FAMILY Resources

CAIU Families: Please visit for the most up-to-date information regarding CAIU classroom communication.

Tips for Navigating the Family Resource Area


Health, Safety, and Well-being

Your health, safety, and well-being are a priority. Below are website links to agencies and organizations that can help.

Pennsylvania 211: Get Connected. Get Help.™

If you need to connect with resources in your community, but don’t know where to look, Pennsylvania 211 is a great place to start. From help with a utilities bill, to housing assistance, after-school programs for kids, and more, you can dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free. Our specialists will listen to your needs, and give you information on programs in your community that might be able to help.

Tips for Families Videos and Presentations from CAIU Staff

For additional family tips and tutorials navigate to Family Resources -> Video & Other Resources.

Tips for Helping Families Cope

strategies video draft.mp4
THINK Presentation.pptx
July 13 Summer Fun Beach and Ocean Animals.pdf

Resources for Children and their Families

Virtual Wellness CAIU Site

National Alliance on Mental Health Resources

Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) has additional local community resources available at and resources for coping with a crisis at

Wellbeing List
PA Support.docx

Virtual Drop-In Meetings for Adults and Youth

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumer's Association (PMHCA) is a state-wide member organization dedicated to the support of all people who seek aid for recovery from a mental illness at any stage in their journey. Learn more at

Virtual Drop-Ins

  • Adult Virtual Drop-In
    Meetings will take place using Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday from 1 pm to 2 pm. Meetings will be moderated by Kathy Quick, Jason Rilogio, and Samantha Harkins.
    Meeting ID: 131-337-859, Meeting Link:

  • Certified Peer Professional Virtual Drop-In
    Designed specifically for Certified Peer Professionals by the Pa Peer Support Coalition. Meetings are held on Mondays
    from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Meetings will be moderated by Jason Rilogio, Dave Measel,
    and Keith Elders.
    Meeting ID: 305-863-445, Meeting Link:


Find out more about each meeting by clicking here.

Resources for Kin Raising Children

We know that grandparents and other kin raising children – informally without the support of child welfare agencies – are struggling due to impacts of COVID-19. The KinConnector Program can help kinship caregivers navigate the overwhelming and noble commitment they have made to raise these children. By calling the toll-free hotline, trained KinNavigators can assist with referrals to essential services to fulfill basic needs, as well as connect caregivers with programs to support mental and behavioral health, educational support, or just to be a listening ear during this stressful time. Please share this resource with your networks so that more caregivers know about the help available to them.

KinConnector Helpline: 1-866-KIN-2111 (1-866-546-2111)

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more about the program.

PDE Resource List .pdf

Educational Websites

Parent tools and activities

Internet Assistance

Internet Essentials Application.docx
Guide to Internet Service during COVID 19.docx

Summer Food Program

The USDA Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to kids age 18 and younger in low-income areas. Click on the following link for more information:

March 2020 Area Food Resources.docx

Sheetz Kidz Meal Bagz

Kidz Meal Bagz Launch Company Wide starting Thursday, April 16, 2020

Kidz Meal Bagz is a program providing free meals to help children and families in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals will be available all day, at all 600 Sheetz locations, starting Thursday, April 16th and will include a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink.

Families interested in taking advantage of the free Kidz Meal Bagz program should go to a Sheetz location and ask an employee at the register for a meal. Families will be offered one bag per child. Meals will be available daily while supplies last.

Go to for participating locations

Other Food Resources

Lasagna Love-

Meal Delivery

Childcare Centers for Life-Sustaining Employees

Child care providers listed are approved to operate during the COVID-19 public health emergency. If you work in a life-sustaining position, these providers may be able to help you and your family if you need child care. Please note that this list may change, and we are doing our best to keep it up-to-date, but providers listed may make the decision to close at any time. We encourage all personnel in life-sustaining positions to make a back-up plan for child care should their provider decide to close.

DHS has issued update Child Care FAQs for Families in need. Please follow this link for information or see attached document below.

5.26 Child Care FAQs for families updated.pdf

For additional resources, visit

Church World Services

On this page you will find Coronavirus resources as well as educational resources surrounding local, national, and global topics of refugees, immigrants, and forced displacement.

PA Office of Developmental Programs at

PA Department of Community and Economic Development at

United Way of the Capital Region Covid-19 Response at

Perform Care Consumer Resource Guide (2).xlsx

PaTTAN Family Resources