During this uncertain time, as we all face the stress and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to equipping you with free resources to provide continued emotional support for young children.
Our new special video series, featuring Al, the endearing puppet role model in our evidence-based program “Al’s Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices,” helps children cope with daily life during the Coronavirus health crisis. Al talks with the children about his own feelings, about feelings they may be experiencing, and how to manage them.
Al’s messages can benefit all children, whether this is the first time they are meeting him, or they already know him from the classroom.
We invite you to share the videos and our other free resources through your social media outlets, on your website, through email or other ways you communicate with families and community partners.
Together we can foster children’s resilience during these challenging times and strengthen their skills for life.
Video: Helping children deal with feelings about missing their friends and staying home
In this video, Al talks to children about feelings they might be having from missing their friends and teachers and staying home, and the importance of staying healthy. Al sings the “I’m a Healthy Child” song that reminds children that being healthy means taking care of their bodies and talking about how they feel.
Video: Encouraging children to talk about feelings from missing events and friends
In this video, Al encourages children to talk to a trusted adult about feelings they may have from missing fun events and friends due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Video: Al helps children use the “Calm Down” steps to handle big feelings
In this video, Al talks to children about using the “Calm Down” steps to handle big feelings they may have from being home so much due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As you know, self-regulation is an important social-emotional skill, particularly during this unusual time when feelings flare up because daily life has changed for so many.
Video: Al helps children deal with feeling scared when they see people wear masks
In this video, Al wears a mask and explains to children that many people are wearing masks to stay safe and healthy, and to stop the bad virus (COVID-19) from spreading. He tells them that it is ok if they feel scared or worried or any other feeling.
Video: Al helps children cope with being disappointed when plans are canceled
In this video, Al talks with the children about feeling disappointed when plans are canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He encourages them to think of other fun things they can do while staying home and to talk to a trusted adult about their feelings. Al sings the “Lots of Feelings” song to remind the children that any feelings they have are ok – there are no right or wrong feelings.