COVID-19 Resources for Kids, Families & Businesses

DIGITAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE 

This list as of 2:45pm on 3/28/20, items added since the last post are marked with NEW!  With this update, we also created sub-categories under the main sections.  Nothing has been removed but some items have been reordered.

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If you have additional resources please email: Alison Barlow at abarlow@stpeteinnovationdistrict.com



  1. EARLY LEARNING (birth-PreK)
  • Read Strong Pinellas – useful tips and resources.

https://read-strong.org/reading-tips/

  • WEDU – our local PBS station resource page with programming schedule and downloadable curriculum guides.

https://www.wedu.org/edconnect/?utm_source=Unknown+List&utm_campaign=c70c39eedb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_19_02_50&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-c70c39eedb-&mc_cid=c70c39eedb&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID%5d&utm_source=WEDU+PBS&utm_campaign=4c3e62fd53-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_19_08_46&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5846a83b8d-4c3e62fd53-297389161&mc_cid=4c3e62fd53&mc_eid=5816337b32

  • ABC Mouse – membership-based service that includes stories and other materials.  Free members while schools are closed: SCHOOL7771 (we couldn’t verify this but they do offer 30 days free on the home page).

https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/register

  • Audible – select audiobooks for free.

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

  • Scholastic – tools for parents and teachers.

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

  • Meals on Wheels for Kids

https://www.facebook.com/AcademyPrepStPete/photos/a.10152247902053683/10157291564893683/?type=3&theater



  1. STUDENTS/TEACHERS (K-12)

School Work

  • Pinellas County Schools – general info plus links to useful tools.

https://www.pcsb.org/Page/32734

  • Boys & Girls Club – youth development toolbox.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goodbarber.ydtoolbox&hl=en_US&fbclid=IwAR2_IWYvYr3ViS01Muiz9Dhpv8A35TjU2POrHGlqaSmFAL7PWA__nJF9duE

  • NEW! Florida Virtual School – resources to support online learning (expect to see more available next week on this site).

https://flvs.net/

  • NEW! Khan Academy – free classes (some might be helpful to support online learning).

https://www.khanacademy.org/

  • Online Tutoring by GoPeer – College students will help K-12 students with classwork (free 2 hours by using “FREE120” – use all capital letters).

https://gopeer.org/

Reading/Audiobooks

  • Read Strong Pinellas – useful tips and resources.

https://read-strong.org/reading-tips/

  • Scholastic – tools for parents and teachers.

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

  • Audible – select audiobooks for free.

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

  • Operation Storytime – celebrities are using #operationstorytime to tag themselves reading kids’ stories.  Here’s a link to an article that includes several of them.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2020-03-16/coronavirus-operation-storytime-celebrities

STEM Activities

  • NEW!  Kitchen Science – A great blog about science, innovation, and entrepreneurship.  This one is about making ice cream – and its a great companion to the virtual tour of a dairy farm (see lower on this list).

https://www.missscience.com/kitchen-science-using…/

  • Challenger Center – great collection of STEM activities specifically made to be done at home with a focus on space (e.g., journey to mars).

https://www.challenger.org/challenger_lessons/stem-at-home/?blm_aid=55180615

  • Marine Biology Camp – live stream every Monday and Thursday at 2pm ET (11am Pacific Time).

https://www.facebook.com/OceansInitiative/

  • Virtual Tour of a Dairy Farm – 3 tours for different age groups.

https://www.americandairy.com/news-and-events/dairy-diary/dairy-farming/virtual-farm-tours-while-youre-stuck-at-home.stml

Art Activities

  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – daily art session at 1pm ET hosted by the Kennedy Center.

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/?fbclid=IwAR1U4CPc4j3mMtEDHVoUCOtw8so6r71ydPwvIaCrVi8YzGXBm4W5SXpxzbA 

  •  Walt Disney Imagineering Class – 32 videos on storytelling, science and other topics.

