COVID-19 UPDATES and RESOURCES

Page updated: August 11, 2021

Prime Time Palm Beach County COVID-19 Response Statement

As always, the safety of our out-of-school time practitioners, children and families, as well as Prime Time employees, is our top priority.

Our response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to be informed by the guidance of official bodies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose framework for mitigation for our community is based on the level of community transmission of COVID-19. To protect the safety of our staff and others, Prime Time employees are currently not scheduling in-person visits with external stakeholders (i.e. out-of-school time practitioners, funders, partners). Prime Time has pivoted to offer our services and supports through virtual platforms. As we make further decisions based on the state of Palm Beach County and surrounding communities, Prime Time will update this webpage.

Prime Time advises our stakeholders to implement the appropriate protocols to help keep everyone safe. We are taking the necessary steps to evaluate the current environment with the best interests of our community.

School District of Palm Beach County Covid Dashboard

The COVID-19 Dashboard was voluntarily created and published on our District website in order to ensure transparency around the transmission of COVID-19 on our district property.

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Vaccination Hotline

An Appointment Hotline has been established for those who qualify for the COVID-19 Vaccination, but do not have access to a computer. Please share this phone number with anyone who could use this service.

866-201-6754

Vaccinations for Homebound Residents

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) recently announced a new way for homebound Palm Beach County residents to have a COVID-19 vaccine come directly to them. While this service is primarily for senior citizens, it will also accommodate those with special needs who are unable to navigate a public place.

E-mail: HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com with your name and phone number to put in your request. FDEM will contact you within 72 hours to collect more information & schedule your appointment.

Prime Time is Comitted to Supporting Out-of-School Time Programs

Prime Time’s quality advisors are committed to supporting and offering guidance to out-of-school time programs during this national crisis. While Prime Time employees are not permitted for in-person meetings or site visits at this time, the entire organization has pivoted to meet the needs of the out-of-school time field by doing so in a virtual environment.  

Here are some resources that might help with the transition, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. 

Financial Resources Available to Afterschool Practitioners

Afterschool Practitioners Who Attend Virtual Trainings will Qualify for Stipends

Prime Time Palm Beach County recognizes and appreciates the tremendous sacrifice out-of-school time (OST) practitioners are making to be with youth in-person during the pandemic. To keep OST practitioners learning so they can continue to improve their practice,  and now, more than ever, provide the high quality experiences for young people, all OST practitioners who are currently working with children and youth in Palm Beach County and complete trainings offered on Prime Time’s training calendar will qualify for a $45 stipend per three hour training. You are qualified for training stipends if you are employed and receiving compensation from your employer. Stipends will be distributed via PayPal and processed after training completion is confirmed.

Florida Assistance and Financial Aid Programs

Click here to view programs for financial assistance and aid for paying rent, utility bills, free food, medical care and other support available.

Many Taxpayers can file their state and Federal Tax Returns for free

Eligible taxpayers can file their federal and, in many cases, their state taxes at no cost.

Taxpayers whose adjusted gross income was $72,000 or less in 2019 can file their 2020 federal taxes for free using IRS Free File

Unemployment

The federal government is allowing states to change their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Jobs & Money Making Opportunities 

For those looking for employment, these companies are in greater need of workers and are hiring.

The Out-of-School Time Field

3 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDING

Recently signed into law by President Biden, the American Rescue Plan provides $500 billion that can be used in part to support young people during out-of-school time.

The Afterschool Alliance recently shared an article breaking down frequently asked questions from those in the field about accessing and preparing for potential funding.

There are a variety of funds specifically available for afterschool and summer programs through the plan. The article touches on who will control the funds, indicating that the federal government will disburse funds to the states within a few weeks. From there, state education and human service agencies will decide how to distribute funds.

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

Virtual Out-of-School Time Resources

Prime Time Palm Beach County has created a one-stop shop for gathering a wide range of resources to support the transition from in-person to virtual summer camp programming.  All resources provided should not be considered as advice, guidance or requirements. The resources provided do not attempt to interpret government orders, but instead offers ideas to help you to make this transition.

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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.

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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.

Resources for Families

Hands-On Learning Activities

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.

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Resources for New Stay-at-Home Workers and Teachers

Equip yourself with proven skills so you can feel more empowered in your new role as a stay-at-home worker and teacher. You can register for one of Center for Child Counseling's Institute for Clinical Training free online workshops like "How to Help My Child Listen" or "Structuring Your Child's Day for Success" and take the course at your convenience. They also offer hints and tips to help your child manage their Coronavirus fears.
For those who want to learn even more, The Center for Child Counseling also offers online workshops for professionals.

Counseling and Support Using Telehealth

Is your child or teen experiencing emotional or behavioral challenges related to the stress of social isolation, loss, or fears? We are here to support your family.

Their team of clinicians are experts in children's mental health, parenting, and trauma. As a nonprofit, they accept insurance, such as Medicaid, work on a sliding scale, or have grants that may support counseling for your child and family. Contact Center for Child Counseling for a free telephone consultation or to schedule an appointment with one of their therapists.

Learn More About Telehealth Services.

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.

This information is also posted on the Florida Blue blog:

https://www.floridablue.com/blog/support-line or download the flyer here.

Crisis Text Line Covid Related Stress Resources

Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need. In addition to a wealth of other available resources, they have created a webpage with resources related to dealing with stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19.
Text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis counseling

MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY

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.

Media/App Recommendations

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:

Resources for at-home learning
Tools to help parents and caregivers keep children focused and learning at home.

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katie jacob

Communications Manager
561-732-8066
kjacob@primetimepbc.org

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