June 23, 2020
CFCE Daily Activities and Resources
Dear CFCE Families,

Congratulations we made it to summer! With the school year behind us, we can focus on fun summer activities. Even though we still have to be concerned about the COVID virus, we can still have a summer to remember. I hope you find some of the activities helpful in planning your day and
remember to check our CFCE calendar and 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!
Leslie and the entire CFCE Staff .

Cape Cod Family Resource Center presents......
Cape Cod Toy Library VIRTUAL PLAY Workshop for Parents
Tuesday, June 23rd
6:00-7:30 pm
Will children’s learning slide or progress this summer?
Why summer play can foster children’s learning!
Join the Conversation!!

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
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!)
Thursdays - Toddler Story & Songs
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
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!!
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!!! , Ms. Karen's See You Later Alligator ,   Playful Watchdog,  Move Your Mood and MORE!!!
Parent Corner
Zoom Parent Workshop:

Navigating the World in the New Normal
June 24, 2020 (Wed)

Join Parent Educator Susan West from Beth Israel Deaconess in Plymouth and CFCE Specialist Marsha Wright as we discuss how to safely re-enter the world in the "New Normal" Parents are encouraged to discuss their concerns about going out in the community with their children. We will base answers on latest information available. Registration is required.      Click on this link to register  :
Massachusetts family activities can keep kids entertained year-round
 Massachusetts has welcomed families since the first one landed at Plymouth. Any time of the year, you’ll find  family friendly lodging , activities, and adventures on day trips, weekend getaways, and longer vacations. Enjoy a full menu from museums to indoor and outdoor amusement parks and water parks,  beaches  , zoos and ziplines, whitewater rafting and kayaking, and the largest family go cart track in New England. The most complete set of early American historic sites are here with tales to tell and there are great beaches and endless scenic places to stop, relax, and snap some pictures. Read more...
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!
Toddler Activities
What can toddlers do in the summer?
Toddlers can do so much! There’s all sorts of summer fun and learning for toddlers to be doing over the summer – the world is their oyster. When you’re thinking of summer activities for toddlers remember: kids don’t need fancy to have fun. Toddlers need simple, easy, and open-ended activities – they don’t need lots of frills. Playing is learning, and they’re going to play all summer long.

15+ Summertime Sensory Activities for Toddlers

Preschool Activities
It’s no surprise that we love  simple science  for preschoolers and school-aged kiddos around here! Chemical reactions that fizz and foam are among our favorites.

Frozen-inspired science for preschoolers
Like our  fizzing letters  and  “exploding” pirate treasure chests , this experiment centered on baking soda and vinegar. It never ceases to be a fun learning experience, and there are so many ways to change it up!
Engineer helped me create the frozen royal treasure the night before we introduced it at summer camp. We measured and mixed, then added everything to our ice cube trays. The trays stayed in the freezer overnight to make sure they were frozen through and through. The next morning, we popped the “treasure” out of the trays and set up our experiment.

How we made it
Ingredients for the frozen treasure boxes

Directions for the treasure boxes
1. Mix 3 cups of baking soda with 1 3-oz. packet of Jell-O powder.
2. Add 1 cup of water and stir completely.
3. Add glitter and mix more.
4. Place the mixture into ice cube trays.
5. If desired, add some “jewels”.
6. Place the trays in the freezer overnight .

School Age Activities
Summer Science
Is a bubble always round?

Most bubble wands are circular, so is that why bubbles come out round?

What happens if you use a different shaped bubble wand? Can you make a square bubble? Try it!

You Will Need:
  • 1/4 cup liquid dish soap
  • 4 cups water
  • Bucket
  • Pipe cleaners or bendable wire (or drinking straws and clay)
  • Straw or pipette tip
  • 2 Tablespoons glycerin (optional) Adding glycerin to the bubble mixture makes the bubbles stronger and last longer.
  • Materials & Directions PDF

Ask your child to create a testable question. 
  • Example: Will a triangle bubble wand make a triangle-shaped bubble?
  1. Using the pipe cleaners or bendable wire, create bubble wands of different shapes and sizes. 
  2. Mix the dish soap (and glycerin) with water in the bucket
  3. Dip your custom-shaped bubble wands into the bubble mixture and blow bubbles. What do you observe? 
  4. Construct a cube using pipe cleaners (or wire or straws and clay). 
  5. Dip the cube in the bubble mixture and pull it out slowly. 
  6. If a square bubble does not instantly appear in the center of the frame, dip the end of your straw in the solution, insert into the center of the cube and gently blow a bubble within the cube. What do you observe?
  7. What if you construct a 3-dimensional triangle, does it make a triangle-shaped bubble? 
  • Experiment!!
Quick Icebox Sandwiches
Taken from Tasteofhome.com

  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold whole milk
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 24 whole graham crackers, halved
  • Mix pudding and milk according to package directions; refrigerate until set. Fold in whipped topping and chocolate chips. 
  • Place 24 graham cracker halves on a baking sheet; top each with about 3 tablespoons filling. Place another graham cracker half on top. Wrap individually in plastic; freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Serve sandwiches frozen.

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!! Covid-19 Symptom Tracker App. Read more about this app

NEW!! Text  covidma to  888777 to get text updates from the state about the most recent Covid-19 news

State Updates and Informationwww.ma.gov/coronavirus

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