Resources for Families during COVID-19

NEW on June 1, 2021- COVID family resources from the IRIS Center including virtual learning fact sheets

NEW on February 1, 2021- Virtual Learning and Accommodations Guide from Virginia Department of Education

NEW on January 7, 2021- Tips for Successful Communication with Families during Online Learning, from Virginia Family Engagement Network, VDOE

NEW on September 22, 2020- Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic Module from the IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University.

NEW on September 9- Beginning a New School Year during COVID for families from the American Psychological Association

NEW on August 27- Webinar and video recordings about COVID-19 Stress, Distress and Trauma from Dr. Bruce Perry and the Neurosequential Network.

NEW on August 22- Factsheets for child welfare parent-child visits during COVID from the federal Child Welfare Information Gateway, Virtual Family Time: Tips for Families and Tips for Supporting Virtual Family Time.

NEW on August 3- Tip sheet for Ensuring Family Voice in Return-to-School Plans from the Family School Community Alliance. Share with your school partners and ask how they are including all families in key decisions!

NEW on August 3- Remote Literacy Learning toolkit for families and schools from the National Center on Improving Literacy.

NEW on July 26- A collection of video and tip sheet resources from one of our GMU summer 2002 interns Andersen Guske, Family and School Engagement in Fall 2020: A Guide for Adjusting to the Coronavirus Crisis.  Among the resources is a new video, featuring families and professionals offering suggestions to families raising children with special needs as we face distance learning from home this fall.

NEW on July 24- Internet Safety Tip Sheet for Parents and Caregivers and Internet Safety Tip Sheet for Teens from Formed Families Forward 

NEW on July 24- Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 resources for families and educators from the US Office of Special Education Programs. Included in this resource list is a Topical Issue Brief on Evidence Based and Promising Practices for Continuity of Learning to Support Students with Disabilities, Practices and Resources to Support Parents and Families.

NEW on July 8- Formed Families Forward’s own How to Address Your Child’s Concerns over COVID fact sheet. Suggestions by age group and ideas for specific language to use!

NEW on July 5- Suggestions for COVID-19 Summer! Great reminders and new ideas in School’s Out: A Parents’ Guide for Meeting the Challenge During the COVID-19 Pandemic, from NYU’s Langone Health System. 

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,