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COVID-19 Resources


Children and COVID-19: State Level Data Report reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics on State Level cases of COVID-19 in Children 

COVID-19 Cases Among Tennessee School-Aged Children updated daily

COVID-19 Cases Among All Children 0-18 updated weekly 

Overview of the 2020 Coronavirus Relief (CARES) Act, The Balance Blog,

Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Coverage Enrollment for Special Conditions. People who are losing health care coverage due to job loss can apply under the Affordable Health Care Act, This is not available to people who were uninsured.

TennCare Application: Individuals can apply online at or by calling

Office of the Governor:

Parenting Support Line - Prevent Child Abuse - 1-800-CHILDREN
More parenting resources listed below.

Crisis Text Line : Text “TN” to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255. Number for people with hearing difficulty: 1-800-273-8255.

Governor's Briefing streaming video

COVID-19 Unified Command, a joint effort to be led by Commissioner Stuart McWhorter, to streamline coordination across the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Military.

News Releases from Tennessee state government agencies are available in the state News Room.

Tennessee State Departments Appeal to Retirees and Masters Program Students to Meet Potential Workforce Needs (TDMHSAS News Release) TDMHSAS/DCS respond proactively to potential needs caused by COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus Rumor Control

Center for Disease Control latest news and resources about COVID-19.

NCSL COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: What It Means for States

Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Coronavirus Disease Information and Resources,

National Federation for Families, Home Resource for Parents and Caregivers Facebook Page,.

Tennessee Department of Human Services, News

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United States Census Bureau COVID - 19 Demographic and Economic Resources information by state and county.

Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Coronavirus Disease Information and Resources

Food Research and Action Center COVID-19 Child Nutrition Resource informationCOVID-19 Child Nutrition Guidance and Meal Sites by State.

National Recreation and Park Association has a comprehensive news and resources page involving COVID-19

Center for Disease Control important page on cleaning and disinfection recommendations for community facilities with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

CDC on how to prepare and take action for COVID-19 for schools, workplaces, and community locations

Tennessee Department of Education has partnered with Hoonuit to provide a school meal finder for families in Tennessee!

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) an independent population health research center at UW Medicine, part of the University of Washington, current projections of the COVID-19 virus nationally and by state. These projections will be in a constant state of flux (daily and weekly) as each individual state and federal agencies adjust their strategies.

Education Resources


A guide to combating COVID-19 learning loss 

What Chiefs for Change is doing to respond to the Coronavirus,.

Open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science, Educational Lessons for K-5,.

Affordable high-speed internet for low-income households, All low-income families in need.

Guidance on culturally responsive-sustaining remote education.

Online instructional supports for students with disabilities.

Providing meals for students who typically qualify for FRL.

High-quality instructional support for English Learners online,.

How to support students' mental and SEL needs.

District support for families' access to tech for all families in need during school closures, .

Key lessons from learning science for families thrust overnight into educator role.
In Spanish - Key lessons from learning science for families thrust into educator role. 

Range of resources re youth experiencing homelessness.

First-generation college students affected by upended college admissions process; less access to counselors.

San Diego Office of Ed sharing language development resources for English Language Learners students.

Financial Resources

Arnold, C., NPR, Lost Work Because Of Coronavirus? How To Get Unemployment, Skip Loan Payments And More, March 30.

Information about  Coronavirus Economic impact Payments
Tax Foundation Coronavirus Relief Bill F&Q,

Overview of the 2020 Coronavirus Relief (CARES) Act, The Balance Blog,

Unemployment Compensation. Tennessee’s unemployment system is completely online. Individuals can apply, checkthe status of their claim, and complete weekly certifications at

Financial Help Resources

Mutual Aid Groups Popping Up To Help get food, medicine, and shelter to those who need it most, non-education general aid resource.

Tennessee Department of Human Services:  Financial Aid Available for Certain Families That Lost Employment Due to COVID-19 . Hotline: 833-496-0661

Tennessee Department of Human Services, News

Tennessee Talent Exchange (Available Jobs),

National Employment Law Project released a factsheet and press release on Unemployment Insurance Provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The factsheet gives an overview of the three unemployment programs within the $2 trillion stimulus package. It also released this factsheet on the unemployment provisions in the Families First Act. While the fact sheets do not address this, NELP staff have advised us that state legislative action is not needed to implement the CARES provisions—the governor just needs to get a plan approved by the Department of Labor.The National Women's Law Center created a factsheet with an overview of the recovery rebates for individuals. Their analysis confirms that these rebates will not be considered as income for federal means-tested programs. The NWLC also outlined key priorities to include in the forthcoming package. 

Parenting Resources

Parenting Support Line - Prevent Child Abuse - 1-800-CHILDREN

National Federation for Families, Home Resource for Parents and Caregivers Facebook Page

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Tennessee Voices COVID-19 Resources

Tennessee Voices COVID-19 Resources for Teens

Health Resources

Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Coverage Enrollment for Special Conditions. People who are losing health care coverage can apply under the Affordable Health Care Act,

TennCare Application: Individuals can apply online at or by calling

Commonwealth Fund, To the Point, Did You Lose Your Health Insurance Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic? Coverage Options for Laid-Off Workers and Others

American Public Health Services Association, COVID-19 Updates & Resources.

Mental Health Resources

TDMHSAS Faith Based Resource COVID-19 Information

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Information for Providers, Consumers, and Families

Crisis Text Line : Text “TN” to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line and to immediately be connected to a trained crisis counselor 24/7.  Click this link to learn about the Crisis Text Line   

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255.  Online chat option.

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, 1-800-273-8255

Go HERE for free, anonymous, evidence-based Screenings For Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, etc.  Parents can take a screening to determine if their children are showing symptoms of depression or anxiety. The back-end of the screenings provides local resources and do-it-yourself exercises to help.

Mental Health America resources:  It includes some COVID-19 bonus materials.

TDMHSAS: Information for Providers, Consumers, and Families ( website)

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration/U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

For persons who are 138 of Federal Poverty Level or below, Tennessee’s Behavioral Health Safety Net provides a range of essential mental health services. Additionally, our substance abuse continuum of care provides addiction treatment services to Tennesseans with no means to pay.

Tennessee’s 24/7/365 Statewide Crisis Line: 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471) or text TN to 741-741 to connect to a trained counselor.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration tip sheet.

Tennessee REDLINE 24/7 for a free, confidential referral to addiction treatment resources: 800-889-9789.

The TDMHSAS COVID-19 website.

Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Quarterly, Cutting Through the Jargon: How the CARES Act Works for Nonprofits,

Nonprofit Quarterly, How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19

National Council of Nonprofits, Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19

CDC Foundation, Covid-19 Guidelines for Nonprofits

Child Care

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s explainer gives guidance on the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance for child care providers.

CLASP released a factsheet explaining why 3.5 Billion for Child Care in Coronavirus Package is Not Enough.


National Immigration Law Center responded to the stimulus package in a press release, highlighting that the package leaves out immigrant workers and families paying taxes from some of the key CARES Act provisions. They have also released this fact sheet reviewing what immigrants are and are not eligible for.

Other Information Sources

Many organizations and agencies are analyzing, reporting and tracking COVID 19 policies and data. These include:

Legislative and Regulatory Information

Lexis-Nexis Legal Publishing is compiling a resource on coronavirus legislative and regulatory actions. Tennessee information includes pending legislation. 

Pellegrin, M., Sycamore Institute, What Will the Coronavirus Recession Mean for Tennessee’s Budget?