Coronavirus/COVID-19

We are certainly living in new and extraordinary times.  Community is more important than ever and we are here to support you.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, our wonderful staff and volunteers have been working diligently on creating new and creative ways to keep us connected, updating our website with resources and tools, and working with Barrington 220, local professionals and our entire network to be a source of help and hope.  

We began by creating our new weekly Tuesday Tips, Tools & Try This email filled with helpful information, resources, and ideas to support parents, educators, and other community members involved in the lives of Barrington area children and youth (click here if you are not already on our email list or to see past emails).

We know that during this unusual time, we are all doing the best we can, so we partnered with the Barrington Area Library to produce the virtual parenting series, "Best We Can" Parenting (videos and resources can be found here).

We continue our work as a community coalition, partnering with other local organizations to develop programming and promote resources to support children, youth and families throughout the Barrington area.

We will update this page with more information and resources as the days pass, so be sure to check back often for new information.  If you are looking for mental health support, please visit Healthy Barrington to easily and quickly identify local providers who offer counseling, support, and mental health services.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for helpful information, ideas and resources, as well as upcoming BStrong Together virtual events, to stay connected throughout this challenging time. 

If you are in need, let us know. If you are able to help us facilitate connections with organizations equipped to provide resources, we would love to hear from you.  Simply click here to let us know what help you are looking for and/or how you can help others.

We are here and will be here in the future to support you and your family because there is one thing we know for sure - alone we are strong, but we are stronger together. 

Videos

Tools

AdvocateAurora Health's COVID19 Symptoms Checker

Articles

Talking with Children About  Coronavirus Disease 2019 from the CDC
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)  from the American Pediatric Association
Parents Needs Stress Relief, Too
The Agony of Social Distancing for Adolescents
'Bring Your Own Cake': Poker, Dinner Parties and Birthdays Move to Video Chat
Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic from Common Sense Media
What to Watch, Read, and Play While Your Kids Are Stuck Indoors
7 Board Games You Can Play Online with Friends While You're Staying Inside
Best Podcasts for Kids Staying In: Funny, Smart, and Scientific Podcasts

Websites

AdvocateAurora Health COVID-19 Resource Page
Online Resources & Ideas for Families Unexpectedly Homeschooling
Coronavirus Guide for Parents: 100s of Activities and Resources
Free Online Learning Resources When Coronavirus Closes Schools
Scholastic Learning at Home

Classes, Books, Tours, Adventures

Online books, virtual programs and more from the Barrington Area Library
30+ Virtual Field Trips for Kids
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
SciShow
Virtual Children's Museum of Atlanta Daily Play Hour
Free mindfulness classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for kids from Mindful Schools
Free online daily cooking classes for kids from Delish
Free books for children and teens from Audible

Local Resources

The Barrington Area Library has complied a comprehensive list of local area resources that is updated regularly on the following topics - simply click on the link below for more information:

Health Care
Mental Health Care
Senior Care
Food Pantries
Help for Non-Profits
Help For Small Businesses/Employment
Help For Families
Local Government Resources
Staying Informed
Staying Positive and Engaged
Volunteer & Donation Opportunities

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