YWCA Parent Resource
Hello all Children’s Alley families!
We thought it would be best to stay connected during this hectic time. Many of us are facing difficulties and uncertainty, and all with kids at home for longer periods than normal with the closure of schools and child care centers. We are here to help with inspiration, activity ideas and parenting tips, and hope this weekly email can provide a brief time to come together and uplift our neighbors, friends, and community!
We’ll look forward to connecting with you with health and wellness inspirations, recipes, and activities to get your family and yourself moving. Let’s stay present and stay positive!
Parent Resource, March 30, 2020 – YWCA Virtual Activity (Singing songs with Karla Canales), Personal Check-In, Daily Routine, Staying Active Ideas, Nap Time Song, Art and Sensory Time, Make Playdough at Home, Stories and Songs, Fruit and Vegetable of the Week, Recipe of the Week (Vegan Tofu Stir Fry), Additional Resources, and Contact Us
Parent Resource, April 6, 2020 – YWCA Virtual Activity (Cook’s Corner with Carter and Tori), Coping with COVID-19 for Families, Domestic Violence Resources, Activities and Games, Nap Time, Art Time, Music and Songs, Fruit and Vegetable of the Week, Recipe of the Week (Roasted Lemon Parmesan Garlic Asparagus), Additional Resources, and We want to hear from YOU
Parent Resource, April 20, 2020 – Cook’s Corner with Carter and Tori – Sweet Spinach Muffins, Nurturing You Child’s Mental Health During Social Distancing, Make “Me Time” Part of the Schedule, Infant Activity, Toddler Activity, Preschool Activity and Introducing the YWCA Pre-K Virtual Classroom, Veggie of the Week, Recipe of the Week – Sweet Spinach Muffins, Remember our Preschool Garden from Last Year, and Additional Resources
Parent Resource, May 4, 2020 – Cook’s Corner with Carter andTori – Power Gold Smoothie, Mental Health Corner, Infant Activity, Toddler Activity, Pre-School Activity and Pre-K Virtual Classroom, Fruit & Veggie of the Week, Recipe of the Week – Whole Wheat Pancakes, Education Materials from Growing Gardens, and Domestic Violence Resources
Parent Resource, May 18, 2020 – YWCA Virtual Activity (Ms. Griffin reads The Gruffalo), Mental Health Corner, Tip of the Week, Infant Activity, Toddler Activity, Pre-School Activity and Pre-K Virtual Classroom, Fruit & Veggie of the Week, Recipe of the Week – Confetti Stuffed Bell Peppers, Education Materials from Growing Gardens, and Domestic Violence Resources
YWCA Virtual Activities
YWCA Boulder County is dedicated to supporting parents and families. As we all deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, the YWCA will begin providing virtual activities and learning opportunities from our Children’s Alley teachers.
Visit our YWCA Boulder County Youtube Channel for all the great videos from our Children’s Alley teachers!
Introducing the YWCA Pre-K Virtual Classroom
Domestic Violence Resources
For some in our community, staying home is also not safe.
This is a stressful time for all of us. The uncertainty created by the COVID-19 public health emergency combined with social isolation, reduced access to employment and food, and in some cases lack of child care, is difficult for many families and individuals to endure. Please reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors by phone or video during this time, and help ensure they feel supported.
We also recognize that for some families and individuals, the difficulties are too much to handle. The Boulder County Abuse and Neglect Hotline is available 24 hours a day, every day, at 303-441-1309.
Boulder County responds to concerns around potential abuse and neglect by working with families and individuals to understand their challenges and -in many cases- connecting them with supports they may need. The safety of children and at-risk adults is a top priority. Anyone witnessing a child or at-risk adult in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.
Here are some tips from SPAN: Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence:
If a friend or a neighbor is in trouble, what can you do?
• Help them plan where they (and the children), could go in an emergency or if they decide to leave.
• Agree on a code word or signal they can use to let you know they need help.
• Help them prepare an excuse so they can leave quickly if they feel threatened.
• Find out about how the police can protect them, and if calling the police is an option.
• Help them prepare an “escape bag” and hide it in a safe place. If they leave, they will need money, keys, clothes, bank cards, driver’s licence, social security documents, property deeds, medication, birth certificates, passport and any other important documents.
• Think if it is safe to help interrupt an episode of violence, create a code so you can knock on the door.
