From Lei-Anne Ellis: B-3 Update July 22, 2020
Published on Jul 22, 2020 12:42

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July 22, 2020

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For Directors 

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  • Click here to view EEC Commissioner Sam’s July 15th virtual Town Hall. Specific discussions begin at the following times:
    – Discussion on regulatory review: minute 9:16;
    – Upcoming (Aug.) changes to structural components of current Health and Safety Requirements: 15:40;
    – Reopening Grants: 17:48;
    – Introduction and Q & A with a Pediatrician and MA Dept of Public Health Epidemiologist, Dr. Katherine Hsu: 26:47.
  • Contact info for Dr. Hsu, published in EEC’s Reopening Information Packet, is: [email protected] or 617.983.6948.
  • EEC released Updated FAQs on July 15th.
  • EEC and Boston Children’s Hospital’s 1 ½ hr. recorded a webinar offers COVID-19 medical insight and features 2 providers who have reopened smoothly. (Required password is 2V=9y215).
  • The Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation’s 3rd recorded webinar, Making the Vision a Reality in Massachusetts – How Do We Get There? will be posted soon. Click here for the link.
  • Louise Stoney and Sharon Easterling, from Opportunities Exchange, are facilitating a 3-part webinar on the use of Child Care Management Software (CCMS). Series begins July 23rd at 2PM. Click here to register.
  • Early Years Project created two new checklists. Is the Child Feeling Safe? helps educators identify the needs behind children’s behavior while the Relational Safety checklist provides educators a way to recognize their own stress level and offers simple ways to de-stress.
  • This recorded webinar, Creating Anti-Racist Early Childhood Spaces, defines what is to be anti-racist, covers its history, and what actions perpetuate white privilege. Because there were so many questions raised during webinar, a follow-up Q&A was recorded and is on the same website.
  • Your advocacy matters! Amy O’Leary, Strategies for Children, is asking educators to provide written testimony (stories and data) to help your MA legislators understand your experience. A 45-minute recorded webinar, Preparing Written Testimony, provides a great primer on state government and offers practical how-to tips. No need to take notes as a follow-up email documents steps to writing testimony. You can also read Amy’s July 1 written testimony here.
  • The next Cambridge Directors Support Zoom meeting, led by Bess Emanuel and Polly Smith, will be held on Friday from 10-11AM. Check your email inbox every Friday morning for the Zoom link.
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  • EEC did release MA Reopening Grant applications, through EECLEAD, to providers with subsidy agreements. The state legislature’s appropriation language stipulates that the above funding must be used to support subsidy providers only; funds cannot be given to support programs that do not have subsidy agreements.

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For Teachers

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  • Emily’s July 20th Online Training Resources Early Childhood Work Force List provides a detailed list of 16 free professional development opportunities and 4 regional “Coffee Chats” where providers discuss their reopening experiences.
  • Dr. Heather Forkey, from UMass Medical Center, facilitates two videos about how educators can support resilience in children and families. Each video is about 19-minutes and provides tools such as CDE (Curiosity about behaviors, providers’ Distress tolerance, and Encourage purposeful action) and the 3 Rs (Reassure, Restore, and Routine).   

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For Families

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  • Doug the Dinosaur doesn’t want Storyteller, a real daredevil, to read Do Not Open This Book. Watch what happens as Pig tries to write a book! After watching this read-aloud, parents can write down words their children know and try to make a story out of them with their child.
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  • Parents and caregivers who are experiencing any kinds of problems related to their children can call the Parental Stress Line for support: 1-800-623-8188. The Parental Stress Line is staffed by volunteer counselors who are sympathetic and nonjudgmental and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
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