6.12 2020

…what actions will speak louder than words?

Dear members of our Friends Center Community,

How do we give a name to this moment that grips our awareness, causes deep pain and stifles our breath?

Recent appalling, grievous deaths of black and brown countrymen and women follow 400 years of innumerable systematic racial injustices, as well as religious and gender identity persecutions.

“I can’t breathe!” may be the words that unforgettably mark 2020.
 

To face COVID-19, we’ve muffled our voices with masks. At the same moment in time, ongoing protests, lit up by immediate video documentation of the suffocation of George Floyd, has un-muffled the voices crying out for justice. The volume is so high, the streets are vibrating. And burning.

What shall we say; to whom shall we say it; and, what actions will speak louder than words? How do we choose words, tone, volume and actions that can awaken hardened hearts?

“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” These words from 1881, spoken by Jane Addams (raised a Quaker, first woman recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace), touch the heart.

May we lean into each other, virtually, to muster the energy and courage to let our one precious life speak our values.

With love, empathy and righteous anger,

Friends Center for Children

Read more about Friends Center’s commitment to racial equality, and related resources, in our recent community letter.

6.26 2020

Week 15: staying connected during social distancing

6.19 2020

Week 14: staying connected during social distancing

Dear Families,

“Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty.”

Óscar Romero

In the attached pdf, please find resources, links, and reflections on the Quaker value of Peace.

FCFC_week14
FCFC_week14_spanish

Quick Links:

Juneteenth marks the end of slavery. Here’s what happened and how to celebrate June 19, 2020
Viral child stars reunite: Two children from a heartwarming viral video catch up with each other over video. Former Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey shares a message to children of color.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Teaching Juneteenth: The history of Juneteenth acknowledges hard history while also empowering students to be advocates for change
Black Boy Joy: 30 Picture Books Featuring Black Male Protagonists
Too Much Alone Time? Tips To Connect And Find Joy While Social Distancing

 

6.12 2020

Week 13: staying connected during social distancing

Dear Families,

We hope that this letter finds you healthy, safe and strong.  We hope that you feel empowered, seen and heard. We hope that when you leave your front door each day, you walk confidently into the world, feeling valued and loved. We hope that your days are filled with light and love, and that if it is not coming from anywhere else, you can feel it coming from us.    

In the attached pdf, please find resources, links, and reflections on the Quaker value of Community.

FCFC_week13
FCFC_week13_spanish

Quick links:

New Videos Up on The FCfC YouTube Channel Here
12-year-old uses voice to share powerful message on racism
How to Explain Racism to Kids
Abby Cadabby Shares a Personal Story
Resources For Non-Black Folks to Self Educate & Practice Direct Action: A Working List provided by MBooth’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Books & Tips for Talking With Children About Race
Condoleezza Rice discusses race on “Face the Nation,” June 7, 2020
A Mindful Approach to Race and Social Justice | Rhonda Magee, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Anderson Cooper

              

 

6.5 2020

Week 12: staying connected during social distancing

Dear Families,

“Sometimes our hearts feel heavy and the world feels wrong. 

Find the light, even if it is ever so slight. 

Hold on, let hope build a trail for the next steps. Surround ourselves with love, together our light shines stronger, the glimmer of hope is solid. Together we can step… one step… two steps… three steps. 

We see your light, we hear your words, we see you. We love and miss you.”

–  Therese Luetzgendorf

In the attached pdf, please find resources, links, and reflections on the Quaker value of Stewardship.

FCFC_week12

FCFC_week12_spanish

Quick links for resources:

Fifth Grade Children Talk About Segregation
Sing With Us | The Children’s March: Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around
How to Talk to Kids About Race
PBS KIDS Talk About | BRAVERY & COURAGE
Elm City Montessori School Children’s March Flyer
10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race
Ways to Demonstrate Solidarity
ERP Recommended Resources Related to COVID-19 Experience
Downloadable Developmentally Appropriate Short Story about Mask Use
Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared! Printable Coronavirus Coloring Page
Ignite | 30 Days of Yoga With Adriene
From Constant Love and Learning – List of Feelings “Scavenger Hunt” Questions
Calm Together: Global Meditation Event

5.29 2020

Week 11: staying connected during social distance

Dear families,

Thank you for being our friends, and continuing to learn and grow with us. We have had so much fun launching and sharing our brand new, pilot I/T and Preschool “Teachology” Programs with you. We thank you all who have joined in so far, and look forward to seeing even more of you during the remaining time that we spend together, yet apart. We will continue to send our weekly Wednesday Activity Letters, as well as these letters, and associated blog posts to you each Friday. Separately, Teaching Teams will be reaching out with Virtual Morning Meetings, as well as one-on- one outreach, calls and check-ins with you and your family. We love and miss you all!

In the attached pdf, please find our Week 11 letter with links, resources and reflections on the Quaker value of equality.

FCFC_week11
FCFC_week11_spanish

Quick links for resources:

Exploring Shadows – NAEYC
Exploring the Shadow Screen with Jenn from Pod 1, East Grand
READ ALONG with MICHELLE OBAMA! | Oh, the Places You’ll Go! / Can I Be Your Dog? | PBS KIDS
Tips for Chatting with Young Children
child-friendly COVID-19 guide
East Grand Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Update
Soften | 30 Days of Yoga With Adriene

5.22 2020

Week 10: staying connected during social distance

Dear community,

When I say it’s YOU I like, I’m talking about the part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. 

That deep part of you that allows you to stand up for those things without which humankind cannot survive. 

Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed

  -Fred Rogers

In the attached pdf, please find activities, resources and information including Mr. Rogers, Aquarium Adventurers and resources for talking to children about Cover-19.                                                                        

FCFC_week10a

Quick links to resources:

What Children Need Most During Frightening Times, with Fred Roger
Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood Look For The Helpers READ ALONG Story Book!
Kathryn’s Aquarium Adventurers: Episode 1
Monday’s with Michelle Obama!
How to Help your Kids Handle Disappointment
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource
Daily Health Check – En Ingles y Español
Achú, a Spanish-Language Book to Educate Children About COVID-19
Achú, a Book to Educate Children About COVID-19 – English Version
 Recognize | 30 Days of Yoga With Adriene
Watch and Listen to how Students and Educators Explain what Mindfulness Means to Them

 

 

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.

FCFC_WEEK9

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.

FCFC_WEEK8

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.

FCFC_WEEK7

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