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Parenting and Caregiving Resources

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Symposium on Parenting and Caregiving during COVID-19             

Session was held 10/08/20                        

Hear from Johns Hopkins experts in education, mental health and medicine about the latest recommendations, resources, and guidance Speakers include: Karen Swartz, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry Carisa Parrish, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry Annette Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Education Heidi Conway, Vice President for Human Resources

Click here to listen 


Finding caregiving during COVID is challenging for all working families, whether you have young children, are struggling with supervision and educational supports for school-aged children, or have dependents at home in need of full-time care.

There is perhaps no other issue that keeps families up at night than the safety, mental health and well-being of the people in our care. We don’t have all the answers, but we have collected internal and external resources* to help, and will update these regularly. We invite you to contact the Office of Well-Being with additional resources and suggestions.

Please refer to Johns Hopkins University Human Resources or Johns Hopkins Health System Human Resources websites for details on your benefits and programs to help mitigate these challenges.  Important communications and updates related to COVID-19 are found on the Johns Hopkins Medicine COVID-19 Internal Resource Portal

Support for Families: JHU & JHHS Human Resources 

Johns Hopkins University employee resources:

Johns Hopkins Health System employee resources:

 

Financial Hardship

Financial Relief for COVID-19 Related Caregiving Costs

To help employees with COVID-19-related caregiving expenses, Johns Hopkins is adding an additional temporary benefit to existing emergency assistance programs for qualifying staff experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic. This additional temporary benefit for caregivers is being offered for a limited time. Read the communications about this benefit for both Johns Hopkins Health System employees and Johns Hopkins University employees.

In-person academic support for Hopkins families

Y Academic Support Centers are available in over 20 schools and some centers in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties, including at the Henderson Hopkins School on the medical campus in East Baltimore. Parents can drop their children off at a location for the virtual school day so parents can go to work. Students receive in-person academic support from Y associates specially trained in virtual learning support.

Key program details include:

  • Students ages 5-12
  • Monday-Friday: weekly sessions or single full days; full-day 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., half-day 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1-6 p.m.
  • Students must wear a mask and bring their laptop, headphones, school supplies, a water bottle, and lunch (if needed)
  • Wi-fi will be provided at every location to support video chats and other online learning needs
  • Students will be in small groups of 10-12 in quiet spaces for study and remote learning time

Additional information, pricing, and registration for other locations can be found on this flyer and on their website.

School Closures and On-Line Learning 

Here are two resource guides for parents and families to help navigate distance learning at kids at home during the pandemic:

The JHU School of Education has produced a Parent’s Survival Guide on virtual learning at home. Two mothers who are certified teachers and education researchers at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy offer tips and resources to make our nationwide involuntary experiment in homeschooling work for all.

Care.com has developed a Back to School Resource Guide to help parents and families navigate distance learning, split schedules, day-cares closing, and other changing needs.  Check out the resources available to you from your Hopkins-sponsored premium membership to Care.com.

Center for Safe and Healthy Schools

Led by the JHU School of Education, the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools harnesses the interdisciplinary strength of faculty from education, public health, engineering, arts and sciences, nursing and medicine– to collectively apply their expertise around evidence-based practices, programs, tools and policies integral to safe and healthy school environments. Their mission is to empower schools, their communities and policymakers with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions and provide their schools, educators and families with effective resources and support needed to foster a safe and healthy school climate.

The Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions was launched as a university-wide collaboration to focus on the delivery of school-based health care. Working at the critical intersection of education and health, the Consortium will work to build and disseminate responsible, evidence-based models of school-based healthcare and wellness programs.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change virtually every aspect of life at school, at home, and in the community, the Rales Center will be sharing what we are doing at the Rales Center and the Rales Health Center and other resources from our partners. Please make sure to visit the COVID-19 Resources and Information page. Founded in 2014 in partnership with the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, the Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education (Rales Center) is working to fundamentally reimagine school health to better meet the needs of children from low-income communities.

Webinar Series

A summer webinar series examining various issues in school-re-opening. Watch recordings of past webinars:

eSchool + Initiative

The eSchool+ Initiative is a multi-disciplinary team examining how schools and districts are adapting to the COVID-19 school closures and reopenings. It includes expertise from the Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions, Berman Institute of Bioethics, School of Education, School of Medicine, and School of Public Health.

