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Summer Youth and Family Resources

Museum events, online learning and more!

The City and County of Denver is committed to supporting the needs of our children as we continue adjusting our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic - the need to feel safe, be healthy, explore, learn … and laugh. The resources below provide guidance on everything from talking to children about COVID-19 to places where youth can access meals, technology support, afterschool activities, mindfulness tools (for you and your children) and more!

We'll continue adding resources to this page, so keep coming back.
... we're in this together!

  • MYDenverCard
    The MY Denver Card will host outdoor activities for youth along with grab-and-go meals Monday – Friday, 4:30-5:30 PM at the following recreation centers:
    • Athmar
    • Atzlan
    • College View
    • Cook Park
    • Eisenhower
    • Green Valley Ranch
    • Harvard Gulch
    • Harvey Park
    • Hiawatha Davis Jr.
    • Johnson
    • Montbello
    • Montclair
    • Swansea
    • 5090 Broadway

A limited number of other recreation programs will also be offered beginning September 8, 2020. These classes and activities will occur in outdoor spaces following protocols and guidelines as outlined by the CDC, state, and local orders.
Visit www.denvergov.org/Recreation for more details.

  • Youth Program Locator
    Find your child's next adventure. Denver families can search for virtual and in-person programs based on your child’s age, location, specific interests, and more!
    Search the program locator now.

  • Junior Achievement
    Parents, volunteers, and educators can access educational resources and activities to engage middle and high school students.
    Learn more about junior achievement.
  • Denver Human Services
    A child care assistance team can connect your family to resources to find the best provider for your children. If you need help paying for child care, Denver Human Services can also asssist you with applying for assistance. Learn more.

  • Denver Public Schools
    Child care registration opens August 24 for team members and families of Denver Public Schools.
    Learn moreRegister here.

    • Session II Child Care: Registration opens August 24, 2020
      Date and Time:
      September 8 - October 16  | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
      Age Range: 5 - 12
      Locations: 55 elementary schools across the district
      Cost: $10 per student, per day

  • Colorado Shines
    This referral program helps families find the right care for their child. It provides families with a checklist, an online search tool to help narrow the choices and list of provider ratings. Search now.

  • Mile High United Way
    Child Care Resource & Referrals specialists are available to provide referrals to child care, financial assistance information, and education about the quality and availability of care. Learn more.
  • Bright by Text
    Parents and caregivers of young children, prenatal to age eight, can receive text messages from early childhood experts to support healthy child development and build strong, resilient families. Sign up here.

  • Remote Learning Labs
    The Office of Children's Affairs, Denver Afterschool Alliance, and Denver Parks and Recreation are working together to provide free remote learning labs for students. Learning labs provide a safe and supportive place where students can do their online schoolwork while parents/guardians are at work. Start dates, times, and age ranges may vary. Learn more about Remote Learning Labs.

  • Denver Great Kids Head Start
    Education programs and support services at no cost for children ages 0 to 5 and their families. Comprehensive child development programs and kindergarten preparation available to pregnant moms, infants, toddlers, preschooler and their families. Learn more.

  • Denver Public Library
    • Virtual Live Storytime: Watch video.
      • Spanish Storytime (Mon - Fri, 9:00 a.m.)
      • Toddler Storytime (Mon - Fri, 10:00 a.m.)
      • All Ages Storytime (Mon - Fri, 11:00 a.m.)
         
    • Virtual Programming: Learn more.
      Join us for virtual book clubs, conversations, read-alouds, online gaming and more.

    • Phone-a-Story: Dial 720-865-8500 to hear stories and songs in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Amharic!

    • Connect with a Librarian: Login to denverlibrary.org/ask-us-chat and connect with librarian. Get answers to questions, research guidance, and help finding information online. 

    • Online Homework Tools: Access homework resources and research databases any time for reliable and accurate information (must have a Denver Public Library card).

    • eBook Collections for DPS Students: Login to Sora using your DPS credentials (6-digit Student ID # and 8-digit birthdate) and add Denver Public Library to access two eBook collections! 

    • Get a Personalized Reading List: https://www.denverlibrary.org/reads
      Fill out a short form and a list of 8-10 titles picked just for you will be emailed! Lists can be made for kids, teens and adults. 

    • Read, Play and Learn From Home: kids.denverlibrary.org/at-home
      Fun stuff for children from birth to 8th grade.

    • Research Tools for Grades 6 -12: teens.denverlibrary.org/homework

    • Curbside Pick Up (10 Items): Tell us what book, movie or music you crave and library staff will bundle them up and arrange for you to pick them up, curbside (10 items per library card)! Learn more and request your items.
  • Tasty Food - Where Denver Youth Eat Free
    Youth, ages 1 - 18, can enjoy breakfast, lunch, a nutritious snack or a supper meal. Registration is not required. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Learn more.

  • Food Map
    Individuals and families can can obtain food during the COVID-19 pandemic at various locations across the city. Learn where each is located, along with their hours of operation and types of meals they offer. View the map.

  • Denver Public Schools
    This fall, Denver Public Schools is offering free curbside breakfast and lunch meals at specific sites Monday - Friday,  from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.,  and meal delivery to some schools and community locations throughout the city. Learn more.

  • Hunger Free Colorado
    Hunger Free Colorado is a one-stop resource for local and federal nutrition assistance. They can connect families to community food resources cross the state. You can also call the Food Resource Hotline Monday - Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at  855-855-4626. The hotline is bilingual (English and Spanish). Learn more.
  • Denver Public Schools
    Based on data and guidance received from local health experts, Denver Public Schools will extend remote instruction from the start of school on Aug. 24 through Oct. 16, which is the end of the first quarter of the school year for many schools. This applies to all district-run, innovation, and charter schools in the  district. Learn more.
  • Why Aren't We Teaching You Mindfulness: TEDxYouth@MileHigh
    Learn why mindfulness is so important for students and educators alike, and why you should make it a priority in your daily life. Watch video.

  • Just Breathe
    Listen to elementary students explain how anger feels and how they calm themselves down. Their testimonies will increase your empathy toward children and teach effective ways you can remain calm, too. Watch video.

  • 30 seconds to mindfulness: TEDxNaperville
    Learn how to go from stressed to calm in less than 30 seconds. Use this mindfulness technique to de-stress in your busy life. Watch video.

  • Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower: An Animation
    Mindfulness is one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your well-being. Watch this fun, animated video to learn why it’s so important and how to practice it. Watch video.

  • Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19: Johns Hopkins Children's Center
    Here are a few tips from pediatric psychologists and Child Life specialists to help kids decrease stress and improve coping skills. View tips.

  • A Teen's Guide to Coping with COVID-19: Johns Hopkins Children's Center
    Being a teenager right now is particularly difficult and feeling stressed is normal. This guide will help teens identify what's causing stress and provide coping tools. View guide.
  • Home Internet Access
    Comcast is making it easier to connect low-income families to home Internet. Learn more.

  • Free Hot Spots
    Xfinity WiFi is offering hotspots for free.  These hotspots are normally located in business areas, retail locations and transit areas. Find your nearest hotspot.

  • Learning Centers
    Free Learning Centers are availabe at four Denver recreation centers, August 26 - October 16: 5090, Athmar, Montbello and Rude. These centers provide children with a safe and supportive place to get access to wifi and help with their online schoolwork while parents/guardians are at work. Participants will have to provide their own laptops. Breakfast, lunch and snack are included! Learn more and complete an interest form.

  • Denver Public Library

    • Laptop Access and Printing: Access laptops and limited printing for 30-minute sessions at the following locations:
      • Central Library (Tue - Fri, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
      • Athmar Park (Tue - Fri, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.)
      • Ross-Barnum (Tue - Fri, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. ~ beginning 8/18)
      • Bear Valley (Tue - Fri, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.), (Sat, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
      • Ford-Warren (Tue - Fri, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.)
      • Green Valley Ranch (Tue - Fri, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
      • Hadley (Tue - Fri, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.), (Sat, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
      • Hampden (Tue - Fri, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
      • Montbello (Tue - Fri, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
      • Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales (Tue - Fri, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.)
      • Valdez Perry (Tue - Fri, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.), (Sat, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
         
    • 24/7 Wifi: Wifi is available all day, every day, outside of all 26 library locations for anyone to use with their own device - just connect to  the 'DPLWireless' network.|

    • General Tech Help: Appointments available via phone at 720-865-1111 or chat.
       
  • Internet Safety for Students
    https://www.dpsk12.org/wp-content/uploads/online_safety_for_students.pdf