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Helpful Resources for Families

Recommendations from the Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL) for the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.


The Executive Office on Early Learning has curated a list of resources that families may find helpful during this extensive time at home with their children. As the state government agency in charge of coordinating early learning, we are providing materials that are appropriate for families with children from birth to kindergarten entry. However, there may be some resources that families with children any age may find helpful.
We have always emphasized the importance of positive adult-child interactions, which are key as children develop and learn. Interactive activities grounded in the science of child development promote high-quality learning experiences for children. Furthermore, particularly during these times, such experiences offer adults ways to provide the nurturing, stimulating, and secure environment children need. Children’s identities and sense of self are embedded within the quality of respectful, responsive relationships with the adults who matter most in their lives.

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Learning Together: Opportunities for Meaningful Interactions
Interactive Activities for Families and Children

Learning through meaningful interactions that support and enhance quality relationships are key for young children. These interactions impact children’s ongoing learning in all areas, including language/literacy, mathematics, the sciences, the arts, physical and perceptual skills, and social-emotional well-being.

The links below provide descriptions of activities that benefit children’s development and learning, promote meaningful interactions, provide parents with the opportunity to observe their children’s engagement in learning, and foster positive adult-child relationships.

Music — Singing and Movement — Activities

Sample Pop Music

Songs for Carmilla (album)
• short covers and original songs by Christina Perri

Can’t Help Falling in Love With You
• child & father singing

You’ll Be in My Heart from Tarzan (start at 3:08)
• child & father singing

Tomorrow from Annie (start at 0:15)
• child & father singing

Cantus from Frozen
• choral performance

Island Style & ‘Oiwi E

Sample Children’s Songs

Had a Little Rooster (album)
• variety of short American folk tunes

Zudio (African-American Dance Game)
Brush Your Teeth
Corner Grocery Store

Sample Music from Other Cultures

Al la nanita (Spain)
Shojoji (Japan)
Irish/Celtic Music
• exposure to meter and rhythm

Sample Percussion Performances

Hambone (Body percussion for parents)
Stomp Live
• West African dance

Sample Instrumental

Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev)
• With narration

Engaging with Infants

Boucing Your Baby (tutorial with several rhymes)
Dancing with Baby (tutorial with several songs)
Bouncing on My Knee
Rain is Falling Down

Online Music Activities

Melody Maker
Rhythm Maker

Routines for Children

With schools closed, children are at home and their schedules — as well as the schedules of parents and caregivers — have been disrupted. It can be especially helpful during this time to establish new routines. Below are resources that can help you understand the importance of routines and schedules as well as build some basic ones that meet your family’s needs.


Screen Time Information

Professionals specializing in early childhood development and education have long urged parents and caregivers to be mindful of screen time with their young children. Generally, we recommend parents limit screen time for young children. We understand, though, that it might be harder to avoid screen time with children at home during the day while parents are expected to work. Below we’re offering you some information about screen time and the importance of emphasizing authentic learning programming and positive adult-child relationships. We also want to remind parents that the most important thing is that children are safe and nurtured, so the materials below are meant to help parents and caregivers make sure any online activities are safe and respectful of children’s learning needs.


Development and Learning – Birth to Kindergarten Entry

This information may help you to understand where your child might be on the continuum of learning and development, and guide you in supporting your child’s growth. These milestones/standards are used widely by early care and education providers in Hawaii.

Developmental Milestone References

Hawai’i Early Learning and Development Standards


COVID-19 Resources

During this crisis, there are specific tips for individuals and families that will help you stay safe. The resources below provide guidance on everything from talking to your young ones about the novel (new) coronavirus, to good hygiene and social distancing recommendations, to self-care for parents and caregivers. We are providing a curated list of trusted resources below to help with COVID-19-specific information and guidance. Please also stay updated with government and trusted news sources.

What to Do as a Parent or Caregiver During COVID-19


Last Updated: March 2020