The eSchool+ Initiative is designed to bring issues of equity to the fore in the conversation of school closing and re-opening. The team has developed the following resources.

School Re-Opening Resources: Equity Checklist, White Paper on the Ethics of K-12 School Reopenings, Examples of School Recovery Policy Options and Guidance

School Closure Resources: Response Checklist, School Closures Tracker

News Digest News digest: This twice-weekly news digest summarizes relevant articles and information related to COVID-19 school closures. It focuses on the five critical areas: 1) continuity of learning; 2) health; 3) food security; 4) supervision; and 5) housing/safety and is disseminated on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Webinar and Classes

Educational Programs

Click here to view a list of eSchool+ Initiative faculty and staff contributors.

Working and Learning from home:

Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics on the challenges of caring for children while working and schooling from home.

 

Supporting the Mental Heath of Adolescents

Johns Hopkins Medicine Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) educates high school students, their parents, and their teachers about the illness of depression. We aim to increase awareness and decrease stigma about mood disorders in young people to help them get the treatment they need. In this series of one minute videos, Dr. Karen Swartz and colleagues from the JHM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences speak to parents, caregivers and friends about how to recognize symptoms of depression in teens.

Learn more about Major Depression symptoms:

Supporting the Mental Health of Parents

Mental Health strategies for parents during Covid from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Practical strategies for reducing stress while balancing work and home life. Designed with Hopkins employees, staff, and faculty in mind for coping with parenting stress during COVID19. From Dr. Carisa Parrish-Child Psychology, Child Psychiatry, Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Weekly live zoom sessions can be accessed here 

Watch two of the sessions below by clicking on link 

Staying at Home During COVID-19: How to Help Teens Cope

Families with Young Children and Childcare Needs

Johns Hopkins Medicine Resources for Finding Childcare

  • All Johns Hopkins Medicine employees have access to Premium Membership benefits from Care.com, an on-line service to find and manage care for childcare, eldercare and household help.

    One of the expanded benefits under Covid is Backup Care.  You can request in-home or in-center Backup Care for children. In-home Backup Care for adults can support an elderly parent so that you don’t have to take time off from work. 

    JHM employees are eligible for up to 20 days of discounted back up care to use when your regular care is not available, especially during interruptions caused by COVID-19. Log on to Care.com for your back up care benefits. 



  •  All Johns Hopkins Medicine employees and their household family members have free 24/7 access to confidential counseling and referral services for help with caregiving and stress at work or at home, and other challenges.  mySupport provides direct counseling for up to five sessions counseling session without involving insurance.  To schedule and appointment, with a member of our Onsite Team  call 443.997.7000, option 2, and ask to be connected with the Onsite Team to make an appointment. Right now, appointments are available within a week. To receive referrals to vendor clinicians, call 443.977.7000, option 2, and request referrals.  Important note: if callers have any trouble setting up an appointment from the list of referrals, they should call back our number and ask for assistance.



    To access mySupport for JHU

    To access mySupport for JHHS 

  • Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins University employees can use LOCATE: Child Care Corporate Enhanced Referral Service which provides customized referral services and child care information.  

    Johns Hopkins faculty and staff/fully benefited Johns Hopkins hospital and health systems employees, including full-time postdocs, residents, and doctoral students who are fully funded by a wage or stipend, please complete the LOCATE: Child Care Johns Hopkins Registration Form. Once your registration form is received, our Corporate Enhanced Service will contact you as soon as possible. 

    You may also contact us at 800.999.0120 , option 2, or
    LOCATEcorporate@marylandfamilynetwork.org.

    Applied Physics Laboratory employees, please contact the APL Employee Assistance Program or the LOCATE Community Line Service at 877.261.0060 .  

