June 29, 2020
CFCE Daily Activities and Resources
Dear CFCE Families,

One of my favorite childhood memories were camping with my family. Every summer we did at least 2 big camping trips. When my children were little we did a lot of camping. There's something about being outside all day, cooking over a campfire and being together that makes it special. I'm not going to lie, camping is a lot of work, and you have to be prepared, but if you take the time to plan, and you don't mind being dirty you will have a good time. This newsletter is dedicated to the FUN OF CAMPING!

REMINDER: Now that summer is here, several of the CFCE staff will be off for the summer, including: Michele D., Leslie R. and Karen M. Other staff may be working at reduced hours. So this week, we will only be doing a newsletter on Mon-Wed-Fri, and starting the week of July 6th we will be doing a weekly newsletter to inform you of what new and fun programs we are having!!

Don't forget 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 adding new LIVE ZOOM EVENTS and VIRTUAL PROGRAMS!

Ms. Gina and the entire CFCE Staff .
4 Summer Safety Tips:
Stay Hydrated.
The most essential tip to
surviving summer heat is to stay hydrated! It's recommended to drink water every 20 minutes when outside. ...
Be Aware of Poisonous Plants
Leaves of three, let them be!
Stay Protected in the Sun
Sunshine is one of the best things about summer but don't forget to wear sunscreen
Beware of Bugs
Bugs love summertime too

Click picture above to link with more detailed information!!!
CFCE LIVE Zoom Events
(please follow links below or visit our Calendar for all registration info)
Mondays - Join CFCE for Zoom Chat and Play! ( Interactive Support Group for Parents ... and a little something for the children!)
Ms.Marsha, CFCE Specialist and Susan West, LPN, Family Education Specialist at BID-Plymouth Hospital and Active Parenting Coordinator are teaming up to provide this Zoom Interactive Support Group for Parents. Each group will start with songs and a story. Parents can then choose from several suggested activities their children can do independently while the grown ups chat!
Mondays - Science Discovery Time

Every Monday at 10:30 AM join Ms. Jen and Ms. Gina for Science Discovery Time ( excluding holidays).  We will learn something new about the world of science and discover how fun it can be, all on Zoom.
Tuesdays - Music and Movement
Will Begin Again on July 7th
Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM join Ms. Marsha for Music and Movement. Let's sing,dance and move with joy in our own homes! Join this Zoom event with Ms. Marsha as we move music and movement to a virtual space. Grab your shakers and drums (you can use a pan and a spoon for drum if you do not have one!)
EVERY WEDNESDAY, Join MS. Jen Live on Zoom for NATURE TIME Time
Jen will take you on a nature exploration, making new doscoveries and learning new things! This week, she will be exploring PLANTS!! Click the link above for all of the registration info!! If you have any problems or questions please email Jen at  jmoriarty@selfhelpinc.org
Thursdays - Toddler Story & Songs
Will Begin again on July 9th
Every Thursday at 10:30 AM join Ms. Marsha LIVE on Zoom for Toddler Story and Song Time. We will sing a few songs and have a short story. This activity is designed for toddlers. It will last less than 30 minutes.
Fridays - Friday Story and Craft Group- Will return on July 10
Every Friday at 11:00 AM join Ms. Marsha LIVE on Zoom for stories, songs and a craft!! . This preschool group meets each Friday to listen to stories, sing songs, and complete simple crafts based on a theme. Please email Ms.Marsha at mwright@selfhelpinc.org if you want to join the fun!!

This is for School-Age Kids and Parents to Enjoy Together at home,in their community and OUTDOORS!!!  You MUST REGISTER, by emailing ccarver@selfhelpinc.org , to participate-once you register with parent's name, child's name(s), address and email you will automatically receive the activities twice a month.....thank you!!!

These at-home activities will be two alphabet letter activities each month- starting in July. After you receive the monthly email directions for each letter, have a great time doing the activity together- creating great opportunities for you and your child(ren) to have some FUN, quality time together!!!
Make sure you check out our  Calendar Every Week,  to see all of the  NEW fun adventures Miss Carol, and all of the CFCE Staff have for you!!  Some include:  Miss Carol's " Grandma Glasses" Story FUN!!!, and MORE!!!
Parent Corner
Camping with kids
Camping with kids may seem like a tough challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Spending time with your children away from screens and other distractions is really fun. Passing on a family tradition and strengthening relationships are a couple of reasons  why people camp .
Below are a few suggestions to make your family outing fun and enjoyable, and keep your sanity at the same time!

