We understand that this is a difficult time for you, and we want to try our best to help you prepare as much as possible. Below are some resources and information about home-learning materials, community services, and foodbanks. The Resource page will be updated frequently. If you have any questions, updates, and needs that are not covered, please do not hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 703-237-0866, or message us via Facebook.
Read Aloud Books Online
- The Indianapolis Public Library: This is a great way for parents and children to enjoy stories together from anywhere, even without a trip to the book store or the library. VIEW THE COLLECTIONS.
- Storyline Online: This free children‘s literacy resource features the world’s best storytellers reading books out loud. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home. VISIT THE SITE.
- Unite for Literacy – Listen and read along with stories on a variety of topics for families. Hear the stories read in multiple languages. VISIT THE SITE.
- Bow Valley College ESL Literacy Readers - Listen and read along with stories about adult immigrants and refugees. VISIT THE SITE.
- PBS: Find MORE THAN 125 FUN AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES and games that support parents of 3-8 year olds to help their children boost their literacy. There are also GAMES AND VIDEOS.
- Codex: The Lost Words of Atlantis: This gamified app is grounded in learning science and geared towards family learning. Players visit new locations around the world, where they find artifacts and relics that they use to decode the cryptic language of Atlantean into English. This award-winning app is available in both English and Spanish, and has been used in family literacy programs by parents and children together. GET THE APP. Enter code 20044. Not available on iPhones or iPads.
- National Geographic: Keep brains engaged with National Geographic’s approved science experiments, fun quizzes, animal and music videos, and study guides. ACCESS THE RESOURCES.
- Scholastic’s Learn at Home: This free resource provides your children with 20 days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges available on any device. They can go on virtual field trips, meet best-selling authors, or dig deep into a topic they love. VISIT THE SITE.
Math and Music
- Bedtime Math: This site makes math part of the family routine. Parents can sign up by email, on the website, and on a free app. Whether it’s flamingos, ninjas, or pillow forts, kids can see the math in their favorite topics. No logins. No drilling. No scores. It takes only five minutes a day, and kids clamor for it. VIEW THE RESOURCES.
Virtual Tours of Famous Museums and Cultural Heritage Sites
- Visit over 500 museums and galleries around the world and explore famous historic and cultural heritage sites through Google Arts & Culture's collections.
- USA Learns app for very beginners. Free to download on your phone or tablet. There are four different apps. Each app has 5 different units. Listen and learn vocabulary.
- English with Jennifer YouTube lessons. VIEW THE VIDEOS. Beginning lessons are videos 1-65. Intermediate lessons are videos 66-95.
- VOA News Learning English: Read, listen and learn. VISIT THE SITE.
- Wonderopolis – Listen and read stories. Great for families. VISIT THE SITE.
- EngVid – Watch and learn. VISIT THE SITE.
- ELLLO - More than 2000 listening lessons. VISIT THE SITE.
- REEP World English Practice for Beginners: Read, listen and learn about health, family, and work. Only on computer. VISIT THE SITE.
- USA Learns free beginner, intermediate, and citizenship courses. Only on computer. VISIT THE SITE.
- Proliteracy Distance Learning Resources. SEE THE LIST
- News for You Online—FREE access to a weekly publication for adult learners that uses current event articles and human interest stories to engage learners’ interest while building skills in reading, comprehension, and vocabulary. Use the password 22667F through April 30, 2020, to access News for You Online at https://www.newreaderspress.com/news-for-you-online.
LCNV Emergency resources
Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington facebook page has started a group called NoVA Employment Opportunities During COVID-19. This is a place to share temporary job opportunities, work from home opportunities for clients as well as needs that companies might have during this time.
Community Based Resources
- City of Alexandria provides resources and updates
- ALIVE! provides food, clothing, and financial and other assistance; (703) 662-1067
- Hunger Free Alexandria produces a daily list of food programs and services
- Alexandria City Public School provides grab-and-go meals
- Fairfax FISH
- Food for Others
- Grace Episcopal Church
- Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
- Sherpherd's Center Free Medical Trasnportation provides free transportation to folks 50+ to medical appointments
- Fairfax County Human Services Resource Guide lists nonprofit and government services
- United Community is providing emergency services, including food
- Fairfax County Public Schools offers grab-and-go meals
- Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services helps residents in need
- Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA)(Bailey’s Crossroad area)
- Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center provides weekly food banks in the Dar Al-Hijrah parking lot on every Thursday from 9-11AM
- Falls Church Community Services Council
- Food for Others
- Grace Episcopal Church
- Homestretch provides financial and meal support for the community's most vulnerable populations
- The city government provides a host of support services
- City social workers are helping families struggling with food insecurity, housing, or other economic hardships
- City Housing and Human Services provides guidance and assistance in accessing the city services
- Lorton Community Action Center provides food assistance and is taking donations; (703) 339-5161
- Share of McLean provides food, clothing, and financial and other assistance
- ECHO is an all-volunteer run charity that gives food and financial help to people with short-term emergencies and provides clothes and household items to people with low incomes
Greater VA, MD, and DC area:
- Northern Virginia Family Service
- Capital Area Food Bank
- Meals on Wheels
- United Way of the National Capital Area
Assistance from a Distance
Fairfax County Department of Family Services Assistance from a Distance
City of Alexandria Assistance from a Distance
Health Emergencies and Updates
In an effort to ensure you are receiving accurate and timely information, Fairfax County has created a webpage that includes updated information and community resources at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19. You can also view the emergency blog, and stay in touch using the County’s social media platforms and through text messaging (Text FFXCOVID to 888777 to receive updates).
The Health Department has a dedicated phone line that residents can call if they have questions 703-267-3511 (9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends) . If you have residents who are in need of support please have them call Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) 703-222-0880 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays). Residents can also visit the Human Services Resource Guide (HSRG) at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hsrg/ , an online, searchable guide to available health and human services resources in Fairfax County.