Week of October 19, 2020
Live Zoom Events, Virtual Playgroups & More
Don't forget to check out our calendar each week, for the most up-to-date information!
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

Free Digital Book: In Kindergarten | Ready for...

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Do You Need Help This Holiday Season?
The Joy to the Children Project is starting a bit late this year due to the Covid pandemic and the delay in getting sponsors.

This years J2TC's project will NOT look like it has in the past. We are NOT ABLE to collect or distribute toys or clothes as we have been doing for the last 20 years.

This year we are trying to get diapers, wipes, some basic necessities and gift cards. The requirements for returning families are the same as last year and the applications will be available on October 30th. All required programs will need to be done by October 30th for returning families. If you have never applied for the Joy to the Children Project, there are no activity requirements the first year. There are many families in need this year, so PLEASE do not apply unless you really need it. If you anticipate needing help this year, and you have applied to the J2TC project in the past, please make sure that your activity requirements have been met. You will not receive an application if your activity requirements are not met.

Please note that submission of an application does NOT mean automatic acceptance into the Joy to the Children Project. Acceptance is dependent upon the donations that we receive.

If you have any questions please email Gina McGarrigle at gmcgarrigle@selfhelpinc.org
The holiday season is quickly approaching and this year we are expecting many more families to be in need of holiday assistance for their children through our Joy to the Children Project (J2TC).  

Due to the current Covid crisis we will not be able to assist families the way we have in the past where we have provided specific clothes and toys that are on a child's wish list.
 If you are able to help there are 3 ways in which we can accept donations:
  • Make a cash/check donation. CFCE will use this money to purchase gift cards for families who have submitted a J2TC application.
  • Donate gift cards that will be given to families to help with their holiday needs and/or basic needs.
  • Make a donation of an essential item such as diapers, wipes, food, socks, underwear, coats, hats, gloves etc.
Any support would be greatly appreciated and would go a long way in helping these families to have a wonderful and joyous holiday season. 

please contact GINA MCGARRIGLE directly at gmcgarrigle@selfhelpinc.org . 

Parent Talks: Living in the New Normal
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

It is the end of October and we are breezing through fall.  Let’s get together on Zoom and share what we know now, how things are working in your family, and share strategies that help strengthen our families as we continue to plot our course living in the new normal.  

Join CFCE Parent Child Educational Specialist Marsha Wright and CFCE Coordinator Michele Davidson for an hour-long chat about living in the new normal.  We will discuss how to process the ever-changing information and keep our families safe, routines that can help smooth out our days and hear strategies from you that have made life easier.  

We will meet on October 28th at 7:30 on Zoom.  

You must register to get the link.  Register today and together as we support each other living in the new normal! 
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 SEPTEMBER? 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 Lakeshore Learning Giftcard Giveaway!


Congratulations to our July and August Raffle winners...thanks for completing our monthly evaluation!!

July: Ashley H.-Abington
Aug: Fabiola J.-Randolph
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, October 19th from 10:00-11:00
IN-PERSON: Self Help Inc. Outreach Table


See important details below:
Distribution of Self Help Inc./CFCE Outreach bags with resources to families at the Whitman Public Library 100 Webster St Whitman These bags will be put together and bagged by CFCE Staff. EEC and CDC guidelines will be followed. We will also include the WGBH/EEC “Family Fun At Home” books.

If you have any questions please contact Carol Carver by email ccarver@selfhelpinc.org or call 508-559-1666 ext. 1811

Come anytime between 10:00am and 11:00am - weather permitting
Outside of the Whitman Public Library 100 Webster St Whitman
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 -
all day
Grandma Glasses Story FUN!!!
"Down by the Station"
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!!!
Please click the video to get started.....

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Live Zoom Event: @ 10:30
ZOOM Music and Movement with Miss 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. 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm
Halloween Happenings at Nihtila Farm

Join Michele and Marsha for Halloween Happenings at Nihtila Farm- 12 Nhithla Ln, Holbrook, MA 02343. This is A One-time seasonal program for 4-5 families of preschool age children.

This group will include songs, finger-plays, movements, art, stories and fun activity to bring home. Families are asked to bring their own blanket to sit on. This is a weather permitting event. The rain date is October 21st.

REGISRATION IS REQUIRED. PLEASE CONTACT Michele Davidson: E: mdavidson@selfhelpinc.org P: 508-559-1666 ext. 1810
Fall Outdoor Story Time for Toddlers in Dedham
Thursday, October 22, 2020
at 10:30 am and 11:45 am

Calling all toddlers! Join Ms.Marsha at the Endicott Branch of the Dedham Public Library for a fun filled outdoor story time. Bring a blanket to sit on and wear your mask as we enjoy wonderful stories and songs during these beautiful fall days. Everyone over two must wear a mask and we will be socially distanced from each other as we sing, dance, and listen to stories together. 

Space is limited so register today!

Storywalk in Dedham "Move Your Mood"
Thursday, October 22, 2020
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Come to the grounds of the main branch of the Dedham Public Library for a StoryWalk: Move Your Mood. Families register for a specific time to enjoy the story Move Your Mood Come and learn wsy to move your mood as we  You will twist, hop,and wiggle as whimsical animals help us learn positive ways to express our feelings.  A "goody bag" will include feelings materials and activities so you can continue the fun at home!

Space is limited and registration is required
Friday, October 23, 2020
Live Zoom Event with Miss Marsha @ 11:00
Miss Marsha's Friday Stories 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 December. 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.

Outdoor Toddler Time in Rockland @ Hartsuff Playground
Monday, October 26, 2020 from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm
Outdoor Playful YOGA Series for Older Preschoolers @ Avon Library
Friday, October 30, 2020 from 10:30 am to 11:15 am

Check it out and REGISTER Now (in-person programming is filling up fast!)