COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

Kids: Childcare, Education & Activities

Published: 04/01/2020

We know keeping the little ones busy can be a challenge during these trying times. We've compiled a list of resources to help keep your busy bodies a little less busy. Below is a selection of learning activities, art resources and other fun guides to help you and your family continue to learn and be creative during this period of self-quarantine.

School Information

  • RUSDAt home learning resources
  • AUSDOnline Educational Resources
  • RCCDCommunication resources for students 
  • UCRStudent Resources

Free Printing for Students

FREE WIFI PRINTING FOR STUDENTS: Send a print job from your laptop, tablet, or mobile device to Library-To-Go libraries and arrange a contactless pick up.


  • Riverside County Office of EducationState and federally funded program assists parents in Riverside County with finding licensed child care near their home, work, or child’s school. The computerized, geographically based program lists over 2,800 licensed centers and family child care homes.
  • Junior League of Riverside, Inc.
    - Free Diapers Third Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. - noon
    - Text Diapers to 855-909-0723 or  Email: diaper@jlriverside.org

Childcare Assistance to Families Program

The City of Riverside is collaborating with licensed childcare providers to assist families of essential workers, first responders, and individuals reentering the workforce with childcare services. To learn more about availability, contact any participating provider from the list below.
* Participating Provider

Childcare Centers Address Phone
All About Kids CDC 3640 Pacific Avenue 951-367-0704
*Big Sky Preschool, Inc. 10744 Hole Avenue 951-689-7022
Children's Lighthouse of Riverside 19743 Lurin Avenue 951-653-6688
Children's Discovery Center 4850 Jurupa Ave. 951-781-3621
*Eden Lutheran School 4725 Brockton Avenue 951-683-7001
First Christian Church Nursery School 4055 Jurupa Avenue 951-683-5780
*Helping Hands Development Center 8201 Arlington Avenue 951-687-5437
Islamic Academy of Riverside 1038 West Linden Street 951-682-1202
Kidd Street Preschool of Riverside 10250 Kidd Street 951-688-4242
La Petite Academy 6212 Clay Street 951-681-3783
The Learning Experience 515 E. Alessandro Blvd. 951-386-2560
Life Christian Academy 3270 Rubidoux Blvd. 951-684-3639
Melody Lane Children's Center 9191 Colorado Avenue 951-352-2161
Milestones Pre-K Learnning Center 6091 Victoria 951-880-3086
Milestones Pre-K Learnning Center 7177 Potomac Street 951-289-6465
Montessori Academy/Pachappa 6200 Pachappa Drive 951-682-3380
OCS/Our Lady of Perpetual Help Preschool 6686 Streeter Avenue 951-689-3008
*School Time Children's Learning Center 4655 Texas Street 951-785-9001
School Time Montesorri 10235 Wells Avenue 951-689-1151
*Temple Bethel Child Development Center 2675 Central Ave 951-682-7282
*The Growing Place 4259 Jurupa Avenue 951-686-8134
We Kare Daycare 6476 Streeter Avenue 951-637-7303
World Academy Lake Hills Elementary 16346 Village Meadow Drive 951-824-9098
YMCA/Hope Lutheran Church 2882 Arlington Ave 951-907-7416
YMCA/Jackson Elementary 4585 Jackson 951-756-2811
You're Invited Children's Center, Inc./Madison 3985 Madison Street 951-351-1023

Storytime, Online Learning, Reading and Virtual Exploring

Storytime with Authors

  • YoutubeOnline author reads book
  • YoutubeOnline author reads book

Virtual Exploration

  • Air Pano:Take a virtual tour of some of the world’s most famous landmarks such as the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower, and more!
  • Atlanta ZooPanda Cam:Giant Panda Wild Encounters. Visit their website if you've yearned to get closer to the animals.
  • Buckingham Palace:Take a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace. Explore the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room and the Blue Drawing Room.
  • Duke Farm Eagle Cam:Take a live look at the daily lives of eagles. In partnership with The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, lesson plans were created to facilitate place-based educational opportunities for students.
  • Houston Zoo Webcam:Tune in to the Houston Zoo Webcams and enjoy a live look at animals that call the Houston Zoo home!
  • NASA:Virtual room tour

Online Learning

  • Scratch :Scratch is a block-based visual programming language and online community for children.
  • TedEd:TED-Ed celebrates the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Discover hundreds of animated lessons, create customized lessons, and share your big ideas
  • You Tube Learning:Find Learning Playlists ranging in subjects from physics to filmmaking

Reading Resources

  • YCloud Library:Log in with your library card to browse and access a digital shelf of books. For readers of all ages
  • Reading: Dust those meant-to-read books on your shelf that have been waiting for you! Don’t have one that inspires you enough to open it up? Our own Riverside Library offers some!
  • International Children's Digital Library:The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. The ICDL collection includes 4619 books in 59 languages.
  • Save With Stories: Welcome to @SAVEWITHSTORIES—a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books. Join us, along with @savethechildren and @nokidhungry, to #SAVEWITHSTORIES.
  • Stories Podcast:On the Stories Podcast, we perform a new story for your children every week. The stories range from retellings of fairy tales like Snow White to classic stories like Peter Rabbit and even completely original works.

Even More Ideas...

  • California Science Center: The place where young readers meet to talk about books. The podcast show includes a celebrity reader and an interview with the author. The host is award winning public radio journalist Kitty Felde. Book Club won the California Library Association Technology Award.
  • Exploratorium:The Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception. Explore our vast collection of online experiences to feed your curiosity and education resources supporting online teaching and learning.
  • Field Museum: The Field Museum fuels a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture. Check out their videos and education materials for people of all ages.
  • Google Art and Culture: Google Arts & Culture is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative's partner museums.
  • Library of Congress: The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress
  • Metropolitan Opera: Nightly Met Opera Streams Every day for the duration of the Met's closure.
  • The Met Museum: 5,000 Years of Art, Online. From the first cities of the ancient world to the works of our time, experience our Collection Online. Immerse yourself in 360-degree video of iconic spaces in the Museum
  • You Tube Learning:Find Learning Playlists ranging in subjects from physics to filmmaking

Experiments, Virtual Field Trips and More

  • Build a Routine for Your Family: You and your family might be facing weeks at home while either trying to work or complete school assignments. We understand this is a new norm and we want to help you find a routine. Here’s an article that might help you build a home schedule for the family.
  • Science Experiments: Create and explore! Test how things work and use your common household items too.
  • Virtual Fieldtrips: Travel locally or abroad and step inside the White House, the Louvre, The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History plus much more! See how a working farm operates and visit a zoo!
  • Write a Note to Our Troops: This is the way you can communicate your support and thanks to our troops. Pay it forward and send them an uplifting and encouraging note.
  • NASA STEM: Inspire and engage with NASA STEM Activities such as “Now in Space,” “Earth Minute Video Series,” “Celebrate Solar Week".
  • Fitness: Stretch and relax with a free yoga class.
  • Card Games: Card Games are the perfect stay-indoors activity. Learn some new family-friendly games.

Fun for Kids Playlist

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