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  • 1.  Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-20-2020 10:45 AM
    Hello everyone,

    To make it easier for folks visiting HELLO to find resources, we're starting this thread for you to post resources to support teachers and families during this time.  You can just click on "Reply All Via Email" above this message and write an email describing and linking to your resource.  That will post it to Hello.

    Here's an illustration of where to click in you Daily Digest email to contribute:



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    Michael Coventry
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC
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  • 2.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-19-2020 12:14 AM
    I've added more quick, fun math activities for preK. Just a few at a time, so as not to overwhelm. Stuffed animals graphing, shoe sorting, and cola cup filling. Please share with parents, caregivers, and teachers. Simple support is the name of the game these days! Hope this helps! https://www.carriecutler.com/

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    Carrie Cutler
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Houston
    The Woodlands TX
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  • 3.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-19-2020 11:37 AM
    NAEYC staff have pulled together a resource page for coping with COVID-19.  We will be updating it often, so check back in on it.  We hope you find this useful.

    https://www.naeyc.org/resources/topics/covid-19

    Michael

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    Michael Coventry
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC
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  • 4.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-19-2020 04:38 PM
    I'd like to share another resource that might be helpful to families:

    Some calm advice about how to establish a daily routine at home during the coronavirus crisis.

    "Families at Home: Essential Daily Routines"
    https://parents.britannica.com/families-at-home-essential-daily-routines/


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    Ann Gadzikowski
    Director of Early Learning
    Encyclopedia Britannica
    Evanston IL
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  • 5.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-20-2020 10:38 AM
    Thank you so much for this, Ann! As an online parenting coach and meditation teacher, I'm helping families worldwide to feel calm and get creative - anyone can feel free to share my blog with numerous ideas for parents of babies through teens:

    https://www.beautyinparenting.com/theblog

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    Aparna Venkataraman
    Morgantown WV
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  • 6.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-20-2020 10:55 AM
    NAEYC staff have pulled together a resource page for coping with COVID-19.  We will be updating it often, so check back in on it.  We hope you find this useful.

    https://www.naeyc.org/resources/topics/covid-19

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    Michael Coventry
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC
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  • 7.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-21-2020 11:15 AM
    These are fabulous resources-thanks so much!!!!!!

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    Katy Forcillo
    Young Fives Teacher
    Grosse Pointe Public Schools.
    Grosse Pointe, MI
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  • 8.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-20-2020 04:43 PM
    Hello,

    Since many of you are making videos to share with parents and children from your home, I collaborated with a colleague from the NAEYC Creative Services team on some tips for making videos at home.

    Read the blog post, "Making Videos at Home: Tips for Educators" on the NAEYC.org website.
    https://www.naeyc.org/resources/blog/making-videos-home-tips-educators



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    Michael Coventry
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC
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  • 9.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-23-2020 05:07 PM
    Hi NAEYC Friends,

    I hope that everyone is staying safe. I'm looking forward to the days when we can look back on this as a memory and remind folks of how CHILD CARE is the backbone of our entire society.

    Until then, I thought I'd share this compilation of resources that some of you may find helpful. Please share as you see fit. You can also submit resources you think need to be added.

    https://idealsinstitute.org/resources/

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    Tonya Satchell
    Johns Hopkins University School of Education IDEALS Institute
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  • 10.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-24-2020 12:52 AM
    This is excellent! Thank you so much for sharing this valuable resource.

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    Jennifer United States
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  • 11.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-24-2020 10:26 AM
    WOW! This a fabulous. I've shared it with the parents of my young fives students.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Katy Forcillo
    Young Fives Teacher
    Grosse Pointe Public Schools.
    Grosse Pointe, MI
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  • 12.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-25-2020 12:46 AM
    Hi Katy, thanks for your kind words! Knowledge is for sharing! Hope you find them useful! Thank you!

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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 13.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-26-2020 12:08 PM
    Hi Katy,
    I'm glad you find it helpful. I hope that you are doing well during this challenging time!

