5.15 2020

Week nine: staying connected during social distance

Dear community,

We invite you to enjoy the 9th edition of our weekly blog/letter (nine weeks…wow!). In this blog you will find some fun podcasts and videos that are geared toward young children, inspiring educational articles, helpful resources for you and your family, a letter from our EWBC Team, and an encouraging call to just…breathe. We hope that you continue to find these resources helpful, and valuable. You are loved, and missed.

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Quick links to resources:

Noodle Loaf: 10-minute episodes of interactive music creation and goofiness
Peace Out – Relaxation Stories for Kids

Musical videos for:
Infants Hey Bear Sensory – Classical Music/High Contrast Video
Toddlers – “Emotions” – StoryBots Super Songs Episode 8 | Netflix Jr
Preschoolers –  “The Goldfish” (Let’s Go Swimming) by the Laurie Berkner Band
Nature Inspired Art
Find More Ideas Like This Here
Literacy – Self Portraits
Find More Ideas Like This Here
Science & Sensory
Find More Ideas Like This Here
Imaginative Play
Find More Ideas Like This Here
How to Create Highly Effective Transitions
Free Books for Kids Helping Children Read to Succeed
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer
East Grand Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project Update
Home – Day 3 – Recognize | 30 Days of Yoga With Adriene

5.8 2020

Week eight: staying connected during social distance

Dear Community,

We hope that this post finds you healthy, safe and well. We realize the incredible strain that social distancing is putting each of us, individually and collectively. Whether you are out on the front lines, balancing work and family responsibilities from home, are currently out of work, or are simply just trying to navigate this unprecedented time while keeping your head above water, please know that we are here for you, and with you. When we are in community, physically, visually, or within our hearts and minds, we are never alone. You are our community, and we thank you for being here with us.

In the attached pdf, please find activities, resources and information including a read-aloud of Clementina’s Castle, Building Babies Brains through play master class, and the Role of Play in Any Setting.

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Quick links to resources:

New Videos Up on The FCfC YouTube Channel Here
Read-aloud: Clementina’s Cactus
Building Babies’ Brains Through Play: Mini Parenting Master Class
Child Development Core Story
Find Ways to Play -Explore Fun and Educational Activities for the Whole Family
Visit the COVID-19 Resources page
Diverse BookFinder
Connecticut Health I-team Children And Parents Feel The Strain Of Confinement
Stress and Resilience: How Toxic Stress Affects Us, and What We Can Do About It
Play in Early Childhood: The Role of Play in Any Setting
YALE CHILD STUDY CENTER+SCHOLASTIC COLLABORATIVE for Child & Family Resilience website
City of New Haven Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hub
Home – Day 2 – Recognize | 30 Days of Yoga With Adriene

5.1 2020

Week seven: staying connected during social distance

Dear Community,

We are coming to the end of our seventh week in collective “quarantine”, and find that we are needing one another more than ever. As the ties that bind us to one another continue to stretch, we work even more diligently to mend and repair the frays, in hopes that we will emerge with bonds that have strengthened and endured. We continue to research and test available technologies to keep our connections flowing and flourishing, and we thank you for your participation, your patience, and your continued partnership. 

In the attached pdf, please find activities, resources and information including At-Home Activities, Healthy at Home Toolkit and Keeping Connected with Families podcast.

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New Videos Up on The FCfC YouTube Channel
Making Space: Mood – with Author & Illustrator Christian Robinson
Dr. Marc Brackett and Brené Brown on “Permission to Feel”
At Home Activities for Infants
At Home Activities for Toddlers
At Home Activities for Preschoolers
Healthy at Home: A Toolkit for Supporting Families   Impacted by COVID-19
Podcast: Keeping Connected With Families During COVID-19
Virtual Teaching 101 for Early Childhood Educators
ECE Professionals Slack Group
Talk It Out Hotline Information
CTCARES for Frontline Workers Child Care Subsidy Program
Diverse BookFinder
Home – Day 1 – Recognize | 30 Days of Yoga With Adriene

4.24 2020

Week six: staying connected during social distance

Dear community,

We hope that you continue to be healthy, safe and well. As we continue to experience distance, from one another, our routines, our communities, we hope that, more than anything, you are continuing to experience your worth. You are so loved and missed.

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”-Fred Rogers

In the attached pdf, please find activities, resources and information including Sesame Workshop, Reggio Inspired Math, COVID-19 testing sites, and how-tos for cultivating the Quaker value of STEWARDSHIP.

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Quicklinks to resources:

4.17 2020

Week five: staying connected during social distance

Dear community,

May you continue to reach deep into the wells of inspiration and hope that live within, and discover an abundant source of light to guide you through your days. We hope that you continue to use this Newsletter as a source of positivity, and find the same joy that we do in our continued connections here and throughout the efforts of our amazingly, dedicated community. We thank you again, for all of the wonderful photos, videos, and communications being offered through ClassDojo and ZOOM Meetings. Seeing the children and hearing updates from you is truly a joy. We are wishing you all the very best!

In the attached pdf, please find activities for children and adults (including links to free science experiments), awareness resources (including Clifford Beers Clinic COVID Compassion Line), and information on emotional wellbeing, specifically on cultivating the Quaker value of COMMUNITY.

