Greetings YDEKC members and friends,
Breath in……….. Breath out………….
As information and guidance shifts daily, it is dizzying and anxiety inducing to make decisions for what’s best for our communities, our organizations, our families and our own behaviors. We hope you and yours are finding the supports you need socially, emotionally and physically during this extremely challenging time. At YDEKC, we are working to put our social and emotional learning focus into practice, approaching each other with gratitude, recognizing our humanity and our holistic needs, and practicing care for ourselves and others. Please watch our facebook page for regular #SEL resources.
As we enter our first full week of responding to all schools being closed in Washington State, Public Health – Seattle and King County has recommended the following guidance about providing child care with a focus on supporting parents who are continuing to provide essential services to our community. Additionally, for families and communities working to support one another, this Public Health guidance shares current thinking on how neighbors, friends and families can support one another in providing child care.
Thank you to those of you who were able to join us and Southeast Seattle Education Coalition on a zoom call last Friday morning specifically to address child care needs in the Seattle and King County region during school closures. You can access the recording of the call here, and find most of the resources that were shared during the call in the sections below. While a more streamlined system will be rolled out within the week, for now, if you are providing child care options, please respond to this simple survey set up by School’s Out Washington about your current operations and needs.
In addition to child care, many school districts are working to provide basic needs and meals to students as for many, school is the best place to ensure their nutritional needs are met. Thanks to United Way for posting this list of where to find meals for students during school closures.
We are working to support the best way to collect resources in one place for you in responding to this crisis. Please let us know if you have suggestions, resources or needs for how we can support you during this time.
In solidarity and service,
Jessica and the YDEKC Team