Support and Resources during COVID19 (Updated 7/29/20)

Updates and information on changes to Wisconsin programs and services

Face Masks

Resources specific to families with children with Special Health Care Needs/ Disabilities 

Schools and Special Education

Resiliency/ Trauma

Fun Stuff for both Kids and Parents

  • Camp Kinda: (In English and Spanish) | Here’s a free, virtual summer camp experience designed to keep kids engaged, asking questions, and having fun even while they’re stuck at home. “Open” each weekday starting June 1 to September 1. On any given day, kids may be exploring the art of graphic novels, unlocking the mysteries of history, or jumping into the world’s craziest sports. Also available in Spanish.
  • Art at Home: a comprehensive list of online/ virtual tours of museums, games, and art activities.
  • But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
  • List of children’s authors reading their stories
  • Sign up to Skype a Scientist
  • The Kids Should See This- lots of science related videos- thekidshouldseethis.com/
  • Bird Library: youtu.be/_SEQHPg6gRA
  • Videos of trains– can be soothing or exciting
  • Make a Time Capsule– might be a good activity for kids that don’t have an interest in journaling. 
  • A list for teens of different things to do: Managing-Social-Distancing-So-It-Doesnt-Suck

Childcare, Early Childhood, and Camps

Education Access

Economic and Food Assistance: 

  • Economic Impact Payments are coming to most Americans through the IRS. If you have questions you can go to this site: www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments. Questions regarding payments for SSI/SSDI recipients is available from the Social Security Administration here. Other questions like whether these payments impact programs like SSI/SSDI is available from the Social Security Administration here.
  • Additional Food Share Benefits information is available from DHS here
  • Financial resources from UW Extension are here, including how to connect with a financial educator
  • WIC has expanded the list of available products that can be purchased. Use the WIC app to learn more. 
  • Your local 211 is a great resource regarding basic needs.  The statewide site has a searchable database here

Feedback from Families Sought

Your Input is Valuable- we are continually seeking feedback to help improve our services to families. You can support this in two ways:

Fill out our survey regarding Family, Youth, and Community Engagement here

Join our Parent Advisory Council: The Northern Regional Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Center is looking for feedback from families through Parent Advisory Councils. We want parents to let us know what is working and what is not. We also would appreciate suggestions on additional training and programs. Additionally, these meetings will be an avenue for staff to provide updates on projects that we are developing.

We are looking for:

  • Parents/ primary caregivers of children with special health care needs and/or disabilities under age 22
  • Live in the 15 counties that are a part of the Northern Regional Center services area. 3 separate Parent Advisory Councils will be set up so that travel will be minimized once we start meeting in person.. 
  • Are willing to provide feedback and suggestions on CYSHCN supports and services

We will hold these meetings twice a year on a weekday evening over Zoom. Dinner will be provided and parents can receive a gas card for mileage reimbursement if needed.

If you are interested in participating or want more information, contact Allison Lourash at 715-261-1906 or via email at Allison.lourash@co.marathon.wi.us.

From Family Voices- “Riding the Waves of COVID-19: An Information Series for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs or Disabilities”

Flyer is attached here and copied below. 

“Riding the Waves of COVID-19: An Information Series for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs or Disabilities”
Flyer information copied below:

Do you have COVID confusion?
Are you wondering how to keep your child and family healthy as our world reopens?
If so, please join us for:
“Riding the Waves of COVID-19: An Information Series for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs or Disabilities”

This brief webinar series will be held:
Tuesday, May 26 12:30 – 12:45 pm
Part I: Dr. Vivek Balasubramaniam, “A look back and where we are now”

Wednesday, May 27 12:30 – 12:45 pm
Part 2: Dr. Mary Ehlenbach, “A look forward and how to emerge from staying home”

Thursday, May 28 12:30 – 12:45 pm
Part 3: Stephanie Farrell, PhD, “Strategies and tools for maintaining and boosting resiliency”
To connect, go to: uwmadison.webex.com/uwmadison/j.php… Password: Families (32645437)

This series will be archived after June 1 on the Family Voices of Wisconsin website: familyvoiceswi.org/news