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covid-19 (coronavirus) guidance for oecosl stakeholders
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New SPARK Resources:
Did you know? @indianasparklearninglab has over 20 resources related to COVID-19 on Indiana Learning Paths!
Resources added this week cover:
- Be Well Indiana
- Financial Relationships
- FSSA’s OECOSL Application for Temporary Assistance Grant
- How to Support Families During COVID-19
- Paycheck Protection Program SBA Loan
- Program Considerations for Recovery and Restart
- Self-Care: Emotional Well-Being
- Temperature and Health Screening
To access, login or create an account at ilead.in.gov and select “Resources” at the top.
Virtual Ask a Lawyer
There are a few reasons why a certificate might not be available right away. Click here to learn more about your professional development certificates.
Purdue Extension of Howard County Presents:
I am Moving, I am Learning
We hope to see you Wednesdays, April 8 - May 13, 2020 from 1 - 2 p.m. EST.
To join meeting click: https://purdueextension.zoom.us/j/195167124
Dial by your location: 1-312-626-6799 US
Meeting ID: 195 167 124
For more information about the individual sessions being offered click here.
Heart-Centered Self-Care Inspired by Nature
Please join Nature Explore as we delve into the enriching topic of creating a balanced and inspired work environment with a people-centered approach focused on life-long learning, celebration, reflection and nature-rich living.
Saturday, May 2, 2020
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Thursday, May 21, 2020
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Zero to Three: Webinar Series: Addressing Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19
Join us for a 5-part guided reflection webinar series to consider the impact on children, families, your staff and services. Connect with your community of support to gain actionable trauma-informed practices and prevention efforts.
Each webinar focuses on a specific early childhood sector, providing resources and opportunities for reflective dialogue around trauma-informed practice and prevention efforts, vicarious traumatization risk, and promoting professional resilience. Click here to learn more.
Attuned Interactions and Healthy Relationships Support Early Development, by Dr. Mike Sherman
CDA Council Presents: 2020 LEADERSHIP & LEARNING Webinar Series
If you are looking for professional development opportunities that are meaningful, speak specifically to the ECE community and are presented by leaders in the field, your search stops here! The new 2020 Leadership & Learning Webinar Series offers over 30 interactive approaches to professional development starting in April through November. Review our webinar catalog to find the perfect match for your training needs.
Why Attend the Webinar Series?
- Presented by early childhood industry experts
- Register to view live and receive a link to the recording
- Receive one in-service hour for each webinar
- Attendance and registration are free
Introducing Aim4Excellence™ 2.0!
Questions and Answers About Unemployment Benefits for Family Child Care Providers
The CARES Act was signed into law on Friday, March 22, 2020. This law expanded the number of people who are now eligible to claim unemployment benefits and increased by $600 a week how much eligible people can claim.
Family child care providers are eligible to receive unemployment benefits when any of the following occur:
- Your state government requires you to shut down your program
- You are closed as a direct result of the COVIDd of the COVID-19 public health emergency and such school or facility care is required for the individual to work
- You have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to the virus
Where to Turn for Help when Finances are Tight
There are many articles that you can refer to on this topic. We have listed a few below to help you:
CANDID CONVERSATIONS: SELF-CARE DURING COVID-19
What Is COVID-19? And How Does It Relate to Child Development?
Our Kids Need Assurance and Guidance: Responding to COVID-19
Many of us, as parents and caregivers, find ourselves now at home, juggling our children’s school requirements, our own work obligations, and the added stress of trying to stay healthy and safe during a pandemic. We want to be supportive and encouraging, but simultaneously we struggle with how best to address the dangerous realities of this virus. Now, perhaps more than ever, our kids are looking to us for guidance and reassurance. And our interactions with our kids, how we talk about and respond to the current conditions, make a tremendous difference in how they address these challenging times.
There are mountains of articles and reports to sift through offering advice. What follows are highlights of three helpful resources – one from the National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses, one from Psychology Today, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. These, like many resources and experts, stress the importance of offering an age-appropriate response. Click here to read more.
Rethinking Your Outdoor Space
A daily dose of nature helps everyone stay sane—especially children. Although we may be more confined than usual, author Kelly Johnson reminds us that, “you don’t need a grandly landscaped yard to create meaningful and lasting nature experiences for children.” In fact, for a small child, even a small flower pot on a patio offers endless exploration.
Now that spring is here, it’s a great opportunity to rethink your outdoor play space—no matter what size it is. It doesn’t take a green thumb or even an artist’s beret to make the space come alive for creative play. Read more.
Learning from the Weather
Kids learn best through direct experiences. At this time of year, one factor that greatly affects any experience is the weather! Constantly changing, spring weather generates opportunities for conversations, questions, and investigations that are immediately relevant to a child’s life.
By using a clear plastic bottle you can make a simple rain gauge. If you calibrate it carefully, it can actually take quite accurate readings. Find the instructions from Community Playthings by clicking here.
Managing mental health is essential for the well-being of Hoosiers across our state and communities around the world.
Whether you and your loved ones are hunkering down at home or taking precautions while continuing to perform essential work, there are many unique challenges you may be facing during the Coronavirus epidemic. You may feel differently than you normally do. You may be wondering if you’re “okay.” You may even already be living with mental health issues that have been aggravated by the COVID-19 crisis.
Most people are experiencing some amount of grief, stress, depression and worry. For some, these feelings are becoming overwhelming.
The good news is there are steps you can take, resources you can discover and people you can reach out to who can help you feel better.
Throughout this site, you’ll find information and resources compiled by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction designed to help Hoosiers stay connected and maintain their well-being. These resources have been validated by local and national experts to ensure that you have access to reliable information that you can trust.