General Information

MAY 18 – Information about how to apply for access to Day Care for children of Essential and Returning Workers who do not have other child care options is available at this PEI Department of Education and lIfelong Learning site: Link

You can find out about the PEI Social Distancing Plan here.

The World Heath Organization has a LOT suggestions and guidlines for dealing with COVID-19

The Child Mind Institute has a Video series that they add to twice daily using Facebook Live Video Chat with their experts answering parent Questions regarding issues arising from the Coronavirus situation. This is a great resource to browse through.

A Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development from the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child

How to Talk to Kids About COVID-19, Stress and Related Concerns

This page posted by Anxiety Canada has some good information and advice about how to talk with kids of different ages about COVID-19. It is important to sort out your own concerns and anxieties from those of your child. It is appropriate to share some of your concerns but it is important to listen very carfeully to the question or questions your child is asking as their worries might be simpler than yours (missing their friends, worrying about grandparents, not understanding how protect themselves and others — by handwashing etc.)

Coping with YOUR Stress as a Parent

MAY 18 – This video offers some useful information about Social Emotional Learning which is an important part of school years development and which parents can positviely contibute to. Click This Link

This site: Coping with the Stress of COVID: Survival Tips for Parents and Caregivers has a lot of helpful suggestions and breaks some of them down by the age of the children in your home. Self-care or taking a bit of time each day to look after yourself is ALWAYS an important part of effetive parenting but it is especially important in the present circumstances.

As wonderful as your home might be it is NOT set up for you and your family to live your ENTIRE day-to-day lives in it and it is important to you notice the challenges you are currently trying to cope with. The link below will take you to a short, 20-minute podcast that talks about the challenges parents are facing in light of COVID. The description “With COVID-19, life at home looks drastically different. Parents are wearing multiple hats and being pulled in 100 different directions, with many feeling stretched and overwhelmed. In this special episode, Dr. Ashley Miller, BC Children’s Hospital Psychiatrist and mother of two, shares steps families can take to manage stress and stay emotionally connected while living in close quarters” :  https://keltymentalhealth.ca/podcastcovid19

 

In-Home Play Activities for Children of Different Ages

CHANCES Smart Start and Smart Play program staff have been gathering play activities for their particpating families and making them availalble for their families through Facebook and Class Dojo. Links to some of the suggested activities are below. If you would like to know more about the activities or our programs you can contact us using the AskCHANCES links.

Cosmic Kids provides a series of short, kid friendly yoga and meditation videos. This is a great resource for parents to use a couple of times a day to help children stretch, relax and re-regulate between learning and play activities at home. 

Circle Round Is an NPR Podcast Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR’s Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

Educational Activities in the Home

CHANCES Smart Start and Smart Play program staff have been gathering educational activities for their particpating families and making them availalble for their families through Facebook and Class Dojo. Links to some of the suggested activities are below. If you would like to know more about the activities or our programs you can contact us using the AskCHANCES links.

MAY 18 – PEI Education and Lifelong Learning has posted a number of helpful resource links that support Home Learning that are very nicely organized by grade level and with resources for French Imersion and Core French programs as well. to access these resources Click This Link

MAY 18 – PEI Education and Lifelong Learning has also posted Student and Parent FAQ page on the PEI government website. This page provides updated information to parents about timelines, how to access resources in the community, etc. To Access Click This Link