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Early Care and Education’s Leadership Choices: What Lies Ahead for the Field? by Dr. Stacie Goffin and Dr. Valora Washington

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Resources to help support your family and community during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has left us all in situations far beyond normal. In this time of anxiety and stress, there is a lot of expectation that parents should be and do more as they potentially spend more of their daily hours with their children. Amidst mounting pressure to schedule a full day of developmentally appropriate and enriching activities, we believe the core truths of LENA still apply: early talk is key, and caregivers are the secret sauce.

Whatever situation caregivers find themselves in, interaction with children matters. Caregivers have the power to shape a child’s experience of this time and tuning in to their feelings and being responsive is at the core of that. If you are working with families looking for guidance on the basic building blocks of positive interactions, here are some resources to help them stay focused on emotional support and back-and-forth interactions:

Download: The 14 Talking Tips
Video: Increasing Words & Turns Using Songs & Rhymes
Blog post: Engaging resilience: How responsive caregiving lays the foundation for children to thrive

Webinar tomorrow: Join us at 11 a.m. MT/1 p.m. ET for a conversation on supporting FCC providers and integrating professional development opportunities into statewide systems. We'll be joined by Lisa Matter from Colorado's Expanding Quality in Infant and Toddler Care Initiative and Julia Brink from Triad Early Childhood Council. Register here.

What we're reading:

Stress, Resilience, and the Role of Science: Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic from Harvard Center on the Developing Child
Coronavirus News & Resources for Child Care Professionals, Families and Policymakers from Child Care Aware of America
Coronavirus Tips for Families from Zero to Three

How can we help?

What are some of the challenges that your organization is experiencing during COVID-19? How can we help? Please let us know what we can do or just share what you're experiencing. Reply to this email with your comments or to schedule a time to talk. We're here to listen!

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Everything from pregnancy to kids' health

Free ebooks for children:

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

This book is about teaching tolerance and is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

It includes how to talk to our children and youth from ages 2-17 about prejudice, reflecting upon our own biases, and organizations and resources.

Please click on the link and download the PDF version of the book. It is very informative with illustrations and different scenarios that can lead to valuable discussions.

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

Statewide Child Care Referral Call Center 1-888-600-1685

We are reaching out to keep you informed on the new phase of providing child care referrals to families throughout the state. Things are continuing to change fast and it is critical that we stay connected to meet our state’s emerging needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the Governor Cooper’s Stay At Home Executive Order, families are requested to keep their children home, with a responsible adult, if at all possible. Accordingly, DCDEE/DHHS has now directed the CCR&R system to deploy all consumer education and referral (CER) specialists to exclusively staff and support the statewide toll-free child care referral line and to temporarily suspend regional/local CER services, effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Effective April 1st, the statewide child care referral call center will continue providing referrals for children with vacancy checks completed daily by providers. As the lead agency, we will continue to staff the calls coming through the statewide toll-free child care referral line.

In order to continue to reach families and connect them to needed resources, we need your help. If you are contacted by families looking for child care please refer them to the statewide child care referral call center. The toll free number is 1-888-600-1685. Attached are the corresponding flyers in English and Spanish. Lastly, the state is developing a website for Find Child Care NC which is connected to the statewide toll-free child care referral line. We will send this information to you once it is available, and we are encouraging you to add it to your website.

The majority of our staff is teleworking at this point, so the best way to reach us is through email. We appreciate all you do for children and families.

On behalf of Kaplan, NCAEYC is pleased to announce FREE Activities and Resources!

Questions? Contact us!

Art Guye
Kaplan Territory Manager
Eastern North Carolina
1-800-334-2014 ext. 5070

Brian Kennedy
Kaplan Territory Manager
Western North Carolina
1-800-334-2014 ext. 5140

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