Covid-19 Parent Resource Guide

With schools cancelled, daycares closing and kids stuck at home here are some ways to keep the kids (and yourself) busy and sane during the pandemic.


CMSD grab and go lunches: Cleveland Metropolitan School District will provide breakfast and lunch to go at 22 sites while schools are closed for three weeks at the direction of Gov. Mike DeWine.  

CHUH grab and go lunches: Each weekday beginning Tuesday, March 17, breakfast and lunch can be picked up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The setup will be “grab and go” in school entrances to avoid congregation inside of the buildings. The food will be available for any child, even if they are not students at the school district.

Breakfast and lunches can be picked up at the following locations, using the main entrance at all locations except Noble and Oxford: For more information, please contact the Food Service Department 216-320-2007


Scholastic Education at Home: Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these 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!

Open Culture: Use Your Time in Isolation to Learn Everything You’ve Always Wanted To: Free Online Courses, Audio Books, eBooks, Movies, Coloring Books & More.

Children’s museum of Cleveland: Watch story-time, and more with entertaining and curiosity inspiring videos on Children’s Museum Cleveland Facebook page. 

Cleveland Metroparks virtual classroom: Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to launch weekday Virtual Classroom on Facebook Live starting tomorrow, March 17! At 11 a.m. join biologists as we secure a future for wildlife at the Zoo. At 1 p.m. join our naturalists as we look for signs of spring, discover wildlife and more. New animals and adventures each weekday! 

Great lakes science center: Are you ready for a fun-filled challenge with Curiosity Corner LIVE today? Today at 10:30 a.m. on YouTube we’re going to explore engineering and buoyancy. You’ll need a few things to get started like a ruler, aluminum foil, a marker, scissors, a tub or sink that can hold water, water for the container (at least six inches deep) and lots of pennies! We may be closed, but the fun and learning won't stop! 

Northeast Ohio Parent: At-Home Lessons for Kids

Neighborhood Collaborative Services

University Settlement 
4800 Broadway Avenue 
Cleveland, Oh 44127 
(216) 641-8948

Family Services

Family visitations for DCFS-involved families 
Care packages 
Emergency material assistance for clients, as applicable and eligible 
Online parent groups 
Online fatherhood groups 
Support, case management and linkages to Fathers & Families 
Housing support for current housing-only clients

Youth Services

Daily wellness calls to SmartY’S families to assess basic and academic needs are 
Food bags and academic activity bags dropped off to neighborhood families 
Linkages & referrals to other resources 
Current organizing virtual “afterschool classrooms”

Hunger Center

The Pantry remains available Monday through Friday, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Senior and Adult Wellness Services

Home delivered meals to seniors and adults with disabilities, Monday through Thursday 
Friday Food Bag delivery 
Daily Wellness calls, including linkages & referrals to other sources as applicable 
Dropping off home DIY activity kits 
Setting up teleconference activities to promote shared socialization during isolation period

Prepared by Dr. Sheila A. Ferguson, LPCC, 216 -785-3364 
Contact information:; 216- 361-1244/216 -785-3364 Fatima Center 216-391-0505

During this Pandemic Interval, the Catholic Charities Corporations Fatima Family Center/Hough Collaborative CBS Program site is doing its best to keep its staff, patrons and community safe.

Direct Services Provision

  1. The Fatima Family Center is making supplemental food provisions and sanitation supplies where available to families in need. We are particularly sensitive to those families working to feed their children at home during the school day
  2. Contacting each agency program (Child, Adolescent, Senior and CBS-Family Services) participant(s) daily to reduce the potentials for illness, social isolation, fear, anxiety, and risks of emotional breakdown and suicide
  3. Working with our clients, area merchants and safety forces to prospect for Hough Area families, friends, and neighbors at risk and in need of assistance
  4. Disseminating CDC, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland verified COVID-19 informational updates and helpful hints to help area families stay safe and reduce the spread of disease.
  5. CBS required TDM/Staffing participation continues. Note on the late afternoon of 3/18/20 the Fatima Hough team switched from face-to-face-TDM attendance to telephonic participation using the facilitation suite telephone directory provided by Chief Howard.
  6. We continue to receive and follow-up on all referrals via the Fatima CBS program website:
  7. Daily NCIS documentation and entry of notes and contacts are recorded daily
  8. Use of the CCC-system’s resource linkages to secure up to the minute sheltering anfood resource availability in metro Cleveland.
  9. Continuing the CBS-Program Mandates for hosting onsite Visitations. While hosting visits we are observing the following COVID-19 Prevention and mitigation strategies to include: 

    COVID19 Coronavirus Prevention 
    • Clean hands at the door and at regular intervals 
    • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their face and cover coughs and sneezes 
    • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and handrails regularly/ and prior and after each visit 
    • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting the air conditioning 
    • Socially Distance, sit and stand 6 feet from others when possible Additional Staff Precautions include:
  10. Staff temperatures are being taken digitally at entry and exit of the workday.
  11. Staff is asked to stay at home when ill and not return to duty until they are fully recovered.

St. Martin De Porres Family Center 
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland 
1264 East 123rd Street|Cleveland, OH 44108|Ph: 216.268.2095|Fax: 216.268.0207|/] 

Home–Delivered Meal Program - Seniors 60 and older (only serving the following zip codes; 44108, 44106, 44110, and 44112). – Applicant must meet the Federal Income Guidelines. Must call to register by phone at (216) 268 – 3909 (Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm).

Food Pantry Program – Open the 3rd Tuesday and Wednesday each month from 9am- 12pm (only serving the following zip codes; 44108, 44106, 44110, and 44112). For food emergencies families can contact The Greater Cleveland Food Bank at 216 738-2067.

Parma Family Collaborative 
Parma City School District 
5210 Loya Parkway Parma, OH 44134 (440) 887-4873

The Parma Family Collaborative is working with the Hunger Network of Cleveland to provide food to our Community. We have fresh produce, milk, and occasionally prepared foods. We are also offering non-perishable food. The offerings vary daily. We are also providing books and “busy bags” (crafts, crayons, pencils, paper, etc.) to families. We have reduced our office hours to 10-4 daily, but we will remain open for any visit that is scheduled. Our Clothing Center is closed for the time being, and we are not accepting donations of any kind. We post updates on our FaceBook and Website.


Children’s museum of Cleveland: Watch story-time, and more with entertaining and curiosity inspiring videos on Children’s Museum Cleveland Facebook page.  

Online Activities

Virtual museum tours: Local and world-famous museums offering 'virtual' tours to help keep kids entertained.  

Shaker lakes: Need fun, nature-themed resources for kids? We have a ton of fun, printable activities waiting for you! Please share with teachers, parents, and friends! Remember, our trails are open dawn to dusk, but please practice social distancing with others! 

Ohio Department of Health: Information for parents and families during the COVID-19 crisis, ranging from family activity ideas to information about school nutrition programs. There are so many things you can do during this time at home…you are only limited to your imagination.  

Outdoor Activities

Shaker Lakes: Remember, our trails are open dawn to dusk, but please practice social distancing with others! 


Charter Wi-Fi: Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public. 

Resources for Kids and Parents: Since many kids are/will be home from school, sharing an awesome list of ideas from a parent who homeschools or just need some fun educational resources to keep your child entertained.

Tech Options:
Low or No Cost Technology Options for Virtual Participation and Contact.