From Lei-Anne Ellis: B-3 Update July 1, 2020
Published on Jul 1, 2020 12:20

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July 1, 2020

For Directors 

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  • EEC will be providing grants to support the initial months of reopening for programs that have current subsidy agreements and enrolled children. Grants will be offered on a per-classroom basis for Group and School Age programs. Information will be posted on this page (under Reopening Grants) as grants become available.
  • A survey from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) shows that only 11% of our nation’s child care providers will not survive the pandemic without government support. Click here to express your support of the Child Care Is Essential Act that would create a $50 B child care stabilization fund within the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CBDG) program.

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For Teachers

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  • Reopening: Lessons for the Field, a follow-up to the 3-part Back to the Future will allow educators to talk with and learn from each other about their reopening experience. This will be offered twice in July and at two different times to accommodate working schedules:
    – July 9th from 12:30-2PM and again from 3:30-5PM
    – July 23rd from 12:30-2PM and again from 3:30-5PM
    Registration details will be sent to all 168 educators who attended one or all of the previous sessions.
  • This link takes teachers to a list of games that help children develop self-regulation skills while being socially distanced from others!
  • Think about putting up Feeling Faces chart too.  

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For Families

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  • Young children sometimes have a hard time naming their emotions. By playing the Name that Emotion Game with Murray, children can learn how to connect how they feel to naming their emotional state.
  • When children return to school, they will Be Seeing Other People Wearing Masks. This social story helps children understand what a mask hides. Another story, Wearing a Mask to School, is a nice way to introduce the idea that some older preschool children may be wearing masks, just like teachers.
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  • Share this flyer about Cambridge’s Summer Food Program with your parents. The food program provides free and nutritionally balanced breakfasts and lunches to anyone under the age of 18.
  • Families can also use their SNAP card to purchase health items from participating farmers markets. Some Cambridge farmers markets match dollars spent. Click here for more info.
  • CDC's very short video, COVID-19: Managing Anxiety and Stress, offers many ways to reduce stress in adults and children.
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