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.​

7-20-20

Good Morning on this glorious Monday. We hope that you were able to enjoy some fun family time over the weekend. We will be hosting a live interactive parent/child group on Wednesday July 29th at 10:00. (Google meet, will send invite thru this site)

Also, a parent chat evening session on July 30th at 7:30 on zoom. Attached is the link for entering the zoom meeting.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72488586881?pwd=T1RJT3A1K01WUmFZMFVPQW1XOUJUUT09

Also, attached are some additional resources that will provide education and play for your children. If you are in need of additional resources, information or referrals, please do not hesitate to contact our office or email me. Miss Meghan will be releasing a virtual playgroup/storytime tomorrow.

We will send a google meet invitation to you with link to live parent/child group.

EEC will be providing us with some educational and fun booklets from WGBH for your children. We will be distributing in the community over the next week and will send the information this week to let you know where and when. We are so fortunate to receive such wonderful resources from MA Dept. of EEC as well as WGBH.

As always, please complete the ASQ Ages and Stages Questionnaire on line as soon as you can. This is such a useful tool for looking at the various stages of development for your child. www.asqonline.com/family/f5752f

If needed, we will provide information and referrals as well as activity sheets for your family.

We are still unsure as to what our program will look like in September when school is back in session. We are looking at a hybrid model to start with one or two days of parent/child programming at our TCP site and other programs remote. We are working with EEC as well as the Lunenburg Schools to develop guidelines as to how our "on campus" program will look.

Some changes will be:

We will no longer be able to provide a "drop in" model. We will require pre-registration as we need to monitor social distancing that is safe for all.

Adults will be required to wear masks (children will not unless parent decides to do so)

The Parent/child program will be decreased to 90 minutes to allow time for staff to properly sanitize room and toys. Families will need to arrive on time and leave at close of program. We will also continue to follow our established health protocols.

No additional adults will be able to attend. We know that often, families enjoy bringing an aunt or grand parent along with you. However, as we must maintain proper spacing we will need to monitor numbers.

As we get closer and establish set protocols we will send out more information. As we all know this time in life needs to remain fluid as we continue to learn more about this virus. We continue to move forward with your safety in mind.

As always, stay safe.

Peace

Patty & Meghan

7-15-20

Happy Wednesday. Here are a few links for you as resources for activities and parenting tips.

Our Parent Chat will be held live on zoom Thursday July 16th at 7:30 pm. If you are interested in joining us for some connection:

Meeting ID: 883 3989 589

Password 9M4pCP

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.

Have a great day.

Patty

7-10-20

We hope this e-mail finds you well.

I have attached some update resources and activities to share with your children around kindness, friendship and re-entering child care and school. Many of these are through YouTube and the Puppet Show is an engaging means to discuss transitioning into school.

Our virtual Storytimes will begin next week on Tuesday July 14th. You will be able to access this via Youtube and our FB page. Additional dates included July 21 and July 28. You may access at any time on or after these dates.

Our Live Playgroup will be Wednesday July 27th at 10:00. A google invite will be sent out to anyone who would like to attend.

We will also be hosting live Parent Chats in the evenings on Thursday July 16 and again on Thursday July 30th at 7:30. This is just an opportunity to share and discuss what's happening in your life or just connecting to others. We will send a zoom invite for these.

As always, please take a few moments to complete the Developmental Screening Tool Ages and Stages using the Parent Portal @www.asqonline.com/family/f5752f or

@www.asqonline.com/family/9be7b8

7-7-20

Subject: Updates and resources

https://youtu.be/Ed96dj22Pi0

Black Is A Rainbow Color Read Aloud on

Youtubehttps://youtu.be/4sqN2J9_axY

Sesame Street Color of Me Song

Good Morning on this glorious sunny day. We hope that you have some creative and fun things to do outside. I have listed a few links for some Youtube videos that are both fun and educational. Please watch and enjoy with your children.

Remember to complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire as soon as you can. You will find this to be a useful and easy site to navigate. If you have any trouble, just reach out to us and we would be more than happy to help you complete.

Call or email if you have any questions or are in need of information. I have attached all of our sites. Our virtual and live playgroups will be starting back up next week along with live evening parent chats. You will receive emails with invites the end of this week.


7-6-20

We hope that you had an enjoyable Fourth of July weekend as this was probably quite different from past ones. Attached is a new document from EEC for parents who are using child care. We want to make sure that we provide you with as much up to date information from the State as we can.

As always, please contact us with questions, concerns, information and we will help you navigate the system.

We will be offering virtual story times via FB and YouTube; live playgroups; live parent chats all starting next week. Please continue to read the emails, FB posts and Youtube activities to stay up to date. We are working with the school to develop a safe and effective plan to re open our parent child room in September and are hopeful we will be able to regroup soon.

Remember to complete the Ages and Stages Child Developmental Screening as soon as you can. It offers valuable information to families about their child's development and when necessary provides you with additional information and referrals.

6-12-20

We are available throughout the summer for information & referral and to provide resources and connections via e-mail and our office phone. Please so not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or to just chat. I have also attached our links to all of our social platforms as well as to the parent portal for the Ages & Stages Developmental Screening which you can complete in the comfort of your own home. We will provide follow up to this as needed.

We will continue to send updates as to what our program will look like in the Fall.

We miss each and everyone of our families and partnering agencies and are looking forward to all being together once again.

Stay safe and find sometime to relax and enjoy your families.

https://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/discipline/tantrum/preventing-meltdowns/?utm_source


**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


Program updates & Connections

New Resources & Activities (July 10th)

Parent Reopening Guide

FAMILY FUN AT HOME 6-9-20

Virtual Program Updates & Connections- updated 7-6-20

ASQ Introduction

Family Resources

Pandemic "Supporting Yourself" Tipsheet

Prioritize Coping and Calming Skills

Encouraging Child Learning in Everyday Activities

How to Get the Care you Need When Feeling Stressed

Lunenburg School Linked Services

Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Program

Patricia McCarthy-Guillette Coordinator

pmccarthy-guillette@lunenburgonline.com

TC Passios

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

Lunenburg, MA 01462

978-582-4101 ext 310