    Stay safe
    Tonya

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    Tonya Satchell
    Johns Hopkins University School of Education IDEALS Institute
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  • 14.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-26-2020 12:07 PM
    You are welcome, Jennifer. If you find resources you think we should add you can submit them to the site. I hope you and your family & friends are doing well.

    Tonya

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    Tonya Satchell
    Johns Hopkins University School of Education IDEALS Institute
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  • 15.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-25-2020 07:20 AM
    Yes, thank you-what a comprehensive, well organized collection of resources- great to see/share. Not sure if any of the resources listed here https://wke.lt/w/s/SNyMmt would be of interest for your list. Also wanted to mention for those looking to create their own lists of online resources to share with families, the free tool Wakelet has been very useful/easy to use.

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    Bonnie Blagojevic
    Morningtown Consulting
    Orono ME
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  • 16.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-25-2020 03:46 PM
    Hello Everyone--

    Thank you to everyone who has posted resources to this thread.  We are going to be consolidating all of the threads full of wonderful resources into this thread and ask that moving forward, you please reply to this post when sharing resources.  We want to help folks who are using Hello easily find the resources they need will also keeping other key discussions--such as around policies--distinct and easier to follow.

    Thank you!!

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    Michael Coventry
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC
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  • 17.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-26-2020 12:11 PM
    Hi Bonnie! Thanks for sharing your link! You can submit resources to the site I shared. I'll reshare your site as well. Our families and eductors need all of the resources we can find!

    Be well,
    Tonya

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    Tonya Satchell
    Johns Hopkins University School of Education IDEALS Institute
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  • 19.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-22-2020 12:43 AM
    thanks but is there anything for the twos? i work mainly well the group i am with is mainly twos but i do also work with the other age.

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    Michelle Fanwick
    Teacher
    Palo Alto Commuity Child Care
    Palo Alto CA
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  • 20.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-22-2020 05:23 AM

    Hi Michelle,

    that's a question that I am asked fairly regularly, I understand!


    are you working in California? If so, I'll send you some information, specific to that 'curriculum'. I hesitate to use that word for such young children😊

    in general though, for two year olds I don't advise my teachers to Start off with  readers when it comes to language,. You'll agree that it's all about building vocabulary and establishing pre-reading and pre-writing skills. So lots of storytelling, poems, songs, rhymes, puppetry, classified cards, audio books etc. I'm not a fan of screens at this stage of development. 


    This site has some good stuff for developing language with toddlers ( some things are free)  - www.montessoriforeveryone.com

    Please let me know your thoughts.

    best wishes 



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    Patricia Mezu
    Professional Minds MEA
    www.prminds.org
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  • 21.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-22-2020 08:43 AM
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    Hi
    As we face being home and together in these next weeks, this discussion and sharing will be important for our children and families.
    The web site of the New York Public Library offers over 300,000 books your may download for free.  Additionally, there are free manuscripts, maps, etc. available to download.
    Educational entities are struggling for ideas of how to share materials with families without computers or on-line access (those who can not afford such access or are in rural areas that have no coverage.  Yes cell phones may be used, but there are complications of  cell phone coverage using  as well as the smaller screen.
    So what is left as a way of sharing--sending materials through mail?
    These ideas are something to ponder and perhaps to use.

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    Deborah Moberly
    President
    Children 1st
    University Cy MO
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  • 22.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-22-2020 03:00 PM
    You can also go to YouTube. Put in the name of a good children's book and there will be many options come up of people reading the book and all children can see the illustrations.

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    Nora Krieger, PhD
    Associate Professor Emerita/Past Chair NJEEPRE
    Bloomfield College/NJ Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia
    Highland Park, NJ
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  • 23.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-22-2020 03:48 PM
    Thank you sometimes I can get 7 -8 children read to them line 5 books they sit through them 






  • 24.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-25-2020 11:53 AM
    Check out audible.com for recordings of books for all ages.