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/imagineering-in-a-box?CMP=ILC-DPFY19Q4wo0808190814190031F

More Fun Activities

  • NEW!  Google 3D Animals – on your phone open google.  Then type in an animal such as “tiger” in the search bar.  Under the results, you should see a choice “view in 3D.”  Select that and then you will see a tiger in 3D (might take a second to come up).
  • Schoolhouse Rock – brief videos about vocabulary, civics, and other topics.

https://www.youtube.com/user/SchoolhouseRockTV1?fbclid=IwAR2n6pkC-6pvvHy0XvTwyBGiyztACdQFfWG-QM5c06MNuF0JBTVKDy1nphc

  • PE Classes – hosted at 9am each weekday for 30 minutes by Joe Wicks (they are taped so you can watch them later).

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

  • Hogwarts Digital Escape Room – fun escape room experience for the entire family.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflNxNM0jzbZJjUqOcXkwhGTfii4CM_CA3kCxImbY8c3AABEA/viewform?fbzx=-1750054146667100206&fbclid=IwAR2PFCLaHZ6ADuc6g8fN9KF8IUvCBeIosFmwCO4FlAMzgF9iXsAcmtqkfLs

Other Resources for Students/Teachers

  • NEW! Microsoft Help – how to use Microsoft 365 or Teams.

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/distance-learning-with-office-365-guidance-for-parents-and-guardians-89d514f9-bf5e-4374-a731-a75d38ddd588?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

  • List of companies offering free services

https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/?fbclid=IwAR36c2Zi986cRWQpdOX4EqIZ6cbMl1Xp-O68JXE1zfP5MzuKyxrZUmGLZY8

  • Spectrum – free 60-days of the internet if a family doesn’t have the internet at home

https://news.yahoo.com/free-spectrum-internet-60-days-211130208.html

  • NEW! Cell Phone Hot Spot – if you are not eligible for the Spectrum free 60-day offer – consider checking with your cell phone provider.  Many are extending data plans for free or reduced cost so that users can use a phone as a hotspot to connect a laptop or tablet to the internet.
  • Meals on Wheels for Kids

https://www.facebook.com/AcademyPrepStPete/photos/a.10152247902053683/10157291564893683/?type=3&theater



  1. STUDENTS/TEACHERS (college)
  • JSTOR – digital library for scholars, researchers, and students (some are free to the general public, other parts are being opened up to students at participating universities).

https://about.jstor.org/oa-and-free/

  • College Pen Pal an article that explains a new program that connects students from any university / college created by students at USF St Petersburg (article includes a link to sign up).

https://www.usfsp.edu/home/2020/03/20/university-students-flock-to-new-usf-pen-pal-program-during-social-distancing/

  • Student Aid Information – useful FAQs about government loans.

https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus



WORKFORCE (seeking employment or are employed)

Jobs

  • NEW! St Pete Works – community collaboration where you can find and apply for a number of jobs

https://stpeteworks.org/

  • NEW! Catalyst Jobs – available jobs in nonprofits that need to be filled immediately.  Workers need only apply once to the job they want most; the St. Petersburg Foundation will work on fitting applicants with other jobs if their first choice is filled.

Impacted workers can view the Jobs Board here: https://stpete.foundation/jobs/

Apply for jobs here: https://stpete.foundation/apply/

  • Career Source Virtual Job Fair – running from March 26-April 2.

https://www.facebook.com/events/184977036117661/

  • Become St Pete – St Pete Economic Development Corp’s posting of local job openings.

https://becomestpete.com/

Training

  • St Pete College’s Technology Class – free course on technology essentials overview including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud.

https://spcollege.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=77773&int_category_id=1&int_sub_category_id=377&int_catalog_id=0

  • NEW!  Hospitality Certificate Program from Florida Atlantic University – free certificate to hospitality and tourism workers.  Five online sessions in April and include hospitality law, career competencies, marketing and revenue management, and service excellence. DEADLINE to register is April 7th.

