During these unprecedented times, we recognize all that you’re doing to serve the children and families in your communities. We know that you’re also doing all you can to support your staff. With uncertainty about school openings, summer is a key time to catch kids up and keep them learning. But, what are the best ways to do this? We’ve compiled some resources to help.
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We are gathering information on how COVID-19 is impacting local programming, especially as we prepare for summer learning. We want to know what resources you need to feel supported during this trying time. By connecting similar programs with one another and sharing resources, we hope to provide much needed programmatic support so each of you can focus on supporting the children, youth and families you serve. Please take a few moments to complete this brief survey. Take the Survey Now
SUMMER & AFTERSCHOOL CURRICULA, TOOLS, & REMOTE LEARNING
New FREE App for Afterschool & Summer Programs: Mizzen by Mott is a new app built with and for afterschool professionals to provide engaging learning content and tools. More 1,000 pieces of content from jazz to making comics, entrepreneurship, and more. Also includes features like scheduling and messaging to support your planning, coordination and communications.
Summer Learning & Virtual Programming: Check out the National Summer Learning Association list of curricula, resources, and tools for summer programming. Looking for something more local? Our partners at Prime Time Palm Beach County has a list of Virtual Out-of-School Time Resources including professional development and general operations.
Distance Learning Tools for staying connected to students during COVID-19: Afterschool Alliance highlights distance learning tools like ClassDojo, Google hang outs, Zoom, Minecraft and more.
PBS Learning: Find tutorials on how to make the most of PBS LearningMedia. Our library of classroom-ready materials is organized by subject area, topic, and grade level, and aligned to state and national curriculum standards. Visit the PBS Teachers Lounge for more info on virtual PD opportunities, blogs, trending topics, and ideas to support your virtual teaching.
As pioneers in technology-based educational supports, the University of Florida Lastinger Center has a suite of free and readily available online resources available during these unprecedented times.
KQED Teach offers a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on Digital Media. Educators can build skills in digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use to support all curriculum areas.
NASA offers lots of educational resources for teachers, informal educators and families.
The Florida Department of Education has compiled free learning resources for teachers and families here.
GENERAL RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS
Afterschool Alliance COVID-19 Resources
National Summer Learning COVID-19 Resources
Summer Meals Programs for Florida: find resources for families, schools, and youth program providers: https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1710
CDC Guidelines & Summer Camps: The American Camp Association (ACA) is working with the YMCA of the USA to develop a Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020 that will provide camp directors and staff with a practical guide and tool kit to implement recommendations provided by the CDC in relation to risk reduction at camps.
Leveraging Findings from OST Research and Practice to Lessen COVID-19 Learning Gaps: A newly released report from Bellexcel and SCRI highlights what happens when kids are not in school and identifies best practices for families, schools, educators, and youth programs to respond effectively to COVID-19–related school closures