Sharing Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

At the IDEALS Institute, we’re educational, health, social service, and public policy professionals, but we’re also parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents who often find ourselves just as overwhelmed as everyone else in the face of juggling our life and work roles.

On this site we are sharing a number of resources that our staff members have found personally useful in supporting children, families, and caregivers during this challenging time.

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Please note that these resources are the personal crowdsourced recommendations of our professional staff.
Inclusion in the list does not imply endorsement by Johns Hopkins University or the IDEALS Institute.

mental health

Mental Health/Emotional Support

Now more than ever, our mental health is just as important as our physical health, especially as we are practicing social distancing.



Educational institutions and organizations from around the country have come together to offer free support and classes for all ages during this challenging time.

students with special needs

Individuals with Special Needs

Individuals with special health care needs and disabilities need additional support and care during COVID-19. Find tips and strategies for families, caregivers and educators.



Just because the libraries are closed, we still have access to books in digital and audio formats. Find resources to download books, take advantage of free library resources and more here.

senior adults

Senior Adults

Senior adults are considered one of the most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis. Resources are available to ensure that seniors are protected and remain safe.



Just because you can’t leave the house doesn’t mean that entertainment stops. There are opportunities to experience Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera, Disney and more.



Many health and fitness centers are offering free access to live streamed workouts and yoga during the COVID-19 outbreak. Websites are also available to help children move throughout the day.

arts and crafts

Arts and Crafts

For many, art helps to soothe the soul. If you haven’t had the chance to dabble in art or learn a new skill, now is a great time! Plenty of resources are also available for children and teens.

Music lesson


Just like art, music also helps to relieve stress and anxiety. Have you always wanted to learn an instrument? You can learn guitar in 21 days. Musicians are also offering free access to their online concerts.

Online volunteering

Service Projects

Even if you are stuck at home, opportunities are available to give back to others. Our suggested projects are all family-friendly activities.

Helping hands

Free Services

As we are dealing with a U.S.-wide crisis, many companies are offering free services. As the list continues to grow during this uncertain time, keep checking back to see how companies are helping us lessen the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

virtual tours

Virtual Tours

Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from the comfort of home. In this age of technology, so many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities.