Cedar Rapids COVID-19 Resource Guide

Cedar Rapids COVID-19 Resource Guide

We know it’s an unsettling time for everyone with the COVID-19 pandemic and the scary feeling of not knowing what is coming next. To all of our moms, to all of our readers, you are NOT ALONE! We are all feeling many of the same feelings, and have so many questions. Although we cannot provide you with many of the answers we all would like to know, we can do our best to continue providing you with the resources, latest up-to-date information, and activities to keep you and the kiddos busy (and sane!) during this uncertain time.

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THINGS FOR KIDS TO DO (EDUCATION, ACTIVITIES, & ENTERTAINMENT)

Having children at home for an unknown period of time can bring some anticipation and worry. How will we keep them entertained for days on end? What can we do to help them keep learning outside of the classroom? We’ve compiled a variety of resources from our team, as well as various other helpful articles that we’ve found. Click on the images below to head straight to the resource!

Things to do when school is Closed
free books and movies
20 Indoor Boredom Busters for Kids
11 sanity saving activities
Advice from a Veteran Homeschool Mom
DIY flash cards
virtual museum tours
routine and chore charts
Free Education Apps
Mega List of Online Resources
20 virtual field trips
STEM Resources for kids

LOCAL & FEDERAL RESOURCES

Staying up-to-date with your trusted local and federal resources is so important with the rapid rate at which things are changing. We encourage you to check these resources regularly and please let us know if you see any information that needs to be added by emailing [email protected]

Covid information from the CDC
Talking to your kids about Covid-19
Pregnacy and COVID-19

LOCAL GOVERNMENT COVID-19 RESOURCES

Iowa Department of Public Health
Linn County
Iowa Workforce Development (Including Unemployment Information)
Department of Human Services
Childcare Resources
Mental Health Resources
Foundation 2 


LOCAL HOSPITAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

Unity Point Health Cedar Rapids
Mercy Cedar Rapids
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics


FACEBOOK GROUPS

QuarantinED for Iowa Parents and Caregivers: This group provides educational resources for parents in Iowa.

Cedar Rapids Iowa Community Coronavirus Quarantine Resources: This group provides announcements and local resources.

Cedar Rapids Mama Sisterhood: This group provides connection and support for Cedar Rapids area mamas, sponsored by Cedar Rapids Moms.

LOCAL GUIDES

Free Lunches for Kids in Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids Area Food Pantries and Free Meal Programs
Cedar Rapids Local Livestreams

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Back to School: A New Outlook on In-Person Learning

On Monday, August 24th, my daughter headed back to school for in-person learning.   Like many others, it was her first day back in over five months.  Thursday, March 12th was the last day she was there.  And now, after all that time, she’s back in class.   All day.  Five days a week.  Along with that, […]

Is it COVID-19 or a Cold? Sickness and Anxiety During a Pandemic

Saturday was going off like usual, hanging out at our house as we have done for the past twenty weekends, other than that one out of town trip. We did some yard work, cleaned, played with the kids, watched Disney+; you know the drill. We spent the afternoon enjoying the weather outside cooling down in […]

Celebrating My Son’s Birthday During COVID-19

If I’m completely honest, I wish I could have done more for my son’s birthday. Because of COVID-19, our financial security has not been the greatest, and I felt like it was irresponsible to spend money on a party that nobody could even come to. This attempt at some realistic thinking clashed with my desire […]

Working From Home During a Pandemic With Kids – A Satirical Yelp Review

Working from Home during a Pandemic With Kids: Zero Stars – Do Not Recommend With COVID-19’s spread forcing the world into lockdown, my job became remote overnight. I set things up at my desk at home and thought that I had a neat opportunity to get some work done and have some additional time with […]

Let them Play: A Mom’s Guide to Restarting Playdates

Although it feels weird at first, it’s time to start adjusting to a partially open society.  Some things are closed through the summer, but most are opening back up (though looking a bit different).  I want to take advantage of this time with fewer restrictions because this year has made me realize we don’t know […]

Maybe I Don’t Want Things To Go back to Normal

As we reach the end of another month in quarantine, there’s a lot of talk about re-opening our state (and country), about getting things back to normal. Maybe it’s strange, but I’m not sure I want things to go back to normal. I know a lot of hard things are happening right now. Some of […]

Nobody’s Talking About The Grandparents

Nobody’s talking about the grandparents. You guys, I feel for the single mamas, the unemployed, the suddenly working from home dads who have to figure out how to do their job AT home and with kids screaming in the background. My heart hurts for the high school seniors who won’t get to graduate, who won’t […]

QuaranQueen Challenge: Embracing the Abnormal {Free Printable}

In my pre-quarantine days, I never had a problem filling the hours of a day. There were never enough minutes in an hour to complete all the things that needed to be done. So when social distance restrictions fell into place, I will be honest, I was delighted. By staying home I was helping stop […]

We are Still United, Even While We Are Divided

United We Stand. Divided We Fall. Never has this phrase meant more than now… We have always known that humans are judgmental creatures. That is not news to anyone. What surprised me, however, was how quickly it became a ‘me vs them’ mentality across our nation.  During natural disasters, crippling diagnoses, terrorist attacks, and other isolated threats […]

I’m Struggling Right Now, and That’s Okay: COVID-19 and Anxiety

I’m no psychologist, but I’m pretty sure I’m suffering from some COVID-19-related anxiety. I woke myself up coughing the other night. In my half-asleep, half-dreaming haze, I remember whispering to myself in the dark “Guess I have the coronavirus. Awesome.” I test myself for a sore throat throughout the day. I wonder if that headache […]


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Kaitlyn Swaim
Kaitlyn is the owner of Cedar Rapids Moms and is an Iowa girl who has been married to her husband, Joshua, since 2007! She’s a busy work-at-home mama to their 5 children: 3 girls and 2 boys! A true Hawkeye, she graduated from the University of Iowa with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, something that comes in handy on a daily basis while trying to raise 5 kids! Her favorite things to do include spending time with her family, cheering on the Hawkeyes, reading a good book, shopping (of course!), and checking out all the activities the Corridor has to offer!