Strengthening Families Newsletter

Highlights from the Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham

DADS & DISCOVERIES THIS SATURDAY AT 10AM

February 2, 2021

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DADS & DISCOVERIES RESUMES SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH 10:00 AM

It's February, time to resume the monthly Dads & Discoveries on the first Saturday of the month. A time for dads to enjoy special time with their children. Of course the whole family is welcome to join us for a story, music, movement, and more. Think Snow and Science Experiment for our first gathering. Sign Up to receive a Zoom link by completing the Registration Form. Afterwards you will receive an email with what you may need. If you would like to read a favorite story or lead an activity, email us at jdehaven@framingham.k12.ma.us We love when parents take the lead!
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STILL TIME TO JOIN THE WINTER SESSION. SIGN UP TODAY!

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IT'S ALL ABOUT STREAM! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

As we begin 2021, our learning will focus on Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math (STREAM), and yes it is very real and very important to understand that the learning of these concepts start early. Children are mesmerized by the cause and effect of simple experiments and creations made from everyday experiences. We will test basic concepts of snow melting, what objects float or sink, and fulfilling our imagination with a box. After all,, anything is possible!


What is STREAM?

STREAM Education is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. In layman’s terms, children are encouraged to use their hands to explore, ask questions, and to think and talk about what they are doing. We will use recycled materials, household items, and tools. We add an "R" for reading together, a primary focus that is integrated into our routine with stories, songs, movement, and more! Finally, family education information will be provided to describe activities that we plan to complete in groups, as well as suggested activities that you can try at home. Hope you will join us! Register here!


We love when parents take the lead! If you would like to share a favorite story or activity, email us at: jdehaven@framingham.k12.ma.us


For more prerecorded and engaging early learning programs, visit the Early Childhood Alliance virtual program page located on the ECAF website. Click here for quick, easy, and direct access!

CLASS SCHEDULE & SIGN UP INFORMATION!

Play, Learn, and Grow Together Program Schedule

Sign up today for one or more of the "Play, Learn, and Grow Together" programs. Below complete the Registration Form, Early Literacy Survey, and ASQ. Once registered, you will receive your ZOOM invite with the link to attend a weekly group of your choice. Receive a gift when you have strong participation in the groups!

PLAY, LEARN, AND GROW TOGETHER WITH GRACIE - NEW AFTERNOON TIME TUESDAYS 3:45 PM

This group is play-based learning that has something for every young learner. We will imagine, create, sing, and read with the intent of enhancing the 5 domains of child development -- communication, gross and fine motor, problem-solving, and personal-social skills. All ages welcome! Time subject to change.

LET'S GO TO KINDERGARTEN WITH JEANETTE - WEDNESDAYS AT 12:00

This group is geared toward the family with a 3-5 year old who wants to learn school readiness skills prior to entering a formal early childhood education program such as child care or Kindergarten. We will explore early literacy skills, science, technology, engineering, art, math (STEAM), and social emotional learning. Time subject to change.

PJ FAMILY STORYTIME - THURSDAYS AT 6:00 PM

Join us as we share our bedtime routine together with a story, family activity, calming music, and relaxation exercises to get us ready for going to bed. Hope to see you Thursday evenings! All ages welcome! Time subject to change.

BABY TALK/PARENT CHAT WITH JANE & GAYLE - FRIDAYS AT 1:00 AM

A special time for you and/or your baby to meet other parents with or without your infant (birth-9 months old) or school age children. Each week we will share information about common hot topics. If your infant or other children join us, we will sing songs and read a story together. Resources, support, and self care is the intent of this group as well as having some fun. We all know the new virtual world is a challenge where we as parents are trying our best to balance the remote responsibilities of school and work. This family support and education group is an opportunity to form new friendships, gain peer to peer support, and have some fun. Many friendships are often born out of this group. Sign up required to gain access to join the LIVE ZOOM group. Time subject to change. If interested, email Jane at jdehaven@framingham.k12.ma.us

THE ECAF PARENTING JOURNEY SERIES: A PRERECORDED FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM

We will try to offer a road map stopping and exploring common grounds, celebrating developmental milestones, sharing inevitable pitfalls, and refueling with the energy that keeps us moving. These sources or tools advance our knowledge and provide us with more information allowing us to anticipate what may be ahead and plan our travels into Parenthood and Early Education accordingly. Let’s call it a guidebook that leads us through the parenting journey , not alone, but together as the journey can sometimes be lonely and it is always more fun when we have others join us, and, it’s easier to reach our destination safely. No matter how many stops or bumps along the way, we aim to ensure future opportunities for successful excursions.

