Resources for Immigrants, Parents and Educators during COVID-19 Crisis

To help guide us through the COVID-19 crisis, The ILC Public Education Institute has compiled resources for immigrants, refugees, parents and educators. These include health, finance, legal and employment services, resources for combating discrimination, and immigration-related lesson plans and activities for homeschooling and distance learning. The lists will be adjusted as needed during the epidemic.

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If you have a resource, service or tool that you’d like us to add, email public.education@ilctr.org.

Resources for Everyone

CDC logo

Information and resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about COVID-19, available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Korean. Look for “Other Languages” in upper left corner.

COVID-19 Health Literacy Project logo

Fact sheets about COVID-19 vetted by physicians and medical school faculty members at Harvard hospitals, available in more than 30 languages

Emerson Collective logo

Tools for crisis support and intervention, managing anxiety, mindfulness and movement, ways to share art and stories, and support for children and teens. Scroll to the bottom to see resources in Spanish.

Upwardly Global logo

Links to government, nonprofit and other services that can help stabilize your family’s income, nutrition, healthcare and other basic needs

Support hub with special virtual programs, information, referrals and support services for families and organizations coping with loss of a loved one. Additional community-based resources available for 17 states.

Vox logo

From fighting xenophobia to rent assistance, these groups are offering support to vulnerable people and have advice for how others can help.

Grantspace logo

List of resources for individuals and organizations in need of immediate financial assistance.

U.S. Department of Labor logo

The U.S. Department of Labor’s resources to understand new paid leave policies in response to COVID-19

National Domestic Workers Alliance logo

Resources for nannies, home care workers and housecleaners

Massachusetts Department of Health logo

Regularly updated collection of resources and news from the Massachusetts’ Public Health Department

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice logo

Extensive list of funds available for workers in various fields in Massachusetts

Massachusetts State logo

Map showing the location of resources available to the public during COVID-19 pandemic, such as food banks, houses of worship and Project Bread site locations

Information on applying for SNAP (food stamps), free meals for children and adults, and food pantries in Massachusetts, available in English and Spanish

Massachusetts Government logo

Directory containing information about organizations in Massachusetts that offer linguistically and culturally appropriate mental health and related services for communities of color, LGBTQ community, immigrants, and refugees.

Resources for Undocumented Immigrants

United We Dream logo

Advice for DACA recipients on applying for renewal during the pandemic

Immigrants Rising: Transforming Lives Through Education logo

Continuously updated list of resources from Health Access to Housing and Legal Rights

United We Dream logo

Includes links to free/low-cost clinics that serve everyone, regardless of immigration status.

Betancourt logo

Undocumented individuals and families in need of emergency funds can fill out this online form or call (360) 524-3664.

Betancourt logo

List of national and state-by-state resources for undocumented immigrants

Mass Undocu-Fund COVID-19 Relief for Undocumented Workers logo

Organization providing financial support for undocumented workers in Massachusetts

Resources for Immigrants and Refugees

Justice for Immigrants logo

USCIS announced that testing, prevention or treatment for COVID-19 would NOT be used against immigrants in a public charge test.

Informed Immigrant logo

Comprehensive collection of resources for immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on state-by-state options

Upwardly Global logo

Collection of resources for immigrants and refugees who are searching for jobs

Unidos logo

Video series tackling the impact of the CARES relief package on Latino families from health, education, jobs and housing, and immigration perspectives

Asylum Connect logo

List of LGBTQ+ affirming and immigrant friendly resources offering help during the pandemic

NYIC logo

Information on health, education, legal and other services in multiple languages

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition logo

Updates and services focused on Massachusetts immigrants and refugees

City of Boston logo

Information for Boston residents affected by COVID-19 regardless of immigration status

Massachusetts Government logo

Spanish language online, mobile friendly unemployment benefits application

24-hour helpline (617-338-2355) in Massachusetts with crisis intervention, safety planning, emotional support, and information about domestic violence and restraining orders. In 16 Asian languages and dialects including Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisanese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Korean, Japanese, Nepali, Hindi, Bangla, Tagalog, Urdu, Thai, Manipuri, Mien, Indonesian and English.

Massachusetts State logo

Text COVIDMAESP to 888-777 to receive COVID-19 text message alert system “AlertsMA” in Spanish.

Tips for refugee service providers to foster equity of access to home-based learning.

Series of videos created by ILC citizenship teacher Kathleen Klose on how to apply for citizenship.

Up to date list of USCIS office closures.

Series of videos created by ILC citizenship teacher Kathleen Klose on how to prepare for the civics exam.

Resources to Fight Hate

Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council

Report incidents of harassment or assault directed toward Asians. The STOP AAPI HATE reporting center analyzes the data and publicizes the trends. Forms available in English, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Khmer

Poster you can print and display to show support for Chinese-American community members

Urban Institute logo

Suggestions for standing up to racism and supporting Asian American communities

New American Economy logo

Research that shows how immigrants are part of America’s fight and response to the COVID-19 health crisis, updated weekly

Cato Institute logo

Article showing that immigrants are overrepresented in nearly every job that is critical during this pandemic

ADL logo

How schools and families can address the stereotyping and scapegoating arising from the pandemic.

