On March 16, 2020, Pierce County Human Services Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs (ECEAP) made the difficult decision to close our seven classrooms across the county in six school districts. Below are updates about how our operations have changed in response to COVID-19 and what we’re doing to support our students and families.
- Education Staff are providing children with activities to do at home. We have ordered ’activity kits’ to distribute to families to support their child’s learning. The children don’t understand why they can’t come to school, so staff began making videos for the children to hear and see familiar faces. Unfortunately, children did not get to say goodbye to teachers and teachers were not able to prepare them for this long break. Creating fun educational videos has proved to be our favorite resource in making the connection between children and teachers. Feedback from the families has been great and children are thrilled to see their teachers. Over 50 videos are currently available on our Human Services playlist. Video topics range from literacy and storytelling to counting and rhyming. Please share this free resource with families and friends who have young ones at home.
- Our Family Support Staff are providing resources to families and connecting with them through email and U.S. mail. Although email is not the most effective for all families, we are being mindful and equitable in developing alternative communication options. We connect families with resources and services if they are in need of food, rental assistance, childcare, educational activities, energy assistance, parenting, and more.
- All ECEAP Staff are planning creatively, using innovative ways to reach children and families. While not being able to interact face-to-face with children and families has been extremely challenging, we are evolving and taking it one day at a time.
Early learning skills are vital to the foundation of a developing young mind. Children need consistency and routine, but in this time of uncertainty, it is more important than ever for them to have some normalcy and familiarity. Providing children with educational YouTube videos allow them to see their teacher and hear familiar stories, activities, and songs that help soothe their soul. Learn more about Pierce County Human Services Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs.