Upcoming events and resources for parents and caregivers

Back to school is always a hectic time of year, and the additional stress of COVID-19 has taken its toll on families. Balanced You has a few resources to share to help ease some stress.

Recorded webinar: Covid-19 and Kids

Recently, Balanced You hosted a webinar with members of the Public Health – Seattle & King County COVID-19 Schools and Child Care Task Force. Watch the recording on the Balanced You blog to learn about the mitigation strategies that help reduce the risk of COVID-19 to young children.

Upcoming webinar: Planning for college

Hosted by Balanced You Financial Services Partner, MSA

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 | 9 a.m. & Noon   | Register here

The costs of attending college continue to increase, so planning is imperative. This class will discuss different types of college savings accounts and review the FAFSA financial aid process. It’s important to get funds from as many sources as possible, so we’ll review scholarships, grants, and loans. Get ready to leave this class better prepared to establish and fund your college savings goals. 

Upcoming classes: Mindful Parenting

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 | 12 – 2 p.m. | Register here

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 | 12 – 2 p.m. | Register here

In this class, Mindfulness Northwest will bring the lens of mindfulness to bear on what some say is the “world’s hardest job”, helping you meet the joys and challenges of parenting.

Resources for Parents and Caregivers during COVID-19

For financial resources like subsidizes on childcare and emotional support, read through Resources for Parents and Caregivers during COVID-19

Making Life Easier (MLE) Benefit: Childcare and Parenting resources

MLE’s Childcare and Parenting resource is a free benefit that includes unlimited calls and instant messaging for resources and referral assistance for kids from birth to age 16. Read more here.

Mental Health America’s 2021 Back to School Toolkit

A lot of kids and teens haven’t been able to feel safe or stable over the last year because of the trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways it has disrupted “normal” life. MHA’s 2021 Back to School toolkit, “Facing Fears, Supporting Students,” aims to help students, parents, and school personnel recognize how feeling unsafe can impact mental health and school performance, and what can be done to help young people who are struggling with their mental health. 

Download toolkit in English or Spanish: mhanational.org/back2school

Questions? Email BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov

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