COVID-19: Resources for Parents and Guardians

Parents and Son YSTSThis page connects parents and guardians with resources to support their family’s health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because COVID-19 is still spreading in our communities, all of us have a role to play in keeping Wisconsin children healthy and safe.

Did you know?

Children can get sick with COVID-19 and can spread it to others, even if they do not have symptoms. Many children who get COVID-19 have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all. However, some children get very sick. These children may require hospitalization or be placed on a ventilator to help them breathe. In rare cases, they may die.

Medical experts are still learning about the long-term effects of COVID-19 in children. One rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19, multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), is being closely investigated.

Stop the spread of COVID-19 in children

We recognize that some people may not have the resources and privileges that allow them to engage in some prevention practices. Follow these steps as much as you are able to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Get your child vaccinated when they are eligible. By being vaccinated, they have a far lower risk of getting severely sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19. Currently, if your child is 12 years or older, they are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Learn more about vaccinating your child who is age 12 or older.
  • As a parent or guardian, protect your child by getting vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free. An ID or insurance is not required to get vaccinated. Vaccinated parents with unvaccinated children should still follow the recommended precautions when in public and ensure their child follows all public health recommendations. 
  • Encourage your child to cover their coughs and sneezes. Show your child how to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of their elbow.
  • Help your child wear a mask when in public and around people they don’t live with if they are 2 or more years old.
  • Make sure your child washes their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or that they use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Keep your child at least 6 feet away from others who don’t live with them and those who are sick. Help keep unvaccinated kids safe by having them play outdoors when possible, ensuring those old enough to wear masks do so, and limiting the number of other kids they regularly interact with in person. Consider connecting virtually with other children if that option is available to you.
  • Get your child tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or if they come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Keep your child home if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. Follow isolation and quarantine instructions.

COVID-19 vaccines and children 

Pediatricians answer the questions parents have about kids and COVID-19 vaccines. View videos that address questions about the COVID-19 vaccines and children.

Children at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19

Babies under 1 year old might be more likely to have severe illness from COVID-19. Other children, regardless of age, with underlying medical conditions might also be at increased risk of severe illness compared to other children. If your child has an underlying condition, make sure to discuss your child’s risk for getting very sick with their health care provider and take steps to protect your child from COVID-19.


Resources and materials to support your family's health and well-being

For resources to help parents and guardians navigate the return to school, visit the Back to School for Parents and Families webpage

 Routine Preventative Care

Even though children younger than 12 years cannot get the COVID-19 vaccine right now, make sure they are up-to-date on vaccines that protect them from many other diseases. Be sure to schedule routine childhood health care visits. These visits help prevent other conditions and illnesses and ensure your child is healthy. At a routine childhood health care visit, your child may receive childhood vaccines, weight and height check-ups, nutrition counseling, anemia and lead testing, support for language development and more.

Childhood Vaccinations

Health Care Providers

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Take simple steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and loved ones from COVID-19. Your actions can help protect everyone in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

 Mental Health

There’s no time like the present to take care of yourself and your family. That’s a lot easier said than done with all that’s currently going on. The tools and resources available through Resilient Wisconsin can help.

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Featured tools and resources:

Mental Health Conditions


Suicide Prevention

Screen Time Advice for Parents

Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Additional Support for Families

Check out the Office of Children’s Mental Health’s list of organizations that provide support to families throughout the state.

Back to school resources

Back to school is an important time for parents and families to prioritize their children’s health and well-being. Find resources to help parents and guardians navigate the return to school.


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Last Revised: September 15, 2021

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