News about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is everywhere and concern over this virus can result in families feeling anxious. On March 13, 2020, Governor Doug Burgum declared a state of emergency for North Dakota in response to the novel COVID-19 public health crisis.

Parents, family members, and other trusted adults play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear.

Parents Lead Toolkit: Parenting During a Pandemic

Resources to help guide your conversations.

Things to do at home

Other helpful resources


Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

Understanding COVID-19 and how germs spread

Daniel Tiger - How to talk to your kids

How to talk with your child about the coronavirus

5 ways to help teens manage anxiety about the coronavirus

Coronavirus Resources - for Parents & Kids

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With COVID-19

Parenting in the time of COVID-19

COVID Stories for Little Learners


ND-Specific Updates

ND Public Instruction

ND Health


Resource Centers

Family Voices (aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities)

Pathfinder Services in North Dakota (Resources for families, professionals, and communities focusing on youth and young adults with learning differences or challenges)

Federation of Families (a parent-run organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families)

Find a regional human service center which offers behavioral health assessments and services.

Call 2-1-1, a simple, free number that connects callers to information about health and human services. 

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)