December 2020

  • On November 30, 2020 Governor Newsom announced that there is financial assistance for small businesses affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) available in the form of tax relief, grants, and loans. Click here for details.
  • December is National Safe Toys and Gifts month. Find tips for evaluating the safety of toys and selecting appropriate toys for children on the KidsHealth website.
  • The KidsHealth website offers guidance and advice for safe holiday celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • offers tips for coping with stress and keeping a positive attitude during the holidays.
  • Carolyn Jones reports on the rise of mental health concerns and how California schools can support the well-being of students and their families by becoming wellness centers.
  • Linda Darling-Hammond and Kim Johnson provide information about California’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care in this article from EdSource.
  • High school students in Northern California formed an organization called YAPA Kids in order to support and inspire students in first grade through eighth grade. They offer free classes online to support children in learning required subjects, and they also offer classes focused on the arts and learning languages. Learn more on their website.
  • Educators who have included mindfulness practices with their students share that it is reducing stress and helping children develop self-regulation. Visit the KQED Mind/Shift website to learn more.
  • A research highlight from Edutopia reveals that when children learn and use handwriting, it leads to deeper learning. Watch the video report here.
  • Megan Gambino discusses children’s books from 2020 that helped children learn about themselves and their world in her article for Smithsonian Magazine.
  • Distance learning has brought attention to the rights of students with special needs. In this article by KQED Mind/Shift, parents and educators share their experiences and hopes for change.
  • Anya Kamenetz explores five things that we learned about education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read or listen to the article here.

November 2020

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers guidance for celebrating holidays safely during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • The Sacramento Bee reports on new information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which indicates that the use of cloth face coverings not only prevents people from spreading the illness, but also offers protection to the wearer. Listen to the video report here.
  • Learn more about how the sudden surge in cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting the reopening of schools in this article by EdSource.
  • Parents and experts share tips for how they have created environments for learning at home in this article from the Washington Post.
  • Community Care Licensing (CCL) has released their Winter Quarterly Newsletter for child care providers. Click here to read more.
  • November is Native American Heritage Month. Teaching for Change offers resources for exploring Native American history and culture with children here.
  • Zaidee Stavely reports on how teachers in California are supporting dual-language learning. The article includes ideas, examples, and resources. To read more visit the EdSource website.
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) explains how teachers can create a Distance Learning Toolbox for families. The article includes a list of materials to include and links to resources.
  • Mental Health America has a free Back to School Toolkit with information about collaborating with teachers, maintaining social connections, coping with emotions, and handling tough situations. You will be asked for your name and email to access this resource.
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has a webpage of resources for coping with social and emotional impacts of the pandemic.
  • Diana Divecha explores why conflict within families is normal and shares strategies for repairing and strengthening family relationships on the Greater Good website.
  • The UC San Diego School of Medicine has a library of materials and tools to support health and wellness available on their website.

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In 2016, CHS celebrated 125 years of building brighter tomorrows for children and families. Founded in 1891 as an adoption agency, CHS has continued to adapt to the changing needs of the community. Today, CHS is a thriving agency that strives to reach out to children and families at risk to provide a wide array of services to help them achieve self-sufficiency.

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