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CFCE DAILY ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES
 
NATURE helps reduce our stress everyday and especially during these unknown times.  Just a walk outside, a short stroll in your neighborhood or even a gaze out your window into your backyard at all the Spring greenery.  All of these simple things can help! Plus..did you know that nature increases our children's resiliency and coping skills- SURE DOES - and without a doubt gives all members of the family a chance to BREATHE!!!
Take advantage of all that is FREE in NATURE!!!
 
Click the video below for a lil' bit of that chillin" time right now!!!
 
Stay connected and if you need anything, please email us. We are available to help you and your family.
 
Remember to check our Facebook page. We are posting tips and activities every day. And as always, check our CFCE Calendar. We are posting this email in addition to adding new LIVE ZOOM EVENTS!
 
Be Safe, Stay Healthy,
Miss Carol the entire CFCE Staff.
 
"All good things are wild and free"
Henry David Thoreau
 
CFCE Thank You CHALLENGEDraw a picture, paint a rock or record a video message.. to say thank you to our healthcare workers and other essential workers (grocery, postal, sanitation etc), that are keeping things moving during this time of crisis. Share with us, and we will post on our FB/Twitter to give thanks for all they do!!  (please note-by submitting a video/pic you authorize use of it on social media)
 
CFCE LIVE Zoo
(please follow links below or visit our Calendar for all registration info)
 
Mondays - Science Discovery Time
Every Monday at 10:30 AM join Ms. Jen and Ms. Gina for Science Discovery Time (excluding holidays). We will learn something new about the world of science and discover how fun it can be, all on Zoom.
 
 
Ms.Marsha, CFCE Specialist and Susan West, LPN, Family Education Specialist at BID-Plymouth Hospital and Active Parenting Coordinator are teaming up to provide this Zoom Interactive Support Group for Parents. Each group will start with songs and a story. Parents can then choose from several suggested activities their children can do independently while the grown ups chat!
 
Tuesdays - Music and Movement
Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM join Ms. Marsha for Music and MovementLet's sing,dance and move with joy in our own homes! Join this Zoom event with Ms. Marsha as we move music and movement to a virtual space. Grab your shakers and drums (you can use a pan and a spoon for drum if you do not have one!)
 
Wednesdays - Circle Time
 
Thursdays - Toddler Story & Songs
Every Thursday at 10:30 AM join Ms. Marsha LIVE on Zoom for Toddler Story and Song Time. We will sing a few songs and have a short story. This activity is designed for toddlers. It will last less than 30 minutes.
 
Fridays - Friday Story and Craft Group
Every Friday at 11:00 AM join Ms. Marsha LIVE on Zoom for stories, songs and a craft!!This preschool group meets each Friday to listen to stories, sing songs, and complete simple crafts based on a theme. Please email Ms.Marsha at mwright@selfhelpinc.org if you want to join the fun!!
 
Make sure you check out our Calendar Every Week, to see all of the NEW fun adventures Miss Carol, Miss Karen and all of the CFCE Staff have for you!! Some include: Drive by "I SPY"Playful WatchdogMiss Carol's "Grandma Glasses" Story FUN!!! , We ARE THE DINOSAURS with Ms. Karen and MORE!!!
 
Parent Information and Resources
 
CFCE Staff are missing families, families are missing other families and of course children are missing friends...
So we thought it would be fun to create a WHEN WE COME TOGETHER AGAIN collage of our families with their masks on!!! Send a picture to ldunn@selfhelpinc.org. and then we will share it with everyone so you can try and guess what friends you can find in the collage!!! Also, below click on the picture to bring you to a link to an amazing rhyming story you can download, print and read to your children about "The Task of the Mask" to help ease their questions and concerns around wearing a protective face mask out in public.
Thank you for your participation and ENJOY!!!
 
DAILY SPLASH

Have you run out of things to do and safe things to watch or just need a break.....
 
Homes have become classrooms, and moms and dads have become teachers. Don’t worry - we’ve got your back! THE DAILY SPLASH delivers Emmy-winning family TV to your inbox every day . Shows you already love that entertain kids while they learn(animals, places around the world, the list goes on, etc.) Join millions of families and experience the world from the comfort of your home, brought to you by the foremost experts in educational programming.
 
 
ASQ

The ASQ Program is a parent reporting questionnaire that gives you insight on how your child is doing developmentally! You do not need to have concerns, it’s just a great tool to see where your child excels or may need some support!  Everyone that participates receives a
FREE Children’s Book! 
**Please click this link for more information http://selfhelpcpc.org/our-programs/asq/     
** If you would like to participate this is the only thing you need to complete (the consent form) to get started!! click on the link below: https://www.cognitoforms.com/SelfHelpInc1/ASQ3ASQSECONSENTFORM
 
SELF HELP, INC.

