The Parent Connection Newsletter
Dearest Parents, Families, and Caregivers...
Summers are meant to be fun. It's fun to think back and remember your childhood summers. Running in the sprinklers, swimming, and a personal favorite --enjoying popsicles while sitting on the sidewalk. But did you know, the summer learning loss is a real problem for young children. This phenomenon is often referred to as the "summer slide".

Over the next few weeks, we will continue to share little bit-sized learning activities that you can use daily and weekly to do with your children. We are adapting to meet your needs. You can find these activities by reading our emails and following us on social media -- below you will find our learning activity this week on the Letter "O".

We'd like to hear from you. Drop us a quick line and let us know what you think or what we can do to assist more. Email:

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

Thank you and stay safe,

Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County
Updated COVID-19 Resources & Information
Coronavirus Relief Fund Rent and Utilities Assistance Program
The Palm Beach County Community Services Department (CSD) announces the Coronavirus Relief Fund Rent and Utilities Assistance Program will be offered to residents effective June 5. Please click here for more details .
Correction on Previously Sent Event: 2020 Back to School Event Opportunity
We want to correct a previous distribution of this special opportunity for families. Students must reside in designated neighborhoods or mobile home parks in unincorporated Palm Beach County to be eligible to register. Please note that registration is required for a student to participate in this event. For all event information in English, Spanish, and Creole - Please click here for more details .
USDA's Pandemic EBT Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved Florida's request to implement the Pandemic EBT program across the state. Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, will provide nutrition benefits to the families of more than 2 million children eligible for free or reduced - price lunches, and is administered by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Click here to review the P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) .
Tapping Into Your Parent Super Powers
This is an excellent resource. Dr. Laura Cruz, Licensed School Psychologist shared examples and words to use to encourage your children (and get them to listen with desired behavior) on a recent webinar. You can access this webinar and all of our helpful content on our YouTube page at any time.
Special Thank You to Dr. Laura Cruz
for sharing this amazing presentation with our parents!
Early Learning Activities | Week Twelve
Letter 'O' for Ordering & Sequencing
Monday, June 8
YouTube | Letter of the Week Activity
Tuesday, June 9
YouTube | Social-Emotional Activity

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YouTube Video | Kids In The Kitchen
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!
Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism
Our friends at Sesame Street partnered with CNN to broadcast  family-friendly town hall events . Their all-new 60-minute special “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism,” aired this past weekend. Click here to watch the recording of this special opportunity.

The show talked to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and ways to be more empathetic and understanding. Big Bird joined CNN commentator Van Jones and CNN anchor and national correspondent Erica Hill to moderate the event. They were joined by "Sesame Street" characters -- including Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Rosita -- and other experts answering questions submitted by families.
Calling all VPK Graduates &
5-Year-Old Children
This week, we kicked off our Summer Parent Club , our newly redesigned virtual-only 8-week summer program for children who are entering Kindergarten in the fall. The summer before your child enters kindergarten is a very important one. We will be sharing weekly videos, informational packets, and new Parent Chat opportunities via Facebook Live! every Thursday. We hope you find this information to be most useful as you prepare your children for the "transition-to-kindergarten!"

We encourage you to tune in for our Parent Chat Tomorrow @ 6 PM . Join here .
Additional Resources and Information
June is National Safety Month!
Given the current state of the world, now more than ever, safety is crucial. The Early Learning Coalition is promoting this campaign, as National Safety Month focuses on saving lives and preventing injuries, from the workplace to anyplace. We encourage parents to visit the   National Safety Council  &   CDC   websites for more information about the different areas of safety. Review  our dedicated June Awareness page   for all the latest information. 
June 2020 | Parent Pages
We bring you the latest Parent Pages for June 2020 from the Florida Office of Early Learning. In this issue, parents can learn ways to support confidence in young children, all about summer water safety, ways to celebrate for Father's Day, the hot summer months' "look before you lock" campaign, and ways to be prepared for hurricane season that began on June 1.

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