April 27, 2020
CFCE Daily Activities and Resources
Dear CFCE Families,

It is so very nice to see the signs of Spring popping up everywhere!!! The smallest plant that begins to grow, the flower blossoms that are beginning to bloom, the robins in your yard chirping away, all the baby animals being born and the sun giving us days of warmth and joy!!! All of these small things are HOPE for brighter days to come...enjoy them and let them give you HAPPINESS for today and thereafter!!!

As Always: Staff are available through email if there is something you need help with or wish to share. CFCE Staff

Remember to check our facebook page . We are posting tips and activities every day! And as always check our CFCE Calendar we are posting this email in addition to other fun things we find! New things being added each and every week... Check it out!!!

Be Safe & Stay Healthy
from Carol all the CFCE Staff
Thought of the Day

PARENTS!! We need your input!!
Please help inform CFCE's Plan for Next year, please click the survey link below!
**everyone that completes the survey and enters our FREE RAFFLE will also receive a FREE access code to an online digital library from   Open eBOOKS!!
CFCE LIVE Zoom Events!!
Ms. Marsha's ZOOM
'Music and Movement'
every Tuesday at 10:30 am
ZOOM: Circle Time, with Miss Leslie every Wednesday at 3:00 pm
Ms. Marsha's ZOOM 'Toddler Song and Storytime'
every Thursday 10:30am
Make sure you check our calendar for some NEW and FUN Activities from Miss Carol!!!
The Playful Watch Dog: Miss Carol
In this activity, Miss Carol talks about the toys and materials she uses in her playgroups, and how you can re-create these at home!!
Miss Carols Weekly: Drive by...”I SPY” RHYMING FUN!!!
These weekly adventures will have you driving to discover a mystery from clues hidden in her weekly poem!! Miss Carol will post a rhyming poem with clues as to what you are “Spying” for (looking for) and location where you will search! 
See if you can find it, and make your best guess. 
FOOD RESOURCES
WIC IS HERE FOR YOU!!
During the COVID-19 Health Emergency WIC Programs will remain open and ALL NUTRITION APPOINTMENTS WILL BE DONE BY PHONE ONLY.   New families to the WIC program should locate the  closest WIC office  to you to request an appointment by phone. If families cannot get through another option is the state online link to apply online at: https://www.mass.gov/forms/apply-for-wic-online
Quincy WIC   617-376-8701 and 
Randolph WIC 781-9614206.
SELF HELP CAN HELP!!
Are you concerned about keeping food on the table due to job loss or illness, or are you just interested in getting some more information? Self Help Inc. can answer any questions you may have about the SNAP Program, and we can help you apply right over the phone! These are stressful times, let us help.    Please call 508-588-0447 x1807 or email:    snap@selfhelpinc.org

Food Bank Listings  (please make sure you call or email, as their hours and processes during COVID-19 may be altered)

Family Together Time
Remember to take some relaxation time and take care of YOURSELF-
Even 5 minutes a day...so well worth it!
spring_flowers_field.jpg
40 Ways to Relax: Beat Stress in as Little as Five Minutes

Your inbox just loaded with several emails marked urgent, you have a project deadline by the end of he day, and your mom just called to find out if chicken is gluten-free. It would be an understatement to say your nerves might be a little jangled.  Read More...
The Hug Song!!! There is nothing like it- FEELING GOOD
baby_playing_upside_down.jpg
Let's get movin'......

YOGA/ MOVEMENT TIME
on the farm
Infant-Toddler Activities
See if you can make the sounds that the baby animals on the farm are making...
Are you ready to MOOOOOOO!!!
baby_chicks.jpg
Preschool Activities
Make this adorable "Milk the Cow" using a plastic glove and a cardboard/paper cut out of a cow..your child can decorate! Click Here for full directions.
Take a squirt bottle of water and spray a paper towel until it is wet. Go around your house and give the plants a nice watering by wiping the leaves so careful and gentle with the paper towel. The plants will love it! Your PARENTS will love it too!!!
School-Age Activities
Make a journal or use a notebook that you have at your home. Each day follow the LIVE CAM of an animal- eagles, deer etc. 13 different ones and document what you see them doing each day. You can choose one, two or all thirteen!

Write down what time of the day you watch them and record what they do. So much fun to see the animals in
TRUE ACTION: LIVE!!!


Click the picture to bring you to the website
Scroll to the bottom of the page for animal choices.
Featured Recipe
How Cute is this snack..and YUMMY too...
Mini Chick Crackers


Ingredients
  • 8 cracker crackers, whole-wheat
  • 8 ounce cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup carrots, baby
  • 8 jumbo black olives, canned
  • 1 cup spinach
Instructions
  • Lay out crackers on a plate or platter.
  • Cut cheese into circles that will fit in top of crackers. The best fit will be about 1/4 inch smaller. Place cheese on crackers.
  • Cut carrots into small sticks to resemble the chicks feathers on top of his head. Cut another carrot into 24 thin rounds. 16 will be used for the feet and 8 will be cut into triangles for the beaks.
  • Cut tiny pieces from an olive to make little eyes for each chick and then place some spinach leaves under each chick for a cozy spot to rest.

NEWS
NEW....    BENEFIT COMING SOON, FOR FAMILIES WHO WERE RECEIVING FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH FROM THEIR SCHOOL!

P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT, is a federal program. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), in collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), received approval to operate this program in response to the COVID-19 related school closures. P-EBT will provide food supports to help families, with children who were receiving free and reduced-price school meals, to pay for food.
Stay tuned for updates. P-EBT cards will be mailed to eligible households soon.    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

BOSTON (WHDH) - Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced that all public and private schools in Massachusetts will be closed for the rest of the school year due to the  ongoing coronavirus pandemic .
Stay connected to Mass.gov for the most up-to-dates information and resource s


 
 
 


NEW STIMULUS CHECK INFO! If you haven't filed taxes in the last 2 years,   CLICK HERE to update your bank account information for your Stimulus Check
 
 
 
Make sure EVERY MA Community has the funding and resources it needs for the NEXT 10 YEARS!!!!
COMPLETE YOUR CENSUS TODAY!

Tax Day Now July 15
On March 20, 2020, Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin announced that Tax Day has been moved from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties, regardless of the amount owed.

The Treasury Secretary encouraged taxpayers who might have a tax refund to file now to receive your refund.


FREE Online Tax Filing Options (simple returns)


***The Self Help Inc. VITA program is currently suspended, but we are working on a file upload system, so we can prepare your taxes over the phone. Check our   WEBSITE   for all updates
COVID-19 Information and Resources
NEW!! Text covidma to 888777 to get text updates from the state about the most recent Covid-19 news

State Updates and Information : www.ma.gov/coronavirus



Coronavirus (COVID-19) Kids Book ( English ) ( Spanish )