From Lei-Anne Ellis: B-3 Update September 16, 2020
Published on Sep 16, 2020 12:19

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September 16, 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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  • Click here to view the Child Care Check-in with Commissioner Sam from 9/10/20.
  • To view the Board of EEC 9/15/20 meeting, click here. Agenda items included:
    • Commissioner’s Reflections on Past Year
    • Review of EEC’s Annual Report (Vote)
    • Update on EEC’s Strategic Plan (Discussion)
    • Current Status of EEC Programs (Discussion)
  • The Cambridge Directors Support Zoom meeting, led by Bess Emanuel and Polly Smith, will move to every other week. Kudos to Bess who has been a facilitator extraordinaire every single week! The meetings will continue to be facilitated by B3 Director Mentors. The next step is a Doodle Poll that will be sent to all directors to gather information about the best days and times for these meetings going forward.

****Important Message from Lei-Anne Ellis****

“As I retire this Friday, September 18th, I wanted to say thank you to each and every one of you for the willingness to join forces with the Birth-3rd Grade Partnership (B3) whether it was to enroll scholarship children, join our Program Quality Improvement Program, participate in professional development offerings, or attend meetings. As you know, the City of Cambridge is deeply committed to supporting early education and care, so stay tuned for more from us!”

–Lei-Anne Ellis, Early Childhood Director, Birth-3rd Grade Partnership

Directors Alerts – Health
  • B3 has posted EEC’s COVID-19 Positive Reporting Form on its website (under EEC Reopening Guidelines and Forms).
  • 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: 119 Windsor St., Cambridge, MA 02139
      Phone: 617.665.3648
      Email: [email protected] 

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For Teachers

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  • Click here to see B3’s Online Training Resources for the Early Childhood Workforce dated September 15.

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For Families

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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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