https://business.fau.edu/executive-education/professional-development/course-offerings/hospitality/hospitality-and-tourism/index.php

  • Class Central – Classes from eight different universities / colleges that are available for free with a wide range of topics including computer science, math, design, and personal development.

https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/

  • NEW! Nanodegree – one free month on one of 40 programs.  This is an article that explains the offer.

https://blog.udacity.com/2020/03/one-month-free-on-nanodegrees.html?utm_source=Social&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=one-month-free-on-nanodegrees

  • IBM’s Design Thinking Program – program and toolkit to develop human-centric problem-solving.

https://www.ibm.com/design/thinking/



COMMUNITY (adults, families, etc.)

Art/Culture Activities

  • Catalyst Session – this article explains the new FaceBook events (weekdays at 7pm) that feature members of the St. Pete arts scene.

https://stpetecatalyst.com/the-catalyst-sessions-begins-tonight-on-facebook-live/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+Spark+3-25-2020&utm_content=Daily+Spark+3-25-2020+CID_4d01a5afd352474b26449b9ef2d44789&utm_source=Email+marketing+software&utm_term=Read+more&fbclid=IwAR08gWYyEp-yNuNX7rbbZRrMnc_84RGFZ_m8GUY04ukICBU94b6uiTtup1s

  • The Florida Holocaust Museum – new interactive weekly educational series at 1:00pm ET on Tuesdays (Testimony Tuesday featuring a Holocaust Survivor or a Second Generation Survivor), Wednesdays (Artifact Wednesday featuring an artifact from the collection), and Thursdays (Lesson Thursday featuring various lessons and educational themes).

facebook.com/TheFHM

     And digital resources on their website including

online curriculum (https://www.flholocaustmuseum.org/learn/curriculum), collections (https://www.flholocaustmuseum.org/explore-2/collections), Holocaust Survivor testimonies (https://www.flholocaustmuseum.org/explore-2/testimonies), and more (https://www.flholocaustmuseum.org).

  • Florida Craft Art – a virtual tour of their latest exhibit.

https://floridacraftart.org/exhibitions/contemporary-fiber-in-florida-2020/?mc_cid=4f0efe7488&mc_eid=37a2eb9a98

  • The Dali – augmented reality and themed virtual tours.

https://thedali.org/exhibit/visit-us-virtually/

  • NEW! Circus Arts – the Circus Arts Conservatory team (in Sarasota) has launched CAC Connects, a new online platform designed to bring performance, training, education, and outreach.

https://circusarts.org/?fbclid=IwAR2RRfar8johTnSGq-N1F9F0dSgGx1g5fNM7PKELCYCU70augZ0xDhB_aGs

  • Broadway Plays  – this article provides a list of plays you can watch for free.

https://www.playbill.com/article/15-broadway-plays-and-musicals-you-can-watch-on-stage-from-home

  • NEW! National Theatre – starting April 2 every Thursday from 7pm UK time, you will be able to watch live British theatre.  This link takes you to their FaceBook page for details.

https://www.facebook.com/ntlive/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARDimCk0cmvJBWxs3Dx5fL50LZPaTUtoUvxy9vQEvcv29G4uRUlOtjdKllfQqXuLuh8NQqekxO3PFsTJ

  • 12 hours of Jazz

https://thevinylfactory.com/news/12-hour-history-of-spiritual-jazz-mix/?fbclid=IwAR2OmqEKtBMseRDpxb44EWGz5PmOv0T40urevD_kTReFHxDdiw9NmSTPSPQ

STEM Activities

  • Google Earth – tour various National Parks (this link takes you to the Acadia National Park in Maine).