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Resources include:

NPR: Why Narratives are Powerful for Children
Little Scientists: Free Science experiments
New Videos Up on The FCfC YouTube Channel
The ABCDE’s of Family Climate
Clifford Beers Clinic COVID Compassion Line
Free Grab & Go School Meals
Tenants are Given 60 Day Grace Period to Pay Rent
DOL says unemployment payment backlog solved by computer fix
Discussing and Supporting Social Emotional needs during COVID-19 released by CT SDE
Your Productivity Doesn’t Determine Your Worth
Emotions at Home – How do we Want to Feel?

4.10 2020

Week four: staying connected during social distance

Dear community,

We reach out in hopes of your continued safety and well-being. Spring continues to bloom all around us, bringing the anticipation of brighter days ahead. We hope that you find time to get outdoors, safely and responsibly. May you continue to breathe, and take in the small gifts that nature presents; a warm ray of sunlight through a window, a faint, fragrant breeze, the chirping of a robin or chittering of a squirrel, the rustling of branches as they prepare for new life. We hope that you continue to find joy and light in each coming day, and look forward to reuniting with you all as soon as possible.

In the pdfs below, please find activities for children and adults (including Week of the Young Child Daily Themes), awareness resources, mindfulness moments (such as “going on a mindfulness safari”), and information on emotional wellbeing, specifically on cultivating the Quaker value of EQUALITY.

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Resources include:
New Videos Up on The Friends Center for Children YouTube Channel!
“I’m a little seed” by Nicole from Preschool 1
“The Carrot Seed” by Ruth Krauss read by Jan from Pod 4
Pepper and Soap experiment showing the importance of washing hands
Mindfulness Poses
Week of The Young Child – Overview and Daily Themes
Acoustic Mornings with Papa Tom
The FCfC COVID Emergency Fund – En Inglés y Español
The Disproportionate Racial Impact of COVID-19
Local Mental Health Resources
Explore Healthy Lives CT for Free Wellness Assessments and Resources
Mindfulness Safari
14 Mindfulness Tricks to Reduce Anxiety

4.3 2020

Week three: staying connected during social distance

Dear Community,

As we have journeyed through another week, separately, yet still together, we would like to say first and foremost, how much we are truly missing all of you. We hope you are beginning each day with this small act of courage and hope, and are meeting each day as it comes. We are beginning to hear birds chirping outside and can feel the slight breeze through a cracked window. Plants are sprouting as bugs and insects begin to whizz through the air. We hold on to these signs of spring as signals of hope and renewal. They fill us with positivity as we envision being back together with all of you, at FCfC.

In the attached pdf, please find activities for children and adults  awareness resources (including Five Steps to Mindfulness), and information on emotional wellbeing, specifically on cultivating the Quaker value of INTEGRITY.

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Resources include:
“Little Cloud” by Eric Carle – Story and Activity from Therese
Sesame Street in Communities: Health Emergencies Videos for Children
Count, Breath and Relax with The Count and Cookie Monster
New Videos Up on The Friends Center for Children YouTube Channel
Early Childhood Self Regulation Podcast
FCfC COVID Emergency Fund – En Inglés y Español
Zero to Three – Tips for Families on Coronavirus
NHECC – Resources
An Important Message About the U.S. Census – En Inglés y Español
East Grand Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project Update – En Ingles y Español
Five Steps to Mindfulness – THICH NHAT HANH

3.27 2020

Staying connected during social distance: week two

Dear Community,

We hope that this blog finds you well, and would like to thank you all for your continued efforts to remain in contact with, and connected to us while we continue to maintain physical distance. From your responses to and involvement in our YouTube Read Alouds, to your very sweet ClassDojo photos, and organization of and participation in some virtual Morning Meetings, your efforts tighten the threads of the fabric which holds us all together. Thank you for keeping us together in spirit. You are so appreciated, and so loved!

In the attached pdf, please find activities for children and adults (including Make Your Own Mood Meter Sock Puppet), awareness resources, and information on emotional wellbeing, specifically on cultivating the Quaker value of PEACE.

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Resources include:
Make Your Own Mood Meter Sock Puppet
Rotterdam Orchestra
Latest read alouds on Friends Center YouTube Channel
Netflix Documentary Series “Babies”
Parenting in the Time of Coronavirus
Free Soup Deliveries from Sopa Soup
Make Haven: Instructions for Sewing Masks
Congressional Support to fund early childhood education

3.19 2020

Staying connected during social distance: week one

Dear Community,

We hope that this blog finds you well. As we navigate these unprecedented and unusual set of circumstances, the FCfC Administrative Team would like to remind you that we continue to walk through the world together, as a community. Although you may be in isolation, you are not alone. You are loved and missed, and remain a valued member of our community and family. We encourage you all to keep your heads up and know that we look forward to resuming our normal activities at FCfC. We hope you are rested, relaxed and well.

In the attached pdf, please find activities for children and adults, awareness resources, and information on emotional wellbeing, specifically on cultivating the Quaker value of simplicity.

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Resources include:
Ear Snacks
24 Best Podcasts for Kids of All Ages
The Feelings Book written by Tod Parr and read by Kathy
If You’re Happy and You Know It: Mood Meter Song with Jess
The Families First CoronaVirus Response Act
Grab and Go Meal sites

3.30 2017

How Can We Support Staff in Addressing Implicit Bias?

How Can We Support Staff in Addressing Implicit Bias? One Program’s Approach

Allyx Schiavone, Executive Director of the Friends Center for Children in New Haven, CT, discusses a three-year approach the Center administration took to address implicit bias among staff.