In uncertain times, our children look to us for guidance. As we do our best to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), public health recommendations will inevitably change daily life for Minnesotans. However, as a father of seven, I know that unexpected school closures can cause logistical and financial stress for families.

I have compiled a list of resources you may find helpful as you navigate these changes and work to keep your families and community safe.

For Parents

  • Stay informed on the virus’s spread and any federal or state mandates with updates from my information hub and the Minnesota Department of Health
  • Learn how to communicate with your children on the virus with this guide from the National Association of School Psychologists. 
  • Get up-to-date information on school closures from the Minnesota Department of Education here
  • If you need help accessing child care resources, contact 1-888-291-9811 or go to www.parentaware.org
  • Families relying on school lunches as one of their daily meals can access a location-based directory of food banks here

For Kids

  • Make sure that children know the basics of personal hygiene with this video from the CDC.
  • Download distance learning resources from the Smithsonian Learning Lab, like lessons in science for all ages from Smithsonian Science How and history from the Museum of American History’s History Explorer
  • Turn on a kid-appropriate podcast, like Brains On! from American Public Media or But Why from Vermont Public Radio. 
  • Access the art from home with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s online concert library and take a virtual tour of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. 
My staff and I are on call and stand ready to assist you and your family. If you have questions or need additional resources, please do not hesitate to contact the staff in my Otsego District Office at (763) 241-6848 or visit my website at Emmer.House.Gov.

Sincerely,
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