March 2021

  • On March 9th, Community Care Licensing released a Provider Information Notice (PIN) with information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for child care providers. Click here to read the announcement.
  • Visit the EdSource website to read a summary of California’s plan to reopen schools.
  • Diana Lambert reports that even if schools reopen, there may not be enough teachers available. Read her article about California teacher shortages here.
  • Generations United has released a report about how “grandfamilies,” grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, are faring during the pandemic. The report also contains resources for grandfamilies. Click here to read more.
  • Nikky Raney writes about how spending time learning outdoors can benefit the development of children. Read more here.
  • Technology can be a distraction for both parents and children. Zero to Three discusses ways to limit technology and build relationships in this article by Rebecca Parlakian.
  • March is Women’s History Month. Try reading some of these books that celebrate women with your child.
  • Cincinnati Children’s has created a video that demonstrates how reading supports to a child’s brain development.
  • PBS Parents offers ideas and activities for building children’s language and literacy skills on their website.
  • Kavitha Cardoza of KQED Mind/Shift reports on the challenges students learning English are facing during distance learning. Listen to the podcast or read the story here.

February 2021

  • The National Office of Head Start provides information for how families can receive 2020 tax credits, stimulus payments, and free tax preparation services here.
  • Ana Connery shares tips for how parents can balance their roles as both parent and teacher during distance learning in this article for Parents Together.
  • The United States Department of Education has released guidance for the reopening of schools in their COVID-19 Handbook Volume I: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools.
  • Reporter John Fensterwald explores the differences and similarities between school reopening guidance from the state of California and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in his article for EdSource.
  • February is Black History Month. Educator Rann Miller discusses how teachers can include Black history across all subjects throughout the year in this article for Edutopia.
  • PBS offers a printable discussion guide that parents and caregivers can use to have conversations with children about race and racism on their website.
  • Award winning children’s author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson have released a new book called Milo Imagines the World, which is a story about a young artist’s observations of people during a subway ride. Samantha Balaban of KQED Mind/Shift interviews them about their inspiration for the book. Read or listen to the interview here.
  • Orange County health and education agencies have partnered to create the RESET Toolbox website which contains free trainings and resources to help build resilience in children and young adults during the pandemic.
  • The Child Welfare Information Gateway has launched a website with information for supporting mental health that includes resources, guidance, and direct links to reporting abuse or requesting help. Visit the website here.
  • NPR Life Kit offers a series of podcasts that explore parenting topics such as helping children with anxiety, planning for the school year, filling out college forms, and much more.

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