Week of December 21, 2020
Live Zoom Events, Virtual Playgroups & More
Don't forget to check out our calendar each week, for the most up-to-date information!

The CFCE staff would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy 2021!
We're still here for you!

The CFCE Administrative offices HAVE MOVED but CFCE will continue to do all the fun and engaging parent-child activities via zoom, online activities, pre-recorded groups and storywalks.

We will also be here to help with resources, ASQ's, collaborations in our 23 towns, helpful information, support and whatever is on your mind!

The ONLY CHANGE will be our address. Our phone numbers, emails and extensions remain the same but our new location is:
New Address (eff. 12/4/20)
Self Help Inc./CFCE
45 Pearl Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Preparing for the Holidays During COVID-19

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Celebrating the Holidays...

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January 13, 2016 by Sarah 
I love the winter – but I haven’t always. Truthfully, I use to really dislike it. REALLY. But, I love the outdoors and I love having my kids outside. And where I live we have snow for a good 5 months of the year, which is a very long time to dislike something.
So a few years ago I started to plan some activities to do with my kids outside. Some fun things to do in the snow which truthfully made me enjoy being outside. At least for January …

1.  Tie-dye the snow. My kids love art just about as much as they love being outside, so this activity has been great for us! And best of all, I bet you have everything you need for this activity already!

CLICK HERE for more
The ASQ Program is a parent reporting questionnaire that gives you insight on how your child is doing developmentally! You do not need to have concerns, it’s just a great tool to see where your child excels or may need some support!  Everyone that participates receives a
FREE Children’s Book! 
**Please click this link for more information http://selfhelpcpc.org/our-programs/asq/      
** If you would like to participate this is the only thing you need to complete (the consent form) to get started!! click on the link below: https://www.cognitoforms.com/SelfHelpInc1/ASQ3ASQSECONSENTFORM
CFCE Online Activities
A to Z Activities are for School-Age Kids and Parents to Enjoy Together!
Please check our calendar for the story starter each month. Click Here for more info and to register!
Did you and your children participate in any of our Program OR Services in DECEMBER? If so, let us know what you think!! We need your feedback, so we can continue to provide you with the quality programs you and your kids need right now!! Each monthly survey you complete you will be eligible to be entered into our Monthly Gift Card Giveaway!

