This week we've included updates on resources for distance learning and homework support (indicated by *), access to health and wellness, and upcoming events on stress reduction and connecting education to employment in the age of covid-19. Resources have also been organized in the following categories for easy navigation:

  • Activities
  • Childcare
  • Community Resource Lists
  • Food Access 
  • Health & Wellness
  • Learning Resources
  • Teaching Resources



20 Virtual Field Trips To Take With Your Kids

Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from the comfort of home. In this age of technology, so many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. Now more than ever, is it easier to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch. Click here to learn more.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Public Service Announcement with Slogan Contest

The Mayor’s Office and the City of Newark in collaboration with Newark Board of Education is calling on all students residing in Newark, regardless of school to create an original Public Service Announcement with a catchy slogan.

Students are invited to submit a Public Service Announcement with a slogan to promote health and safety in our great city associated with the virus COVID-19. The winning Public Service Announcements will be featured in a campaign to promote health and safety in our city during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to learn more.

Enjoy a Read Aloud from a Favorite Actor or Actress

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Click here to learn more.

Glass Roots Virtual Studio Now Open

Each week Glass Roots Virtual Studio will include live demos, lectures, challenges, movie nights, and more. Educators are invited to share the schedule with their students. Each Sunday Glass Roots will send out an e-newsletter containing the full week's schedule. This week's theme is "The Science of Glass." Click here to learn more.

Listen to Audible for FREE

In the wake of Covid-19, since children and families are home, Audible has created – a place where anyone, anywhere can stream hundreds of titles for kids and families, no strings attached. Audible’s talented editors have handpicked a mix of education, entertainment, classics and general-interest titles in English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Italian. The experience is completely free – no log-ins, credit cards or passwords required. Just click, stream and listen. Click here to get started.

NPL Community Story Time

Introducing Newark Public Library Community Storytime! Want to connect with your community, entertain kids, and have fun? Record yourself reading a children's book and send it to [email protected]! Then tune in Saturday and we'll share stories! Let's come together Newark!

Playworks FREE Play at Home Resources

Playworks is eager to announce the Play at Home series to support kids’ healthy movement and play while students are home. For over 24 years Playworks has focused on bringing games and activities to schools, while creating a safe and healthy recess for students. They are committed to responding to the need for continued healthy activities at home through the following free resources: Play at Home Webpage; Play at Home Playbook; and Live Virtual Recess. Click here to learn more.


PfP to Process Emergency Childcare for Essex County's Essential Workers

Programs for Parents (PfP) is processing all child care for essential workers who reside in Essex County. Essential workers must go to the state website and access the application. PfP will contact the parents to verify employment as an essential worker and residency. The parent may select an approved licensed center or receive referrals. The child care cost is covered by the state unless the provider charges more than the approved emergency rate. Related resources include:


NJ State Police Office of Drug Monitoring & Analysis Covid-19 Resource Guide

The NJ State Police Office of Drug Monitoring and Analysis has developed a comprehensive Covid-19 resource guide. It includes everything from Recovery Support, Mental Health, Crisis Hotlines, State Resources, National Resources, Food Banks, Emergency Housing, Senior Services, College Resources, Job Searches, Business/Employee Resources, Home Expenses Information, In-Home Education, Entertainment, and Volunteering/Donation Opportunities. Click here to download.

Project Ready Coronavirus Resources for Parents, Families & Students

Project Ready is committed to providing various resources and information for families and community members during this time. Project Ready has pooled information and resources from several government, education, and community organizations and will update the document on an ongoing basis. Click here to access.


Breakfast and Lunch Locations

The Newark Board of Education's Breakfast and Lunch Program is available for all students at designated schools from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Student can pick up food at any NPS site nearest to their home. Click here for details.


Free Mobile Counseling/ Help Sessions

Newark Public Library is now offering free counseling by the library’s professional social worker, by phone or text! E-mail [email protected] for information or to make an appointment! Please include your phone number in your e-mail.

United Way of Greater Newark 211: Get Connected. Get Help.

For live help on COVID-19, please call 1-800-222-1222 to speak with healthcare professionals. You can also text your zip code to 898-211 or text NJCOVID to 898-211. *211 is a subsidiary of the United Ways of New Jersey.


Education Companies Offering FREE Subscription

With schools closing across the nation, parents and educators are in bit of a panic as they try to figure out how kids can learn and obtain their education from home. If this sounds like you, stop stressing. This is going to be super helpful! We have the Entire List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings. Click here to learn more.

Khan Academy Remote Learning Resources

Khan Academy provides free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. During school closures you can access daily schedules for students ages 2-18 and remote learning resources. Click here to learn more.

NJTV Learning Live

NJTV Learning Live is a unique on-air instructional series to help kids learn remotely. Created by NJTV in partnership with the NJEA and the NJ Department of Education, hour-long classes for grades 3-6 are taught by NJ public school teachers. Lessons include math, science, English language arts, social studies, physical education and more. Hosted by 2020 State Teacher of the Year Kimberly Dickstein Hughes. Click here to access.

Newark Board of  Education Closure Resources: Learning at Home Plans

The Newark Board of Education has developed Instructional Packets containing lessons for all students from PreK through high school to ensure continued instruction during an extended school closure. Click here to access school closure packets.

Newark Public Library 24/7/365 Family Resources 

The Newark Public Library is proud to offer a robust selection of core and specialized services to patrons through their web, social media and digital platforms, which are all available FREE with your NPL library card!

Students, parents and teachers can take advantage of live online homework help and writing assistance offered by Brainfuse, which can be found by clicking on the link to Kids Place  Additional educational resources are available through Gale in Context, also found on Kids Place.

And don’t forget, Brainfuse offers opportunities for teen and adult learners. Click here to learn more.

Scholastic FREE Learn at Home Resources

Scholastic’s Learn at Home website is a free resource that provides your children with 20 days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children in grades Prek-9 can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with their family. The active learning journeys are available on any device and will provide your child with up to three hours’ worth of exciting learning experiences per day. They can go on virtual field trips, meet best-selling authors, or dig deep into a topic they love. Click here to learn more.


5 Virtual Learning Resources to Build Connectedness With Students and Families

In response, we put together this toolkit with 5 Virtual Learning Resources. As a district leader, share these low-lift activities and strategies with educators in your district to help them better connect with students and families while school buildings are closed. The toolkit includes: 8 Strategies for Building Belonging with Students and Families Virtually; Virtual Morning Announcements; Virtual Class Journal; Notes of Gratitude & Appreciation; and Virtual "Temperature Checks". Click here to learn more.

New Visions for Public Schools Remote Teaching & Learning

Navigating the world of remote learning can be challenging, but you are not alone. New Visions for Public Schools is here to help. NVPS has launched the Remote Teaching and Learning Website. This site is designed to provide educators with access to digital curriculum resources, models for teaching with technology, and support for using ed-tech resources. Click here to learn more.

Newest Americans Great Migration Curriculum

Newest Americans presents free curricular modules focused on the Great Migration that may be useful as distanced learning curriculum for teachers. Click here to download curricular modules. Click here to learn more about Newest Americans.

**Wonder Workshop Distance Learning Toolkits

Wonder Workshop has created two comprehensive toolkits - one for educators and one for parents, chock full of lessons, activities, videos, games, professional development, and more!

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center Lesson Plans

The most pressing issues of our time have histories, and these histories often intersect with the world of sports. Give your students the unique experience of seeing how sports culture has reflected, shaped and even altered the course of American life, sometimes leading the way. The Yogi Berra Museum invites you to explore lesson plans that focus on gender, immigration, race and financial literacy for middle school and high school classrooms. Click here to learn more.


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