COVID-19 | Coronavirus Update
April 1, 2020 @ 5:30 PM
Dear Early Learning Providers, Teachers, Educators & Unsung Heroes,

We hope this e-mail finds you all doing very well for our mid-week e-mail blast! We are so excited to share WEEK TWO of our Extended Learning Opportunities that you can use with the children at your site...

This week's content focuses on Cognitive Development - how children think, explore, and figure things out! Through the development of knowledge, skills, and problem solving skills, children begin to think about and understand the world around them.

We hope this newsletter will provide valuable information, new ideas, encouraging reminders, and be a resource to all that read it.

We are here to be a supportive resource during this time.

Please feel free to contact us via:

Thank you for all you are doing,


Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County
FACEBOOK LIVE! #ELCatHome
Join Us Tomorrow @ 1PM
Tomorrow, we will focus on Sensory Play... Visit the link below and click on "Get Reminder" to receive a Facebook notification when it's time to tune in. You can gather the materials today too, so you're ready to join in the Live fun.

In Case You Missed Yesterday...
Yesterday's Live Session offered several suggestions to support literacy skills, a big part of cognitive development. Be sure to "Like" our Facebook so you receive our latest updates for all upcoming Live videos.

Child Care Providers | Featured Videos
Group Activity: Graphing
We're excited to share a Special Large Group Activity for Child Care Providers that encourages children's classification skills to create a graph of their very own. Click the picture above or link below to watch.

Mental Health Q&A Webinar
Thanks to all parents who joined our Live Q&A Session yesterday. There were so many great questions asked, that we want to share the discussion and answers with everyone. Click the picture above or link below to watch.

NEW HELPFUL RESOURCES & INFORMATION
Today is Census Day and we are urging everyone to please complete your online census as soon as possible. Even under these extremely difficult times, the Census is more important than ever!

The census will influence community funding and congressional representation for the next decade.

Each person counted equates to approximately $1,600 per year in federal funding. With this national pandemic, obtaining these funds are critical.

Florida is the third largest state in the United States and Palm Beach County is the third largest county in the State of Florida. It is imperative that we account for every person in a household within our county as well as the state.

Currently, the population of Palm Beach County is approximately 1.5 million people. This equates to $2.4 billion a year or $24 billion over 10 years for education, health care, housing, transportation, infrastructure and other programs and services funded by the federal government. Also, it may result in additional congressional representation for our state based upon the total response to the Census. New Census data will also impact redistricting of county and municipal commission districts.

Responding is confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to keep your information confidential and cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home or business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures your private data is protected and your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. The answers you provide are only used to produce statistics, and is so important for our quality of life in Palm Beach County.

Prepare to be counted. Each household will receive a notice in mid-March to complete the Census including directions on how to complete it online or by telephone.

Everyone living at the address counts – grand and great-grandparents, parents and guardians, children of all ages, in-laws, relatives, extended family members, friends, roommates, and room renters.

You are a trusted voice.  Share this information with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Together we must ensure each person in every household in Palm Beach County is counted to ensure on full allocation of federal resources and allocation of congressional representation. 

The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. It is mandated by the Constitution. All persons in the U.S. age 18 years and older, without regard to citizenship, are legally obligated to answer census questions.

If you would like to learn more about the 2020 Census, please visit www.pbcgov.com

# CountMeInPBC # BeCountedPBC # CensusDay
The  School District of Palm Beach County ’s commitment to feeding students while schools are closed continues. Starting March 30,  35 sites across Palm Beach County  will be distributing ‘Grab and Go’ bags filled with breakfast, lunch, supper, and a snack.


  • Lower fuel costs are enabling FPL to issue a one-time decrease of nearly 25% for the typical residential customer bill, beginning May 1

  • FPL plans to issue the savings through a one-time bill decrease in order to accelerate savings to customers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, rather than the standard practice of spreading out savings over the remainder of the year

  • FPL previously lowered customer bills approximately 4% in January; bills remain among the lowest in Florida and the nation

As new developments roll out each day, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) adds additional content that you may find useful, including information and updates about public benefits. Please check it frequently for additional updates. This website is the fastest way to learn more about changes that are being made during this pandemic and to connect with important resources.

Youth Development Professionals Opportunity sent on behalf of HomeSafe | Per Diem (Up to 25), Full-Time (5) Positions Available

HomeSafe is currently seeking to round-out its Residential Group Care Team. Position description and more information available at the link here.
LATEST RESOURCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

  • For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE
  • If you’re a lender, more information can be found HERE
  • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE
  • The application for borrowers can be found HERE

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