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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being conducted consistent with the latest official state guidance. WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers are following protocols for vaccination, masking, distancing and hygiene. If this office is not open to the public, we are available during normal business hours via email, phone, and web conference.

Parent Resources

Program Contact: Jennifer Leach, 4-H Youth Development Faculty
360-577-3014 x 4 • jleach@wsu.edu
Our Seattle, Washington-based 4-H faculty and staff have put together a webpage with activities that parents or school-age care providers can use during the COVID-19 school closures.  It is a dynamic website, and we will continue to add curricula and activities (and some activities that are PDF’s not just links) that are research-based and from trusted sources. Click below to explore.

https://extension.wsu.edu/king/4-h/learning-links-4-h-and-more/

 

WSU’s Elizabeth Weybright, whose research focuses on leisure and boredom, has insights for parents dealing with bored kids at home during this unprecedented pandemic. Click Here to Read More

 

Tools For Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in Children and Youth Are Now Available from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

While fewer children and youth have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, the COVID-19 pandemic has still had a major impact on their lives. Though typically resilient to everyday stressors, children and youth are dealing with new challenges due to COVID-19, like social distancing, changes to their routines, and a lost sense of security and safety, making them especially vulnerable to feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has developed tools to support emotional well-being in children and youth.  The tools on the webpage were created to teach skills that can help children and youth cope with some of the challenges associated with the pandemic, such as:

  • Changes in their routines
  • Breaks in continuity of learning
  • Breaks in continuity of health care
  • Missed significant life events
  • Lost security and safety

The tools can be accessed by clicking the following link: https://www.nap.edu/resource/other/dbasse/wellbeing-tools/interactive/?ct=t(wellbeing-tools-announcement)