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June 14, 2021
Getting Ready for Summer
Cambria Russell
Cambria Russell
Director of MASFEC
What a challenging year for us all. As we thought about wrapping up the school year, we wanted to highlight some of the resources we've shared over the course of the year that might be helpful for families looking for ways to keep kids engaged over the summer. We've also added some new ones!

We'd love to hear from you about what this year has been like from your perspective. How has the work of school-family partnerships changed? Have you felt supported - as an educator, parent/caregiver, or community partner?

Our 2021 statewide family engagement survey will remain open through the end of June, and we've already learned a lot from the 1,381 responses received so far. The greatest representation has been from Bristol, Middlesex, and Worcester Counties. We hope to hear from you.
Looking for Ideas for this Summer?
Are you struggling to find activities for your child this summer? We know it can be difficult to navigate the changing guidelines and opportunities for the summer. Here are some steps you can take to find the right fit for your family.

Rhyming Picture Book Round-Up
In its earliest stages, learning to read is all about recognizing patterns and sounds. One way to prepare children for this task is to read them rhyming stories. Rhymes foster children’s ability to recognize patterns, syllables, and repeated sounds, all of which are essential for learning how to read.

Check out these book recommendations from children's author and educator Mathangi Subramanian, known to her friends as Mathu.

Review of Statewide Family Engagement Centers
Our partners at the National Association for Family, School, and Community Partnerships recently released a comprehensive review of the work and impact of the twelve federally-funded Statewide Family Engagement Centers, including MASFEC.

MASFEC Tip Sheets
MASFEC and our parent organization, the Federation for Children with Special Needs, provide a variety of printable resources designed to provide plain language information about important education topics. New tip sheets are routinely added.

Take Your Family Engagement
Program to the Next Level
MASFEC and the Federation stand ready to assist organizations and districts who are ready to go deeper in the direction of equity-driven partnership. Check out our statements on new resources and opportunities available through these new policy initiatives:

Then, reach out! We'd love to work with you.
More Ideas for Summer
These fact sheets from the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment offer checklists and tips to maximize summer fun and engagement!

There is no vacation from the work of parenting and caregiving. While the summer can bring a quieter pace of life, it can also be a time of increased stress for families.

Guest blogger Rosalie Rippey offered a helpful view of self-care as a sustainable mindset in her post, Caregiver Self Care Strategies that Won't Add to Your To Do List
Our family literacy calendars offer seasonally themed, silly and serious read-alongs and activities aimed at exploring sounds, letters, words and themes from home.

March - April - May - June

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