Week of February 15, 2021
Live Zoom Events, Virtual Playgroups & More
Don't forget to check out our calendar each week, for the most up-to-date information!
Please note that this Newsletter will be moving to a bi-weekly schedule starting March 1st.
Help Me Grow

Children grow and develop rapidly in their first five years across the four main areas of development. These areas are motor (physical), language and communication, cognitive and social/emotional. Cognitive development means how children think,...

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National | Mommy Poppins - Things to Do with Kids

There is no end to the fun you and your kids could be having today!

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Brave Maeve written by a member of MA General Hospital
Book Overview
Four year-old Maeve explains what life was like before COVID-19 and then describes how everything has changed. Written by a grandmother and mother duo, this book uses examples from Maeve's day-to-day life with her mom and favorite stuffed animal. The story encourages young children and grown-ups to talk about how COVID-19 has impacted them and their feelings, and reminds children about all the people working to keep them safe and happy.
CLICK HERE to go to amazon to purchase if interested.
40 STEM Activities for Kids - Playdough To Plato

40 STEM activities for kids. Hands-on science experiments, favorite technology apps, engineering projects and math games. Must-try STEM activities for kids.

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87 Energy-Busting Indoor Games & Activities For Kids...

Parents! This list of active indoor activities is the best we've ever seen, with fun Gross Motor games & creative ideas for high-energy kids. Perfect for Winter (snow days!), Spring (rainy days!) or for when Cabin Fever strikes. Awesome Boredom...

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Self Help, Inc's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) provides FREE income tax preparation and assistance to households with an income of generally less than 57,000 a year. Call or Email today to find out if you qualify for assistance.

WHAT IS ASQ??
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!
ATTENTION PARENTS!
Did you and your children participate in any of our Program OR Services in FEBRUARY? 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, February 15
-All Day-Virtual Event

Ms. Marsha's Stories: Champ and Major First Dogs
It's President's Day! Let's celebrate by reading a story about two special dogs who live in the White House with their Dad our current President Joe Biden! Click on the word register to listen to this story!
CLICK HERE for all the info.
Tuesday, February 16
-All Day-Virtual Event

"The Hat": Miss Carol's 'Grandma Glasses' Story FUN!!!

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!!!
CLICK HERE for all the info.
Tuesday, February 16
10:30 to 11:15
-LIVE ZOOM Event

ZOOM MUSIC AND MOVEMENT with Ms. Marsha

Come sing, dance, and make music with Ms. Marsha! We will sing some great songs, dance and move to the groove right in your own home. Be sure you find something to bang or play for our instrument play and find a scarf or ribbon to wave as we dance to beautiful music. 
CLICK HERE for details and registration!
Tuesday, February 16
-All Day-Virtual Event

Seasonal Stories w/ Ms. Karen

Hello Everyone! Have you ever walked in deep snow? Have you ever looked to see if you left tracks? Come and join me for this Seasonal Story to find out what happens when you leave "Tracks in the Snow". We'll sing a couple songs and do a educational activity with Ms. Karen. 
CLICK HERE for details
Wednesday, February 17
-All Day-Virtual Event

Fantasy Story Time: The Magician's Hat

Magician's Hat Story time: A fantasy themed story time for children and their families. This program is based on the book “The Magician’s Hat” by Malcolm Mitchell. After reading the story, children will be asked to participate in "art" related to the story including drawing a picture of what they want to be when they grow up. They can email that picture in and Carol will send them coloring pages related to what they want to be along with some "super star" stickers and a book!!(make sure to include your name and address). During this magical time, there will also be music and movement, and magic tricks that will stimulate their imagination! 
CLICK HERE for all the info.
Thursday, February 18
10:30 to 11:15
-LIVE ZOOM Event

Ms. Marsha's Zoom Toddler Time: Songs and Stories for the Toddler Set
Join Ms.Marsha on Zoom for thirty minutes of singing, dancing, and fun filled stories right from the comfort of your home! We will have lots of fun singing, dancing, and listening to stories together. With the click of a link the fun begins! The weather may be firghtful but we will be warm and cozy as we have fun together!
CLICK HERE for details and registration!
Friday, February 19
-All Day-Virtual Event

Brown Bear- Brown Bear: Picnic Finger-play Puppet Show!!!

Grandparents, parents and children...come join this simple stick puppet show to enjoy familiar fingerplay songs put into action behind the CFCE theatre!!! There will be different ones every month for the upcoming year. Let me know your name and address for watching and Carol will send you a special book along with related activities to do at home!!!
CLICK HERE for all the info.
Friday, February 19
10:30 to 11:15
-All Day-Virtual Event

February FUNstruction Friday!!!

