Here’s a quick snapshot of the latest resources and information we have today, April 23, 2020.
Celebrating the Gift of Books
Happy World Book Day! Today is observed around the world as a day to celebrate the difference reading makes in all our lives. Books spark children’s imagination and stimulate curiosity. Reading to children and having children read regularly helps them develop social and communication skills and aids in the development of early literacy skills. For all of us during these challenging times as we are working from home and social distancing, books can help support our mental and emotional health as we find ways to cope.
In honor of World Book Day, take some time today to enjoy a print or audio book. Or get lost in a book with your whole family–either in person or virtually. Whether you’re each reading your own book, reading to children before going to bed, or listening to an audio book as you prepare your dinner, treat yourself and spend some time with a book today!
A Closer Look at Tinkering Webinar
Thursday, April 23, 3 p.m. | Not Ohio Approved
Join Cate Heroman, author of Making and Tinkering with STEM and Lianna Kali, Project Director for The Tinkering Studio in San Francisco’s Exploratorium, as they share strategies for investigations to try at home and at school. During the NAEYC webinar, “Making and Tinkering at Home and School,” you’ll get a closer look at tinkering with two big ideas–light and shadow play and balls, ramps, and chain reactions. Click here to register.
Trauma Informed Family Engagement
Hopewell Health Centers with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and ODJFS will begin the first of a series of Trauma Informed Family Engagement webinars on Thursday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional webinars will be held throughout May and June. For more information about the webinar, upcoming dates and registration, click here.
Pandemic Child Care Licensees
Caring for Children in Group Settings Webinar
Friday, April 24, 2-3:30 p.m. | Not Ohio Approved
Do you have questions about how to keep children in your care and your staff healthy? This webinar presented by the Office of Head Start will highlight the guidance and best practices from the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Caring for Our Children. The session will include time for questions.
Topics for the webinar include:
- Understanding what is currently known about COVID-19
- Reviewing CDC and AAP guidance for ECE programs that are currently open
- Integrating the guidance with best practices in managing infectious disease
- Providing child care during the COVID-19 pandemic, including what’s different
- Applying the CDC guidelines to your program to prevent and respond to COVID-19.
Click here to register for the webinar.
Removal from the Pandemic Child Care List
If you have been approved as a Pandemic Child Care Program and now wish not to provide pandemic care, email a request to ODJFS.
If you cannot reach someone at ODJFS, contact us and we will do our best to get you the information you need:
- Email: coaching @4cforchildren.org
- Southwest Ohio: 513-758-1334
- Miami Valley: 937-723-1334
You can also visit our website for the latest information about state requirements and other guidelines.