Resources for Families during Coronavirus Closures

We know that some school closures have been a bit of surprise, so we have compiled a list of resources that might help out during this time.

Food Services & Utilities Virtual Playdates/Activities Learning Resources

Food

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

The HSE School Board announced that the Food and Nutrition Service team would distribute three weeks-worth of food, including breakfast and lunch items, between 1-4 pm on March 16 from the parking lots of the following HSE schools:

  • Durbin Elementary School- 18000 E Durbin Rd, Noblesville (Main Entrance)
  • Fishers High School- 13000 Promise Road (CCA Entrance Awning, Door #19)
  • Hamilton Southeastern High School- 13910 E 126th St (CCA Entrance, Door #18)

Indy Parks & Recreation Locations

Indy Parks & Rec are offering free meals for adults and children through their Second Helpings partnership with the following schedules:

  • Bethel Park- 2850 Bethel Ave, Indianapolis, available Monday-Friday from 5-6 pm
  • Brookside Park- 3500 Brookside Pkwy S Dr, Indianapolis, available Monday-Friday from 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Christian Park- 4200 English Ave, Indianapolis, available Monday-Friday from 5-6 pm, After School Meals are available here for youth 18 and under starting at 4 pm
  • Frederick Douglass Park- 1616 E 25th St, Indianapolis, available Tuesday & Thursday from 5-6 pm, After School Snacks are available here for youth 18 and under from 3:30-4:40 pm
  • Pride Park- 1129 Vandeman St, Indianapolis, available Monday-Friday from 4-6:30 pm

Indianapolis Public Schools

IPS is offering free pre-packaged meals daily from 11am-1 pm to children 18 and under, including non-IPS students on a first-come, first-served basis in the parking lots of the following locations

  • George Washington High School- 2215 W. Washington St, Indianapolis
  • Arlington Woods School 99- 5801 30th St, Indianapolis
  • Brookside School 54- 3150 E. 10th St., Indianapolis
  • Charles Warren Fairbanks School 105- 8620 Montery Rd., Indianapolis
  • James Whitcomb Riley School 43- 150 W. 40th St., Indianapolis
  • Eleanor Skillen School 34- 1410 Wade St., Indianapolis
  • Carl Wilde School 79- 5002 W. 34th St., Indianapolis

Warren Central

Monday-Friday 11 am-1 pm at Warren Central High School (Door 1) food packs containing canned pastas/ soups, individual peanut butter, pudding, snack cookies, juice box, and energy bars are available for all children 18 and under.

More food locations are available on our Free Meals for Children during Coronavirus School Closures listing.

Services and Utilities

Citizen’s Energy Group

Citizen’s Energy Group has pledge to suspend disconnection of services due to an inability to pay until April 15 in light of hardships that may be caused by closures.

Comcast

Comcast is currently offering its Internet Essentials program for free to new low-income families for two months.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy is currently suspending disconnecting services for non-payment, in light of any financial hardship closures may cost.

Internet/ Phone Companies

The FCC’s “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” has obtained pledges from AT&T, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Google Fiber, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile to postpone service terminations for sixty days due to any inability to pay bills due to the outbreak.

Uhaul

Uhaul is currently offering a free 30 day storage for college students affected by college closures.  You can call any of the Indianapolis locations. They are taking reservations via phone and suggest college students bring their student identification in to their local location to confirm their reservation.

Virtual Playdates/Activities

Indy With Kids

We are so excited to still get to spend time with our friends in these PLAYdates! Our 30 minute PLAYdates will be presented Monday through Friday starting at 10 am by friends from our favorite local events and attractions.  Activities featured on our PLAYdates may include singing songs, making art, dancing, cooking, and even more! The Indy with Kids Virtual PLAYdates will take place via video on facebook.com/Indywithkids

Art & Craft tutorials:

This class intended for early elementary aged children will be put on via Facebook Live by McHarper Manor Monday- Friday at 1pm.  A supply list has been posted here.

The Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is featuring a “Museum at Home” experience across their social media channels.  This will include activities with the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legend Experience coaches, storytime with Children’s Museum preschool teachers, DIY science experiments with museum educators, chatting with museum experts via Facebook live, and much more!  You can follow all their activities via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Music & Movement

This class put on via Facebook Live by Miss Amber’s Jamboree every Tuesday & Thursday from 10:30-11 am.

Learning Resources

Check out of our list At Home Fun & Activities for your Coronavirus Staycation.

Art

Draw Everyday with JJK will host daily free art lesson webcasts at 2pm on YouTube.

Storyboard Click and drop storyboard creations. This program is free until April 15, 2020

Math

Prodigy Math is a free online resource to easily motivate 1st to 8th grade students to learn and practice math.

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

Zearn.org Always free assistance and activities to foster a love of Math learning.

Physical Education:

Cosmic Kids Yoga is Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids. Interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence – and get kids into yoga

Reading:

Scholastic Offers online interactive learning and reading activities for students PreK–8.

Squiggle Park offers reading skill building for ages 3-8, and sister-site Dreamscape offers reading comprehension for age 8-15+

Storyline Online is a children’s literacy website that provides free storytelling videos and resources for parents and teachers to foster a love of reading in children

Vooks is a curated digital library of animated books for young kids. Each story is read aloud and animated, allowing kids to read along as they watch.  They offer a free one month trial.

Science

Code.org encourages children to learn computer science

Mystery Doug Informative 5 minute breaks that inspire children to ask questions

Mystery Science offers open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

NatGeo Kids offers amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun competitions, games and more.

Social Studies

History for Kids Allows children to enter ancient worlds, meet famous people and discover fascinating facts by exploring a wide selection of historical games and activities.

Typing

Dance Mat Typing  is a free online game that teaches kids to touch-type using the home-row method. Students progress through 12 stages within four levels (three stages per level) that slowly build the number of keys they’re expected to master.

Typing.com offers free typing lessons for kindergarten through twelfth grade

Typing Club is a free educational platform for keyboarding

Other

Adventure Academy provides elementary and middle school age children with an immersive, interactive learning adventure where they can explore an ever-expanding virtual world while building critical academic knowledge and skills.  It has a free 30 day trial.

BrainPop Jr. Offers free weekly video for a variety of topics for grades Kindergarten through Third.

BrainPop Offers free weekly video on a variety of topics for fourth grade and up.

Minecraft Education Edition is an always free game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment.

PBS learning collection has free interactive lessons span a range of subjects and grade levels.

PebbleGo is curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas.

Starfall is a children’s website that teaches basic English reading and writing skills from Preschool through Third Grade.

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