From Lei-Anne Ellis: B-3 Update May 20, 2020
Published on May 20, 2020 11:14

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May 20, 2020

For Directors 

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  • MAAEYC compiled 861 responses to its survey in its Reopening Early Education: Recommendations to EEC.
  • CDC released a one-page Childcare Decision Tree aimed at helping directors make reopening decisions during the pandemic. The original 17-page document, CDC Interim Guidance for Child Care Programs, was posted by news outlets.
  • Governor Baker’s Reopening Massachusetts 28-page plan provides information on how MBTA will phase in its services as well as a list of vendors selling personal protection equipment (PPE). 
  • At this week’s EEC Town Halls, EEC gave an overview of draft health and safety protocols which will be released soon for public consideration. They will include:
    –Preparedness and planning
    –Staffing and operations
    –Group sizes and ratios
    –Screening and monitoring of children and staff
    –Isolation and discharge of sick children and staff
    –Hygiene and health practices
    –PPE and face masks/covering
    –Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting
    –Strategies to reduce the risk of transmission
    –Transportation
    –Food safety
    –Children with special needs, vulnerable children, infants and toddlers
    –Day Camps
  • According to the Commissioner, EEC will post draft Health and Safety Protocols on their website in the next few days.
  • Next week’s EEC Town Halls will feature presentations by current Emergency Care providers.
  • B-3 Mentors, Bess Emanuel and Polly Smith, are facilitating Cambridge Directors Support meetings on Zoom every Friday at 2PM (open to all Cambridge directors). Check your email inbox every Friday morning for the Zoom link.
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  • Child Care Aware has made it easy for providers to advocate for $50B in relief funding for child care through their Speak Up for Child Care webpage. After filling out your information, the full text of the message will appear as well as a text box to add “your story”.
  • For more economic recovery info for early childhood, check out EEC’s website.  

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For Teachers

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  • In Shaping Distance Learning with Reggio-Inspired Best Practices in Mind, Hilary Odoy, a former Cambridge director, reviews best practices for distance learning. As well, this 45 minute video from the Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network, offers a peek into Reggio-Inspired Practices.
  • B-3 Coaches began their 3-part Zoom Back to the Future: Community, Connections, and Transitions Community of Practice today, May 20th. Two more sessions will take place on: 
    Dates:
    -- June 3 – Curriculum Considerations
    -- June 17 – Creating a Sense of Community
    Times:
    -- Infant Teachers (0-12 mo.) 9:30-11AM
    -- Toddler Teachers (12-36 mo.) 12:30-2PM
    -- Preschool Teachers (3-5 yrs.) 2:30-4PM
    -- Directors are invited to participate in any of the 3 sessions  
     

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For Families

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  • PBS Kids Read-Alongs features Michelle Obama, Marc Brown, and Chris Kratt reading picture books. Each read-along video is complimented by two activities and one article.
  • For families suffering from “cabin fever”, Today’s Parents offers 87 activities for families to break up their self-isolation routine in simple yet fun ways.
  • Families and children can practice the exercises in the 4-minute video Calming Exercises for Kids: Breathing and Stretching several times at quiet moments. Families can remind their child to do these same exercises and breathing routines to calm themselves when they become upset.
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