations needing help also can register through the website.
Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Valley of the Sun United Way recently opened the family access link to ASQs (developmental screenings) statewide since many families may be skipping well-check visits and other medical and developmental screening appointements. Visit VSUW.org/asq or text myasq to 51555 to learn more.
Arizona Children’s Association: From classes for parents of newborns to workshops on early infant brain development, our programs help new and experienced parents and caregivers prepare their children for a successful future. Many of their programs are being offered virtually now. Check out their monthly calendar: arizonaschildren.org.
Arizona Department of Education: ADE’s website has a complete list of meal services provided by each school district. Similar information can be found by visiting each school district’s website or via this online list maintained by ADE.
Arizona Food Bank Network: The Arizona Food Bank Network has a website allowing you to search your location to find a food bank near you.
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence: Current list of available childcare options during school closures.
ASU’s Resources for Indigenous Peoples: This webpage is a starting point for ASU students primarily, and the wider community seeking Indigenous-centric resources and tribal perspectives on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
Birth to Five Helpline: These are unusual and challenging times that we face. Staying connected by having someone to talk with or lend an empathetic ear is more important than ever to the well-being of families, our communities and our state. Birth to Five Helpline professionals are available to you by phone, text, or email. They can also help answer questions about how to know when it’s safe to send your kids back to their childcare center.
Childcare: options for working parents amid shuttered schools, as some preschools and daycare centers remain open. On March 24, 2020, Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman announced the launch of Arizona Enrichment Centers which provide childcare for first responders, critical health care workers and essential public sector workers.
Select Boys and Girls Club locations are available to current members and open to new members with priority being given to healthcare and essential employees. Space is limited based on each location’s capacity.
Free Food: Check out this interactive map available at azhealthzone.org or text FOOD to 877877.
Helping Hands is a new grassroots nonprofit created in response to this pandemic to connect able-bodied, willing volunteers with vulnerable individuals to deliver groceries and other essentials through its free, local, and community-powered service. High risk & need help? Get groceries delivered for free. Healthy & can help? Volunteer to deliver. Learn more: helpinghands.community.
Arizona Sunrays and Impact Gymnastics in Phoenix are both offering programs for kids in grades K-10. The programs run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays (Impact also offers half days) and range from $314 to $979 per month, depending on how many days are needed. The gyms oversee kids’ virtual learning and offer structured activities in small groups throughout the day.
Learning Heroes, along with National PTA and Univision, launched Ready to Partner, a research-based bilingual resource to help parents and teachers join forces as they prepare for a different kind of school year. Ready to Partner includes a one-pager (print/digital) with 5 steps to help parents navigate the school year, as well as an updated parent-teacher partnership tool that helps parents, teachers, and students partner to co-create a plan for student success.
Local First Arizona: From curb-side service and gift cards to discounts and delivery, this site is your go-to source for promotions to help support our local businesses.
Mountain Park Health Center: Their team compiled a comprehensive list of community resources for students families that includes links to Emergency Food Boxes & Pantries; Youth/Teen Centers & Child Care Resources; Mental Health Resources; DACA Resources; Resources for Immigrants and Their Families During COVID-19; Meals for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities; Financial Relief; among other topics.
Manpower and University of Phoenix: joined together to offer fully-funded certification courses in five critical-need job areas (Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable; Help Desk; Contact Center/Customer Service Agent; Contact Center Team Lead; Warehouse Team Lead). This partnership creates opportunities for upgrading skills and expanding qualifications. Courses are delivered online, over three weeks, at no cost. Only eight to twelve hours per week of time commitment is expected. In addition to earning a certificate, one can also earn college credit toward a degree at University of Phoenix. Learn more: Manpower & UOPX Partnership
Tips on Self-Care During the Pandemic by Arizona GEAR UP: COVID-19 has shifted the way people go about their daily lives. From home life to work life, everyone adjusted routines. While it’s natural to feel stressed and anxious in challenging times, mental health experts recommend acknowledging and accepting these feelings as they arise. Understanding and taking care of your mental health will help with your long-term health, both mentally and physically. Read this article by Arizona GEAR UP’s Executive Director Robert Neese with tips for self-care during the pandemic.
Tutor Time is offering “The Prep Lab,” a program for elementary school students ages 5-12. Trained teachers will help children stay engaged with their learning platforms, complete daily assignments and connect as needed with their school and teachers. Flexible scheduling options include a new, full-day option.
Varsity Tutors has launched School@Home with options that include free after-school enrichment courses in hundreds of subjects, small group supplemental classes where students can work with a group of their choosing, or a full instructor-led online homeschooling curriculum. The latter includes assessments and a guidance counselor to help build a personalized learning plan, enrichment classes, social opportunities via small group classes, virtual field trips and an accreditation counselor to ensure students get credit for their work. Paid programs range from $500 to $1,300 per month.
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