Strengthening Families Newsletter
Highlights from the Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham
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SEPTEMBER IS THE ANNUAL MEET & GREET
September 12, 2023
HOPE YOU WILL COME VISIT THE EARLY CHILDHOOD ALLIANCE OF FRAMINGHAM (ECAF) EARLY LEARNING ZONE AND MEET THE TEAM. THEN COME TRY A SAMPLE CLASS WITH OUR GROUP FACILITATORS. AND IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT, LET'S COMPLETE AN AGES & STAGES QUESTIONNAIRE. HAVE SOME FUN WITH YOUR CHILD AS YOU ENJOY FREE ACTIVITIES AND SOME TAKE HOME GIFTS!
SEE SCHEDULE BELOW.
We Want To Hear From You!
Open House is the Week of September 18th.
We are awaiting your input before we put out the October -December schedule regarding day, time, group preferences. Please complete the Survey of Interests by clicking here!
Open House Week of September 18th.
A refresher about the Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham (ECAF) and your Local Coordinated Family And Community Engagement program:
Who We Are and What We Offer:
We are looking forward to bringing you new "Play, Learn, and Grow Together" programs this Fall at the library, outside, and at your community center. We also offer the internationally recognized ParentChild+ home visitation program where an early learning specialist collaborates with the parent(s) on ways to promote early literacy and school readiness with their young child. We bring a gift of a book or toy each week to learn new ways to play, learn, and grow together. This program helps prepare the young learner and parent for their first day of school. All programs are free and inclusive!
We also help families access community resources and child care alternatives. We also invite all families to be a part of our Early Childhood Leadership Council, Family Action Team, or Family Ambassador program. Take a look at the very comprehensive Resource Guide for Early Childhood. You will find an abundance of helpful early childhood resources and information right at your fingertips.
Let's get started with a fun filled back to school season for parents and young children in your neighborhood. What do you want? Please complete the Survey of Interests by clicking here! Maybe a Parent and New Baby group? We call this group Baby Talk. Maybe a group focused on Social Emotional skills. We call it the "Me, You, We" group. Maybe the Read and Rise program to learn about your roots and bring your traditions and story to life. And then we have a comming attactraction call Nap Time No More! A group for you and your child who has given up their nap. Finally, if you want to learn more about your child's development you can complete the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). Click here to learn more, or contact us to schedule an appointment.
These are a few examples of activities the Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham (ECAF) provides at various locations. Fun fact, we are part of the Framingham Public Schools offering learning opportunities for you and your child at the earliest point before entering the schools.
If interested, please call, email, or complete the Online Referral Form English - Portuguese - Spanish. Below you can browse the ECAF Resource Guide for Early Childhood in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Click here to go to the ECAF website where all your early childhood information is at your fingertips!
Again, we want to hear from you as we design our program with you and your child in mind.
Please complete the Survey of Interests by clicking here!
Hope to see you in our Early Learning Zone located at the Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington Street in the Children's Department!
Jane and the ECAF Team
Looking for a special individual with a background in parenthood, strong understanding of early childhood development, family education and support to join our team. Bilingual in Spanish and/or Portuguese a plus.
UPCOMING CHILDREN'S LIBRARY EVENTS
CURIOUS TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT?
A GLIMPSE AT THE PARENTCHILD+ HOME VISITING PROGRAM: GETTING SCHOOL READY
INTERESTED 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 home 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 email@example.com for more information.
NEW! We now offer the ParentChild+ Family Child Care Educator Model for caregivers who take care of children in their home. Click here to complete the Family Child Care Interest Form. To learn more about the ParentChild+ Family Child Care Model, click here.
To learn more about the internationally recognized home visitation program, CLICK HERE!
Even More ....
- We have one spot in the the ParentChild+ Home Based Child Care program for those educators/providers caring for children in their home whether licensed for family child care, a foster parent, or a babysitter. A short term program that supports the home based provider, and, the children, and families served in this setting. Free early learning materials, coaching, and more are offered by a seasoned Early Learning Specialist. Start in September and end in November.
- Save the Date: 1st Leadership Council meeting October 25th at 10:00 at the Framingham Public Library. Are you a parent of a young child who would be interested in learning more about the Early Childhood Leadership Council? Contact us and we will connect you to alumni parents who can share their experience on the council or Family Action Team.
The Framingham Public Library has a full September schedule of activities.
Click here to learn more.
Programs are FREE and inclusive!
So many programs at our local library!
Resource Guide For Early Childhood 2023 Edition
AND THERE IS MORE....
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.
BILINGUAL STORY TIME AND ACTIVITIES
Raising Emerging Bilinguals Thank you Mae, Maya, and Mateo for sharing stories and important conversations with the ECAF family!
- Storytime Bilingüe featuring “Baby Teeth/Dientes de bebe”
- Storytime Bilingüe featuring “This Bug Needs a Boat/Esta oruga necesita un barco”
- Storytime Bilingüe featuring “Los bebes aman/ Babies Love”
Storytime with Vera
Framingham Family Resource Center
Early Childhood 101
Preparing for Preschool and Kindergarten!
Did you know you can receive a FREE In Kindergarten Booklet through the Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham or click on this link to read the book online in English, Spanish, or Portuguese? This booklet helps you and your child transition to Kindergarten!
FEDERATION FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (FCSN)
RESOURCES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS INCLUDING FOOD SECURITY AND OTHER EMERGENCY RESOURCES
- A more inclusive list of community resources at your fingertips
- City of Framingham Resources - click the link to access the City of Framingham website. There is helpful information and resources for residents as well as the latest updates on the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
An important creative and family friendly educational message about wearing masks
- Massachusetts Home Visiting Initiative Comprehensive list of resources
- MASS 211 need help call the multilingual hotline 24/7 to access resources at: 1-877-211-6277
- Social Story What Nathan and His Friends Can Do English Spanish Portuguese
- Hello I Am A Virus! A kid-friendly booklet about COVID-19. Author: Manuela Molina Cruz
English - Spanish - Portuguese - Arabic
- Free From Audible Books - Children's Stories