Caring for You & Your Young Child During COVID-19

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Delivering Support to Families with Young Learners

Make it About You: Self-Care for Parents During COVID-19

Take care of yourself

Being the parent of a young child can be stressful. Taking care of yourself and managing your own stress helps you to be a calmer, healthier parent. When you feel calmer, it’s easier to be there for your children and meet their needs.

Showing self-care is a good way to show children to care for themselves. Watch this short video of three ways to take care of your mental health and well-being during COVID-19.

parent and child emotions

Being a Role Model

Emotional—that's what it is like to be the parent of a young child. There are the pure joy times like cuddling, playing, and laughing. And then there are the struggles—the moments of stress, anger, and frustration.

Kids remember things. Model how to manage feelings. Talk through how you are managing your own feelings.

Check out how one parent handles tough emotional situations.

Valentine's Day paper hearts

14 Days of Love and Appreciation from Maryland Families Engage

Home of Hearts

Fill your house with hearts. Cut hearts out of pink and red paper. Ask children to write something they admire about each family member on a heart. Choose a wall, door, or cabinet to decorate with the hearts.

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OCC helps parents and caregivers find answers and services in their community. 

  • Connect to support and services for you and your child
  • Pay for child care
  • Take care of household expenses

Kacy for Maryland EXCELS

One Way to Spot Quality in Child Care…

Look for diverse learning materials available for the children. For example, what books are on tables and shelves? Books that your children can relate to, personally and culturally, go a long way to promoting literacy.

Visit Maryland EXCELS Find a Program to search for quality-rated family child care homes, child care centers and public prekindergarten programs.