 LET'S GET TOGETHER TO DO A LITTLE BIT OF  FUNstruction!!!
People are natural tinkerers. It is our nature to explore and create things. Encouraging children to tinker gives them skills to be creative problem solvers out in the world! Tinkerers make great discoveries, solve small and large- problems, experiment, test things out to see what works and what doesn't, etc.- the list can go on and on.

CLICK HERE for details!
PLEASE NOTE: ALL PROGRAMS FILL UP QUICK, PLEASE LOOK AHEAD ON THE CALENDAR TO SECURE YOUR SPOT!!!
These are only a few of the upcoming programs! Please go to our calendar for a full list!
Monday, February 22
-All Day Virtual Event

Quick FRUIT Kabobs: Kitchen "K"reations
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.  Ingredients you will need to "k"reate with us during the video /or/ to do afterwards at a later time are listed below: banana, apple, strawberries, grapes (whatever kind of fruit you like), cheese, skewers, OJ and sweetened coconut!
CLICK HERE for more details!
Monday, February 22
1:00-2:00 pm
-Live Zoom Event

Naptime Nuggets: A Time for Parents to Chat!

Join CFCE Specialist Marsha Wright and Leslie Reilly on Zoom for Naptime Nuggets, a weekly parent group for parents of young children. Get your child settled for a nap, grab a snack, and join us for an hour long chat. We will spend an hour chatting each week about ways to support your families continued development. The first few weeks we will chat about social emotional development.  Future topics will be determined by the group.  Each week we will follow up our chat with an email that contains strategies and resources that pertain to our discussion. Parents will have the opportunity each week to share their best strategies with each other. Best of all it is from the comfort of your own home! Space is limited so register today.
CLICK HERE for more details and registration!
Tuesday, February 23
-All Day Virtual Event

Can You Guess What I Am? Part 2: 'Grandma Glasses' Story FUN!!!
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!!!
CLICK HERE for more details!
Tuesday, February 23
-All Day-Virtual Event

Seasonal Stories w/ Ms. Karen

Happy Winter Everyone!! What antics are the Snow Family up to? Come and see what adventures the Snow Family has in store for us. Come and join me, Ms Karen for this Seasonal Story. We'll sing a couple songs and do a educational activity.  
CLICK HERE for details
Wednesday, February 24
-All Day Virtual Event

Simple Crafts to Make with Snow!
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!!!
First, go on a nature hike to collect the nature item that will be shared and then just have fun together making fun things!!!
CLICK HERE for more details!
Thursday, February 25
3:00-3:45
-Live Zoom Event
February's Storytime with CFCE's Family & Yours!!!

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, imaginary art and some creative literacy activities to do at home!!! Come join us for some afternoon FUN--ALL TOGETHER!!!
Please register BEFORE 2/22/2021 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(s), the child(rens) names of who will attending, the email address you will be using and your mailing address so we can send you the creative, literacy activities to try at home....thank you!!!
Friday, February 26
10:00-10:30
-Live Zoom Event
Toddler Town (February)

Yep! Just for the toddlers! Obviously parents must accompany their child to Toddler Town by either having them sit beside you or on your lap. We will be reading a story, doing some fun teacher directed activities, sing some songs and maybe even get up and move our bodies. This activity will follow the flow of the little ones. We all know how unpredictable they can be. This will be a great way to introduce your little ones into the world of Virtual Learning. When you come to our activity, please bring a scarf, napkin, or a piece of flowy material that the children can wave back and forth. 
Once you register for this activity Ms. Karen will send you an email with the info you need to join the ZOOM activity!
CLICK HERE for more details and registration!
Friday, February 26
11:00-11:45
-Live Zoom Event
Ms. Marsha's Friday Story and Crafts
Join Ms. Marsha on Zoom on Friday's for this virtual playgroup. Each week we explore different themes with stories, videos and songs. Suggested craft projects are emailed to families on Wednesday to allow time to gather supplies. All crafts use materials you can find in your home. The children will have a chance to interact with Ms. Marsha and the other children during each group. There will be a craft period during which children can do their crafts along with Ms. Marsha.  This group will meet weekly until May 14th.  Please be sure to include your mailing address in case I need to mail special materials. 
Once you have registered you will receive a zoom link for the program.
CLICK HERE for more details and registration!
CFCE OFFICES HAVE MOVED.....But........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
RESOURCES
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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Energy Programs

Weatherization & Energy Conservation How do the Energy Conservation & Weatherization initiatives work? Homeowners and renters - including households whose cost of heat is included in the rent - can apply for assistance at the agency in their...

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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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Rental & Mortgage Assistance

Thank you for your interest Self Help Inc's Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Eligibility Requirements Households at risk of being displaced or forced to leave their home...

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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