As children and youth are now learning virtually amid COVID-19, Prime Time Palm Beach County is working on providing out-of-school time practitioners the resources they need to continue their professional development and self-care. Prime Time is offering trainings to local practitioners who are not getting paid to help them during this time. In addition, Prime Time is working with our local content expert providers so practitioners and families have access to at-home, hands-on learning activities outside of their daily school work.
Prime Time will update this webpage with updates regarding OST programs, Prime Time events, trainings and more.
Financial Resources Available to Afterschool Practitioners
Afterschool Practitioners Who Attend Virtual Trainings will Qualify for Stipends
Prime Time Palm Beach County is offering OST practitioners, specifically front line staff, a $45 stipend for each three-hour professional development training that is completed..
The federal government is allowing states to change their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Reimbursement of Lost Revenue
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief and Recovery application process will provide assistance to nonprofit organizations locally.
Student Loan Payment Suspension
Student loan borrowers will be able to suspend their federal student loan payments without penalty and without accruing interest for at least 60 days
The Afterschool Field
Reach out to Congress
The rapid changes occurring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting afterschool program providers and the families and students they serve. Reach out to Congress today to share the impact of COVID-19 on the afterschool and summer programs in our community.
Considerations for the Afterschool Field
The Afterschool Alliance has put together a list of considerations the afterschool field should consider during the outbreak of COVID-19.
Prime Time Resources
SEVEN-DAY SELF-CARE CHALLENGE
Feeling anxious or worried? Feeling a loss of control amid COVID-19? Prime Time is offering tools to bring you back to center.
The Seven-Day Self-Care Challenge is a virtual on-demand offering designed to provide basic practice tools that can help us cultivate awareness, self-care, and resilience, particularly during challenging times.
NEW BLOG: Navigate Anxiety Caused by the Coronavirus Outbreak
Written by Knellee Bisram, SEL Specialist and Mindfulness Teacher, Prime Time Palm Beach County
These are challenging times… In a recent New York Times article, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Judson Brewer describes how the fear and anxiety caused by the Coronavirus outbreak can produce stress. He explains that...
Prime Time Events
It's Your Earth Day, previously scheduled for April 15, 2020, has been canceled.
Prime Time's Afterschool Symposium previously scheduled for 14-15, 2020, has been rescheduled for September 24-25, 2020.
Afterschool Programs Remaining Open to Public
Resources for Families
Expanded Learning Opportunities
Prime Time strives to provide children and youth with a wide range of hands-on learning experiences. In partnership with local content expert organizations, Prime Time is offering resources from our partners to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2018-2019, Prime Time offered more than 30,000 children and youth access to expanded learning opportunities.
FLIPANY has been activated by the state to support sites who are not located on school property – to distribute meals to kids in a Grab N Go style to prevent congregation. Their staff is ready to staff a location from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and hand out meals to take home for each child who walks / bikes or arrives by car.
School Food Services will be offering nutritionally-balanced ‘Grab and Go’ meals at 30 school locations* around the District. The meals will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are FREE to anyone under 18 years of age, regardless of financial need.
These bagged meals will be distributed in the parent drop-off areas of the schools and available to those who drive, walk or bike up to collect the food and return home.
Click here for details.
Please be aware that the breakfasts and lunches provided, along with the boxed food for families may contain allergens, and we ask those adults picking up the food to be diligent to ensure they do not take food if allergies may be a concern.
The School District of Palm Beach County has a dedicated Coronavirus website at PalmBeachSchools.org/Coronavirus. A Coronavirus hotline available to answer school-related questions. That hotline is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 561-969-5840. Representatives are available to answer questions in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole.
Food Distribution Sites:
Benoist Farms Elementary
Forest Park Elementary
Hope Centennial Elementary
Indian Pines Elementary
Lake Park Elementary
Lake Worth High School
Lantana Middle School
Limestone Creek Elementary
Olympic Heights High
Osceola Creek Middle
Palm Springs Middle
PB Lakes High
Pine Jog Elementary
Spanish River High
Wellington Landings Middle
Free Counseling Support Helpline During COVID-19 Health Crisis
A bilingual, tollfree, 24-7 helpline is now open for all Floridians - no matter whether they are Florida Blue members or not - to help individuals cope with the stress and anxiety they may be feeling given the COVID-19 public health care crisis. This is in collaboration Florida Blue's partners at New Directions Behavioral Health.
Stay connected with free Xfinity WiFi
As part of Comcast’s nationwide response to Coronavirus, the company is providing Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country to anyone who needs them for free. The company is also offering its Internet Essentials package free for 60 days to new customers. Click here for details.
Helping our communities choose media and tech that can keep children and youth engaged, entertained, and learning is core to our organizational objectives. Whether you have children at home or you need to develop plans to help children learn outside the classroom, here are media recommendations for entertainment provided by Youth Speak Out International:
- Best Music Apps and Games for Kids
- New Kids' TV Shows
- 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12
- Best Family Movies
- Common Sense Selections highlighting the best movies and TV shows
- Sibling Watch-Together TV
- Best Documentaries for Kids and Families
Resources for at-home learning
Tools to help parents and caregivers keep children focused and learning at home.
- EveryParent App by Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County - includes a variety of things to do in Palm Beach County and activities to do at home, if you are looking to avoid large crowds. From outdoor activities like a day at the beach and exploring a nearby park, to indoor activities like virtual museums and e-books,
- STEM Resources
- Evidence-based health, nutrition, and physical education materials
- 17 Apps to Help Kids Stay Focused
- Apps That Act Like Math and Science Tutors for Homework Help
- Free Educational Apps, Games, and Websites
- Top Time-Management Apps
- Curriculum Resources for Special Needs
- Minutephysics -STEAM Youtube chanel
- Ranger Rick - Free digital content from The National Wildlife Federation
- Explore National Parks from Home
- STEM Lessons and Resources from Loggerhead Marinelife Center