Resource Collection: Supporting the Social and Emotional Wellness of Students and Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The resources below were selected and organized to provide clear and easy-to-use guidance for supporting the social and emotional needs of students, their families and caregivers, and educators. They can be used by school district staff and school leaders to advance a whole child and whole community approach to educating and caring for students. 

Topics: Mindfulness, Yoga, Self-care 

Audience: Teachers, Schools, Families 

Breathe for Change offers trainings and professional development on yoga, social-emotional learning, and mindfulness for educators, schools, and families. Some of their free resources include:  

    • Supporting Students and Family Well-Being: handouts, lesson plans, and more for educators to use as they build relationships with students and work with their families to support their social and emotional wellness.   
    • Educator Well-Being: Self-care resources for educators to “sustain quality, compassionate teaching.” This page includes guided meditation and yoga videos with teacher-specific themes.  

Topics: Anxiety, Learning at Home, Parent Supports, Self-care 

Audience: Families 

The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.  

The site has a special section for Supporting Families During COVID-19, which includes resources on supporting the social and emotional needs of kidsmanaging anxiety, and participating in remote learningOther highlights include:  

Topics: Learning at Home, Family Activities, Self-Care 

Audience: Parents (English- and Spanish speaking), Teachers 

Wide Open School helps families and educators find trusted resources to enrich and support distance learning. Some of their resources, many in both English and Spanish, include:

Topics: Mindfulness, Learning at Home, Parenting 

Audience: Teachers, Parents 

Mindful Schools aims to spark change from the inside out by cultivating awareness, resilience, and compassionate action. Some key resources include:  

Topics: Trauma-Informed Learning, Self-Care, SEL 

Audience: District Staff, Teachers, Administrators 

WestEd provides research and evidence-based resources to support education and healthy human development 

Through its many centers and programs, WestEd has produced several guidance documents to support educators, families, caregivers, and students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a selection of resources on social and emotional well-being and school-family partnerships 

More self-care resources for educators and caregivers:

Note: While many of these resources were created with educators in mind, many of the self-care strategies can also be used by and parents or caregivers.   

More resources for families:

Educators can share these resources with families as they work together to support the social and emotional well-being of students.  

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