COVID-19 Related Afterschool Resources

On this page, please find both general resources associated with COVID-19 and resources that may be of particular interest to afterschool and summer program providers. 


COVID-19 Related Afterschool Resources

One of the greatest strengths of afterschool and summer program staff are the relationships we build with young people and their families. Ignite will do our best to include examples of how afterschool programs are continuing to support families and young people through the pandemic and how you are planning to return to programming after the pandemic. 


COVID-19 Official Information + Updates:

Minnesota Dept. of Health's COVID-19 site for the most up-to-date Minnesota case numbers and health recommendations from the state. Also, MDH Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention info regarding hand washing, social distancing, and limiting contact.

CDC Guidance CDC offers this interim guidance for resuming school childcare and youth programs. Also, Youth Program & Camps Decision Tree. CDC will update this guidance as it learns more about COVID-19 and best practices to prevent its spread.

World Health Organization

National Conference of State Legislatures Public Education's Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Epidemic and NCSL Resources


● Afterschool Provider Resources:

Considerations for the Afterschool Field from Afterschool Alliance

Reaching Out to School Leaders about Reopening 5-step plan to help ensure your afterschool programs are at the planning table and included in schools' reopening strategies.

Sample Sign On Letter for Afterschool Use it to gather names and email addresses; share it with school officials to demonstrate the demand for afterschool.

CDC's guidelines for child-care and youth-serving organizations

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Preparing for COVID-19 and what nonprofits need to know

U.S Dept. of Education COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

Unemployment Benefits If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits, Executive Order of the Governor. This includes any COVID-19 related layoff, including parents having to leave work to do child care. The one week waiting period has been waived.  

MNsure is offering a special enrollment period (SEP) for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance in response to the potential growth of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. This SEP will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure.

Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus The MDRF funds both short and long-term needs that arise within communities, due to coronavirus or future disasters that occur within the state of Minnesota.

MN Afterschool Connect (Zoom): Weekly Updates & Continuing the conversation for Minnesota's Afterschool providers and stakeholders around COVID-19 response - hosted by Kari Denissen Cunnien and Ignite Afterschool.

Summer Activity Guide A suite of fun and engaging activities and challenges designed specifically to accommodate COVID-19 summer. The Summer Activity Guide has been developed for the 50 State Afterschool Network with leadership from the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network to engage and support children and youth nationwide. More info here.


Utilization-Focused Evaluation Evaluation Implications of the Coronavirus Global Health Pandemic Emergency

Emergence Collective How we can use evaluation in this time of community crisis.

Racial Equity Tools Help assess, learn from and document racial equity work, with special attention to issues of power and privilege in the work, and in evaluation.


● Afterschool Providers' Response

Youth Farm As the news changes day to day, Youth Farm will continue to track resources for youth and families and post them here.

MN Community Education Assoc. COVID-19 Programming Response & Preparedness Plan

Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative Ramsey County Basic Needs Resources for COVID-19

Sprockets Digital Learning Together for Saint Paul's afterschool network. Virtual Coffee Meetings, Brown Bag Lunches and Webinar Trainings.

Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board COVID-19 Related Updates

University of Minnesota Youth Safety & Compliance Office Guiding principles for Online Programming for Youth

Wise Results Virtual Camps and Online Youth Programming Suggestions with credit to members of the Higher Education Protection Network (HEPNet) 

Elements of Effective Practice for E-Mentoring E-Mentoring-Supplement to EEPM

Examples of Afterschool related responses in the Field


● Additional Resources for Youth + Families

Child Mind InstituteNational Association of School PsychologistsNational Child Traumatic Stress Network and Kids Health for information regarding talking to young people about COVID-19.

Minnesota Afterschool Advance The same tax credit MAA uses to help families pay for afterschool and summer activities can also be used to get 75% off up to $200 of computer hardware, like Chromebooks, per family.

Minnesota Youth Council COVID-19 Resources

The American Federation of Teachers has a wealth of resources to help with learning at home.

Hunger Solutions Tracking meals for kids during COVID-19 closings

YWCA Girls & Youth Department Family COVID-10 Resources

Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 2-1-1 Resource Hotline If you or someone you know is in need, dial 2-1-1 or text the letters MNCOVID to 898-211.

Playworks Play At Home and Livestream Recess

CASEL SEL In An Unplanned Home School Setting Pandemic Crisis Guide

American Youth Policy Forum Tools and resources designed for traditionally underserved youth

Comcast is offering qualifying students and parents are eligible for 60 days of free internet through Comcast Internet Essentials during the pandemic.


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If you would like to share what you are doing so others can benefit from your great ideas and work, please email.