for coping with COVID-19
Resources from Month of the Young Child
Tasty Tuesday Activity Idea: "Foodie Faces" Snack and Storytime - Start by reading out "Foodie Faces" by Bill and Claire Wurtzel, and then make your own "foodie faces" with different fruits and vegetables! Adapted from an activity with Martha's Table.
Chalk Play Ideas from Positive Chalk DC (Positive Chalk DC) - Positive Chalk DC's mission is to create brave spaces for children and families to imagine their communities in new ways, inspire positive change and develop the language necessary to advocate for themselves and their communities. Playing with sidewalk chalk can help children work on fine motor skills, encourage self-expression and develop recognition, sorting and matching skills to prepare them for school. Chalk activities and games also foster interpersonal social skills.
Home Tweet Home (Project Learning Tree) - “The Home Tweet Home activity contains learning experiences for families, childcare providers, and teachers to help children ages 1–6 discover how plants and animals depend on trees. This is a free, abrigded version of the "Home Tweet Home" activity. The full version, plus 11 other activities (and 250+ learning experiences) are included in Project Learning Tree’s Trees & Me: Activities for Exploring Nature with Young Children resource.”
"Better Than Take-Out" Family Friday with Food Prints - This session designed by Food Prints will help parents feel excited, encouraged, and equipped to prepare their own “take out” meal at home. On the menu we'll have Fried Rice and an optional Orange Chicken dish. (Recorded April 8, 2022)
Good Science Starts with Observing and Describing - Spice Up Your Tasty Tuesday with a Science Lens: In this webinar led by the Early Science Initiative, educators learn how to engage in the science practice of observing and describing with all 5 senses. Educators will also learn how to see opportunities for science throughout the day. (Early Science Initiative)
- For additional resources to support the above activity, including experience sheets to help educators with implementation, and activity sheets to support child and family engagement, click here to download a zip file of documents. This activity is also supported by the YouTube videos An Orange: A story of observing and describing and Una Naranja: Una historia de observacion y descripcion from Early Science Initiative.
What Lies Ahead: CDA Process, Updates, and New Initiatives - Join this informational session with (names of presenters) to learn about updates to the CDA process and new initiatives at the Council of Professional Recognition. (Recorded April 13, 2022)
Dramatic Solutions: A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way - This fun online session explores how active and cooperative storytelling and drama strategies can support social and emotional learning for early childhood education. The interactive approach empowers the students to engage, retain and transfer information. The activities will help educators engage their students with tools they can use in their curricula or modules that make learning more exciting and act as a strong vehicle for social and emotional learning and academic enrichment. (Recorded April 18, 2022)
Dramatic Solutions: Music Monday with Mr. Michael Hill - In this fun online session Mr. Michael Hill leads us in a set of kid-friendly songs to add excitement to our Music Mondays! (Recorded April 11, 2022)
DMV Early Childhood Nutrition Taskforce: Families First - This bundled family engagement webinar will be an interactive discussion around support systems dealing with first life encounters (first feeding, first foods, first beverage, etc.) Participants will enjoy a sensory experience designed to put them in a slightly uncomfortable atmosphere to experience something new! Visual aids will be provided virtually to showcase milestones of eating/development and provide practical evidenced based strategies for parents to support those eating milestones. (Recorded April 15, 2022)
DMV Early Childhood Nutrition Taskforce Cooking Demo: Bridge the Cultural Gap with Diverse Vegan Recipes - During this cooking demonstration we will taste/test three different snack meals and preparation techniques to engage the toddler/PreK child. Visual aids will be promoted on dealing with the picky eating child and the opportunities for resilience with family mealtime settings, including how Childcare Providers can continue to be an asset to support the home meal time environment. (Recorded April 19, 2022)
Recipes for the above cooking demonstration can be found here.
Bouquet of Peace: Paint with Ms. Aprile Hill - In this session children will learn about the life and art style of Pablo Picasso. They will create 4 flowers using paper, glue and crayons. (Recorded April 14, 2022)
Inspired Child: Sing Along Jamboree! - Cathy & Marcy will lead everyone in joyful sing-along, clap-along, dance-along songs, accompanied on banjo, guitar, ukulele and rhythm instruments. (Recorded April 21, 2022)
Spring Wake Up with City Blossoms - City Blossoms, a DC nonprofit organization that cultivates the well-being of our communities through creative kid-driven gardens, helps us explore nature through their Early Growers program. This webinars also includes a reading of Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson. (Recorded April 2022).
UDC Snap Ed: MyPlate - UDC SNAP-Ed presents a MyPlate Nutrition Lesson with Ms. Cassidy. This lesson will introduce MyPlate and the five food groups in a kid-friendly way. Participants will walk away with a new healthy snack option and ways to help them make healthy food choices moving forward. (Recorded April 26, 2022)
Snack and Storytime with Martha's Table - Join us as Martha's Table leads us in making an afternoon snack with frozen banana ice cream and avocado toast, followed by a tasty storytime! (Recorded April 26, 2022)
Nelson Early Learning Services: Encouraging and Supporting Play - Play is natural for young children. However, as adults we sometimes forget how important play is for their growth and development.
Resources Local to Washington DC
Quick Guide for the Compensation Parity Initiative for DC Early Childhood Educators - DCAEYC has partnered with several early education organizations to create a quick guide summarizing important things to know about the Compensation Parity Initiative, including ways early childhood educators can start preparing. This is available in both English and Spanish.
DC Can't Have Economic Recovery Without Child Care Investments: A brief from DCAEYC made in partnership with Under 3 DC that highlights the concerns of child care providers, families, and community leaders regarding the reopening of DC child care programs.