Resources geared toward nonprofits and individuals serving immigrants and fighting hate

Immigrants have been a key part of maintaining the health and well being of Americans in good times and bad. Learn about immigrants on the front lines fighting COVID-19.

New York Attorney General logo

Individuals who have experienced hate crimes and bias-based incidents in New York are encouraged to call a hotline at (800) 771-7755 or email Civil.Rights@ag.ny.gov.

Hollaback logo

Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice offer free bystander intervention trainings to stop anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment.

Stand Against Hate logo

Report incidents of harassment, hate crimes or discrimination and read stories submitted by others. This site by Asian Americans Advancing Justice aims to shed light on the environment of hate around the country. Incident reports are available in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.

Resources for Learning English

Hello English logo

App for learning English that is especially popular in Asia

English 52: Learn English Online for Free logo

Free video lessons and activities to learn English from beginner to advanced

USA Learns logo

Free educational website with video lessons and thousands of activities

Learning Chocolate logo

Learn vocabulary with pictures, sounds and games.

Boston Public Library logo

Boston Public Library is offering free online English classes for English Language Learners.

Duolingo logo

Popular free app for learning English and many other languages. Free basic version available.

Memrise logo

Watch and learn English from native speakers having natural conversations with this app. Free basic version available.

Learn conversational American English with Rachel’s English Videos on YouTube.

ESL Cyber Listening Lab logo

Free online listening activities

Voice of America logo

TV, radio and print news

Free English Video Lessons logo

engVid

Adult

Free video English lessons

Lyrics Training: Enjoy Learning Languages with Music logo

Learn English through songs.

Series of videos by ILC ESOL teacher Melina Merino for English language learners, covering topics like “parts of the body” and “job interview skills in English.”

Busuu logo

Web and mobile program for learning English and 11 other languages. Free basic version available.

Resources for Teachers

Ed Tech World Education logo

Essential information and resources to help rapidly scale-up or start distance education

Immigration Webinars for Educators

Pre-K through 12, Adult

On-demand resources and recordings from webinars for educators with immigrant students and/or interested in teaching about immigration

Lesson Plan logo

Lesson Plans on Immigration

Pre-K through 12, Adult

Extensive list of lesson planning resources for teaching about immigration and related issues

Supporting ELL Parents logo

Resources for empowering ELL parents during school closures

Everyone On logo

Tool kit for educators with information about low-cost internet programs to share with students and families

Share My Lesson logo

Online community for educators, school support staff and parents to share ideas, lesson plans and resources

Teaching Tolerance logo

Teaching Tolerance provides lessons and resources to help educators, students and their caretakers

Colorin Colorado logo

Multilingual fact sheets and infographics

Facing History logo

Readings and resources to start important conversations with students about the coronavirus outbreak and to explore questions about community, responsibility, decision-making and upstanding

ADL logo

ADL’s collection of books that address issues of identity, bias and bullying with discussion guides for teachers and parents

ADL logo

How schools and families can address the stereotyping and scapegoating arising from the pandemic.

Facing History logo

Teaching ideas from Facing History about exploring COVID-related racism and ways to become upstanders

Re-imagining Migration logo

Lessons and resources for incorporating immigration into the classroom and supporting immigrant students

Listenwise logo

Short listening-comprehension, immigration-themed podcast lessons for English language learners

PBS Kids logo

PBS Kids

Ages 2-8 

Free educational games and a newsletter with daily activities and tips to help kids play and learn at home

Tips for teachers to prepare for online learning in the fall

Resources to center equity and culturally responsive-sustaining education as teaching and learning moves online

Resources for teachers to facilitate and enhance remote learning.

Resources for Parents

Boston COVID Tutoring offers free, virtual tutoring to Boston-area students during the COVID-19 crisis.

National Association of School Psychologists logo

PDFs available in English, Amharic, Mandarin, Korean, French, Vietnamese, Bahasa and Urdu

Mental Health Support for Children logo

Comprehensive resources for parents including Facebook Live video chats with clinicians, remote evaluations and telemedicine, phone consultations for follow-up, and daily tips for parenting during the crisis

Live Science logo

Lessons, games, science experiments, live demonstrations and virtual tours

NYC Department of Education logo

Social stories, visual aids, at-home tips for speech, occupational therapy and physical therapy

Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles logo

Arts and educational resources for kids and teens, art experiences, artist resources, mental health resources, local, state, national and international agencies

Scholastic logo

Stay connected by hearing the stories of real kids who have recently immigrated to the United States.

Time Out Tours logo

Visit museums and galleries worldwide with these virtual tours

Google Arts logo

Learn about different countries with Google’s online resources.

Boston Neighborhood Network Media logo

Educational videos by Boston Public School teachers are being broadcast on BNNTV, Comcast 9, RCN 15 and Verizon 1961.

Teach your children about immigration and show your support for immigrants with The ILC’s downloadable coloring sheets and discussion questions

Relief fund for Boston Public School families in need of financial support due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Immigrants are welcome to apply, regardless of legal status.

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