April 24, 2020
CFCE Daily Activities and Resources
Dear CFCE Families,

Happy Friday! Not that it matters to a lot of people any more haha! I don't know about you but I am having trouble keeping up with what day it is!! Hopefully you and your family are all in good health! The staff at CFCE, thank goodness, are all doing well! I hope you enjoy the activities in the Newsletter today!

As Always: Staff are available through email if there is something you need help with or wish to share. CFCE Staff

´╗┐Remember to check our facebook page . We are posting tips and activities every day! And as always check our CFCE Calendar we are posting this email in addition to other fun things we find!

Be Safe, Stay Healthy,
Ms. Michele and the entire CFCE Staff
Thought of the Day
PARENTS!! We need your input!!
Please help inform CFCE's Plan for Next year, please click the survey link below!
**everyone that completes the survey and enters our FREE RAFFLE will also receive a FREE access code to an online digital library from   Open eBOOKS!!
CFCE LIVE Zoom Events!!
Ms. Marsha's ZOOM
'Music and Movement'
every Tuesday at 10:30 am
ZOOM: Circle Time, with Miss Leslie every Wednesday at 3:00 pm
Ms. Marsha's ZOOM 'Toddler Song and Storytime'
every Thursday 10:30am
Parent's Corner
One Tough Job- A Children's Trust Program
Parents, you are not alone. Check out these virtual parenting support groups and playgroups for you and your children.. . Mas sachusetts virtual parenting support groups and playgroups during Covid-19 CLICK HERE

Food Resources
During the COVID-19 Health Emergency WIC Programs will remain open and ALL NUTRITION APPOINTMENTS WILL BE DONE BY PHONE ONLY.   New families to the WIC program should locate the  closest WIC office  to you to request an appointment by phone. If families cannot get through another option is the state online link to apply online at: https://www.mass.gov/forms/apply-for-wic-online
Quincy WIC   617-376-8701 and 
Randolph WIC 781-9614206.
Are you concerned about keeping food on the table due to job loss or illness, or are you just interested in getting some more information? Self Help Inc. can answer any questions you may have about the SNAP Program, and we can help you apply right over the phone! These are stressful times, let us help.  Please call 508-588-0447 x1807 or email:  snap@selfhelpinc.org
Food Bank Listings (please make sure you call or email, as their hours and processes during COVID-19 may be altered)

Featured Story/Video
Infant-Toddler Activities
Make this adorable caterpillar and butterfly using your child's hands and feet. Use whatever washable paint you have on hand! OR CLICK HERE for a safe homemade finger paint.

Practice Matching Colors

Help your toddler make a picture of different colored circles with paper or draw a fun and colorful picture, then give him coordinating tokens to match to each section of the drawing. 
(Make sure items are appropriate size for the age of your child and/or supervised.)

Preschool Activities
Coffee Filter Butterflies (Toddlers and Preschool)
Materials Needed: Round, white coffee filters; pipe cleaners; markers; eye droppers; water
The children color the coffee filter. The more they color it the better!
They then drop water onto the filters. This will spread the color out and make some pretty remarkable looking color collages. When dry, pinch filter in the middle and wrap a piece of pipe cleaner on the pinched part.
VARIATION:  Use the pinch type clothes pins instead of pipe cleaners. The children and add antennae and small googly eyes on these.
What's Your Name?
Spell out your name (first, middle, last) and do the corresponding gross motor moves!

School-Age Activities
Make a Butterfly Life Cycle! Use items you have around your house. ( Pictures for ideas)
Playdough, beans, paper, crayons, pasta, etc.
Who Doesn't Love Foosball!  
Children can make their very own foosball table!! Many skills such as measuring, following directions, fine motor skills, etc. are involved in this activity!!
Something Bad Happened: A Kid's Guide to Coping With Events in the News   is a book, guiding children age 6 - 12 and the adults who care about them through conversations about serious world events. Fear, sadness and worry are normalized, and coping skills taught with the aim of preserving feelings of safety, optimism and strength.

CLICK HERE for a reading of Something Bad Happened

Something Bad Happened is warm and reassuring, providing practical guidance about staying safe and maintaining hope. This free recording will remain available on her website until the pandemic is over.

Dawn Huebner, PhD
Psychologist, Parent Coach, Author

What a GREAT BOOK! Who doesn't remember this old favorite? Kids love to sing, so why not have them learn their numbers as they sing!
Featured Recipe
Forget potato chips!
Try these instead! Click the pictures for a closer view!

P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT, is a federal program. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), in collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), received approval to operate this program in response to the COVID-19 related school closures. P-EBT will provide food supports to help families, with children who were receiving free and reduced-price school meals, to pay for food.
Stay tuned for updates. P-EBT cards will be mailed to eligible households soon.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
BOSTON (WHDH) - Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced that all public and private schools in Massachusetts will be closed for the rest of the school year due to the  ongoing coronavirus pandemic .
Stay connected to Mass.gov for the most up-to-dates information and resource s


NEW STIMULUS CHECK INFO! If you haven't filed taxes in the last 2 years,   CLICK HERE to update your bank account information for your Stimulus Check
Make sure EVERY MA Community has the funding and resources it needs for the NEXT 10 YEARS!!!!

Tax Day Now July 15
On March 20, 2020, Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin announced that Tax Day has been moved from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties, regardless of the amount owed.

The Treasury Secretary encouraged taxpayers who might have a tax refund to file now to receive your refund.

FREE Online Tax Filing Options (simple returns)

***The Self Help Inc. VITA program is currently suspended, but we are working on a file upload system, so we can prepare your taxes over the phone. Check our   WEBSITE   for all updates
COVID-19 Information and Resources
NEW!! Text covidma to 888777 to get text updates from the state about the most recent Covid-19 news

State Updates and Information : www.ma.gov/coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Kids Book ( English ) ( Spanish )