CFCE Bi-Weekly Newsletter
March 15 - March 26
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 29-April 9
How To Ease Your Child's Fears About Going Back to...

School might look different during the pandemic, but here are tips from experts to help you and your child navigate the new normal. Going back to school usually brings a mix of joy, nerves, and excitement.

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10 At-Home Trampoline Alternatives to Help Kids Blow Off ...

Kids love jumping on trampolines, but the American Academy of Pediatrics says they're too dangerous for home use. Check out these 10 alternative ways for kids to expend their pent-up energy. Each product we feature has been independently selected ...

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COVID-19 vaccinations for K-12 educators, child care...

Designated Educator Vaccination Days: Massachusetts has designated 4 days where the state's 7 mass vaccination sites will only offer 1st dose appointments for K-12 educators, K-12 school staff, and child care workers.

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ANGER MANAGEMENT
FOR TEENS
FOR AGES 14-16

THURSDAY EVENINGS 5:00- 6:00 PM
- 8 Week Group – Virtual Platform
- Starting March 25, 2021

TO REGISTER CALL: (508) 815-5100

Click Here for information
We are looking for a few families to join our ParentChild+ program for this year. If you have a child around the age of 2 or 3, live in on of our communities, and you are interested in learning how to strengthen your child's literacy and readiness skills this program may be for you! Twice a week for about 30 minutes an Early Learning Specialist will meet with you and your child via zoom, FaceTime or a chat platform of your choice to do activities around promoting literacy skills. Each family is given new toys and books along with activities that will be done during the visits. Schedules are flexible and will meet the needs of the family. For more information please contact Gina McGarrigle, PC+ Coordinator at (508)559-1666 x1814 or email gmcgarrigle@selfhelpinc.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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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 MARCH? 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 Program!
Wednesday, March 24
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
-LIVE ZOOM Event

Parent Talks: It's Been a Year Since the Pandemic Began: Let's Talk About Self Care
Join CFCE Specialist Marsha Wright and Social Worker Ashely Hinds on Zoom, as we talk about the good, the bad ,and the crazy since this pandemic began. As we are nearing the possible end to the pandemic it can seem like forever to wait to get back to normal! Ashley will guide us through some self care strategies to help us get through the next few months. We also want to hear from you! What have you done that has helped you make it through the year? It is time to take care of ourselves! We can't wait to hear from you! 
CLICK HERE for details and registration!
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 15 - March 19
Monday, March 15
-All Day-Virtual Event

Ms. Marsha's Stories: Drum Dream Girl
Join Ms. Marsha for a wonderful story about a courageous young girl who refused to let her dream go. This is a story based on the story of Millo Castro Zaldarriga who was the first female drummer in Cuba. I hope you enjoy this wonderful story and take the lesson that you should never let anyone or anything get in the way of your dreams!
CLICK HERE for all the info.
Monday, March 15
10:30-11:30
-In Person @ Self Help Inc. 780 West Main Street, Avon

Winter Story Walk "Ten Lucky Leprechauns"

Come enjoy reading a story outdoors with your child along a designated pathway. This Story Walk book is- Ten Lucky Leprechauns- and it comes with a pre-packaged packet of a craft to do at home that will be given to each child at the end along with some helpful handouts! 
CLICK HERE for more details and registration!
Monday, March 15
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 16
-All Day-Virtual Event

Miss Carol's 'Grandma Glasses' Story FUN!!!
"Henry Helps Clean His Room"
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.
Wednesday, March 17
-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 18
10:15 to 11:00
-LIVE ZOOM Event

Mystery Zoom with Miss Carol!!

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.  

CLICK HERE for details and registration!
Thursday, March 18
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 19
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 22 - March 26
Monday, March 22
-All Day-Virtual Event

Ms. Marsha's Stories: On The Same Day In March

Have you ever wondered what the weather was like in another place?  On The Same Day in March by Marilyn Singer takes us around the world and describes what the weather is like in each place. Beautifully illustrated by Frane' Lessac you can use your imagination and travel from the Artic all the way to Antarctica in one day! What is the weather like in your neighborhood today? Click on the word register and find out what the weather is like around the world on this day! this time!!!
CLICK HERE for all the info.
Monday, March 22
1:00-2:00
-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!
Monday, March 22
6:30 to 7:00 p.m.
-LIVE ZOOM Event

Pajama Storytime "It's Time to Rhyme" with Ms. Marsha

Join CFCE Specialist Marsha Wright on Zoom for Pajama Story Time! It's time to Rhyme and we will have such fun. We'll sing songs and stories with everyone. Together we will dance and sing in time and listen to wonderful stories that rhyme! We will move to the groove so be sure you have space thinke of your device and where it will be placed.
CLICK HERE for details and registration!
Dr Seuss
Tuesday, March 23
-All Day-Virtual Event

Celebrate Read Across America with The Cat in 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, March 23
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 24
-All Day-Virtual Event

Ms. Marsha's Stories: More Than Anything Else

More than Anything Else is a wonderful story of nine year old Booker who want to learn how to read more than anything else. Set in the times just after slavery a nine year old boy yearns to unlock the magic of reading. Beautifully illustrations bring this book to life! Click on the word register to hear this moving story! 
CLICK HERE for all the info.
Wednesday, March 24
-All Day Virtual Event

Simple Crafts to make with STONES!

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!
Wednesday, March 24
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
-LIVE ZOOM Event

Parent Talks: It's Been a Year Since the Pandemic Began: Let's Talk About Self Care
Join CFCE Specialist Marsha Wright and Social Worker Ashely Hinds on Zoom, as we talk about the good, the bad ,and the crazy since this pandemic began. As we are nearing the possible end to the pandemic it can seem like forever to wait to get back to normal! Ashley will guide us through some self care strategies to help us get through the next few months. We also want to hear from you! What have you done that has helped you make it through the year? It is time to take care of ourselves! We can't wait to hear from you! 
CLICK HERE for details and registration!
Thursday, March 25
10:15 to 11:00
-LIVE ZOOM Event

Mystery Zoom with Miss Carol!!

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.  

CLICK HERE for details and registration!
Thursday, March 25
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 25
11:00 to 11:30
-LIVE ZOOM Event

March 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 3/22/2021 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, March 26
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 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
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