Well Being


Online Social Emotional Learning Resources

Resource Name

Resource Description

Resource Website/How to Access (Ctrl + Click to follow link)

Grade Level

Author Read Alouds

Different children’s authors reading their books online

Online Author Read Alouds


Coping Skills for Kids: Calming Anxiety

A collection tools and tips for parents to teach children how to calm down and relax

Calming Anxiety

All ages

Sesame Street Social Emotional Videos

A compilation of social emotional videos featuring characters and guests from Sesame Street

Sesame Street Videos


PBS/PBS Kids: Talk to your kids about Coronavirus/Healthy Habits

Developmentally appropriate information on how to talk to young children about the virus. Scroll down for easy, helpful tools to practice healthy habits with your children

Coronavirus and Healthy Habits


Lessons on Kindness

30-minute classes called Kindness 101 by Steve Hartman from CBS

CBS Evening News Facebook Page (Facebook Live) Monday-Thursday at 2:00pm


Mindfulness Bootcamp

21 days of guided mindfulness videos

Mindfulness Boot Camp


Social Emotional Skill-Builder games

A list of activities that parents can do with kids at home to help build social emotional skills

SE Skill-Builder Games


Social Emotional Learning Games

16 Social-Emotional Learning Games for kids

SEL Games


Relaxing Music

Music to use for calming and relaxation

Relaxation Music

All Ages

Free Phone Apps:


-Headspace Meditation and Sleep

-Shine Calm Anxiety and Sleep

-Calm Meditate, Sleep, Relax

-Pacifica Stress and Anxiety

-Stop, Breathe, & Think Meditation and Mindfulness

-Relaxing Melodies Sleep Sounds


-Breathing Zone

-White Noise Lite


Apps to promote relaxation and stress-reduction

App Store

All Ages






Exercise Calendars:

March is National Nutrition Month. Have students make their own “Exercise Calendar” and write down exercises they enjoy (aerobic, muscle strengthening, bone strengthening) each day of the week to total 60 minutes of exercise per day (appropriate amount for children and adolescents). Practice with a “JAMin’ Minute” and have parents sign off to hold kids accountable. Acts as a stress reliever, benefits physical and mental health, provides schedule/structure.

Telehealth Services:

Governor Baker’s Order on Telehealth Services state that there is no prior authorization needed on any medically necessary doctor’s visits.The full order is available here

From MassHealth:Find resources and information related to the coronavirus for MassHealth applicants, members, and providers.

  • Masshealth has also made it possible to obtain 90 days of medications without authorization






Some of these agencies are providing teleconferencing as an option. Please call the number attached to the agency for more details.

  • Behavioral Health Network (BHN) - 413-737-2439
  • Gandara Mental Health - 413-736-8329
  • Mental Health Association- 413-734-5376
  • CHD – 413-737-1426
  • CT Family Services – 285-8642
  • Brightside- 788-7366
  • South Bay- 495-1500
  • River Valley-540-1234
  • School St. Counseling- 846-4300

AA/Drug Treatment:

SAMHSA’s National Helpline –1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids:

You can connect to us in the following ways, with support available in English and Spanish. We’re available from 9:00am-midnight ET weekdays and noon-5:00pm ET on weekends.



Behavior Strategies

Mindfulness & Stress Management


Daily Schedules

Follow a structure similar to the school day and create schedules with child/adolescent, so that the student will feel more involved and likely to adhere to the schedule. Khan Academy’s mock schedule.

Daily Journal

Have students write a daily journal to help with coping, mindfulness, anxiety. Can also be used to write stories, poetry, etc.



Internet and Virtual Connection:

  • Internet companies are also offering free service for families not currently connected (e.g., Comcast Internet Essentials, Spectrum).
  • Cell phones - All major carriers will have unlimited high-speed data for the next two months as part of the “Keep America Connected” pledge.

Managing Self and Child Anxiety/Stress:

  • CDC website for facts/tips on managing stress for parents (how to support children’s stress), responders, and those who have been released from quarantine.
  • Behavorial Health Network/Crisis – 417 Liberty St. Entrance B, Springfield – 733-6661.
  • Samaritans Statewide Helpline - 24/7 crisis service for those in need of emotional support

Managing Social Media

Guide for families on addressing/raising awareness on social media usage for youths.

