COVID-19 UPDATES

As this situation develops, we will provide updated information below. We are learning and revising as we go and appreciate your patience. We can all get through this together.

August 17, 2020

Click here for timely information for parents and children about COIVD-19 and how children can help prevent the spread.

August 10, 2020

This website has some good resources (e.g.: social stories, etc.) for teaching young children, autistic, and special needs clients about COVID-19 and mask-wearing. Autism Resource Central.

June 4, 2020

Our staff just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of our amazing parents and caregivers – you’re doing such a great job right now (as always.) xoxoxo

Thank you!

May 28, 2020

REACH Edmonton’s COVID-19 Community Database is a comprehensive, easy to navigate collection of resources that matter most to Edmontonians. Visitors to the database can also request or share resources that are not a part of the database ensuring that it continues to respond to the needs of the community. The database is updated weekly so please feel free to share resources you may come across – thanks! Access it here.

It’s been a while. We hope you’re all well. As Alberta starts opening up a bit, we thought it would be helpful to share this resource on caring for a child with COVID-19. It may come in handy – hopefully you won’t need it though. Stay safe families 🙂

 

May 14, 2020

 

May 8, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

A simplified recap of COVID-19 from the Alberta Government for those with disabilities (or even children) 

 

April 23, 2020

 

April 15, 2020

To quote Jerry Maguire, “Help me help you.” Take this quick survey about our weekly information sessions so we can tailor information that will help you get through this pandemic. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FL2BD9C

 

April 14, 2020

We’re here to help you manage your mental health through this challenging time as we partner with Kells Counselling. Join us Tuesdays for a Weekly Wellness Workshop – How to Cope in Uncertain Times. On Thursdays we will answer your questions about mental wellness during the COVID pandemic.

Tuesday Weekly Wellness Workshop                Thursday Weekly Q & A Session

Attend the Weekly Update with Jo-Ann and Elaine at 10:00am on Thursdays by clicking this link and using Microsoft Teams.

 

April 9, 2020

Caregiver Practice Guide: (COVID-19) as of April 5, 2020 – Please refer to the link on this page for the latest version of this document. Once that opens, click the document to open the PDF in full.

 

April 8, 2020

Resources for families

Ideas of things for children to do outside

Video on  things to do outside while social distancing

Article on helping children cope and how this would affect different families depending on their circumstances

A series of web videos, later ones address the pandemic

A video for kids on what social distancing is

A book for kids that explains what the virus is, how it is transmitted and how to stay safe

COVID-19 Time Capsule booklet

Thriving at home workbook – a mental wellness workbook for children and their parents during quarantine

 

April 7, 2020

Click here for information on contacting Service Canada.

 

April 2, 2020

Practice Guidance for Service Providers in SIL, Group and Residential Care in AB (on the page that comes up, click Download File to access most up to date version)

More information has been released on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) 

Click here for the application link (Opens Monday, April 6 – staggering application days by birth month)

 

March 26, 2020

Resources from the Government of Canada

Resources from Alberta Health Services

Resources from the City of Edmonton

 

March 25, 2020

Apply for the Alberta Emergency Isolation Support Benefit – Eligible working Albertans can receive a one-time emergency isolation support payment of $1,146 if they are required to self-isolate or are the sole caregiver of someone in self-isolation and they have no other source of pay or compensation. This is a temporary program to bridge the gap until the Federal Emergency Care Benefit is available in April.

Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to help workers and businesses (applications available early April)

  • This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • CERB would cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. The CERB would apply to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). All Canadians who have ceased working due to COVID-19, whether they are EI-eligible or not, would be able to receive the CERB to ensure they have timely access to the income support they need.
  • Workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, would also qualify for the CERB. This would help businesses keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times, while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible.
  • Canadians would begin to receive their CERB payments within 10 days of application. The CERB would be paid every four weeks and be available from March 15, 2020 until October 3, 2020.
  • The government is working to get money into the pockets of Canadians as quickly as possible. The portal for accessing the CERB would be available in early April (likely April 6).

12 Alternatives to Lashing out at your Child

World Health Organization – Healthy Parenting

 

March 24, 2020

Canadian Resources for Employees 

Alberta

 

March 19, 2020

 

March 18, 2020

An update for our Foster Families about COVID-19 and our agency response

 

Links on COVID-19

Alberta.ca – Coronavirus Info

Alberta Health Services (AHS)

AHS COVID-19 Self-Assessment

Government of Canada

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

A message from Janet Ryan-Newell

 

Activities to keep the kids entertained

If you have any additional ideas, resources, or tips, please head to our Facebook Page to share them there. Or if you just want to start a conversation, our Facebook page is a welcome and safe place to do that too.

Scholastic Learn at Home

ReadTheory

Reading Bear

Starfall (reading)

CK-12 (Educational Resources)

Amazing Educational Resources

Storyline Online

Edmonton Public Library

PBS Kids

Sesame Street

Museum Tours
Here are a few museums with online tours
Here are some more museums with online tours

Zoos with Live Cams
Here is a list of a few zoos with Live Cams
This list has a few more
Or try a Google search

100 Things to do while trapped inside (not all are suitable for children)

100 Non-Screen Time Activities for kids

15 Fun Indoor Games

49 physically active ideas for kids 2 to 4

More physical activity ideas

25 non-screen time ideas

Learning apps for students with disabilities

Kids Up Front/Kids at Home