COVID-19 UPDATES and RESOURCES

Page updated: May 21, 2020 

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.

How can we help?

In this challenging time for out-of-school time (OST) programs and staff, Prime Time is here to support you. To help us best meet your needs, we invite you to complete this short survey.

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..

Economic Impact Payment

The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019.

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.

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.

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

Proposed Guidance for the Establishment of Emergency Child Care Services During the COVID-19 Pandmic

The Institute for Childhood Preparedness, in conjunction with NAA and many of its State Affiliates, board members, and partners, has compiled guidance for establishing emergency child care services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resulting document was developed in an effort to make child care and afterschool operations as safe as possible.

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.

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...

Resources for Families

Summer Camps Opening in June 2020

Virtual Summer Camp

Prime TIme Palm Beach County
Keep your children learning and having fun this summer with new sessions every day that will include live interactive programming and hands-on learning activities provided by local content experts.

Varsity Tutors
Need something to keep your K-12 kids busy this summer? Help them make the most of their break with free interactive camps from Varsity Tutors. Each camp is taught by expert instructors and consists of five sessions, starting on Monday and ending on Friday. Sign up for one camp, or all of them! They add new camps every day so be sure to check back often.

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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Transition Successfully into the 2020- 2021 School Year Program

The Academy of 21st Century Learning is acutely aware of the academic impact that the COVID-19 virus is having on those students in our community who have not had the privilege of transitioning their studies directly into a virtual classroom. To help overcome the early school closures, they are implementing an online (ZOOM) summer program designed to help students transition into the 2020-2021 school year.

FOOD SERVICES

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.

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/filpany-of-palm-beach-providing-grab-and-go-meals-for-students

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.

To find the food distribution site closest to you, click here.

Food Distribution Sites:
Belle Glade Elementary
Benoist Farms Elementary
Boca High
Congress Middle
Conniston Middle
Forest Park Elementary
Gove Elementary
Greenacres Elementary
Hammock Pointe Elementary
Highland Elementary
Hope Centennial Elementary
Howell Watkins Middle
Indian Pines Elementary
J.C. Mitchell Elementary
Jupiter Elementary
Lake Park Elementary
Lake Worth High School
Lantana Middle School
Lincoln Elementary
Loxahatchee Groves Elementary
Northmore Elementary
Okeeheelee Middle
Osceola Creek Middle
Pahokee Elementary
Palm Beach Lakes High
Palm Springs Middle
Pine Jog Elementary
Rolling Green Elementary
Roosevelt Elementary
Rosenwald Elementary
Suncoast High
Tradewinds Middle
Village Academy
Wellington Landings Middle
Wynnebrook Elementary

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.

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.