Virtual Resources for Families
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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Family Center facility will be closed for the remainder of the spring semester.
The Family Center will continue to provide resources and benefits virtually.
Family Center staff remain available to advise and meet with students, postdocs, and campus partners via phone, email, or Skype. See more information below.
All in-person events at the Family Center have been cancelled. Virtual content will now be delivered via our newsletter, social media accounts, and this web page.
This web page will be regularly updated with special resources for parents and families during the COVID-19 outbreak.
To contact staff or if you have an important resource to share please email familycenter.upenn.edu.
Family Center staff are available to advise and meet virtually with students and postdocs.
Email email@example.com to connect with staff.
Programming and Connect
The Family Center will provide online content through our social media accounts, newsletter, and website.
To connect with the Family Center follow our accounts and sign up the newsletter.
For students and postdocs: Care.com Backup Care benefits and Care.com memberships are still available to benefits eligible students and postdocs. Visit the Care.com page for more details.
For staff and faculty: Visit HR's Wellness and Work-life page to access your Backup care benefits.
Family Center Resources
Visit our Resources page to access other resources for parents.
Join the Parents@Penn Facebook group to connect with the Penn parenting community and share resources and support.
The University has created a website (https://coronavirus.upenn.edu) to answer many of the questions you will have about COVID-19. Should you have questions not answered by this information, please email Coronavirus@upenn.edu.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services remains available for students in need of medical services. Visit their website for more information: https://shs.wellness.upenn.edu/
Students with medical emergencies should utilize emergency medical services and dial 911.
Campus Health, the public health section of Student Health Service, provides the entire Penn community with health education and promotion, disease surveillance and prevention.
Visit their website for more information about the coronavirus: https://campushealth.wellness.upenn.edu/coronavirus/
One call to the HELP LINE can assist you in finding personal and mental health support, 215-898-HELP.
Counseling and Psychological Services will be available to serve students. Visit the CAPS website or call 215-898-7021 and press 2 to speak to the Front Desk or you can press 1 to talk to a clinician 24/7, for more information: https://caps.wellness.upenn.edu/
Services may be performed via phone or video conference, as well as in person. If you are a current client, your counselor will communicate with you about your needs moving forward. All students are encouraged to call in advance should you wish to be seen in person at CAPS.
For international Families who have questions about travel and visas please contact ISSS directly to schedule virtual advising. https://global.upenn.edu/isss
City of Philadelphia
Visit the city's COVID-19 website for more information about Philadelphia services. https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/
COVID-19 Text Alerts: Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
School District of Philadelphia Meal Service and Activities
The School District and City of Philadelphia have announced a plan to provide grab-and-go meals and drop-in activity spaces for all Philadelphia students while our schools are closed. Details, including the list of sites, are available here.
The School District's coronavirus information web page for families: https://www.philasd.org/coronavirus/
Internet Essentials is Comcast's internet access and low cost computer program for low income individuals and families. Visit their website for plan information and eligibility. https://www.internetessentials.com/
Local Government Resources
State of Pennsylvania
Visit PA.gov's COVID-19 page for statewide alerts and notices. https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Visit the Delaware County Coronavirus web page for updates on closures and restrictions. https://www.delcopa.gov/ich/resources/coronavirus.html
State of New Jersey
Local School Districts
- Abington School District
- Camden County City School District
- Cheltenham School District
- Colonial School District
- Delaware County Public Schools
- Haverford Township School District
- Jenkintown School District
- Lower Merion School District
- Springfield School District
- Upper Merion School District
Scholastic Learn At Home
Visit the Scholastic Learn at Home website to access free online learning materials for children. This program includes day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
Free engaging and educational activities for kids. Visit PBS kids website for information.
National Geographic Kids
Free educational activities, games, and videos for kids. https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Educational activities, free ebooks, and games. https://www.funbrain.com/
Math education and activities for school aged children. https://www.coolmath.com/
Skype a Scientist
A limited opportunity for families to skype scientists from various fields for educational discussions. https://www.skypeascientist.com/for-families.html