The State of the District of Columbia's Babies - From the State of Babies Yearbook: 2020: The State of Babies Yearbook: 2020 compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers. This profile provides a snapshot of how infants, toddlers, and their families in the District are faring in the three policy domains of Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences. (ZERO to THREE, think babies)
Resources Available for Childcare Providers: A spreadsheet complied by the Under 3 DC Coalition with information about local and federal financial resources and relief measures that may be helpful to early childhood education providers.
Emergency Food Access: A compilation of information from DC Food Project, including school sites with free meals for DC youth, other meal sites in DC (and beyond DC), and local organizations in need of assistance.
COVID-19 Emergency Resources portal: Updates from Mayor Bowser's office, including links to small business microgrant and loan opportunities.
Emergency Management Resources for ECE Providers: A spreadsheet from the Low-Income Investment Fund (LIIF) that tracks resources available to child care providers, including local, federal and private sources. LIIF will continue to update the spreadsheet as information changes.
SBA loans immediately available to child care providers (First Five Years Fund)
Emergency loans small business guide and checklist in English and in Spanish (Chamber of Commerce)
The small business owner's guide to the CARES Act (U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship)
State Survey Data for the District of Columbia: Child Care at a Time of Progress and Peril (PDF): Released in August 2021, this survey of 102 early childhood educators in the District illuminates a major obstacle to working families as the U.S. recovers economically from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Progress and Peril: Child Care at a Crossroads (PDF): Released in July 2021, this survey of 7,500 early childhood educators illuminates a major obstacle to working families as the U.S. recovers economically from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Child Care is Essential and Needs Emergency Support to Survive: Updates regarding NAEYC's actions and advocacy opportunities in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Child Care and the Paycheck Protection Program (PDF) - NAEYC brief on the experiences of nearly 500 child care programs across the country who applied for the Paycheck Protection Program
Taller Virtual: Cómo pagarse a sí mismo, a su personal y sus deudas— Entendamos las opciones de préstamos SBA para programas de cuidado infantil *(Revise los slides del taller - disponible como PDF)
SBA Loans: Frequently Asked Questions (English PDF)
Préstamos de la SBA: Preguntas Frecuentes (Spanish PDF)
Paycheck Protection Program - Updates (English PDF)
Resources from NAEYC's Online Community
Webinar Recording - Children and Families as Creators & Storytellers: New Digital Directions for Learning at Home (Presented by the Technology and Young Children Forum)
Resources on Equity and Diversity
We Stand Together: A message from NAEYC
Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families (NAEYC)
Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, Second Edition (NAEYC)
Talking to Children about Racism: The Time is Now (healthchildren.org)
The Social Story Center: Supporting children around the world during times of crisis with developmentally appropriate storytelling.
Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism (PBS Kids)
Resources from Educational Organizations
Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (Office of Head Start)
Mental Health - Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center Mental Health (Office of Head Start)
For Teachers Interacting and Connecting with Children
PreK-3rd Grade and At-Home Learning (National P3 Center)
Information on Talking to Children
Helping Families in a Time of Crisis (Zero to Thrive)
Resources to Support Children's Learning
Message in a Backback articles from Teaching Young Children: Tips and ideas to share with families about supporting preschool age children's learning at home (NAEYC)
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (The Kennedy Center)
PBS KIDS Play and Learn Science App: Includes hands on science projects with everyday materials, along with online science games and explorations
Games, Videos, Brain Boosters and More (National Geographic Kids)
Family Play Plans (TRUCE)
Free Online Books for Young Children (Wakelet)
Kid Builder Resources (First Five Orange County)
Activites for 12 Months and Up (Educational Insights)
Britannica LaunchPacks: Free access "LaunchPacks" with science and social studies learning content for students in K-12 (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Free Math Activities: Includes downloadable lessons and "virtual manipulatives" for grades K-8 (hand2mind)
"Learn at Home" Digitial Hub (Scholastic)
Free Resources from Lakeshore: More than 1,000 resources for the classroom and home (Lakeshore)
Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History: Dr. Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institutes Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large, offers this 12 hour video course at The Great Courses, which you can access within a free trial. (The Great Courses)
A Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales: Dr. Hannah Blevins Harvey, treats you to dynamic, theatrical, and engaging tellings of cherished tales from around the world, through this 12 hour video course at The Great Courses, which you can access within a free trial. (The Great Courses)
Colorations Educational Craft Ideas: This is a website we maintain with hundreds of educational and grade appropriate craft ideas that you can do at home. (Discount School Supplies).
Storytime From Space: Videos of astronauts reading STEM themed books from the International Space Station (Storytime From Space)
Steve Spangler Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home: This is a site established by science guy Steve Spangler, who’s been on 'The Ellen Show' over 20 times, with close to 400 science experiments you can do at home (Steve Spangler Science)
Really Good Stuff Student Activity Printables: There are about 40 free printable student activities on this page from K-6 company Really Good Stuff, which you can do at home, especially if you have limited resources (Really Good Stuff)
Kidomi All-In-On Super App: This is a 2018 National Parenting Product Awards Winner from Fingerprint Play, and is a subscription app for kids 6 - 12 with thousands of hours of games, books, and videos all from top family brands you know and love. You can sign up for a free trial. (Fingerprint Play)
Resources in Spanish
Inscríbete ahora: Master Clases Para Mamás (Moms Rising)
Health & Wellness
That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief: An article from Harvard Business review examining the grief people are feeling due to COVID-19.
Simple Habit: An audio wellness app with a collection of free guided meditations designed to ease Coronavirus fears.
Headspace: A mediation app with a free collection for everyone called "Weathering the Storm."
Supporting Families in Uncertain Times: Facebook and Twitter messages from the Office of Head Start that can let parents and families know that you are thinking of and supporting them.