 

Childcare Centers with Priority for Johns Hopkins Families 

Several childcare centers offer admission and waitlist priority to Johns Hopkins families.  Please note criteria for each center.  Contact your Human Resources Department with questions for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System

  • The Homewood Early Learning Center, located at the corner of Wyman Park Drive and Remington Avenue, offers a nurturing, high-quality environment where children have the time and space to develop at their own pace. Downtown Baltimore Child Care operates the center, which accommodates children ages 10 weeks through preschool, and is open to all, including community members. Priority admission is available to Johns Hopkins parents.


    Homewood Early Learning Center 

  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center, also operated by Downtown Baltimore Child Care, is a premier early learning facility whose teachers and staff believe all children deserve the best education from the earliest age. The product of years of planning by leading child advocates, the state-of-the-art Weinberg ECC, located near the East Baltimore campus, provides developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children using the latest evidence-based approaches to ensure children start school ready to learn. The center’s 12-month, full-day operation serves a diverse mixed-income community of children and families who live and/or work in the Eager Park neighborhood and beyond. Priority admission is available to Johns Hopkins parents.

    Weinberg Early Childhood Center

  • Located on the East Baltimore campus, the Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center is designed to serve full-time faculty and staff, full-time day students, house staff, and fellows of the Johns Hopkins University schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health; and full-time employees of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Health System, and Bayview Medical Center. The center is open to children ages 6 weeks through preschool for full-time care.  The center is operated by Bright Horizons.

    Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center 

  • Downtown Baltimore Child Care provides early education and child care to a diverse community. Children of Johns Hopkins University employees receive preferential admission.

    Downtown Baltimore Child Care

  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Y Preschool Center offers priority placement for children ages 2 to 5 of full-time Johns Hopkins University faculty and staff. The Weinberg Y is on East 33rd Street in Waverly, conveniently located near both the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses.

    Preregister your child to join the wait list.

  • The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Child Care Center has 32 spaces for children 2 to 5 years of age. Priority is given to employees of Bayview Medical Center. 

External Resources for Finding Childcare 

  • Komae is an on-line co-op matching service which helps families form groups or pods in which they can barter/trade babysitting and care; discuss creative options. 
  • mdcovidsitters.org matches available students with essential workers in need of informal, unlicensed child care in their own home.  Their mission is to serve healthcare providers and other essential workers, patients, and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Caregivers provide in-person tutoring, babysitting, online tutoring, pet-walking/sitting, grocery runs, and errands. 

  • The Baltimore Health Professionals Mutual Aid Cooperative is a grassroots effort started by Hopkins Resident Physicians, connecting student volunteers with Frontline Healthcare workers, Provider and Nurses in Baltimore City. 

    Register or contact bmorehealthmac@gmail.com for more information.  The group also developed a list of childcare options

 

Families with School-aged Children at Home During COVID

Primary and Elementary Children 

  • The Johns Hopkins School of Education has curated timely and relevant research, expertise, guidance, and resources to help families, teachers, and district leaders emerge from the crisis stronger than ever. Our education system will be transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the lock-down, and eventually, the recovery. As a leader in evidence-based educational policy and practice, the Johns Hopkins School of Education is on the front lines shaping how our profession responds to the challenges.

    Curiosity Corner 

    Connects parents with preschool activities in which children are expanding their vocabularies and building math, science, art, music, and interpersonal skills. The videos offer games, songs, stories, creative activities, engaging in make-believe, and much more.

    KinderCorner

    Supports a comprehensive kindergarten program based on research that helps children make sense of the world around them, fostering development of oral language, literacy, math, and self-help skills, as well as science and social studies concepts. The videos reinforce vocabulary and literacy skills with dynamic media.

    Reading Roots

    Provides a strong base for young readers by reinforcing the use of phonics to unlock words, and engage children with the joy of sharing children’s literature. 

  • The John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth provides resources through their Wellness initiatives to promote learning that support student social and emotional well-being. Access free podcasts webinars and essential reading lists designed to support parents of bright children.

  • The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Child Life Program offers resources for families, patients and caregivers to cope with the stress of Covid-19. 

    Listen to a series of virtual town halls for patients, family members and caregivers to hear from Johns Hopkins Children's Center experts about the current state of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Access a set of Sharable resources, including videos and an activity book, created by Johns Hopkins Children's Center Child Life specialists and others for children and caregivers affected by COVID-19. Available in English, Spanish and Arabic.