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    Linda Boss
    Instructor
    University of WI - Platteville
    Lewistown PA
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  • 25.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-22-2020 09:46 AM
    We feel for all those impacted by the disruption, stress, and anxiety brought on by coronavirus. We are doing our part at the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS) to provide support in the way of FREE online training. Although digital, online courses and webinars provide a sense of community and a way to encourage one another. And it's purposeful use of our time! Online training ripples out to parents who are also searching for ways to help their children thrive at home. We are grateful for the generous community of educators donating time to offer free content, and we are honored to share it with you.

    Reframing the Meaning of Community in Changing Times 
    Caylin Gans, ForestSchooled, Ottawa, Canada
    Mon., March 23 from 12-1PM (EST)

    Gentle Yoga for Grounding
    Simona Lederman, Nature Playschool, PA
    Wednesdays, starting March 25 at 7:30PM (EST)

    Drip Drop Fun: Simple Water Play Activities
    Katie Rooney, Irvine Nature Center Nature Preschool, MD
    Fri., March 27 from 12-1PM (EST)

    Register for these free courses at www.erafans.org/free-online-learning. If you need a dose of nature-based inspiration for yourself or your kiddos, you know where to find us!

    In Spring,

    Monica Wiedel-Lubinski
    Executive Director
    Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS)
    ERAFANS.org | it's our nature




  • 26.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-24-2020 09:13 AM
    I am putting together short 3 minute VIDEO TIPS for PARENTS.
    So many parents are stuck home with kids and not sure how to create positive joyful days. We know it's hard with young kids without knowledge. Yet, our community has lots of knowledge of what young kids love. Please connect with me if you want to share tips. This will be a FREE service to the public. thank you

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    Scott Mesh
    scott.mesh@losninos.com
    Los Niños Services, Los Niños Training, NYC
    www.losninos.com www.youngchildexpo.com
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  • 27.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-25-2020 08:09 AM
    Hi Scott,
    I think this is a great idea. I was thinking of something similar. Would you post them via youtube? I was thinking that they might be even more enjoyable to watch if they were made into quick little song dittys - like a catchy PSA that would get stuck in your head. If you had a sample script I would try to turn it into a song with my ukulele, maybe we could partner up on this project?! Just a wild idea. Let me know if you're interested :)

    Chelsea Hocker
    peaceandlaughter@gmail.com
    Education Coordinator, Imagine That... Creative Children's Centers
    Grants Pass, OR

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    Chelsea Hocker
    Education Coordinator
    Imagine That... Creative Children's Centers
    Cave Junction OR
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  • 28.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-25-2020 08:13 AM
    Here's an example of something I've done before for an Early Childhood Education course assignment years ago:
    https://youtu.be/p2OVQ-Z_wc8

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    Chelsea Hocker
    Education Coordinator
    Imagine That... Creative Children's Centers
    Cave Junction OR
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  • 29.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-26-2020 03:15 PM
    A little bit of science support from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). We are covering all ages, but you will find our early childhood video - exploring with Bella the Begonia! We are encouraging our families to safely explore outside together.

    http://brit.org/online-educational-resources

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    Cheryl Potemkin
    Early Childhood and Family Programs Specialist
    BRIT - Botanical Research Institute of Texas
    Fort Worth TX
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  • 30.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-25-2020 09:54 AM
    Are you looking for people who want to connect with Spanish parenting tips?  Both in English and Spanish or just spanish?  I may know someone who would be interested.  Lu Ann ECFE Minneapolis

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    Luann Polejewski
    Eden Prairie MN
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  • 31.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-25-2020 11:49 AM

    I'm interested in sharing content for all parents. English great. Spanish great. Other languages great. I am compiling this now. I can share links although we are able to upload videos as well in our new platform (to be shared soon). Thanks all for the links and shares so far. Much appreciated.






  • 32.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-25-2020 09:58 AM

    Hello Scott,
    In response to the pandemic and subsequent time for young children at home, our teams have created a Home Learning Book of 36 lessons based on HighScope's COR items. In addition, we safely delivered 150 Home Learning Kits of resources and supplies to all of the families in our program to assist with teaching from the Book.

