March 2021
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Women's History Month
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Happy March, Greetings!

March 8th is International Women's Day!

International Women's Day helps forge a gender equal world through celebrating women's achievements and increasing visibility, while calling out inequality.

March is Women's History Month and honors women's contributions in American history. This year's theme, an extension of the 2020 theme which had many events canceled due to covid, is "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced".

Get inspired by the great resources below including a list of books and a read aloud all featuring strong women. The 'Tips to Promote Gender Equality In The Classroom' poster also extends to practical things you can start doing right now with your kids at home.
10 Books to Read to Children on International Women's Day

In honor of International Women's Day favorite children's books that celebrate the accomplishments and strengths of women....

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PBS Kids "A Word From us Kids: Famous Women". This could inspire a fun at home research/art project!
Read Aloud with Story Time Mom: She Persisted
Community Spotlight: Maternal Child Health
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Maternal Child Health (MCH) offers 4 parent support programs from pregnancy up to age 3. Nurses or Family Support Specialists partner with families during pregnancy to support healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes and support families in preparing for the new baby. Families can also enroll in services after the birth of their child to support parenting, child development, and assistance in navigating community resources. 

Each program provides health and developmental screening to assist with appropriate referrals. Services are often provided in the family’s home, however, during the COVID-19 pandemic, services are provided via telehealth. Each program offers services in Spanish.

We are committed to ongoing development with our ability to provide equitable services for all people residing in Lane County, through staff development, hiring practices, and how we provide our services. Similarly, we are addressing our knowledge and skills to provide trauma informed services with an emphasis on building resilience factors to the families we serve as well as for our staff.

Download a referral form in English and Spanish to our 4 programs: Babies First, CaCoon, Healthy Families and Nurse Family Partnership

Two of the programs require OHP coverage, 2 have no insurance coverage requirements. Our Referral Coordinator contacts families to hear their needs and discuss the programs that best meets those needs as well as the various eligibility requirements for each program.
Our Latest Blog
Managing Working From Home and Interruptions

With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, many of us are working remotely, have children distance learning, or have toddlers and preschoolers home all day needing snacks, help with putting on shoes, wanting your attention at the worst possible time.

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Parent Advisory Council Update
The Early Learning Alliance's Parent Advisory Council will meet again on March 11th.

February meeting highlights included parents providing input on the resources they would like to see on the website. Plus, a dive into educational advocacy with Joy Marshall from Stand for Children.

Interested in joining the group? The 90 minute meetings are virtual and council members receive a $40 gift card for their time.

To learn more visit the Early Learning Alliance website for more details.
Reading Resources
7 Ways to Promote Early Literacy

Ready Rosie video covers 7 ways you can promote early literacy at home and in the world with your kids.

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
Eyes That Kiss In The Corners Book

This lyrical, stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes.

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.

Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages.
Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month
Hear from Zach Anner about his role models that have disabilities.
"My Life With CP" - Story Booth animated video brings 17 year old Mandy's story to life.
Local Story: An Extra Special Little Girl
One mother’s experience supporting a child with Cerebral Palsy

by Lane County mom Nina Watkins

Five years ago a daunting diagnosis was entering our life and most things have not been the same since. I’ve faced frightening and complex information about the thing that matters most to me in this life. My daughter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 9 months old.

Other Family Resources
free relationship check-in
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Tinkergarten March Calendar

Calendar includes things you can do every day to add a little more outdoor play to life with kids.

Sign up on their website to get these monthly calendars direct to your in-box.
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Lane County Vaccine Pre-Registration

You can fill out Lane County Public Health’s pre-registration for vaccination form, available to all members of the public. Pre-registration will help create a centralized database to help health partners countywide contact those who wish to be vaccinated and schedule an appointment when they are eligible.
Events Calendar
March 7-13

Join this exciting event to help raise funds that will help empower, educate and support girls ages 10-18 through Ophelia’s Place’s programs.
March 17th - St. Patrick's Day

12 ideas for St. Paddy's day

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March 20 - Spring Equinox

Best spring activities for kids (and adults!) - outdoor activities, art ideas, crafts, and...

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A free virtual gathering for infant feeding support and socializing.
International Day of Transgender Visibility
March 31

This day celebrates transgender people and raises awareness of the contributions they make to society and the discrimination they face.
through April

A play that shares in the joys, sorrows, and challenges Harriet Tubman faced while courageously freeing herself and hundreds of others from the bonds of slavery.
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