Parent Resources

Supporting Children After A Tragic Event

Sandy Hook Elementary School

It's important to acknowledge this tragedy and the feelings it brings up. Reassure your kids that they are safe and that there are lots of people who can help and who are helping.

·         National Association for Young Children:
·         American Psychological Association:
·         The Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
·         Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL):
·         American Academy of Pediatrics: Resources to Help Parents, Children and Others Cope in the Aftermath of School Shootings
·        Crisis and School Safety – Talking to Children About Violence: Information for Parents and Educators
·         NYU Langone Medical Center – Guidelines on Providing Support to Children Following the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School
·         The National Institute on Mental Health: (Resources are available in Spanish).
·         NY Times Parenting Blog: How Not to Talk With Children About the Newtown Shooting:
·         Child Mind Institute: and
·         Save The Children: How to Help Children Cope with a Crisis
·         Emotionally Responsive Practice videos by Lesley Koplow:

Hurricane Sandy

Children’s reactions to Hurricane Sandy will vary based on their circumstances. Many children, including children who may not have been directly impacted by the storm, will have questions and concerns. The resources below can support families, caregivers, and educators as they work with young children.

Please click here to view our OECE Resource Guide.  

The Office of Early Childhood Education (OECE) recognizes that many programs and families across the city remain impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  As a part of our ongoing effort to support UPK programs affected by the storm, the OECE is working with the Office of School Programs and Partnerships (OSPP) to match donors with programs in need.  If your organization would like to join our effort by offering materials, resources, or other types of support to impacted UPK programs, please complete the survey found here:  Please see for more information.

If you are site which has been impacted by the storm and you need assistance, please visit Please include your site's Unique ID in the School DBN field; enter the Director's Name in the Principal's Name field; and select "Early Childhood" to indicate the grade level your school serves.
Emotionally Responsive Practice (ERP)
Lesley Koplow offers guidelines for addressing young children’s experiences with Hurricane Sandy. These guidelines are applicable to teachers and families.

Sesame Street
Sesame Street has produced several short children’s videos that address many common experiences and emotions related to the hurricane. They also have quick tips to support parents and caregivers working with young children.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC has tips for talking with children about disasters and helping children after disasters. They also have resources for families coping with disaster, as well as a comprehensive list of supporting websites.

Teaching Strategies
Teaching Strategies compiled strategies that teachers can use to respond to children’s needs after hurricanes. The resource includes research about how children respond to trauma, as well as concrete suggestions for learning centers and books for children.

Save the Children
Save the Children has published ten tips to help children cope with Hurricane Sandy aftermath.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has many resources for families, caregivers, and educators. Several of the resources are available in Spanish and English.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA has information about helping children cope with disaster, including tips for meeting children’s emotional needs and reassuring children after a disaster. 

Scholastic Book Grants opportunity  

NYU Resources for Teachers & Families
Help Your Child Adjust After the Storm – You may notice changes in your child’s behavior since Hurricane Sandy. Children in impacted areas and surrounding areas are impacted differently. Below are some resources to help you cope and help you in guiding your child to recovery.