Family Newsletter

November 2020

Upcoming Family Webinars

On My Way Pre-K Parent Info Session ~ November 24th, 1pm-2pm

Please join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we welcome the On My Way Pre-K Project Managers in our service delivery area to share their expertise with you about the On My Way Pre-K program. Come learn more about the program, including the impact it has on a child’s learning now and in their future. The qualifications and application process will also be discussed as well as time given for answering any questions.

Register here.

Medicaid 101 with Anthem ~ December 3rd, 2:30-3:30pm

Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we welcome Amanda Deardorff with Anthem as she shares an overview of Medicaid, as well as the added benefits of being an Anthem Member. Amanda will also highlight Anthem’s website with community resource information.

Register here.

Children's New Year's Resolutions ~ December 17th, 2:00-2:30pm

The new year is almost here! Have you started thinking of your new year's resolutions? Join CASY's Family Engagement Specialists for a discussion on helping your children set healthy, attainable goals for 2021.

Register here.

Thanksgiving During COVID-19: Keep Safety on the Table

For many families, Thanksgiving is about getting together to enjoy a meal with relatives and friends. But as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, social gatherings continue to be risky this holiday season. In fact, public health experts say that small household gatherings are among the key reasons COVID-19 cases are rising again.

However, with some additional planning and lower risk activities, your family can make lasting memories and new traditions. while minimizing the risk of being exposed to or spreading COVID-19. Click here to read more.

Cloth Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19

To protect ourselves and others from COVID-19, the CDC recommends ​wearing cloth face coverings out in public. But what about children? Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions about cloth face coverings and children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for detailed information.

Parenting in a Pandemic: Tips to Keep the Calm at Home


Fear, uncertainty, and being holed up at home more to slow the spread of COVID-19​ can make it tough for families to keep a sense of calm. But it's important to help children feel safe, keep healthy routines, manage their emotions and behavior and build resilience.

Click here for some tips from the American Academy (AAP) to help your family get through the stress of the pandemic.

Uncharted Territory: 10 Technology Tips for Preschool Parents

Parents today are making decisions about technology that didn’t even exist when they were young. Parents make creative decisions daily using their best instincts.

Here are 10 tips that might help when making technology decisions for your child.

11 Simple Things You Can Do To Support Young Children’s Social-Emotional Skills


The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in months of stress, fear, and struggle for many families—and young children have felt the effects of these seismic changes just as acutely as their other family members. Paying close attention to the social-emotional development of young children is critical, now more than ever. So today we’re bringing you some simple but effective things you can do to strengthen social-emotional skills and help children build confidence, cope with big emotions, and manage stress and worry.

Whether you’re a parent or an early childhood educator, you’ll find some good tips here for supporting early social-emotional development. For more in-depth guidance and practical strategies, check out the books referenced at the end of the post.

Public Displays of Disaster:

What to Do When Your Child Loses It Outside the Home

Click here to learn ideas for ways to handle these stressful situations in a way that helps parents maintain control and respond effectively.

Cooking with Kids

The kitchen can be a fascinating place for young kids. They see grown-ups working briskly in there, watch the steam rise from pots on the stove, and smell what's on the menu that night. Even older kids might be intrigued by how baked goods and meals come together. It isn't always convenient to invite them into the kitchen to help, but consider doing so when time allows. Read more here.

Meaningful Art Projects Parents Can Fit Into a Busy Day

Art projects offer children and families many benefits. Child development and pediatrics experts agree that even short spurts of creative time greatly impact social, cognitive, and emotional development of children in their earliest formal years and create long-lasting memories. It’s important to remember that a meaningful art project doesn’t need to take a lot of parent preparation time.

Here are a few tips to help busy families engage in meaningful art projects.

How to Finger Knit: Give those small muscles the workout they need!



If you’re wondering why your 4-year-old can’t sit still, just remember that they have over 600 muscles that need daily exercise! While active, full body play is essential for big muscles, don’t forget fine motor activities to give their small muscles a workout too.

Finger knitting is a fantastic, and addictive, activity for preschoolers. It builds dexterity and strength in those small muscles which control the hand, fingers, and thumb—all critical for later writing skills. Finger knitting also encourages eye-hand coordination, concentration, and perseverance—all equally important for children’s development. (Interestingly enough, when a child is fully engaging their small muscles, their large muscles relax and they actually can sit still!)


Do you know how to finger knit? Here are simple instructions and a catchy little song that make it fun and easy. All you need is a small ball of yarn.