This Week at CFCE
Always check our full calendar of activities at: http://selfhelpcpc.org/calendar/
The programs with this symbol are Pre-Recorded
The programs with this symbol are Face-to-Face Outdoor Programs (pre-registration required)
The programs with this symbol are LIVE programs using Zoom
Monday, December 21st
Kitchen "K"reations!!!
Winter Holiday Milkshake with Miss Carol
Towards the end of each month we will be "k"reating some simple, seasonal snacks with your family. We will recall the seasons/months of the year through song and then get right to work in the kitchen!!! Afterwards we will hear a related Winter story. 
CLICK HERE for more info and supply list!
Monday, December 21st
Miss Marsha's Stories "The Shortest Day-Celebrating the Winter Solstice"
It's December 21st the first day of winter. Let's read a book about the winter solstice. You can view it any time of the day. It's a little long and is appropriate for children ages 4-9 years. Just click here and get started!
What is Kwanza, Hanukkah, and Diwali?
LIVE Zoom-Tuesday, December 22 10:30 am to 10:55 am 
Join Ms. Leslie on Zoom for a short story showcasing the traditions of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Diwali. This story is in a cartoon format. After we watch and learn, the children may share their favorite holiday tradition! A zoom link will be emailed out by Tuesday at 10:00AM.
This program is filling up fast!
Click Here to register
December's Storytime with CFCE'sFamily & Yours!!!
LIVE Zoom-Tuesday, December 22 from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm 
A few spots left in this program!
The CFCE Staff would love to do a Family Storytime from our CFCE family to your family at home!!! It will include songs, movement, a few stories and imaginary art!!! Come join us for some afternoon FUN--ALL TOGETHER!!!
Please register by emailing Carol at ccarver@selfhelpinc.org so we can send you the zoom link before this special family program is scheduled. Share your name, children's names who will be attending and the email address you will be using.. thank you.
Tuesday, December 22nd
Miss Carol's Grandma Glasses Story FUN!!! "Polar Bear, Polar Bear"
Hope you can join me every week - any time - on Tuesdays for some songs, movement and a story time together!!! I will share a simple art project you can do together at home PLUS one of our favorite activities...FEATHERBALL or MAGIC WAND MOVEMENT!!! So make sure your child brings a scarf, facecloth, hankie or a dish towel to this videotaped session each time so they can participate!!! Would love to have you join me and enjoy this time!!!
Wednesday, December 23rd
-all day Virtual Event
Simple Crafts to make with pinecones!
Each month there will be a pre-recorded videotaping of....Simple Crafts to make with various things from NATURE!!! Please watch with your child to get some ideas of what to make, plus come up with your own ideas to be CREATIVE!!!
Click here for more info.
Wednesday, December 23rd
-all day Virtual Event
Ms. Marsha's Stories: "Bear Stays Up for Christmas"
Click on the link and enjoy this wonderful story Bear Stays Up for Christmas. It is a wonderful story about Bear who tries so hard to stay up with his friends for a Christmas celebration.  
Click here for story.
"Twas the Night before Christmas"
LIVE Zoom-Thursday, December 24th 10:30 am to 11:00 am
Join Ms. Leslie on Christmas Eve for a Read Aloud of "Twas the Night Before Christmas". This classic has fantastic rhyming and beautiful illustrations, Clement C. Moore's "The Night Before Christmas" will instantly become one of your favorite Christmas books of all times! 
Click here To REGISTER
Wednesday, December 26th, 2020
Online Activity
Think, Draw, Write for School-age Children
Think, Draw and Write: This at-home activity can be obtained online for families to do together. Just express your interest by emailing Carol and she will send you the themes!!! Each month they are given a different concept to think about and then write about along with an illustration!!!  For example, one of the themes is...If you could do whatever you wanted right now, what would you do? So much fun...please tell me about it in a story and a picture!!! 
Click here for more info.
These are only a few of the upcoming programs! Please go to our calendar for a full list!
Wednesday, January 6 from 10:00 am to 10:30 am
LIVE ZOOM activity

NO! it's not a type-o. 2021 is going to be a HAPPY NEW TEAR! Yes, we are going to tear our way into 2021. Ms. Karen invites you to her 1st NEW activity for 2021. This one is a very simple activity where we are going to ask parents to put aside some recyclable materials. Ms. Karen will send you each a template (Via email for you to copy) with a picture from the great Author/Artist, Eric Carle. A book by Eric Carle will be shared with the children and then they will get to work on the "Tearing" project. Materials you can start putting aside for this activity include!

CLICK HERE for details and registration!
January's MYSTERY Zoom with Miss Carol
Thursday, January 7 from 10:15 am to 11:00 am 
-LIVE ZOOM activity

Mystery Zoom with Miss Carol!!! REGISTER NOW by contacting Carol  ccarver@selfhelpinc.org to share some general information and then Jen will send you the zoom link.  
Online zoom class for ages 3-5- each week's theme will be totally different and FUN!!! Zoom class will be a small group of children/parents with time for all to share an introduction or news and then some songs, show & tell, mystery box with clues, movement, story, guessing games and simple art projects with materials from home.  
-Theme for January 7th- favorite toy (bring one of your favorite toys)

CLICK HERE for details and registration!
SNAP Application Assistance

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) WE ARE OPEN AND TAKING SNAP APPLICATION OVER THE PHONE DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS! Applying for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food assistance SHI Staff can assist you in applying ...

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Self Help Inc. Fuel Assistance Program

Get the Help You Need Paying Your Heating Bills 13,233 households were warmer last winter because of help received from Self Help, Inc. and the Fuel Assistance Program. We want residents throughout our service areas to know that Fuel Assistance...

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EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE REOPENING INFORMATION Important new resources for families and early education and care programs: Revised Minimum Health and Safety Requirements 
-Updated Interim Regulations for the fall