July 1, 2020
CFCE Daily Activities and Resources
Dear CFCE Families,

Chickens, sheep, horses, rabbits, and pigs were just a few of the animals on the land where I grew up. Summers were always busy times on the farm with long days, and animals and plants growing. Today's newsletter is all about life on the farm.

Starting the week of July 6th, we will switch to a weekly newsletter to inform you of what new and fun programs we are having.

Don't forget to check our Facebook page . We are posting tips and activities every day. And as always, check our CFCE Calendar. We are posting this email in addition to adding new LIVE ZOOM EVENTS and VIRTUAL PROGRAMS.


Ms. Jen and the entire CFCE Staff .
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius
CFCE LIVE Zoom Events
(please follow links below or visit our Calendar for all registration info)
Mondays - Science Discovery Time

Every Monday at 10:30 AM join Ms. Jen and Ms. Gina for Science Discovery Time ( excluding holidays).  We will learn something new about the world of science and discover how fun it can be, all on Zoom.
Tuesdays - Music and Movement
Will begin again on July 7th
Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM join Ms. Marsha for Music and Movement. Let's sing,dance and move with joy in our own homes! Join this Zoom event with Ms. Marsha as we move music and movement to a virtual space. Grab your shakers and drums (you can use a pan and a spoon for drum if you do not have one!)
Wednesdays - Nature Time
Jen will take you on a nature exploration, making new discoveries and learning new things. This week, she will be exploring PLANTS. Click the link above for all of the registration info. If you have any problems or questions, please email Jen at  jmoriarty@selfhelpinc.org
Thursdays - Toddler Story & Songs
Will begin again on July 9th
Every Thursday at 10:30 AM join Ms. Marsha LIVE on Zoom for Toddler Story and Song Time. We will sing a few songs and have a short story. This activity is designed for toddlers. It will last less than 30 minutes.
Fridays - Story and Craft Group
Will return on July 10
Every Friday at 11:00 AM join Ms. Marsha LIVE on Zoom for stories, songs and a craft!! . This preschool group meets each Friday to listen to stories, sing songs, and complete simple crafts based on a theme. Please email Ms.Marsha at mwright@selfhelpinc.org if you want to join the fun!!

This is for School-Age Kids and Parents to Enjoy Together at home,in their community and OUTDOORS.  You MUST REGISTER, by emailing ccarver@selfhelpinc.org , to participate-once you register with parent's name, child's name(s), address and email you will automatically receive the activities twice a month.....thank you.

These at-home activities, will be two alphabet letter activities each month- starting in July. After you receive the monthly email directions for each letter, enjoy doing the activity together, creating great opportunities for you and your child(ren) to have some FUN, quality time.
Make sure you check out our  Calendar Every Week,  to see all of the  NEW fun adventures Miss Carol, and all of the CFCE Staff have for you!!  Some include:  Quick and Easy At-Home Activities , Miss Carol's " Grandma Glasses" Story FUN!!!, and MORE!!!
Parent Corner
Teaching Your Children Where Their Food Comes From

  • Kathleen from Boots & Roots has an article about the importance of teaching your children where their food comes from. Her article closes with links to a few books about the subject.

Below you can listen to the story, "Where Does Our Food Come From"

F amily Friendly Places to See Farm Animals

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Parent Information and Resources
Many families are having a rough go of it during the Covid-19 Virus. Some have lost their job, some are on unemployment or their hours have been reduced. Here at CFCE we often depend on the Cradles to Crayons Program to help us help families with clothing and basic necessities for their children. If you are one of those families, click the link below to complete a Cradles to Crayons application for clothing. Cradles is currently closed due to COVID-19, so please be patient. As soon as CFCE receives word from Cradles to Crayons, that they are accepting new applications, we will submit your's and we will contact you!
The ASQ Program is a parent reporting questionnaire that gives you insight on how your child is doing developmentally! You do not need to have concerns, it’s just a great tool to see where your child excels or may need some support!  Everyone that participates receives a
FREE Children’s Book! 
**Please click this link for more information http://selfhelpcpc.org/our-programs/asq/      
** If you would like to participate this is the only thing you need to complete (the consent form) to get started!! click on the link below: https://www.cognitoforms.com/SelfHelpInc1/ASQ3ASQSECONSENTFORM

