School Linked Services

Lunenburg School Linked Services / Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program

This program offers families, and other caregivers services for those caring for children birth-age 8. We offer support for children and their families through strength-based family support programming: Interactive, intentional parent/child playgroups, field trips and educational programs, information and referrals to community resources, parent education, early education literacy events, STEM workshops, Ages and Stages Questionnaire,and linkages to comprehensive services to support optimal child development for families and early education and care programs, including intentional support into kindergarten.

Our Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Program receives support and funding from the MA Department of Early Education and Care. Our services are free and open to families. Research shows that children are more successful in school in their social-emotional development when families are engaged in their children's early learning and development.

Parent/Child Interactive Playgroups meet weekly and are drop-in (no pre-registration is required) for children birth-age 5 on Mondays at the Lunenburg Library 10:30-11:30 and Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30-11:30 am at

TC Passios. We follow the school calendar, no groups when school is not in session. Office hours are throughout the summer and programs are advertised regularly.

For more information or assistance, contact our office at T.C. Passios.

We hope this email finds you all well. There has been continued turmoil throughout our world and we realize how difficult these times are for all of us. We are all trying to find some commonality and way of understanding how to deal with everything. Please know that if you need to chat, need information & referral or resources, we are available.

As always, we continue to offer the Ages and Stages Questionnaire and now parents have the ability to access through a Parent Portal. If you are interested in completing this very useful developmental tool with your child I have included the information that you need to access. For those of you who have already completed the developmental screening I have added a link for the Social-Emotional test if you would now like to complete. The data from these tests enables the state to develop and implement programs that are useful to families and programs such as ours.

www.asqonline.com/family/f5752f

or for the social emotional questionnaire

www.asqonline.com/family/9be7b8

We wanted to include this site for some reading material that are child friendly that we accessed from WGBH.

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-resistance

One more resource that you may find helpful in strengthening your child's social skills

https://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/social/social-skills-activities-for-kids-to-do-at-home/?utm_source

Research from Harvard University suggests that children as young as three years old, when exposed to racism and prejudice, tend to embrace and accept it, even though they might not understand the feelings. By age 5, white children are strongly biased towards whiteness. To counter this bias, experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as possible. Children’s books are one of the most effective and practical tools for initiating these critical conversations; and they can also be used to model what it means to resist and dismantle oppression.​

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If you are in need of additional information or referral please contact our office or email us. Also, Please complete the Ages and Stages Developmental Screening for your child as soon as you can. This is a very useful and intentional screening which provides you with information about your child. We will send you activity sheets and information and referrals as needed.

Here is the Parent Portal link:

www.asqonline.com/family/f5752f

https://www.readaloud

Keep your little campers learning and having fun these summer camp read aloud! There are 15 days of crafts, books for reading aloud, and activities that can be done from home.

https://www.parents.com/

Has several great articles to help parents navigate parenthood.

https://massaimh.org/

The Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health

Resources for Going Back to School'-Social Story for Young Children. This may be downloaded to help children prepare for the changes returning to school so they can feel in control as they re-enter their programs.

**We have added a new component to our remote programming:

We have added a Parent Portal for the Ages & Stages Screening Questionnaire that you may complete at home with your child. Many of you have already completed during our parent/child programs, however many have not. You may also complete an updated ASQ if it has been some time since the original one was done. This developmental screening tool is quick and allows families to learn more about their child's developmental progress.

The attached flyer has the site to enter.

www.asqonline.com/family/f5752f

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11-5-20

Massachusetts Launches Website to Help Parents Support Children's Mental Health:

https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-launches-new-family-friendly-website-to-help-parents-support-childrens-mental

11-4-20

We are very fortunate this weeks weather is fabulous, enabling us to continue to provide outdoor and safe programming.

Thursday 11/5 we will have a visit form our goat friends, cocoa and maple from 10:00-11:00( we will have stories, songs and interactive STEM with the goats). Please wear a mask and please stay home if you or your child is ill.

Monday November 9th @ 11:00 Outdoor story time behind the Lunenburg Library. This is a collaborative program between our CFCE program and the Library. Please wear a mask.

Thursday November 12 from 7:30-8:30 pm Part 2 of the three part parent education series "Supporting Your Child's Developmental Needs in the Early Years". A Zoom link will be sent next week. Presented by Cindy Maxfield, Early Child Educator

Each and every opportunity we have with you we talk about the Ages &Stages Questionnaire. This is because we strongly believe this to be a useful tool for parents. Attached you will find a few activity sheets that have been developed by the ASQ Program which address Problem Solving; Personal-social; Gross Motor; Fine Motor and Communication.

We are asking that each of you complete this questionnaire via parent portal. It will provide you with valuable information about your child's developmental stage and provide the State with data that is used to address and develop intentional educational programming for families. The MA Department of Early Education & Care the funders and administrators of our CFCE program as well as all the CFCE programs throughout the state are committed to offering purposeful and interactive programs, resources and support to families. Please take a few minutes to log onto the Parent Portal and complete.

The link is:

www.asqonline.com/family/f5752f or

www.asqonline.com/family/de56af

9-28-20

Once again our schedule is:

Mondays at 11:00 we co-sponsor an outdoor Literacy group at the Lunenburg Library.

Tuesdays at 10:00 we offer outdoor events either behindTC Passios or another specified location. (apple picking 10/6 at Sholan Farms 10:30)We will send out locations each week for our Tuesday group.

Thursdays from10:00-11:00 behind TCPassios for Stories, Songs and Play.

We also encourage each and every family to complete the Ages and Stages questionnaire online using the parent portal. This is a fabulous developmental tool that gives you some insight as to where your child is developmentally. The results also help us provide you with the necessary activities, programs and referrals that may be needed.