From Lei-Anne Ellis: B-3 Update August 20, 2020
Published on Aug 20, 2020 07:49

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August 20, 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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  • The August 11th EEC Board Meeting PowerPoint presentation reported that 73% of center- and family-based programs intend to reopen and provider capacity is at 43% of pre-COVID levels. Click here to view slides.
  • 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.
  • Please disregard the Public Health Department’s website suggestion - “For reopening questions, please call 617-349-4300” - as the person answering is the City Manager’s receptionist. She cannot answer your COVID-19 questions and will only redirect you to call the above mentioned number.
  • 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: 119 Windsor St., Cambridge, MA 02139
    Phone: 617-665-3648
    Email: [email protected]
  • 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 Teachers

pushpinsCurriculum Support & Professional Development

  • B3 Coaches are facilitating a Zoom Workshop, titled Adjusting Our Practice: Staying Strong and Safe Together, on Wed. Aug. 26, 2020 from 1-2:30PM. Teachers will have the chance to discuss how things are going in their classroom and share ideas with their colleagues who have not reopened yet. Coaches will reveal strategies teachers could use to help extend play while promoting individual activities. Click here to register.

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For Families

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  • 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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