Self Help Inc is open for business,  
CLICK HERE  to see what services we can provide you! If we can't provide it, we will help you find another agency who can!! You can always email:  info@selfhelpinc.org
The Self Help Inc. Head Start Program is now taking applications for the FALL! For more information on the Head Start Program,CLICK HERE.CLICK HERE. Or to submit an application, please follow the links below.
 
 
FOOD RESOURCES
 
Are you concerned about keeping food on the table due to job loss or illness, or are you just interested in getting some more information? Self Help Inc. can answer any questions you may have about the SNAP Program, and we can help you apply right over the phone! These are stressful times, let us help. Please call 508-588-0447 x1807 or email: snap@selfhelpinc.org
 
WIC IS HERE FOR YOU!!
WIC Programs are open, and ALL NUTRITION APPOINTMENTS WILL BE DONE BY PHONE ONLY.  New families to the WIC program should locate the closest WIC office to you to request an appointment by phone. If families cannot get through another option is the state online link to apply online:  https://www.mass.gov/forms/apply-for-wic-online 
 
NEW....BENEFIT COMING SOON, FOR FAMILIES WHO WERE RECEIVING FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH FROM THEIR SCHOOL!
 
P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT, is a federal program. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), in collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), received approval to operate this program in response to the COVID-19 related school closures. P-EBT will provide food supports to help families, with children who were receiving free and reduced-price school meals, to pay for food.
Stay tuned for updates. P-EBT cards will be mailed to eligible households soon. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
 
The Hockomack YMCA Sites are doing food distribution at many of their sites! PLEASE CLICK HERE or the image for location and information
 
Food Bank Listings (please make sure you call or email, as their hours and processes during COVID-19 may be altered)
 
 
TODDLER ACTIVITIES
 
Young children love to get their fingers moving and walking....
 
This fine motor skills game, Eat the Cheese, is super adorable and fun to get little fingers ready to pick up small objects.
 
Try making these hungry mice who love to eat the cheese for hours and hours of FUN!!!
 
 
Fabric Creation
 
This activity encourages fine motor skills and tactile input. Great activity for children of all abilities. 
 
 
Materials:
·        cardboard,
·        glue,
·        water,
·        a mixing bowl
·        some fabric scraps of any kind (fabric from old clothes, stuffed toys, or left over material, etc).
 
 
PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES
 
Ever wish you had a physical activity that could help children de-stress, calm down, return to balance, find center, and get grounded? 
 
Most of the time when children are beyond their own capacity to contain and control themselves, it’s because we have let them get too tired, too dehydrated, too over-stimulated.
Self-regulation takes energy and if there’s none left, the nervous system literally goes into overload with all the accompanying distress behavior.
A few basic kids yoga poses, practiced regularly with children, along with the breathing techniques, offer simple, effective actions that enable children to build self-regulation.
 
 
Calming Lotion
 
Find some hand/body lotion that has a calming scent to it, such as lavender, vanilla or anything that calms your soul. 
 
Put a dab of the lotion on your children's hands then have them rub it into their skin. They can smell and sniff the scent through-out the day as a "relaxing break" from it all!!! Now don't forget you as well- good for the whole family!!!
 
SCHOOL AGE ACTIVITIES
 
Gather some paints together- any kind...watercolors, tempera, or whatever you have! Get your mind into a relaxing mode and click on the picture below to get painting to some MUSIC!!!
 
A fun and entertaining activity to do as a family
Go through old photo books together and share some of your childhood tales, stories and adventures with your children!!! They will be amused and fascinated with the things you did growing up!!!!
Cooking Fun
 
Frozen Banana Animal Pops:
Time for some kitchen creativeness to happen.....
 
 
NEWS
 
 
Stay connected to Mass.gov for the most up-to-dates information and resources
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEW STIMULUS CHECK INFO! If you haven't filed taxes in the last 2 years,  CLICK HERE to update your bank account information for your Stimulus Check
 
Make sure EVERY MA Community has the funding and resources it needs for the NEXT 10 YEARS!!!!
COMPLETE YOUR CENSUS TODAY!
 
 
Tax Day Now July 15
On March 20, 2020, Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin announced that Tax Day has been moved from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties, regardless of the amount owed.
 
The Treasury Secretary encouraged taxpayers who might have a tax refund to file now to receive your refund.
 
 
FREE Online Tax Filing Options (simple returns)
 
 
***The Self Help Inc. VITA program is currently suspended, but we are working on a file upload system, so we can prepare your taxes over the phone. Check our  WEBSITE  for all updates
 
COVID-19 Information and Resources
 
NEW!! Covid-19 Symptom Tracker App. Read more about this app
 
NEW!! Text covidma to 888777 to get text updates from the state about the most recent Covid-19 news
 
State Updates and Informationwww.ma.gov/coronavirus
 
 
 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Kids Book (English) (Spanish)