Resources for Families during COVID-19

NEW on June 8- An issue brief Trauma Informed School Strategies During COVID-19 details specific strategies for school staff on how to implement trauma-informed learning environments, assess and address traumatic stress, partner with students and families, be culturally responsive, and more. From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a great resource for families to share with school partners.

A 5 minute video from the Association on Positive Behavior Supports shows families ways to support behaviors at home using positive, proactive techniques. Watch the Positive Behavior Supports at Home video HERE.

NEW on May 28- Two documents help families support children and youth with academics, behaviors and social emotional wellness at home. Supporting Families with Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports at Home and Supporting Students with Disabilities at School and Home  are products of national centers.

NEW on May 8- iSPARC at U Mass has compiled resources for children, youth, young adults and families impacted by mental health conditions.

NEW on April 24- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCSTN) has a webpage linking a number of their resources for families and professionals on COVID-19.

NEW on April 14- Watch this video conversation between FFF staff and a public school educator about how families and schools can partner to set children up for success in distance learning this spring.


Formed Families Forward is continually posting resources on Facebook for families of children and youth, including those with special needs, that can be helpful while we all respond to COVID-19 crisis. Please follow us for new resources every day-

The national Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) has shared a great list of many COVID-related resources for families of children with special needs and those who work with families. Find these resources HERE.

At the state level, the Virginia Department of Education released a COVID-19: Parent Guide for School-Aged Children. Find the Parent Guide HERE.

We at Formed Families Forward have created two short videos to support parents and caregivers as they take on more responsibilities for supporting their children’s learning at home.¬† Find Helping Children Get Ready to Learn at

Find Hints for Helping Your Child Learn at Home

The videos are also under Webinars on our resources page,