    Articles from experts across Johns Hopkins Medicine, including a hand-washing infographic, for parents and caregivers.

    Helping families connect to community resources is critical to our mission. Download our comprehensive guide.

    Videos from Johns Hopkins Pediatricians on Kids and Covid FAQ and Covid-19: A Child’s Perspective

  • Suddenly Homeschooling?: A Parent’s Survival Guide to Schooling during Covid-19.

    ​​​​​​​A resource guide to homeschooling during the pandemic from experts at the JHU School of Education. Two mothers who are certified teachers and education researchers at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy offer tips and resources to make our nationwide involuntary experiment in homeschooling work for all.

    Center for Safe and Healthy Schools

    Led by the JHU School of Education, the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools harnesses the interdisciplinary strength of faculty from education, public health, engineering, arts and sciences, nursing and medicine– to collectively apply their expertise around evidence-based practices, programs, tools and policies integral to safe and healthy school environments. Their mission is to empower schools, their communities and policymakers with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions and provide their schools, educators and families with effective resources and support needed to foster a safe and healthy school climate.

    The Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions was launched as a university-wide collaboration to focus on the delivery of school-based health care. Working at the critical intersection of education and health, the Consortium will work to build and disseminate responsible, evidence-based models of school-based healthcare and wellness programs.

    The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change virtually every aspect of life at school, at home, and in the community, the Rales Center will be sharing what we are doing at the Rales Center and the Rales Health Center and other resources from our partners. Please make sure to visit the COVID-19 Resources and Information page. Founded in 2014 in partnership with the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, the Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education (Rales Center) is working to fundamentally reimagine school health to better meet the needs of children from low-income communities.

    Webinar Series

    A summer webinar series examining various issues in school-re-opening. Watch recordings of past webinars:

    eSchool + Initiative

    The eSchool+ Initiative is a multi-disciplinary team examining how schools and districts are adapting to the COVID-19 school closures and reopenings. It includes expertise from the Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions, Berman Institute of Bioethics, School of Education, School of Medicine, and School of Public Health.

    The eSchool+ Initiative is designed to bring issues of equity to the fore in the conversation of school closing and re-opening. The team has developed the following resources.

    School Re-Opening Resources: Equity Checklist, White Paper on the Ethics of K-12 School Reopenings, Examples of School Recovery Policy Options and Guidance

    ​​​​​​​School Closure Resources: Response Checklist, School Closures Tracker

    News Digest News digest: This twice-weekly news digest summarizes relevant articles and information related to COVID-19 school closures. It focuses on the five critical areas: 1) continuity of learning; 2) health; 3) food security; 4) supervision; and 5) housing/safety and is disseminated on Tuesdays and Thursdays

    Webinar and Classes

    Educational Programs

    Click here to view a list of eSchool+ Initiative faculty and staff contributors.

    Working and Learning from home:

    Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics on the challenges of caring for children while working and schooling from home.

Middle and High School aged Children

  • Peabody Artreach music education resources for middle and high school students.  Check out Peabody ArtReach, a collection of resources for performing artists and arts lovers of all ages. 

  • Space Telescope Science Institute provides sources for middle and high school students making astronomy exciting, understandable and engaging.  Webcasts, public lectures and on-line events. 

  • A collection of YouTube TED talks

  • Hopkins at Home provides access to online lectures and mini-lectures. Geared to alumni adults, but of interest to older learners.
  • Being a teenager right now is particularly difficult. Feeling stress is normal. Being able to identify what is causing you stress is helpful. 

    A Teen's Guide to Understanding and Coping with COVID-19

  • Resources and ideas to combat loneliness and boredom. 
 

Special Needs and Neurodiverse Learners

  • Music education lessons for neaurodiverse learners created by students of the Peabody Conservatory.  Watch the Introduction to the video series.  

  • Tips from The Johns Hopkins School of Education to help ensure students are accessing and using assistive technology effectively during distance learning. 
  • What teachers need to know about online learning for students with special needs from experts at the IDEALS Institute at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education. 

  • In this webinar series episode Johns Hopkins experts and employees share insights and resources. Click here to view webinar  
 

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