Self Help Inc is open for business,   CLICK HERE   to see what services we can provide you! If we can't provide it, we will help you find another agency who can!! You can always email:   info@selfhelpinc.org
The Self Help Inc. Head Start Program is now taking applications for the FALL! For more information on the Head Start Program, CLICK HERE . Or to submit an application, please follow the links below.

Food Resources
Are you concerned about keeping food on the table due to job loss or illness, or are you just interested in getting some more information? Self Help Inc. can answer any questions you may have about the SNAP Program, and we can help you apply right over the phone! These are stressful times, let us help.  Please call 508-588-0447 x1807 or email:  snap@selfhelpinc.org
WIC Programs are open, and ALL NUTRITION APPOINTMENTS WILL BE DONE BY PHONE ONLY.  New families to the WIC program should locate the  closest WIC office  to you to request an appointment by phone. If families cannot get through another option is the state online link to apply online:    https://www.mass.gov/forms/apply-for-wic-online

The Hockomack YMCA Sites are doing food distribution at many of their sites! PLEASE CLICK HERE or the image for location and information
Food Bank Listings  (please make sure you call or email, as their hours and processes during COVID-19 may be altered)
Book of the Day
Infant/Toddler Actvities
Toddlers and Animals

When a family gets a new pet it can be difficult to know how to teach your toddler to act around the pet. Here's a video that helps educate young children on caring for pets in a fun, quiet manner.

Farm Books for Preschoolers
My six-year-old LOVES farm books so we've amassed quite a collection in our house. Here are a few of our favorites.

Alice and Martin Provensen's collection of books about Maple Hill Farm are terrific.
  • "Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm"
  • "The Year at Maple Hill Farm"
  • "A Horse, A Hound, A Goat, and A Gander"

Doreen Cronin's farm books featuring that trouble maker Duck are illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Little Blue Truck books by Alice Schertle

Also, Anna G. from The Measured Mom has a list of 40 Farm Books
School age Activities
Farm to Table Kids has some great videos to teach you and your kids ways to farm at home.

Camp PBS Kids brings a variety of free online programs for your kids.

A practical guide to what to plant in a kid's garden by eartheasy.

Grandpa Cacao's Celebration Cake
The farming of cacao beans is highlighted in this beautifully written and illustrated book. This recipe is from Liz Zunon's book, "Grandpa Cacao"
Jama Rattigan of Jama's Alphabet Soup highlights both the recipe and a link to The Storied Recipe's Apple Podcast.

Link to the recipe, photos, and more background about Liz Zunon's story. You can support the author and purchase a copy of her book at the Indie Bound website.
Stay connected to  Mass.gov  for the most up-to-dates information and resource s
NEW STIMULUS CHECK INFO!  If you haven't filed taxes in the last 2 years,   CLICK HERE  to update your bank account information for your Stimulus Check
Make sure EVERY MA Community has the funding and resources it needs for the NEXT 10 YEARS!!!!

Tax Day Now July 15
On March 20, 2020, Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin announced that Tax Day has been moved from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties, regardless of the amount owed.
The Treasury Secretary encouraged taxpayers who might have a tax refund to file now to receive your refund.
FREE Online Tax Filing Options (simple returns)
The Self Help Inc. VITA program is currently suspended, but we are working on a file upload system, so we can prepare your taxes over the phone. Check our    WEBSITE    for all updates
COVID-19 Information and Resources
NEW!! Covid-19 Symptom Tracker App. Read more about this app

NEW!! Text  covidma to  888777 to get text updates from the state about the most recent Covid-19 news

State Updates and Informationwww.ma.gov/coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Kids Book ( English) ( Spanish)