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

Tips for Dealing With COVID in Your Family: The Sickness and Shame

You have taken all precautions that you can… Staying within your “bubble” for the most part. You rarely go out to eat at restaurants indoors and avoid large gatherings.  Masking up when out in public.  Those in your family that can be are vaccinated. Then, a family member gets congestion, a stuffy nose, cough, fever, […]

The “Stigma” of Testing Positive for COVID-19

COVID-19.  You can’t turn on the news or scroll through social media without hearing or seeing the word.   We’ve spent the last year and a half doing everything possible to prevent our exposure to it. Wipe down your groceries. Wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer. Don’t gather in large groups. Shut down schools. Close restaurants. […]

I’m Over The Teacher Hate

I know it was a roller-coaster kind of a year for everyone, but teachers might have had the worst ride of all. A year ago, teachers were overworked and underpaid, but at least we showed them our gratitude by sending in snacks for conference nights and giving gifts on holidays and Teacher Appreciation Day. Then […]

Fast Fingers and Faith: Tips for Scheduling a COVID Vaccine

When I first tried to sign up for the COVID vaccine, I naively thought it would be simple and straightforward.  Then I read an article comparing the process to trying to score Beyonce tickets.  I thought they were exaggerating.  But no!  It is an arduous process that involves frequent refreshing and fast fingers.  With some […]

I Gave Birth as the World Shut Down

I tell people I gave birth as the world shut down. My little one was born on March 19th, 2020, just as the US was beginning to respond to the threat of the coronavirus. My last week of pregnancy was filled with immense uncertainty, as the hospital where I was going to deliver my baby […]

The Best Worst Choice: Sending our Daughter Back to School

We all make the best decisions we can for our children.  COVID taught us that what is right for one family isn’t right for another. After the Longest Spring Break in History, we were so excited about the idea of Big going back to school.  We opted for an online format for the first semester […]

We had COVID-19, and We Are Still Recovering

I know; we are all sick of hearing and talking about COVID-19. I get it. Frankly, so am I. But, we’re not talking enough about one important aspect — what COVID-19 recovery is like and how our quality of life continues to be potentially impacted days, weeks, and months after initial symptoms. Que fall 2020. […]

I Got COVID-19. Here Is My Experience.

I was completely shocked when I opened an email late in September that read “you have tested positive for COVID-19”. I had been tested for COVID-19 earlier that day, more so to “rule it out” since I was feeling slightly under the weather but figured it was just a run of the mill seasonal illness. […]

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 […]


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Kaitlyn is the founder and previous 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!