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Published on April 15, 2020

New Resource for Families Working from Home with Young Children

A mother works on a laptop computer with a baby on her lap playing with a toy.

The CECE has created and released a new resource for families who are working from home while supporting the growth and development of their young children. These new resource page compiles tips and suggestions on screen-free activities, talking with children about COVID-19, ideas for family fun, managing stress and anxiety, online learning resources, and more. It, also, identifies two support networks that are available for families that are struggling.

In this time of great uncertainty, parents who are now working from home face particular challenges in meeting the needs of their children. Most children and teens are now expected by their schools to complete assignments and learning activities from home, which can put additional demands on parents who are now tasked with assisting children in using technology, understanding assignments, and providing homework help -- all while trying to do their own jobs. Parents of very young children are responsible for meeting the needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who require ongoing supervision and engagement, which makes getting work done very challenging and stressful.

Many children (and adults!) find it stressful when regular routines are disrupted. In addition, kids feel our anxiety and fear, and older children likely have their own, very justified fears about what is going on right now. With those things in mind, we've put together some tips for parents who are now working from home.