    The next day, we established the following goals to guide our Continuous Learning Plan:
    1)Build relationships first and foremost
    2)Communicate our plan for learning clearly
    3)Teach our families how to use a virtual format 4)Further the HighScope content with authentic learning and assessment, mentoring our families

    We created private Facebook Home Learning Groups with specific goals for families, using the supplies, Home Learning Book, and additional resources sent home, as well as everyday items found in the home. We have videos created that introduce the importance of our Kits, that they are a learning tool and we reference Home Learning Book lessons in subsequent teaching videos.

    We have established a few criteria for what seems to make for a strong home learning video (based on family engagement and posts):
    1)Prepare the read aloud beforehand as you would in the classroom with best practice strategies for read alouds and questions to the families
    2)"Channel Mr. Rogers" in your approach and speak a little more slowly, and in a friendly approachable manner, talk about everyday life as well as the lesson to connect with families
    3)Show the children and families that you live in a home! Use your own family members for lessons if you are comfortable with that
    4)Keep video lessons brief (3-5 min) to help children stay engaged in listening
    5)Be sure to note open-ended extensions and the "why" for the lesson in simple terms 6)Always ask for a "see and do" at the end from the families to assess they have learned from the video lessons or story, ask them to post what they have done with the lesson and have them give feedback

    Our next step will be to hold Facebook Live-Home Learning Sessions to provide the give and take needed in a real dialogue as well as help us understand how we can assess the learning taking place. We typically have class on Mon-Thurs. We are not sure how many Facebook Live events we will offer per week, we are determining that with family and teacher input.

    This process is not perfect and evolves daily. It is important to note we include all families in phone calls, text messages and the good, old-fashioned letter to be sure we touch the lives of all of our families in the program. :)

    I am happy to share our resources and would love to discuss the wonderful work everyone else is doing in the virtual world. We see this as continuous learning for all!

    Be well my friends!

    Chris
    christine.whitmire@lewiscassisd.org



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    Christine Whitmire
    Director of Early Childhood Education
    Lewis Cass Intermediate School District
    Cassopolis MI
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  • 33.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-25-2020 10:50 AM
    Christine,

    I love your process and tips!  I am so grateful you shared them.   I found them to be very helpful and will incorporate them in my online  planning.  I am waiting to hear the final directive for teaching via distance learning starting April 6 in Early Childhood Family Education in Minneapolis Public School District.  We offer parents and their children classes ages birth to 5 yrs old, 1 time a week for two hours and the parents get 1 hour with a parent educator and the children stay with me  the early childhood teacher and an a assistant for child led play and learning.

    • Planning the Big Questions for the story time is so important
    • I do, we do, you do will be important for formative assessment

    We are going to use SeeSaw for activities and giving the families and children the opportunity to share their work back with the teacher.

    I think we just can't take what we did in the classroom and move it on line.  We have to modify and plan the amount of time we engage during the live virtual meetings and provide parents and kids learning activities via an online platform that they can do any time and any place that allows kids to share and show us their work and teachers can give positive feedback and suggestions for more practice and/or extend the learning.

    Wishing you well.  Warm regards,
    Lu Ann Early Childhood Teacher Minneapolis
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    Luann Polejewski
    Eden Prairie MN
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  • 34.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-25-2020 12:37 PM
    Thanks, Luann!

    I thought about using SeeSaw, and you may see a pilot come out from us on this...Our staff had to make a hard turn to go from face-to-face relational work to building relationships through available technology. We chose to connect immediately through the most available communication method we had. Because we knew many parents had Facebook, we chose that route, and yet put specific guidelines and administrators in place to keep the focus on connecting and mentoring the learning in a private Home Learning Group. We have a specific purpose for these groups.

    I do believe entering into this new way of learning and mentoring requires a large amount of empathy, relational abilities and flexibility as well as having defined what your goals are for this unprecedented time. I am choosing to see a silver lining in this cultural disruption-we can rise from this moment even better than before if we choose to look forward and respond thoughtfully. Please continue to share and let me know if you need resources to support your good work.

