The Newark Trust for Education remains committed to providing families with updated resources during the covid-19 pandemic. We will update our website and social media pages with new information and resources as they emerge. Below you'll find five new resources, three pertinent articles and a call to action for the nonprofit community.
COVID-19 FAMILY RESOURCES 03.24.2020
Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from the comfort of home. In this age of technology, so many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. Now more than ever, is it easier to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch. Click here to learn more.
The Newark Board of Education's Breakfast and Lunch Program is available for all students at designated schools from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Student can pick up food at any NPS site nearest to their home. Click here for details.
With schools closing across the nation, parents and educators are in bit of a panic as they try to figure out how kids can learn and obtain their education from home. If this sounds like you, stop stressing. This is going to be super helpful! We have the Entire List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings. Click here to learn more.
Khan Academy provides free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. During school closures you can access daily schedules for students ages 2-18 and remote learning resources. Click here to learn more.
In the wake of Covid-19, since children and families are home, Audible has created stories.audible.com – a place where anyone, anywhere can stream hundreds of titles for kids and families, no strings attached. Audible’s talented editors have handpicked a mix of education, entertainment, classics and general-interest titles in English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Italian. The experience is completely free – no log-ins, credit cards or passwords required. Just click, stream and listen. Click here to get started.
The Newark Board of Education has developed Instructional Packets containing lessons for all students from PreK through high school to ensure continued instruction during an extended school closure. Click here to access school closure packets.
The Newark Public Library is proud to offer a robust selection of core and specialized services to patrons through their web, social media and digital platforms, which are all available FREE with your NPL library card!
Students, parents and teachers can take advantage of live online homework help and writing assistance offered by Brainfuse, which can be found by clicking on the link to Kids Place https://npl.org/kids-place/. Additional educational resources are available through Gale in Context, also found on Kids Place.
And don’t forget, Brainfuse offers opportunities for teen and adult learners. Click here to learn more.
Playworks is eager to announce the Play at Home series to support kids’ healthy movement and play while students are home. For over 24 years Playworks has focused on bringing games and activities to schools, while creating a safe and healthy recess for students. They are committed to responding to the need for continued healthy activities at home through the following free resources: Play at Home Webpage; Play at Home Playbook; and Live Virtual Recess. Click here to learn more.
Project Ready is committed to providing various resources and information for families and community members during this time. Project Ready has pooled information and resources from several government, education, and community organizations and will update the document on an ongoing basis. Click here to access.
Scholastic’s Learn at Home website is a free resource that provides your children with 20 days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children in grades Prek-9 can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with their family. The active learning journeys are available on any device and will provide your child with up to three hours’ worth of exciting learning experiences per day. They can go on virtual field trips, meet best-selling authors, or dig deep into a topic they love. Click here to learn more.
For live help on COVID-19, please call 1-800-222-1222 to speak with healthcare professionals. You can also text your zip code to 898-211 or text NJCOVID to 898-211. *211 is a subsidiary of the United Ways of New Jersey
Dear Support Center Colleagues:
If you have not followed the story closely (and we can well understand why that might be), you should know that a coronavirus stimulus package is well underway. While there is pressure to move quickly, we also need to ensure that our nonprofit organizations and workforce can tap into the same supports as for-profit corporations.
Last week, the charitable non-profit community sent a very strong package of policy solutions that would address the immediate needs of organizations and the people they serve. You can read the letter here. Key provisions that the nonprofit sector is rallying around include: explicit nonprofit eligibility for emergency funding of $60B, improvements to the above-the-line charitable deduction (there is a petition that you can sign onto here) and nonprofit eligibility in small business loan programs (read here).
Writing your senators and representatives is easy; just click those links and find your officeholders. Tweeting is easy too. Go here to find your Senator’s or Representative's Twitter handle.
The message is simple: “I want you to understand what this pandemic is doing to the ability of my non-profit to serve your constituents.” Tell your story. Close with something like, “I urge you to include the policy solutions proposed by the non-profit community in any COVID-19 relief and stimulus legislation.”
-- Keith Timko and the Support Center team
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