The Parent Connection Newsletter
Dearest Parents, Families, and Caregivers...
We hope you were able to use some of the latest At-Home Extended Learning Opportunities we have shared via e-mail and social media all week-long! The focus for this week's content was Letter "F" for Friends, Fear, and Feelings to name a few. Through Week 9 , we continued to discuss Social-Emotional Development in support of our annual May awareness campaign, Mental Health Awareness Month. We're including all of this week's custom-made videos and activities below for you all to use at home with your children.

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Be sure to read this update in total; you won't want to miss anything! We have so many exciting things coming up, including an all-new Parent Cafe via Live Webinar this Thursday, plus other free opportunities, resources, and information for families.

We are also available via phone at our Family Resource Line: 561.514.3300 or via e-mail: at Contacts@elcpalmbeach.org .

Thank you and stay safe,

Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County

Save The Date & Register Now | Parent Cafe
"How To Build Your Child's Self-Esteem"
Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 6 - 7 PM
Family-Friendly COVID-19 Town Hall Events
Our friends at Sesame Street are partnering with CNN to broadcast family-friendly COVID-19 town hall events . The series is called, “The ABCs of COVID-19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents.” CNN is accepting question submissions from families and we thought you might want to share this unique engagement opportunity with families enrolled in your program!

Parents may submit a written question that they or their children are curious about. If a question is selected for response by Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta or one of his guest health experts, the parent will be notified ahead of time and asked to submit a video to be played during the town hall. Sesame’s furry friends also participate in the town hall events and do their part to make a serious topic more understandable.

The types of questions addressed so far include topics like:
  • is it safe to swim in a pool?
  • why do I have to stay at home?
  • why can’t I see my friends right now?
  • what does coronavirus look like?
  • can the coronavirus live in outer space?

You can watch recordings from recently held CNN/Sesame town halls to get a sense of the format.

The next town hall will take place at 10 am ET on Saturday, May 30.
Free Family Coaching Now Available
Is your child on track with their growth and development? Do you have any questions about how your child is doing compared to other children their age?

Don't miss this opportunity to talk to one of our Early Intervention Specialists! Our team is here to answer your questions and to assist you with identifying your child's strength or needs.

Please call the Family Resource Line at 561.514.3300 and we will connect you!
Early Learning Activities
Week Nine | Letter 'F' for Friends & Feelings
Monday, May 18
YouTube Video | Letter 'F' for Fear
Tuesday, May 19
YouTube Video | Letters to 'F'riends
Wednesday, May 20
YouTube Video | Literacy Activity - MATH TALK
Thursday, May 21
Facebook Live! | Letter 'F' for Finger Paint
Friday, May 22
YouTube Video | Kids In The Kitchen
Additional Resources & Information
Florida Prepaid Open Enrollment
Times are challenging, but Florida Prepaid is looking to brighter days ahead by helping families plan for their kid’s future education! Only 8 more days of Open Enrollment to find the plan that works best for your family. Florida Prepaid is also deferring payments until July and waiving the $50 application fee – use code VPK1920 to save! Click here for more information.
May is for Mental Health
The Early Learning Coalition is working hard to decrease stigma and increase knowledge about the importance of mental health. See our updated page for latest information & resources.
Free Food Finder App

 A community partner leading our local collaborative, community-wide Hunger Relief Plan, the United Way of Palm Beach County launched a Food Finder map - an interactive tool using Google Maps to help people easily locate free food and hot meals in Palm Beach County. Click here to see their hunger relief page.
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