https://earth.google.com/web/@44.3498172,-68.1913585,251.84929907a,0d,60y,218.33090002h,91.16775869t,0r/data=CjASLhIgNTI3MGUwMzgyZWQ4MTFlOThmMWM0N2VkNWZmY2M1NDAiCmdjc19pdGluXzEiMAosQUYxUWlwTUgzdlh1d3ZneU04RHZya2oxRGFUMmY4NHJIQklJY2J0aUVuM0UQBQ

Exercise

  • YMCA – a great collection of virtual workouts.

https://www.stpeteymca.org/membership/new-virtual-services/

Reading

  • Pinellas County Library Cooperative (includes St Pete Library system) – Overdrive/Libby program for downloadable books and audiobooks (requires a library card).

https://pplc.overdrive.com/

  • NYC Library – downloadable books.

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/you-can-now-download-over-300-000-books-from-the-nypl-for-free-031820

  • SCRIBD – downloadable books, audiobooks, and magazines for 30 days.

https://www.scribd.com/readfree?utm_source=readfree

Other Resources for the Community

  • NEW! 211 – one-stop for lots of resources (online and via phone).

https://211tampabay.org/

  • NEW! Fact-Checking COVID-19 – Poynter Institute (in St Pete) and fact-checking organizations around the world have compiled a database of misinformation about COVID-19.

https://www.poynter.org/ifcn-covid-19-misinformation/

  • Mortgage Furlough

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/19/818343720/homeowners-hurt-financially-by-the-coronavirus-may-get-a-mortgage-break?fbclid=IwAR3BWxnYTpZ05jayekX8l1xxf96_eTHYKV6dug_GFa0JtcK6klMdIcb9_d0

  • PSTA – Free Transportation

https://psta.net/about-psta/news/articles/psta-response-to-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR00pvYkxPqaWJW7oJzLfG2sYEWZcKG4A9SHfzkhRUDHBsrTY9H0tRRTSfw

  • United Way Suncoast Assistance Center – one-stop for lots of resources.

https://unitedtoact.org/unitedwaysuncoast/coronavirus-assistance-center



BUSINESSES (includes entrepreneurs)

Assistance

  • One Community Business Network – vital resources to support community businesses (and how you can help).

http://www.theburgvotes.com/2020/03/25/new-grants-free-consulting-more-for-community-businesses-battling-to-survive-the-pandemic/

  • Individual Artist Grant Program – grants provided by the City of St Pete and the St Pete Arts Alliance (deadline extended).

https://stpeteartsalliance.org/applications-open-for-2020-individual-artist-grants/

  • St Pete Greenhouse – one-stop for business resources.

https://stpetegreenhouse.com/prepare/

  • Pinellas County Small Business Assistance – useful county/state resources.

https://www.pced.org/page/disaster

  • SBA programs – loans for both small businesses and nonprofits (originally nonprofits were not included).

https://floridadisasterloan.org/

  • St Pete Chamber of Commerce – list of resources.

https://www.stpete.com/resource-guide-for-coronavirus-covid-19/

  • NEW! Local Shops 1 – list of resources for small businesses, homeowners + renters.

https://www.localshops1.com/blog/resources-for-small-businesses-homeowners-renters?fbclid=IwAR0EtHh-JGm86UFgjJMztkQTvkG5Gx9D5OXZOy8mV12omOjX69ySwvbeZIM

  • Visit St. Pete Clearwater – list of resources.

https://marketing.visitspc.com/acton/rif/40563/s-0059-2003/-/l-0019:c0a/l-0019/showPreparedMessage?utm_term=Click%20here&utm_campaign=COVID-19%20Update%20No.%2010&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email&cm_mmc=Act-On%20Software-_-email-_-COVID-19%20Update%20No.%2010-_-Click%20here&sid=TV2:jTypsSB7i

Technology Help

  • Zoom How-To – a quick video that explains Zoom video conferencing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=arIDQBALrEw&fbclid=IwAR0X8bH1vsbf9VPeEmCjknX0sh6Ab62V-goUNT5GRronk0au553WIWxXYKo&app=desktop