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April 2, 2020
As Miami-Dade County comes to grips with the coronavirus pandemic, The Children's Trust has decided to dedicate our Parenting Our Children Newsletter to dealing with the parental side of managing the crisis.
Explaining Social Distancing to Kids
Teaching our children how to do what we are still learning

Two months ago, you could easily have confused the phrase “social distancing” as just another euphemism for “ghosting,” a term commonly used by millennials to mean ending a relationship without explanation. But now it seems social distancing has crept in to every aspect of our lives.  Read more
Kids demonstrate social distancing during a play date.
Photo courtesy of Crystal McCormick
New Rules for Screen Time During Home Stays
Getting the best out of digital for your children

Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit pause on everyday life, many parents with little ones at home are scrambling to figure out how to keep their children occupied and themselves sane. With schools closed and extracurricular activities canceled across the country, it’s probably inevitable that children will consume more screen time in the coming weeks.  Read more
A brother and sister spend time in front of screens while parents look on.
FLIPANY Flips the Script During Coronavirus Pandemic
Provider Spotlight: Nonprofit focuses on feeding needy students during crisis

The only constant is change. The new realities of our world have made the old axiom abundantly clear. Everything has changed and every individual must look at his or her behavior to figure out how they will have to change to come to grips with those realities. In the best case scenario, what we once did can be used to help us all get along today and in the future.  Read more
Rows of school lunches in brown bags.
Photo: Janooon028/
Other News
Miami-Dade County Public Schools announces school sites will be closed through May 1

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issues stay-home order for Florida for 30 days.

Free developmental and behavioral screenings in English and Spanish, and corresponding resources for children in Miami-Dade County.

Census continues despite coronavirus pandemic

Fun at Home: Billy The Marlin has hit a home run, with a new activity zone 

The Summer Slugger Program to Combat Summer Learning Loss During Summer Vacation,
more important now during this unprecedented time with school closures.

City of Miami Launches In-home COVID-19 Testing for Homebound Seniors
Read more or call 305.960.5050
Helpful Links for Coronavirus Related Information

  • Miami-Dade County’s Coronavirus page also has updates as well as a listing of additional online resources. Click Here

  • Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus page. Click Here

  • The Miami-Dade School Board also has a Coronavirus page, as well as a Parent Guide to the Novel Coronavirus. Click Here