Resources for Families

Listed below are links to community resources that may help during the COVID-19 outbreak. The list is updated as frequently as possible, but some information may have changed more quickly than we can make the revisions. If you know of any community resources not included in this list, please email mbauer@captaincares.org.

Please note CAPTAIN CHS is not providing endorsements for the private resources listed, but list those in an effort to connect community members with as many sources of support as possible.

Resource List

  • Where kids can get a free lunch while school is out.

  • Regents exams scheduled for June will be canceled, state Education Chancellor Betty Rosa announced Monday, but answers about what that means for students and schools aren’t expected until state officials release guidance Tuesday. Visit for information from the Daily Gazette.

  • Spectrum - Free Internet for Displaced Students

    Spectrum says it will offer free internet access to Capital Region households that have students sent home due to the coronavirus outbreak, including both college students and K-12 students. The 60-day offer is only available to households that aren't already Spectrum customers. The deal includes free WiFi access. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees are also being waived. The deal starts Monday.

  • Shenendehowa Free School Lunch Help

    For any Shenendehowa families on free or reduced lunch that are in need of meals, and cannot get to the three delivery locations, please contact CAPTAIN's Cheryl's Lodge at 518-373-8873. Leave a message with your name and phone number and we will contact you to arrange meals.

  • Shenendehowa School is suspended though April 19th. Please visit for more information.

  • Out of an abundance of caution, WSWHE BOCES District Schools are joining area districts and cancelling classes for K-12 students from March 16 through April 17, 2020. Part of this time is the scheduled spring break.

  • All Digital School has 1000+ educational resources (apps/tools/websites/ebook/videos etc..) for all school levels (k-12) organised by subject, year level, type as well as price (mostly free ones). There is also a special filter in the directory so that only resources made free by their owners due to the Covid-19 outbreak will be listed.

  • Amazon is making a selection of family-friendly and programming for kids available for free streaming on Prime Video as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, which has people trapped at home. The content is available to all Amazon customers, and includes a mix of Amazon Original kid and family shows as well as select third-party family movies and TV series licensed from studio partners.

  • WMHT is offering numerous resources for at-home learning while school is out, including daily lessons and more for grades 4-12.

  • For as long as schools are closed, Audible is open. Starting now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. View for more information.

  • Whether you had a big party planned or not, being forced to stay in the house for your birthday is a bummer, especially if you’re a kid. Social distancing has made just about everything more complicated, but with the right kid’s birthday party ideas you can still celebrate your little one’s big day at home. All you need is some imagination (and a little sugar wouldn’t hurt).

  • Sesame Street's Elmo gives some great tips on caring for each other in these free online videos.

  • Visit to be connected with open or available childcare providers.

  • For those parents facing time at home with young children, here are some great ideas and resources to keep little minds busy.

  • All School Digital has 1000+ educational resources (apps/tools/websites/ebook/videos etc..) for all school levels (k-12) organised by subject, year level, type as well as price (mostly free ones). There is also a special filter in the directory so that only resources made free by their owners due to the Covid-19 outbreak will be listed.

  • Download some fun coloring and activity sheets from Disney - for free!

  • View a growing list of free opportunities for students to learn online.

  • The National Association of School Psychologists provides information on helping your kids through the COVID-19 crisis. Visit for more information and tips.

  • A great PBS article on how to discuss the current crisis with your children.

  • Kids, this comic is for you. It's based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.

  • Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles!

  • To help educators during this time of coronavirus, Mystery Science has pulled their most popular science lessons and are offering them for anyone to use for free. No account or login is needed.

  • Visit the New York State Museum's Facebook page for regular virtual field trips, free!

  • Just because the doors of the library are closed, it doesn't mean all the windows are too. Using your computer or device, you can access a whole host of materials and media for FREE. Visit for more information.

  • Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these free, special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

  • A list of resources for coping in a health emergency, geared toward younger kids and families

  • Developed by North Colonie teachers and continuously updated, check here for resources to keep your child learning while school is closed.

  • Storyline Online is a free literacy program where actors read to children. Visit for more information.

  • News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.

  • The Tang Museum has launched Tang at Home, where you can get creative with art projects inspired by Tang exhibitions and Tang collections! Fun activities such as downloadable coloring pages can be found at the Tang at Home site! Check back often as they update programs every week.

  • A great resource for teens to access support during these tough times, and always. Call 1-800-448-3000, text, or download the app for help!

  • Even though most of us are safe in our own homes, this is a time of great trauma, and kids can be impacted too. Learn more about becoming a trauma-informed parent and gaining the tools you need to help your children heal.

  • Curated and coordinated by the experts at Common Sense, Wide Open School is the result of a collaboration among leading publishers, nonprofits, and education and technology companies. Wide Open School features a free collection of the best learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade band and subject. You will also find daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring, one day (or one hour) at a time.

  • A list of helpful links. Please note we have not vetted or checked these links.