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June 2020 Newsletter of the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)

If you’re looking for a way to get in shape and get involved in the community, we’ve got you covered. Here are five reasons to run for a charity this summer.

Like any other muscle, a brain needs to be exercised, stretched and challenged to stay strong. Check out these cool tricks you can practice to exercise your brain and build mental muscle.

Nat Geo's got you covered. Check out these 12 activities to entertain and educate your kids. For even more inspiration, visit NatGeo@Home.

Natural Resources is a free, one-way listserv that is distributed monthly. Each issue features high quality, readily available, and free resources on a specific topic related to children from birth through Grade 3, their families, and the professionals and systems that serve and support them.
Resources in both Spanish and English are highlighted in yellow. Natural Resources is compiled and distributed by Camille Catlett, and past issues are archived at https://scriptnc.fpg.unc.edu/natural-resources-monthly-newsletter To subscribe or unsubscribe, suggest resources, or get more information, please contact Camille Catlett at camille.catlett@unc.edu

Caring for animals is an important part of living an altruistic lifestyle. Today we explore how you can live more altruistically with the animals in your day-to-day life.

If you try to live altruistically, then combating your own loneliness can play a vital role in how you serve others. Here’s how to fight loneliness while still regarding social distancing.

There are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resilience regardless of the situation they are dealing with. These tools include recognizing emotions and taking responsibility for your feelings, finding the positives even in adversity or loss, connecting with others, eliminating unhealthy influences and creating healthy routines to take care of yourself. It is important for both adults and children to recognize emotions and understand their feelings. When school aged children are taught about emotions for only 20-30 minutes/week, both their social behavior and school performance improve

Cover letter and learning packet materials for students (and families) of Trinity Preschool for May 4, 2020.

Cover letter and learning packet materials for students (and families) of Trinity Preschool for May 11, 2020.

Tips to builds your resilience

Stepping Stones to Milestones: Empowering parents to be their child’s first teacher
After seeing the popularity of The Library’s Born to Read program for infants to 18 months, staff started looking at how they could help parents even more.

The answer is “Stepping Stones to Milestones,’’ which combines library programs with activities that parents can do at home, with explanations of how they promote development in the crucial early years of life.

When things are busy, wellness often takes a backseat to our presumed priorities. Check out a few ways to bring your personal health back to the forefront of your life.

Fun activities, aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards, to help prepare children for school success!

THE APRIL 2020 NEWSLETTER FOR FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDATION FOR ENHANCING COMMUNITIES
There is a lot of uncertainty in our world right now, and during this unprecedented time in our lives, many of us are looking for a way to help. As your community foundation, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities has served the Capital region for 100 years, facilitating philanthropic initiatives and supporting our community through the good times and bad. We're fortunate enough to have the opportunity to support the region now, when it is needed most. Together, we can make a difference in the health of our communities.

Volunteering and serving doesn’t have to be challenging when you use your talents to support others. Identify your talents, ask for support and find an organization where you can use your strengths to give back.

Parents are on the frontlines for developing self-worth in their children. And yet, the power and importance of a parent’s connectedness to their child is often underestimated. According to attachment gurus like Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Bruce Perry, secure attachments are instrumental in building self-esteem and worth. Conveying to your child that she is precious, giving her a voice, and sharing fun experiences with her are just the beginning of creating a foundation for self-esteem. It is important to understand that as children develop, they will continue to test parents. But what they desperately need is a safe adult who will be attuned to their needs and emotionally present for them.

If you want to get involved this International Pay It Forward Day, check out these quarantine-friendly ways to pay it forward.

Everyone can help support a child’s healthy development (and it may even help relieve your stress!). Just a few minutes and some simple, free activities can make a difference.

These books inspire the altruistic lifestyle and show anyone can make an impact on the world. Let’s explore each of them more in depth.

A Dauphin County nonprofit will be holding a free Easter giveaway on Thursday in Harrisburg.

