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

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 adding new LIVE ZOOM EVENTS and VIDEO-TAPINGS!

Miss Carol 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! ...
*** 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
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!!

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!!!,   Ms. Karen's See You Later Alligator ,   Playful Watchdog,  Storywalk- Move Your Mood and MORE!!!
Parent Corner
Zoom Parent Workshop:

Navigating the World in the New Normal
TONIGHT. . .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  :
b. Bugs love summertime too!

Here is a helpful article that helps young children overcome any fears they might have around those creepy-crawlers...

3 tips for helping your kid get over their fear of bugs:
1. Observe and collect
2. Nurture and study
3. Bee calm
Carefully click on the ladybug for this great article!!!
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...BUGS, BUGS, BUGS!
Toddler Activities
Supplies for Fly Swatter Painting:
·          Washable Paint
·          Clean Fly Swatters
·          Butcher paper
We drew a few simple flies onto a large piece of butcher paper as something for the kids to swat at ...
I poured a bit of paint on a cookie sheet tin. I like the way it allowed all the colors to blend together a bit as the kids painted. They can dip the swatter right into the paint on the tin sheet...then SWAT!!!
Lint Roller-Pipe Cleaner-Worm Pick Up

This activity was so simple to set up and it entertained for at least 20 minutes!!!

Materials needed:

  1. Start by cutting some pipe cleaners into two-inch sections.
  2. Then give the pipe cleaner pieces a small bend in the middle just so they aren’t totally straight.
  3. Finally, give your toddler a lint roller and ask them to pick up the pipe cleaner worms with the lint roller and place in a bowl.

This activity is great for fine motor skills, crossing the midline, color identification (you can ask them to pick up specific colored worms) and even number recognition (ask them to collect a specific number of worms).

Check out the video below to see it in action!
Preschool Activities

The clip worm fine motor activity is a simple and economical challenge for little fingers and hands. To start, dig through your recycle bin and grab some cardboard! Then get creative with the colored paperclips and googly eyes.

Butterflies, Bugs and Blocks
Directions: Put two large building blocks together. Download and copy the insect pictures by clicking the picture above. Cut each butterfly or bug picture in half along the faint line in the middle. Use a glue stick to paste the bugs into place on the blocks. Take apart the blocks once you have pasted the picture on to let the glue dry.

Mix up all of the blocks and try to match up all the butterflies and bugs. Want to add in movement? Each time you put a matching pair together move like a butterfly (flap arms up and down) or a bug (crawl along the floor). Try hiding the blocks around the room. The child has to find the bugs and put them together.
School Age Activities
Create some insects out of hole punch dots
If you have some old playdough and a hole puncher.. .
this activity is for you. CREATE some bugs and insects with all your DOTS!!!
  1. Lift up or remove the metal hole punch catcher from the hole puncher. 
  2. Flatten the play dough between your fingers or use a rolling pin. 
  3. Hold the dough in the hole puncher and squeeze the hole puncher. 

Little dots of play dough will fall out. Here is a tip – use older or firm play dough. If it is brand new play dough the dots get stuck. HAVE FUN!!
Creepy Caterpillar and Wiggly Worm Game

Encourage fine motor skills and gross motor skills with this  Creepy Caterpillar and Wiggly Worm . Children will have to act out the suggestions as they unfold their paper caterpillar or worm as it grows longer and longer.

Creepy Crawly Bug Recipe
that is actually yummy!!!

  • 1 tube (11 ounces) refrigerated breadsticks
  • 8 smoked sausage links or hot dogs
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup potato sticks
  • Ketchup and/or mustard

Click on picture for full details
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)