TGP Family
June 19, 2020

Our country has been acknowledging we have more to learn, more to give, more to change, and more to do to promote racial equality. Many corporations across the US have made this a paid day off to employees asking them to use the day to learn more about freedom for all, the fight for equality & the struggle to end racial justice.
Check out the beautiful Google video on Google’s homepage (at commemorating Juneteenth’s 115th anniversary.
As things OPEN, think about keeping kids COVID-19 Safe
Over two months into Ohio's response, the state is slowly starting the process of re-opening areas of the economy but it won't go quickly. Many campgrounds, day camps, parks, restaurants, museums and sports programs are slowly opening. Click on the button below to get updates on rules and regulations.
Keeping Safe at Local Playgrounds
A Pediatrician’s Take on Playgrounds in the Age of COVID-19: 7 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe
All parents & grandparents can relate to this quote by Dr. Diane Arnaout of Fort Worth Texas: “ The backyard isn’t cutting it anymore, biking up and down the street is growing old, and running around in the sprinkler now holds as much joy as a root canal.” Dr. Arnaout, a pediatrician and mom of 2 young sweeties sheds excellent guidance in helping your kids re-enter the playground arena. 
A Walk in the Park
As families’ use of Northeast Ohio’s gorgeous park systems are further utilized remember that the Cleveland Metro Parks continue to keep all their web sites up to date. 

Keeping the Racism Discussion OPEN
On Wednesday, June 24 at 8 p.m. Eastern, you can join a free online Times event when Tara Parker-Pope, the founder of Well, talks with Amber Coleman-Mortley, director of social engagement for iCivics, a nonprofit focused on improving civics education for children, about  How to Raise a Socially Conscious, Anti-Racist Child.  
Zoos Are Now Open
Our zoos have reopened but check the web sites carefully to plan a successful trip. Reservations are being taken to manage numbers to keep you and your family safe.
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Casey Durkin, LISW-S
Director of Children, Teen
& Family Programming
Erin Rafter, PhD, CCLS
Program Staff
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