Parenting During Isolation:

  • abcnews website on “parenting during isolation” advice from parenting expert Rachel Simmons.
  • Home with Kids - A collection of suggestions
  • Playworks – games families can do at home through social media.


Parental Stress Line: 1-800-632-8188 24/7 All Languages available


Domestic Violence:

DOVE’s 24 hour hotline: 617-471-1234


National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233


Refugee/Immigration Services:


● Ascentria Care Alliance 425 Union St.West Springfield 413-562-6015

● Multicultural Resource Center 425 Union St. West Springfield 413-726-1352

● Jewish Family Services of Western MA – Main Office 15 Lenox St. Springfield 413-737-2601




  • Food Bank of Western Mass. – The mobile Food Bank will be resuming operations soon. Please call the number first before going to the site. Here are some of the Food Bank locations:

Open Pantry – 35 Chestnut St.- 731-5668

Mobile Market- Open Pantry- 260 State Street, 731-5668

Mobile Market- Springfield Saab Court- 18 Saab Court, 747-0127

Mobile Market- Dakin – 171 Union St. – 247-9738

Mobile Market- Dunbar- 33 Oak St, 247-9738

Mobile Market- North End- 50 Waverly St., 247-9738

Gray House – 22 Shelton St, 734-6696

SNAP Benefits – 247-9738 , press #2 for Directory


FireHouse Hot Dogs - Union Station, Springfield - 11am-12pm (free hot dog/chips/drink forstudents)


Food Source Hotline: 1-800-645-8333 (SNAP info. and other information on where to find food resources in MA. 160 languages available)



For Food stamps/shelter Local Department of Transitional Assistance Area Office is currently closed. You can access self-service in the following manner:




Job Loss/Unemployment:

Small Business Assistance for COVID-19

EOLWD and DUA are also filing emergency regulations that will allow people impacted by COVID-19 to collect unemployment in the following circumstances:

  • The workplace is shut down and expects to reopen in four or fewer weeks. Workers must remain in contact with their employer and be available for any work their employer may have for them that they are able to do, but do not otherwise need to be looking for work.
  • An employer may extend the period of the shut-down to eight weeks, and the employees will remain eligible for the longer period under the same conditions described above.
  • If necessary, DUA may extend these time periods.

Apply for Unemployment Benefits


Fuel Assistance:

Fuel assistance: Partners for Community 11-13 Hampden St. Springfield MA, 01103



All of the Free Meals and Food Deals Available Nationwide

  • Boston Market: All online and app orders come with free delivery. Get a free cookie when you join Boston Market's Rotisserie Rewards program.
  • Burger King: Get two free kids meals with any purchase on the Burger King app. Orders $10 and up are eligible for free delivery, depending on location.
  • Chipotle: Now through March 31, all orders over $10 come with free delivery.
  • Cracker Barrel: Now through April 1, get free, contactless delivery for all orders over $15.
  • Denny's: Now until April 12, get $5 off orders of $20 or more, and free delivery.
  • Dunkin': Now through April 6, get free delivery and $3 off on Grubhub orders of $15 or more from participating Dunkin’ restaurants.
  • IHOP: Now through April 19, use code IHOP20 at checkout to get 20% off your first online order. Free delivery with no minimum required.
  • KFC: Now through April 26, all orders come with free delivery. With Grubhub orders, you can select the option for contact-free delivery at checkout.
  • Little Caesars: Now through March 29, get free delivery on online orders over $10.
  • McDonald's: Select locations are giving free meals to kids. Call your local chain to get more information.
  • Moe's Southwest Grill: Now through April 12, get free delivery on orders over $10.
  • Olive Garden: Get two meals for the price of one — $12.99 — with their "Buy One, Take One" promotion. Free, no-contact delivery is available on orders with a $40 minimum.
  • Red Lobster: Now until April 12, all orders over $30 come with free delivery.
  • Taco Bell: Get free Grubhub delivery on all orders over $12.
  • TGI Friday's: Use code FREEKIDS to get a free kids entrée with online orders of $20 or more.
  • Wendy's: Get a free Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit with any breakfast purchase. All orders $10 are eligible for free delivery on Grubhub and Postmates.
  • 99 Restaurant and Pub: Now through April 26, use code HERE4YOU online for 20% off to-go orders.