October 2020

  • October 29, 2020 is Read for the Record day. This day is celebrated around the world with everyone reading the same book to as many children as possible in order to promote literacy awareness. The book chosen for this year is Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina. Click here to learn more.
  • October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. Learn about SIDS and how to create a sleep environment that is safe for infants on the Safe to Sleep website.
  • October is National Eat Better, Eat Together Month. Discover ideas for enjoying family time during meals on the Family Dinner Project website. North Dakota University shares five tips for feeding your family during quarantine here.
  • offers tips and advice for celebrating Halloween safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Kaiser Permanente answers questions about the flu, flu shot, and the difference between the flu and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on their website.
  • EdSource conducted a poll of California voters to report on their experiences and concerns related to the education of their children during a pandemic. Click here to read their reports.
  • Ricardo Cano reports on how schools across the state are opening. Some districts are opening for in-person instruction, while others are offering a hybrid program that combines distance learning with in-person classes, or the option of full time distance learning. Learn more on the Cal Matters website.
  • Sydney Johnson reports on how lack of internet access is impacting distance learning and discusses the steps education leaders are taking to find solutions for students in her article for EdSource.
  • Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood offers educators tips and resources to create low-tech lessons for children and to connect with families.
  • Eighth grade teacher Cornelius Minor shares why outdoor education is a valuable resource for teaching all subjects in an interview with Kara Newhouse of KQED/MindShift.
  • Kara Newhouse shares five tips for taking the classroom outdoors where it is easier to practice social distancing. Visit the KQED/MindShift website to read more.
  • Discover Zero to Thrive’s guides with resources for supporting families and caregivers during the pandemic. There is also a guide for professionals to assist them in offering support to families. Click here to read more.

September 2020

  • Californians impacted by the recent wildfires can find a variety of wildfire response resources on the website.
  • September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention and help others in crisis. Learn about the risk factors and know the warning signs that may indicate someone you know is considering harming them self and how you can help by clicking here.
  • Betty Marquéz Rosales shares how school closures due to the pandemic are affecting the learning experiences of preschool students, in particular, during a critical time that lays the groundwork for their academic careers. In her article for EdSource she shares resources parents can use for their preschool-aged children while they are unable to attend in-person programs.
  • The United States Department of Agriculture has extended the waivers that will allow schools to continue serving meals to students through the end of December 2020, regardless of their eligibility.
  • There is a color-coded tracking system for monitoring novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in each county throughout California. Learn how this system affects the reopening of schools on the EdSource website.
  • In this article and video for PBS Parents, Neetika Prabhakar shares how daily routines can support your child’s success in school.
  • Jessica Grose offers suggestions to parents on how to help prepare their child for distance learning in this article for the New York Times.
  • Dr. Jamie M. Howard provides tips to parents that can strengthen their child’s ability to focus and concentrate in her article for PBS Parents.
  • Learn about how families are finding ways to work together with neighbors, family members, and parent support organizations to support their child’s distance learning in this article by EdSource.
  • On August 18, 2020, PBS hosted an event for parents and caregivers that included a panel of child development and education experts who shared ideas on how to prepare and plan for distance learning this school year. You can view a recording of the live event on YouTube.
  • Many families are finding creative ways to work and learn together at home. This article in the OC Register shares how some families are changing their home environments to adapt to the changing needs of their family.
  • Try deep breathing techniques with your child from Kidding Around Yoga. Deep breathing reduces stress and can help children manage strong emotions.
  • Parents can help children develop a healthy body image by modeling a positive self-image, embracing body diversity, and focusing on health and wellness. Find more tips on the PBS Parents website.
  • Discover early literacy activities to do at home with your child on the PBS Parents website.

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