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR 1ST STOP ON OUR ROADTRIP: DIALOGIC READING

PEER & CROWD TIP SHEETS

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE IN THE PARENTCHILD+ PROGRAM! CONTACT US TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION!


Did you know Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham (ECAF) is the home for your local ParentChild+ program? Our program offers virtual visits for families with young children age 16 months to 36 months right here in Framingham for two years! The ParentChild+ Program will help your family in your role as your child's first and most important teacher. Our Early Learning Specialists share fun ways to help your child learn at home with free books and toys! We envision a world where every child enters school ready to succeed because every parent has the knowledge, skills, and resources to build school readiness where it starts: the home!


Throughout the 23 week school year, an Early Learning Specialist brings each week a gift of a high quality educational toy and book for your child to keep. Visits are 30 minutes long twice a week and can be scheduled at your convenience, day or early evening. You'll learn creative ways to read and play with your child and become actively involved in your child's education. We work together to ensure language isn't a barrier. There is NO COST!


So if you are a family who lives in Framingham with a child 16-36 months or know someone who you think may be interested, contact us at 508-782-6932 or email jdehaven@framingham.k12.ma.us for more information.


To learn more about the internationally recognized home visitation program, CLICK HERE!

FAMILY EDUCATION

You are invited to complete the AGES & STAGES PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE to learn more about your child's development. A great time to observe and reflect what your child is doing at different ages and learn about each stage. After you complete the questionnaire, we will review the information about your child's development with you, share handouts to further enhance their growth, and provide you with a copy of the completed questionnaire.

BILINGUAL STORY TIME AND ACTIVITIES

Join us for prerecorded programs with Mae, Maya, and Mateo from Raising Emerging Bilinguals where not only is there a storytime in Spanish, but important conversations shared in Mae's blog. Additionally, Vera delights us with stories read in Portuguese. So much culture shared in these short storytimes. Our friends who provide bilingual opportunities enrich the joy of reading for all young children. If you would like to share a story or activity in your home language, send us a link.


Raising Emerging Bilinguals Thank you Mae, Maya, and Mateo for sharing stories and important conversations with the ECAF family!



Storytime with Vera


  • STORY TIME IN PORTUGUESE - "Vamos à caça de um Urso" (We're Going On a Bear Hunt)
  • STORY TIME IN PORTUGUESE - "O Sapo Vai ao Médico"

FRAMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS & MORE

Visit Framingham Public Library's website and learn more about children and adult offerings.

WGBH FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES & MORE

WGBH has an array of learning resources for the 3-8 year old. Click below to enjoy these educational programs.
WGBH Family Fun Activities and More

FEDERATION FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (FCSN)

A great resource for families who have questions and need help and assistance navigating transitions, rights, special education placements, Individual Educational Plans, and more. Click here for additional information

OUTDOOR RX

Outdoor RX offers families programs that involve nature and education using your natural environment. Click the picture and see more information about their programs.

Virtual Program 1: Bark Rubbing

Virtual Program 2: Nature Bracelets
More Comprehensive Resources.from Outdoor RX and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Resource Guide For Early Childhood 2020 Edition

The ECAF 2020 updated The ECAF Resource Guide For Early Childhood has been updated and is now available. This guide is comprehensive and filled with information on understanding how to find the type of early childhood program that is a good match for your family and provides a listing of Framingham area programs. In addition, included in the booklet is a map of the Framingham Public Schools, a listing of school contact information, and helpful tips for getting ready for school. There is a listing of parks, and an extensive list of helpful community resources. A quick click here will take you to this useful guide that comes in three languages and is conveniently located on the ECAF website.

RESOURCES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS INCLUDING FOOD SECURITY AND OTHER EMERGENCY RESOURCES

ABOUT THE VIRTUAL HOME

The Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham (ECAF) has created virtual Play, Learn, and Grow Together programs for you to enjoy at home. Each week we will focus on a theme and create a Play, Learn, and Grow Together experience over the course of 2 - 3 videos. In addition, we will share other familiar programs that will include: PJ Family Story Hour. Let's Go to Kindergarten, Baby Talk, and more. We hope these videos will provide your family with ways to come together through literacy.


We will also share other links to programs, resources, and tips to help you navigate your daily routine. You can access the videos and resources in the following places:

  • ECAF Email Communications
  • ECAF Strengthening Families E-Newsletter
  • ECAF Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham Facebook Page
  • ECAF Live with The Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham Facebook Group
  • ECAF website
  • ECAF Twitter
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