April Newsletter
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A Month to Celebrate
Happy April, Greetings!

As the days become longer and flowers are beginning to bloom, we wanted to share some resources we've gathered so you and your family can celebrate, learn and grow.

Celebrate our amazing planet with a collection of Earth Day inspired picture books and activities. Plus, National Sibling Day and Hug Your Dog Day are on April 10th!

Learn about Autism and the life of famous scientist Temple Grandin in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Click the video above for 60 seconds full of inspiration and cuteness from Autism Speaks.

Grow: National Kindergarten Day is a reminder that 5 year olds will be off to Kindergarten this fall. We've found some great resources to help you and your family on your journey into elementary school.
Community Partner Spotlight: Relief Nursery
Relief Nursery provides free services and programs to low-income families with children under age 6. At the core of our services are non-judgmental, and strength-based support provided through home visits. (During COVID-19, visit locations are modified to locations such as at a playground, a parent’s front porch, or an outdoor tent at Relief Nursery.)

We know that when under stress, or in crisis, going to multiple places to get support can be overwhelming, or simply not possible.

Relief Nursery tries to remove barriers by providing as much under one roof as possible. In addition to home visiting, families can receive:
  • Respite childcare
  • Individual or group-based parenting education and support
  • Child and family therapy
  • Developmental screening & assessment
  • Connection to other community resources
  • 2 to 4 days scheduled therapeutic classroom enrollment for children ages 2 through 5 years old
  • Early intervention / early childhood special education for eligible children
  • Substance use disorder recovery support
  • Basic needs support
  • Case coordination
  • Majority of services offered in English and in Spanish

Call us at 541-343-9706 if you are interested in learning more about Relief Nursery services.
From the LaneKids Blog
Single Parenting During a Pandemic
It’s no secret that parents are struggling right now as we approach the 1-year anniversary of the COVID-19 quarantine and associated restrictions. This is especially true for single parents. Managing your job, childcare, homeschool and being responsible for caring for your children all day every day takes a toll.

LaneKids Photo Contest
April 10th is National Hug Your Dog Day!

Visit the LaneKids Facebook page this Saturday the 10th for a special photo contest post in honor of your furry best friend. Just snap a photo with your dog and add your photo to the post comments.

Our staff will select one lucky poster and pooch to receive a Triple P tote bag and water bottle.
Parent Advisory Council Update
The Early Learning Alliance's Parent Advisory Council will meet again on April 8th.

In March, parents discussed what being ready for Kindergarten means and resources that they have found helpful.

Interested in joining the group? The 90 minute meetings are virtual and council members receive a $40 gift card for their time.

To learn more visit the Early Learning Alliance website for more details.
Reading Recommendations
In Honor of Earth Day
"Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption—a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade."

Autism Awareness month

Read aloud of the picture book, The Girl Who Thought in Pictures, about the early years of scientist Dr. Temple Grandin. Just in time for Autism Awareness month.
Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten!
April 21 is National Kindergarten Day. If your child will be 5 by September 1, 2021 they can enroll in Kindergarten!
Help prepare your child for Kindergarten with the Getting School Ready booklet.

Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Six tips from a teacher on how to get them ready.
How do I Enroll my Child in Kindergarten?
  1. Determine what your neighborhood school will be by entering your address in the RLID School Finder website.
  2. Join the in-person or virtual open-house for your school to hear from staff about what to expect in the fall.
  3. Visit your school district's or local elementary school's website to learn about their enrollment process. School staff like to help families in the spring with completing enrollment paperwork, since many school offices are closed over the summer.
Family Resources from LaneKids
Black Early Learning
A free program for families with children ages 0-6 with African American/Black heritage, Black Early Learners offers resources and support to help you and your child thrive. Program offers family visits, development screening for children, 1-1 support with your child’s needs, and more. Part of the Lane African American/Black Student Success Project

Learn More and connect with us on Facebook
Free, High-Quality Preschool
Preschool Promise provides high-quality preschool centered on the philosophy that parents and caregivers should be able to choose the setting that works best for their children and family. From culturally responsive environments and inclusive programming to well-educated teachers, the program builds a learning environment that can create lasting benefits. Available throughout Lane County.

Parenting Resources from Triple P
By equipping parents with the skills and confidence they need to handle parenting challenges and build strong relationship with their kids, Triple P empowers parents to create family environments that help children to realize their potential. Whether your child struggles with bedtime routines, misbehavior, or more, Triple P has tips and resources to help you both thrive.

Free Books from Birth to Age 4
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that sends books each month directly to your home until your child’s 5th birthday, for free!

Other Resources
Child Abuse Prevention Month
1 in 3 children in Lane County have experienced abuse or neglect. Visit 90by30's K(no)w More website to learn ways to support families and strengthen our community during Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Free Relationship Check-in
The Center for Healthy Relationships at the University of Oregon’s HEDCO Clinic – is offering a virtual Relationship Check-In, a useful opportunity for couples, relationships and families. We will be offering these one-time, no fee sessions (at least 90 minutes) from now until the end of May. All sessions are telehealth and are available for anyone in Oregon. Interested clients can call the center (541-346-0923) to request a session.
free relationship check-in
FOOD For Lane County Survey
Please help FOOD for Lane County fight hunger by completing a short survey!
It should only take about 10 minutes. ALL survey responses will be anonymous!
To participate in the $20 gift card drawing you will be redirected to a new page upon completion of the survey.

Employment Related Day Care (ERDC)
Low income working families may be eligible for financial help with child care costs. ERDC is a subsidy program where eligible families pay part of the child care cost. This amount depends on the family’s income, size, and the a​mount the child care provider charge.
The income limit has increased for initial eligibility and copays have been reduced to $0.

Events Calendar
April 10

Parenting Now's Annual Preschool Fair has gone virtual! Learn about options in Eugene/Springfield to find the right child care setting for your child this fall.
April 16

Preschoolers and their adults can join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History online for stories and hands-on activities to discover the world of pollinators.
April 17

Join Nurturely and NAACP for a drive-through resource fair for new and expectant parents! Free goodies, information, baby carrier fittings, and more!
April 19

Early Childhood CARES educators provide helpful tips on how to support your child's kindergarten readiness skills.
Earth Day
April 22
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