Library Resource for Parents and Students

Poetry is a cultural art form that combines both the beauty of literature and an artistic sense of musicality. Here are a few ways to get involved this National Poetry Month.

In an effort to give our students continued opportunities to learn from home, we've come up with a schedule of classes for the week of Monday, April 6th. Attached you will find the full schedule with descriptions of content. This schedule will repeat each week until the end of the school year. A packet with all needed learning materials for these sessions as well as detailed directions will be mailed out today, Saturday, April 4th. If for some reason you don't receive your packet in time, or your child is unable to complete the course material before the zoom sessions, no worries-all students are welcome to participate regardless of material completion.

Despite the Coronavirus, Trinity Preschool continues to serve students and families.

The PA Early Ed News is a project of the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning, and the PA Departments of Education and Human Services to inform early learning professionals, the early childhood community, policymakers, community leaders and the public on developments in early childhood education and care in Pennsylvania.

Governor Tom Wolf announced the Closure of All Businesses That Are Not Life-
Sustaining on March 19, 2020, and child care is not considered life-sustaining on the
list. Child cares have been asked to remain closed until the Governor lifts the order but
child care is still available for life-sustaining personnel.

Meditation is powerful. If you’re still unsure whether or not the practice is worth trying, check out these top benefits of meditation and consider how they can help improve your life.

When bad things happen, how do we act individually, and how can we come together as a society? How can we be kind in times of darkness?

Trinity Preschool Teachers have put together a number of resources to use over the "break",
starting with educational resources and continuing with information on ways to obtain
food and internet service.

Whether it’s a few hours or a long commitment, volunteering not only supports those around you but positively influences you as well.

Students from Trinity Preschool visited Hershey’s Chocolate World on Friday, March 6. They toured, tasted and learned how chocolate is made and where all the ingredients come from.

Living a full and altruistic life is about more than just doing your best. It’s about sharing your best with others around you and connecting with them through our inherent need to tell stories.

Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. This year special volunteers read to the students of Trinity Preschool and enjoyed a breakfast of Green Eggs and Ham (and pancakes, juice and fresh fruit).

On Friday, February 28 students from Trinity Preschool visited Wildwood Park near the campus of the Harrisburg Area Community College. The students enjoyed the countless species of flora and fauna natural to our area and the rambling trails around the lake that abounds with wildlife.

Our words are powerful and should be handled with respect. Because they can impact others, choose yours wisely with these helpful tips.

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How can we be kind in times of darkness? Today we’re going to talk about just that, and how we can continue to live altruistically when facing heart-wrenching times.

Singing with others has numerous health benefits for your body and mind. Here are a few ways to be healthier and happier with music in your life.

For centuries, people have been preaching the benefits of meditation. Keep reading to learn about some of the best advantages you’ll receive from meditation.

The Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program at the City of Harrisburg – Department of Building and Housing Development offers assistance to low and moderate- income families, as well as Rental Property Owners, in making their homes lead-safe for children.
See the English or Spanish version of the application for eligibility details at https://cityofharrisburg.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/222169348

We're here to tell you all about the benefits reading can bring, besides knowledge and entertainment.

With just a month left of summer, it’s time to take advantage of all it has to offer. Here are some ways to celebrate sunshine season while it's still here.

If you have something or some time to give, consider doing so today. Here’s a list of easy ways you can give something away today.

Farmers markets have so much more to offer than just the sights and smells. The following is a list of just a few reasons you should visit your local farmers market this summer.

Most kids value success and achievement more than caring for others, according to Harvard's Making Caring Common project. Who is to blame? We are.

Are humans born kind?

We both assumed, as parents of young children, that kindness is just something our kids would pick up by osmosis, because we love them. It's a common assumption.

What do math, kindness, and self-regulation have in common? They're ingredients to raising an awesome kid.

Kellie Gillespie is in her early 40s. She lives in London. And until a couple of years ago, she was basically an ordinary person.

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