    For all children,
    Chris

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    Christine Whitmire
    Director of Early Childhood Education
    Lewis Cass Intermediate School District
    Cassopolis MI
    christine.whitmire@lewiscassisd.org
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  • 35.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-25-2020 03:51 PM
    In case it is helpful, like many other organizations at this time, Ready Rosie is offering a toolkit: Healthy at Home which includes short (couple of minutes) video models/tips in English and Spanish for families in the areas of Learning at Home, Prevention and Care, and Emotional well being. It looks like there will be a new set provided each week. (clicked on View all and saw the ones from last week.) Have used Ready Rosie videos in the past and families really liked them because they are short, modeled language and activities. (could see how to do it/preferred to print.)

    Know many teachers are creating their own video models and messages, and connecting using Zoom, Seesaw, and other communication tools that allow for links to be included and sent home- so nice for personalized learning, for children to see their own teachers. Yes, nice it there is a way to have them in one place/easy to share with others.

    Suggested the RR videos in case some are helpful, might be a nice supplement/enrichment to teacher created videos.

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    Bonnie Blagojevic
    Morningtown Consulting
    Orono ME
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  • 36.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-26-2020 11:28 AM
    Hi Scott,
    I run a program in PA called Unconditional Child Care.  It is a free program for child care centers and families.  We are called when a center is having a behavioral difficulty with a child and is unable to solve the problem on their own.  We've been working in our area for 26 years and are involved in over 190 centers.  We have a Facebook page and we are updating it daily with activities for families, social stories about Covid-19 and resources. We are also posting a daily virtual preschool program that parents can access.  I wanted to share in case this would be helpful for you or any of your families.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

    Shelly Feller
    sfeller@pbfalv.org


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    Shelly Feller
    Program Manager
    Pinebrook Family Answers
    Allentown PA
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  • 37.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-26-2020 02:12 PM

    Shelly, great work, thank you!!






  • 38.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-26-2020 11:55 AM

    In this changing landscape, our nonprofit, the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools, is offering free webinars about nature-based learning for teachers and parents. Here is the next one:

    Forest and Nature Preschool Director's Call: Changing with the Season

    Fri., 3/27/2020 at 8PM (EST) or Wed., 4/1/2020 at 4PM (EST)*

    As an adminstrator, how are you adapting your program to provide support to families and your staff as a whole? How have you allocated staff time and resources to deliver meaningful care and learning from a distance? How will tuition payments and missed time off play out for your program? We will lean on each other during a networking call to share challenges and practical solutions that can help us all. Encouragement and support is a-given! This is a networking call, not a presentation, so plan to interact and share. We will cap the discussion at 30 participants.*



    In Spring,



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    Monica Wiedel-Lubinski
    Executive Director
    Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools
    Glen Arm MD
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  • 39.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-27-2020 09:24 AM
    Here is an excerpt from an article by the Harvard Business Review (HBR), That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief

    HBR: People are feeling any number of things right now. Is it right to call some of what they're feeling grief?

    Kessler: Yes, and we're feeling a number of different griefs. We feel the world has changed, and it has. We know this is temporary, but it doesn't feel that way, and we realize things will be different. Just as going to the airport is forever different from how it was before 9/11, things will change and this is the point at which they changed. The loss of normalcy; the fear of economic toll; the loss of connection. This is hitting us and we're grieving. Collectively. We are not used to this kind of collective grief in the air.

    Read the entire article here: https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief



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    Tonya Satchell
    Johns Hopkins University School of Education IDEALS Institute
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  • 40.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-27-2020 09:56 AM
    In the midst of this crisis, I wanted to share some helpful tips about coronavirus and census:




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    Tonya Satchell
    Johns Hopkins University School of Education IDEALS Institute
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  • 41.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-29-2020 08:40 PM
    FYI - Sesame Street has created a special site: Caring for Each Other (https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring) with resources focused on maintaining health and hope.
    According to CSRNewswire, "The initiative features resources designed to help parents provide comfort and manage anxiety, as well as help with creating routines, fostering playful learning at home, and staying physically and mentally healthy. SesameStreet.org/caring will be regularly updated to meet the needs of families as the situation evolves.
    "Around the world, young children's lives are being turned upside down, and parents and caregivers are looking for ways to give their children-and themselves-a sense of stability in this new normal," said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President for Curriculum and Content, Sesame Workshop. "But there are things parents and caregivers can do to face each day with optimism. Sesame Street is here to provide the caring adults in children's lives with the resources they need to help children, and foster their healthy development at home."
    Sesame Workshop is also creating brand new content on topics like handwashing, how to cough or sneeze properly, and how taking good care of yourself means taking good care of others, which will be available in the US and globally in a wide range of languages and released in the coming weeks.
    Additionally, over 110 free Sesame Street ebooks are available on all major ebook platforms.

