- *new* Pathways to Success: WIOA Youth Employment Program (only able to enroll out-of-school youth at this time)
- Get the latest news from the CDC regarding school and childcare
- P-EBT is a new emergency program for ALL children in grades K-12, who receive free or reduced-price school meals. P-EBT is not subject to public charge and will not affect your immigration status. P-EBT provides families with funds to pay the cost of meals while schools are closed due to COVID-19. If your family receives Basic Food through DSHS and your children receive free or reduced-price school meals, you do not need to apply for P-EBT. https://www.washingtonconnection.org/home/
- You will automatically receive these one-time benefits on your EBT card. Check with your school district to find out if you need to apply for free or reduced-price school meals so your family can receive P-EBT funds.
- You will need to apply for P-EBT if your children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals but do not receive Basic Food benefits.
- The P-EBT application will be available on June 28
- Summer Fun
- as you are considering your plans for the summer, the keys to COVID-free summer fun
- Guidelines on how to talk to children about COVID-19
- From the National Association of School Psychologists
- Advice on how to talk to your children about COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s general principles for talking to children
- WA State Department of Children, Youth & Families
- Caring for Your Family During COVID-19
- WA State Department of Health Guidance (PDF)
- Pregnancy, Birth, and Caring for Your Baby with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
WIC: Supplemental Nutrition Program Income eligible pregnant/breastfeeding.postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5 years old, can apply for food benefits via phone. During this difficult time, more families are becoming income eligible and may find this a useful resource for supplemental food, breastfeeding support and health referrals. All services provided by phone, by appointment. Call 360-385-9400 for an appointment.
- Updated COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations: Implications for child care
- WA State Department of Health Childcare Resources & Recommendations
CTF Alliance (Children’s Trust Fund Alliance)
- For 30 years, the Alliance has been a national leader in strengthening families and working across the social ecology to prevent child abuse and neglect. Our collective goal is for children to be safe, healthy and raised in nurturing families and communities.
Resources for Children and Families Regarding COVID-19 https://jumpingmouse.org/resources-for-children-and-families-due-to-covid-19/
As COVID-19 spikes among young adults, research shows vaping is associated with catching COVID. Recent state data show adults ages 20 to 39 represent a higher percentage of coronavirus cases than any other age group in the state. This comes as vaping among teens and young adults in our state has also skyrocketed, with nearly 30 percent of high school seniors saying they use vapor products. A new study shows young people who reported ever having used e-cigarettes were five times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than non-users.
Teens and young adults who want to quit vaping or smoking can get access to several resources in Washington state. In January, the state Department of Health (DOH) began offering This is Quitting, from Truth Initiative. This first of its kind, free teen-friendly texting program for quitting vaping, was created with input from teens and young adults who attempted or succeeded in quitting e-cigarettes. This is Quitting is tailored by age group to give supportive text messages and information about quitting vaping. To enroll, teens and young adults can text VAPEFREEWA to 88709. Read the full news release here.
Zero to Three
Learning at Home
- Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics: Kids’ Zone
- Department of Energy: Games and Activities; Virtual Field Trips to National Energy Labs
- Environmental Protection Agency: Games, Quizzes, and Videos about the Environment
- The Library of Congress: Presentations and Activities to Help Students Learn about History
- NASA: Interactive Lessons about Space, Earth, Solar System and Universe; Lessons from Astronauts about Living in Space; STEM Activities for Students of All Ages
- The Kennedy Center: Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems; Tour the Kennedy Center with The Pigeon
- The Smithsonian: Free Smithsonian STEM Games and Simulations; Meet the Animals of the National Zoo; 3D Exhibits and Virtual Tours; Smithsonian Magazine Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit; The Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour; Digital Smithsonian American Art Museum; Distance Learning Resources
- NOAA: Use Real-Time Ocean Data to Explore the Environment
- USGS: Learn from Home About Physical science, Geography and Maps
- Department of Health’s Decision Tree framework regarding resuming learning in public and private K-12 schools, and Gov. Inslee’s announcement of the plan. (Aug. 5, 2020)
- Summer and fall guidance for schools (see the “Schools and Childcare” section of DOH’s resource page)
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction COVID-19 guidance & resources for K-12 public schools
- Guidance for graduation ceremonies during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- The Washington State Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds resources to help parents make a plan for teaching at home.