• If they decide to stay they may need to think about other ways to protect themselves and the children from further violence.
***Be careful. Don’t place yourself in a position where the person who is being abusive could harm or manipulate you. Don’t try to intervene directly if you witness a person being assaulted – call the police instead.***
24-Hour Crisis Line: 303-444-2424
There are so many great resources out there. Here are a couple to check out:
- Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) and Saint Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) are offering free meals for all children between the ages of 0 and 18. For a list of locations, visit https://www.cde.state.co.us/nutrition/nutriemergencyfeeding or text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877.
- Fruit & Veg Boulder is available to individuals and families who live in the City of Boulder and earn too much to get SNAP benefits, but could use help covering the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables. Get more info and apply online – www.boco.org/Fruit&Veg.
- SNAP, WIC, and Fruit & Veg participants are able to order a box of food, valued at $20 from the Boulder County Farmers Market (see attached flyer).
Meditation and mindfulness tips for coping with the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles Times
Coronavirus Sanity Guide (FREE) from Ten Percent Happier
Coping with COVID-19: Series for Families
“Kidlutions: Solution for Kids” is a great blog with parenting tips on a variety of subjects. They have a great new series on Coping with COVID-19 and will be publishing additional episodes in the coming weeks.
They will share links to their latest’s posts as they become available. So far, they have these articles:
Supporting Families during COVID-19: Articles on discipline and behavior, managing anxiety, dealing with loss, daily parenting tips, and coping with the virus:
Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Learning computer science when schools are closed from Code.org
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
How to entertain kids during the extended break from Denverite
Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak from the World Health Organization
Virtual Field Trips from Discovery Education
NOVA Labs from PBS
Scholastic Learn at Home from Scholastic
How to Calm Your Child’s Coronavirus Anxiety from Children’s Hospital Colorado
Free Remote Learning Opportunities & Information from America Succeeds
How are YOU?
Parenting can be stressful and these are even more stressful times. It can seem impossible to find time, but try be intentional about making time to check-in with yourself and dedicate time to self-care.
Do what you can to get enough sleep, eat healthy, drink plenty of water, get outside, exercise, have fun and be kind to yourself. And acknowledge that these are tough times and we are all doing the best we can. It is okay not to be perfect!
Make “Me Time” Part of the Schedule
Mental Health Corner
- Teach them how they can keep themselves safe, and the things you are doing to keep your family safe. When they understand why people are wearing gloves, masks, and why we are all washing our hands every five minutes, it makes these changes less foreign, and easier to accept.
- Have scheduled family time. This can help those caregivers who are still working/going to school with balancing these things and time with the kids. It lets them know they are still a priority, and will get their one-on-one time even if it’s not right this moment.
- View their behavior as a window to their needs and feelings. Try to remember they are experiencing this time of adversity right along with us, and it’s probably even harder for them to comprehend.
- Make active play and outside time a priority.
- Share your feelings with them, and validate theirs.
- Model healthy behavior. Do this with nutritious meal choices, staying active, and keeping your hands clean and yourself safe.
- Be truthful with them about what’s going on, try to stay calm and focus on positivity around you.
- Be consistent! Having at least a loose daily schedule is just as important for young children as it is for school age kids. Make a schedule together and do your best to stick with it, knowing what to expect and what is going to come next will help them feel relaxed and safe in their home.
- Practice relaxation exercises together! Breathing techniques, meditation, even just self-guided quiet time – they may surprise you with how much they enjoy these activities!
- Set and respect boundaries, both for you and for them.
- Try to remain present!
You probably already have a daily routine of some kind with your family. Now is the time to really be diligent about sticking to that routine to create structure in your daily lives. Children need predictability and routine, especially during tough times.
Especially if you are also juggling working from home during this time, a daily schedule that everyone is familiar with and helps to follow will be grounding to children of all ages.
We want to hear from YOU!
If you have questions or concerns and/or would like to request specific topics or recommend ideas, please contact Tori Anderson at Tori@ywcaboulder.org.
We are here to help!
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Thank YOU for your support!
As a nonprofit, our work would not be possible without the support of passionate individuals and businesses like you, who support our programs and services.
If you can, please consider making a donation in whatever amount you are able. Your donation is tax-deductible and eligible for the Colorado Childcare Contribution Tax Credit. Together, we will weather these difficult times and continue our work to provide affordable, high-quality child care for our community.