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To help support students over the summer, CPS Office of Early Childhood Education has developed summer learning packets for Pre-K students transitioning to Kindergarten (identified as Pre-K below) and Kindergarten students transitioning to 1st grade (identified as Kindergarten below). Six (6) weeks of packets are available in English and Spanish. These packets can be used by families at any point during the summer to help students stay on track for the fall.

CPS Summer Learning Packets

Get weekly educational summer exercises for your early learners at home.

State of Illinois Early Childhood COVID-19 Info

Up-to-date info on COIVD-19 Tons of great resources for families supporting children’s continued learning at home.

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Chicago’s Behavioral Health & Social Services Center

A city-wide resource for immediate help for you and your loved ones. Access their guide on emotional suffering and the hotline info for substance abuse, domestic violence and mental help.

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Family Support Resources

Department of Family & Support Services for every family in Chicago.

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A COVID-19 Mental Health Guide On Stress & Coping

Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Here’s a resource from the CDC on coping with stress caused by COVID-19.

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Tips on talking to your children about COVID-19

During this time of uncertainty, it can be difficult finding the right things to say to explain what’s going on in the world. Here’s some guidance to help talk to your children about COVID-19.

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Have Questions About The Coronavirus?

Learn how to protect the health of your family and the steps you and your loved ones can do to get the care and resources you need.

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City of Chicago COVID-19 Response Center

Get the latest updates on the coronavirus in Chicago.

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NOTE: Before proceeding with the tech tools included on this site and to linked sites, check with your district and administrators to make sure they comply with your specific use policies for age, privacy, etc.

How To Help Your Teachers and Families with Online Education

Online Education Is Difficult for the Littlest Learners. Here’s Some Help for School Leaders, Teachers and Families.

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Early Childhood E-Learning

Data and findings to back the keys to building effective distance learning programs.

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Distance Learning Strategies for Education Leaders

As more schools transition to distance learning due to COVID-19, Education Leaders are faced with the need to swiftly prepare contingency plans. This guide is meant to support building and system leaders as they take on this task.

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Distance Learning Solutions from UNESCO

The list of educational applications, platforms and resources below aim to help parents, teachers, schools and school administrators facilitate student learning and provide social care and interaction during periods of school closure. Most of the solutions curated are free and many cater to multiple languages.

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Digital Lesson Planner

Organization is helpful when educating students of all ages. Simplify, plan, organize and collaborate with Common Curriculum.

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Video Lesson Creation

Create video lessons and activities to screencast exclusively for your students, check out Screencast-O-Matic.

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Professional Development for Distance & Early Childhood Education

This resource provides instructors with information about distance learning from both student and faculty perspectives. Courtesy of Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center.

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Early Childhood Professional Development

Review state-wide professional development projects. The material includes social-emotional trainings, professional development resources and more!

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Supplemental Remote Learning Resources for Diverse Learners

Educators can use these activities to support, supplement, and modify the remote learning plans for students with disabilities. Digital and non-digital resources are provided

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Distance Learning Tips From One Teacher to Another

PBS article by an educator on distance learning tips by grade level.

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PBS Pre-K Learning Resources

Featured lesson plans, a downloadable Pre-K packet, and content in both English and Spanish to share with families and students.

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Remote Learning Guidance For Educators

A comprehensive guide for educators of all levels to overcome remote learning challenges.

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Teaching Strategies - Early Learning Educator Toolkit

Find a comprehensive toolkit filled with learning games, digestible content, encouragement, information, and tips that you can use to customize your support and extend learning at home.

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