The COVID-19 health emergency is impacting all our lives, especially those families with young children. In this weekly newsletter we will connect you with the most recent information about child care options, learning at home activities for children, emotional support resources for you and your children and more. Here is our newsletter from May 6, 2020.
Happy Mother’s Day!
This year, Mother’s Day may look a little different for you than in year’s past. Moms, you are your child’s first teacher, and even if they don’t have the words to say it yet, know that you are appreciated! We hope you find a way to have some time to recharge this weekend. You are doing the very best for your child. If you need some support on finding activities to do at home, tap into Vroom resources.
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!
This week we take time to say thank you to all of the educators who help our youngest children get the tools they need to thrive in school and beyond! Send a note to your child care provider and let them know you appreciate them. Friday, May 8 is Provider Appreciation Day–be on the look out for a special message from us that you can share with your child care provider!
Connecting Essential Workers With Pandemic Child Care
4C for Children specialists are available to help families of workers providing health, safety and essential services in your child care search. Click here to see an interactive map of licensed Pandemic Child Care Programs in Southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley. Visit the ODJFS website for more information on child care during this time. Need help with your search? Call us at 800-256-1296 x1330, or email us.
New inspiration for activities you can do at home with your child:
- Download Vroom Tips to Calm and Connect: In English or in Spanish
- Sesame Street in Communities Caring for Each Other: Weekly activities and games for children, and resources for families
Helping Your Family Cope: Why Are People
Children likely have lots of questions during this time, and it can be challenging for parents to know how to answer them. Especially when it comes to the huge change of seeing everyone wearing a mask out in public. These resources may help:
- Why are people wearing masks? Why are people covering their faces? from ZERO TO THREE
- Children May Be Afraid of Masks. Here’s How to Help from the New York Times
- Download this social story from Cincinnati Children’s on wearing masks and read with your child
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