August 2020
Back to School Roller Coaster
Families with school-age kids are scrambling to understand what the school year will be like, with the still fresh memories of being thrown into the deep end of distance learning in April.
One parent/writer recently wondered what parents should do with their kids while they work? Without broad availability of care for school-aged kids, parents across the country are connecting on the Pandemic Pod Facebook group to problem solve how to have supervision and tutoring support for their kids.

Reading through the comments you will see parents are highlighting this is not an equitable approach to distance learning since, to name a few reasons, families do not all have means to hire a tutor, time to develop a pandemic pod, or may have a child with special needs who requires more support.
What this will most likely mean in the fall is that parents will continue to seek support by relying on relatives, neighbors or older siblings in the home. Or, it will just rest on the mom’s shoulders to carry a greater burden.

In heterosexual couples in which both parents are employed, women have responded in the pandemic by cutting their work hours four or five times more than their partners because they are picking up the "invisible work" of their house, like childcare, homeschooling and household chores. In the short and long-term, this increases the gender earning gap, as well as women’s mental and physical stress.

For fun (or out of frustration) you can calculate the worth of your invisible labor.
Unfortunately, no broadly accessible, affordable, and convenient solutions have popped up yet for school-age children of working parents. For now, let’s do all we can to decrease COVID cases locally by socially distancing, wearing masks in public (for people 5+), and washing our hands frequently so eventually our teachers and students can safely get back to school.
Join the Parent Advisory Council
Parents - Your Voice Matters!

The Lane Early Learning Alliance’s (ELA) Parent/Caregiver Advisory Council (PAC) is seeking parents and caregivers of children under the age of 8 to inform programs and policies that impact young children and families in Lane County.

The first meeting will be August 20th and will meet via an online platform. Participants will receive a $40 gift card as a thank you for each meeting they attend.

Visit the ELA website to learn more and fill out the interest form. Please join us!
First Anniversary Give-Away
We're one year old!
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Day of the World's Indigenous People
The United Nations has declared August 9th the International Day of the World's Indigenous People. People from around the world are encouraged to spread the UN’s message on the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples.

Indigenous people are ethnic groups who are the earliest known inhabitants of an area. Throughout history indigenous people have been pushed from their land, their cultural practices and language diminished, and have been pressured to assimilate to the dominant culture's way of life from their religious practices to the way they dress.

There are nearly 500 million indigenous people around the world. In the United States under 2% of the population identify as Native American.

Learn more through visiting museum website or by exploring these lists of children's books:

Featured Blog
Postpartum depression in a pandemic

All new parents are at-risk for developing Postpartum Depression (PPD), sometimes referred to as Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD) during pregnancy or after the birth of a new child. PMD includes postpartum anxiety and postpartum psychosis (very...

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Wondering What to Read?
My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, Illustrated by Julie Flett
My Heart Fills with Happiness is a sweet and gentle book filled with images of Indigenous children and families as they experience moments of happiness in their day.

Perfect for babies and toddlers, but also for older children who can tell you what simple moments bring them happiness. This book will spark deeper conversations about gratitude for the things in life that are free, the wonder of nature, and the gift of family.

Author Monique Gray Smith lives in Canada and is Cree, Lakota and Scottish.
Putting Off Immunizations?
In COVID-19 times, going to the doctor might feel like a high-risk activity. Nationwide, many families are feeling that way as seen in a drastic drop in immunization rates. This could result in the near future in an uptick in the rate of kids with preventable illnesses, on top of getting colds.

Check with your Pediatrician to make sure your child is on track with their vaccination schedule. Particularly if kids go back to school or daycare in the fall, being up to date can be one way to keep your child and other children safe.

Many clinics are offering Telemedicine visits when you have a question or concern that does not need immediate in-person medical attention. For other visits, doctor's offices have put in extra precautions to keep families safe, like temperature screening of all guests, requiring the use of masks, and guests remaining outside of the office until staff are ready to meet with you.
Race in Oregon Education
How do students, parents and teachers of color experience race in Oregon K-12 classrooms?

Local radio station KLCC is working on a series examining failures and successes dealing with inclusiveness in our state's classrooms and they're interested in hearing your thoughts.

Please share your experiences and suggestions about how schools can confront racism. To participate, email reporter Elizabeth Gabriel here.
Complete the Census
The Census is the way our federal government determines how to distribute money to each state for important services like schools, fire departments and roads. Kids are not always counted, which can result in lost funding for our community.

The census is safe, private and easy to complete. Take 5 minutes to complete the census and make sure your kids are counted!

Your guide to purposeful (and FUN) outdoor play. They'll release one new week of activities each Friday, until August 14th. With ideas for baby, toddler, preschool and elementary ages, all kids can enjoy and develop skills as they play at home.
Local Food Resources

List of local u-picks and farmstands, 2020 Locally Grown Guide,

Get more fruits and vegetables when you spend your Oregon Trail Card SNAP dollars at participating farmers markets. It’s easy with Double Up Food Bucks! For example, if you spend $10 of your SNAP dollars at a participating location, you will give you another $10 to buy more locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Upcoming Events

Thursdays in August

Visit the 5th Street Public Market for a free, live, open-air concert on the second-floor outdoor courtyard! Grab a bite and listen to local musicians.

August 10th and 17th

Parenting Now!’s Live Discussions are part of our Virtual Parenting Support Program to ensure that all families get the support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. On August 10th join the Tuning in to Temperament discussion and August 17th a Positive Approaches to Discipline discussion.

All Live Discussions are free, but require preregistration.

August 11

An online Q&A discussion with antiracist educator and parent Melissa Patrick, MSW. For parents and caregivers who are curious about how to talk to their kids about race and racism.

ASL interpretation will be provided at this event.

August 21

You and your preschooler are invited to learn and play at home during the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly Little Wonders event!

Dive into the watery world of Sharks! Investigate their sharp teeth and big fins, and make your own shark craft at home.

September 10

All parade enthusiasts are encouraged to come up with their most colorful, fun, and quirky take on the theme BOUNCE FORWARD. To participate, complete the entry form and then upload your video and/or photographs.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 20 when we’ll Parade in Place and you’ll be able to watch from home.
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