From Lei-Anne Ellis: B-3 Update August 5, 2020
Published on Aug 5, 2020 15:29

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August 5, 2020

B3 is adapting this newsletter as programs reopen. It will be sent out biweekly,
but still provide up-to-date and relevant information as it becomes available.

If you are looking for information from past newsletters,
please click here to access all of them.

For Directors 

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  • Dominique Jean, a school nurse, will answer your urgent COVID-19 symptom questions (Is this dry cough from COVID-19 or due to allergies?). She can be reached at: 781-803-0766.
  • For non-urgent COVID-19 related calls, please call 617-665-3648. One of two nurses will reply to all hotline phone calls and emails after they have checked the phone line or email account.
  • For more complex medically related questions, Directors should contact MA Dept. of Public Health’s epidemiologist Dr. Katherine Hsu at 617-983-6948 or [email protected].
  • EEC’s Reopening Plan requires programs to provide contact information for their local Board of Health.
    This information should now be:
    Address: 19 Windsor St., Cambridge, MA 02139
    Phone: 617-665-3648
    Email: [email protected]
  • 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.
  • Read the text of a letter to the Massachusetts Delegation requesting they actively push through a final relief bill that includes $50 B to stabilize our field.
  • HELP! 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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For Families

happy faceActivities for Families

  • Click here for WGBH’s Family Fun at Home that has activities for children ages 3 to 5.
  • For children ages 5 to 12, WBUR is offering CitySpace Summer (virtual) Camp. Click here to register.
  • Find It Cambridge is regularly updating its Virtual Activities at Home category with online and at-home activities for all ages of children and adults to enjoy.
  • Check out the Cambridge Public Library website for fun summer events.
  • Attend Arts in the Park events to participate in free and easy arts and craft activities.
  • Enjoy Summer in the City performances of music, storytelling, and puppetry, all sponsored by the Cambridge Arts Council.
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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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