CFCE Bi-Weekly Newsletter
March 1 - March 12
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 is now Bi-Weekly. The next Newsletter will include programming for March 15-26.
Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2nd-Dr. Seuss's birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together children and books, and you can too!
 We encourage you to read to your child EVERY DAY! Whether it be for 10-15 minutes before bed or something as simple as reading street signs or a recipe with your child.

CLICK HERE to find out more about READ ACROSS AMERICA

Check out some of the activities and websites below!
Play is The Perfect Antidote to Anxiety in These Times

Kids worry just like adults do, but during the coronavirus pandemic their fears may be escalated. Experts explain how parents can help calm their anxious child through play. Worries and fears are a normal part of childhood, but sometimes they can ...

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www.parents.com
Free food to be distributed in Randolph every week

The Massachusetts Military Support Foundation (MMSF) will be distribute USDA Farmers to Families Food Box to local families in Randolph and surrounding communities on a weekly basis, including noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Lombardo's...

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www.wickedlocal.com
Engaging Together To Be Healthy Webinar Series

A series of three No Cost webinars covering the issues you are encountering in these uncertain times. You may register for one, two, or any combination of the three. Join Linda for a presentation on how to support youth K-12 as they navigate...

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www.massachusettspta.org
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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selfhelpinc.org
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!


March Featured Programs!
Women Who Mapped the Stars, Moon, and Beyond 
Tuesday, March 9 3:30-4:30
School age program
Join us as we learn about women who helped to map the stars, moon, and beyond. We will learn about the women who were the unsung heroes of the stars .  We will learn about Katherine Johnson and how she was instrumental in the moon landing


Click Here for more info
Program for Kind.-grade 4!
Have you ever read a comic book? The art in comic books is very unique. Come and join Ms. Gina and Ms. Karen while we take a look at all the wonderful ways pictures tell stories. We'll be making our own story and our own comic book. Each child will receive a packet of materials that parents will be responsible to pick up at a designated place. This is a 3 week series on ZOOM for school aged children! Week 1: Children will learn about storytelling and will learn how to put together a story. Week 2 will be about illustrations and Week 3 the children will present their comic book story. You must be willing to commit to the 3 weeks. March 16, 23, and 30th.

Programs for 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
PLEASE NOTE: ALL PROGRAMS FILL UP QUICK, PLEASE LOOK AHEAD ON THE CALENDAR TO SECURE YOUR SPOT!!!
Week of March 1 - March 5
Monday, March 1
-All Day-Virtual Event

Ms. Marsha's Stories: Ambitious Girl
Let's celebrate Women's History Month with a shout out to all the Ambitious girls! This wonderful story reminds us that Ambitious Girls get things done! Click on the word register to listen to this amazing story written by Meena Harris the niece of our very own Vice President Kamala Harris. 
CLICK HERE for all the info.
Monday, March 1
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, March 2
-All Day-Virtual Event

"Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat": 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, March 2
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!
Wednesday, March 3
-All Day-Virtual Event

Right Off The Bookshelf!
Hope you enjoy this book reading for preschoolers!!! The story is read by Miss Carol:)

CLICK HERE for all the info.
Thursday, March 4
11:00 to 11:30
-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 frightful but we will be warm and cozy as we have fun together!
CLICK HERE for details and registration!
Friday, March 5
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!
Week of March 8 - March 12
Monday, March 8
-All Day-Virtual Event

Ms. Marsha's Stories: Mae Among the Stars
This wonderful story is about a little girl who followed her dreams. She dreamed it, worked hard, and became the first African American astronaut despite people saying that it was an impossible dream. Click on the word register to listen to this wonderful story about the amazing Mae Jemson! 
CLICK HERE for all the info.
Monday, March 8
1:00-2:00 pm
-Live Zoom Event

Naptime Nuggets: A Time for Parents to Chat!

Join CFCE Specialist Marsha Wright 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, March 9
-All Day-Virtual Event

"Looks Like Spilt Milk": 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, March 9
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, March 9
3:30 to 4:30
-LIVE ZOOM Event

Women Who Mapped the Stars, Moon, and Beyond
Join us as we learn about women who helped to map the stars, moon, and beyond. We will learn about the women who were the unsung heroes of the stars.  We will learn about Katherine Johnson and how she was instrumental in the moon landing. 
CLICK HERE for more details and registration!
Wednesday, March 10
-All Day-Virtual Event

Right Off The Bookshelf!
Hope you enjoy this book reading for preschoolers!!! The story is read by Miss Carol:)

CLICK HERE for all the info.
Thursday, March 11
11:00 to 11:30
-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 frightful but we will be warm and cozy as we have fun together!
CLICK HERE for details and registration!
Thursday, March 11
11:35 to 12:20
-LIVE ZOOM Event

48 Dinosaurs!!
If your child loves dinosaurs, this program is for him/her! We will watch a 25 minute video that shows each dinosaur and we will hear how each of them roars! While the video is being shown, I will have the children create their own dinosaur masterpiece with materials from your own home (simple material ideas will be emailed). I will spotlight each child on zoom as well. Space is limited. Register today!
CLICK HERE for details and registration!
Friday, March 12
-All Day-Virtual Event

Wheels on the Bus: 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. 
CLICK HERE for all the info.
Friday, March 12
10:00 to 10:30
-LIVE ZOOM Event

Toddler Town with Ms. Karen!
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. 
CLICK HERE for details and registration!
Friday, March 12
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
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Eligibility: To qualify for free tax preparation, your 2020 household income should generally be $57,000 or less (please see current income guidelines below), or if you qualified for SHI fuel assistance this season. The income limit is per...

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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