Set Reasonable Expectations (or Expect the Unexpected) Face it —your first, second, or even tenth camping trip with the kids may not go as planned.
Things happen: Muddy hands and faces, s'mores matted in hair, a leaky tent, or a late night trip to the bathroom. It can really test your patience. Going into a trip knowing that there will be bumps, helps when dealing with them as they arise. They also make great memories and stories later in life. (Pro tip: Refer to any trial or tribulation as an adventure. As in, “Racing down the mountain during that hailstorm sure was an adventure!”)
Parent Information and Resources
Many families are having a rough go of it during the Covid-19 Virus. Some have lost their job, some are on unemployment or their hours have been reduced. Here at CFCE we often depend on the Cradles to Crayons Program to help us help families with clothing and basic necessities for their children. If you are one of those families, click the link below to complete a Cradles to Crayons application for clothing. Cradles is currently closed due to COVID-19, so please be patient. As soon as CFCE receives word from Cradles to Crayons, that they are accepting new applications, we will submit your's and we will contact you!
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

Self Help Inc is open for business,   CLICK HERE   to see what services we can provide you! If we can't provide it, we will help you find another agency who can!! You can always email:   info@selfhelpinc.org
The Self Help Inc. Head Start Program is now taking applications for the FALL! For more information on the Head Start Program, CLICK HERE . Or to submit an application, please follow the links below.

Food Resources
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
WIC Programs are 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:    https://www.mass.gov/forms/apply-for-wic-online

The Hockomack YMCA Sites are doing food distribution at many of their sites! PLEASE CLICK HERE or the image for location and information
Food Bank Listings  (please make sure you call or email, as their hours and processes during COVID-19 may be altered)
Book of the Day
Infant/Toddler Actvities
How to Go Camping With a Toddler or Baby

When my sister-in-law told me that she was going to go on a camping trip with two kids under the age of two, I thought she was crazy. Babies and camping? Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

But as it turns out, many families love the adventure of camping, even with little ones in ​tow. There's tons of fresh air, the smell of the fire and the warmth it provides at night, and endless fun outside as you explore nature together. Camping with a toddler or baby is possible and even more than that, it can be enjoyable too. Here are a few tips for making the most of your family's first camping experience. 
Outdoor Activities While Camping with Toddlers & Preschoolers
  • Create a Dig Site for your toddler’s trucks and shovels
  • Bring a 5 Gallon bucket for lots of splashing fun!
  • Assign simple chores such as kindling gathering to keep toddlers busy!
  • Have some fun camping crafts for your toddlers (see below!)
  • Play some fun camping games for toddlers such as scavenger hunts (included in my printable camping pack!) and bucket toss with rocks!
  • Bring chalk and let them decorate the camp site!
  • Use a kiddie pool filled with water to cool off during the heat of the day!
  • Pack open ended toys that are multi use and durable (trucks!)
  • Play some fun camping activities at night too! (Use glowsticks in waterbottles and play bowling for example!)
  • Make sure to bring camping books for your toddler for when it’s too hot to play!
  • Plan fun family campground activities such as s’mores, story telling and camp song singing! (songs included in my camping planner!)
  • Make sure to go on a nature walk and observce any animals in the area! Toddlers LOVE seeing any animals (Even squirrels!)
Preschool and School age Activities
17 Fun Camping Games For Kids

Camping with kids poses many challenges, but keeping them entertained during downtime shouldn't be one of them. There are plenty of things to do while camping - in between putting up the tents and roasting marshmallows - all it takes is a little...

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Camping Mac n' Cheese

This Mac n Cheese recipe is the easiest and cheesiest make ahead meal! Get ready for the best camping dinner experience you've ever had.

  • 4.5 cups elbow macaroni
  • 24 oz prepared Alfredo sauce just over half a jar
  • 1.5 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1.5 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 0.75 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 0.75-1.5 cup half and half or whole milk
  •  Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Stir alfredo sauce into the cooked pasta with the three cheeses and enough milk to keep things loosey goosey. {This is so your mac and cheese doesn't dry out while it's staying cool.} Stir in salt and pepper to taste. 
  3. Divide between four mini aluminum pie tins {or one big one}, sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spray one side of aluminum foil with more nonstick cooking spray and cover each individual mac and cheese portion, sprayed side down, facing the food. Seal well. Store in a large plastic food storage bag in a cooler until ready to cook.
  4. Prepare a fire and let it burn down to the coals. Place a cooking rack over top that would be 2-3 inches above. Place each pie tin over the hot coals and cook 8-10 minutes or until hot. Remove from fire and serve immediately.
  5. **SHORTCUT MAC AND CHEESE DIRECTIONS**You can also just bake these at home in a glass or ceramic baking dish at 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until hot and melted. Easy peasy!

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
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State Updates and Informationwww.ma.gov/coronavirus

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