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    Faith Rogow
    Media Literacy Education Maven
    Insighters Education
    Ithaca NY
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  • 42.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-30-2020 09:59 AM
    Looking for some interesting ways on how to get my teachers minds off of COVID 19 and in to continue the teaching and the students. 


  • 43.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-31-2020 09:34 AM
    I know we have used Zoom meetings with our parents to stay in contact with our families. Parents get to share information with teachers about things they've been doing at home, and the children get to see their friends. Ours enjoy playing show and tell, reading a book, or hide and seek during these meeting times. If doing assessments allow the parents to be involved maybe communicating through email or phone calls(even better), about what areas was being discussed in the classroom before the virus. I know our parents have been more willing to send pictures of family engagement moments, and interactions with their kiddos. We've also had parents ask questions about at home learning or what to do for anxiety and stress relief during these times. So we've been able to send resources to help in these areas. We want to continue to remind our parents that they are their child's first teacher, so they have the resources within themselves.

    Vanda Rhodes
    Family Service Coordinator
    Berea College Child Development Laboratory

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    Vanda Rhodes
    Teacher Assistant
    Berea College Child Development Laboratory
    Berea KY
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  • 44.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 03-31-2020 11:49 AM

    Thank you for valuing the mental health of your teachers at this time. Adults need time and an outlet for releasing tension, and engaging playfully with one another and their environment is a wonderful way of doing that.
    If there's time for group activities, a yoga session might hit the spot. Or simply time to share and play games.  Looking within the talents of your group, what can you offer each other? Looking without, there's a plethora of free fitness activities and and meditations available online right now. Can you look up a game that no one knows, and learn to play it together?

     



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    Christine Alexander
    Smithsonian Associates
    Takoma Park MD
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  • 45.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 04-01-2020 04:04 PM
    Hi all,

    I'm a School Psychologist for district preschool programs. Over half of our families speak Spanish. I wanted to put together resources for our families to use during this challenging time, and I had to search far and wide for resources that were available in both languages. I'm sharing the site for anyone who wants to use any of the resources. Some are for my specific city and county, but all the other ones should be relevant.

    I'm also open to any suggestions to be added, or corrections to be made (I used Google translate since it was harder to get translation support like I normally do during this time).

    https://sites.google.com/constantloveandlearning.com/vcusd-child-dev-coronavirus

    Hope this helps some.

    All my best,
    Katie

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    Katie Raher, PhD, PPS
    Consultant and School Psychologist
    Constant Love and Learning
    Pleasant Hill CA
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  • 46.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 04-02-2020 07:17 PM
    The Kimochis are adorable and I really enjoyed the Positive Self Talk, putting Brave in front of scared and shy.  This provides a great visual to help children and their parents make sense of all these messy feelings for sure!


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    Theresa Gray
    Mira Mesa Presbyterian Preschool
    San Diego CA
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  • 47.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 04-03-2020 12:29 PM
    Here are some Multilingual Resources:

    https://www.colorincolorado.org/coronavirus


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    Margarita Marichal
    Trujillo Alto PR
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    Margarita Marichal
    Trujillo Alto PR
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  • 48.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 04-03-2020 04:24 PM
    Hi all--

    NAEYC has a new blog post "The Power of Storytelling in Early Childhood: Helping Children Process the Coronavirus Crisis" that has ideas and inspiration to help your work with young children.

    best,
    Michael

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    Michael Coventry
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC
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  • 49.  RE: Resources on COVID-19

    Posted 04-07-2020 12:00 PM