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

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.
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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.

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

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.