COVID-19 UPDATES and RESOURCES

Page updated: September 17, 2020

Afterschool practitioners, we hope you are staying safe and are doing well. We know with the news of schools reopening how overwhelmed you must feel during these unprecedented times, please know you are VALUED and APPRECIATED, and Prime Time is here to help you transition back to in-person programming the best that we can.
 
Our quality advisors will continue to check in often to see how they can be of assistance. Since the rise of COVID-19, Prime Time has doubled down on our mission to strengthen and expand quality in the out-of-school time field, so we can support you as you bring your program back in the safest way possible.
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 is offering OST practitioners, specifically front line staff, a $45 stipend for each three-hour professional development training that is completed..

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.

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 Out-of-School Time Field

Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County is Hiring

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County offers a wide variety of career opportunities with strong emphasis on professional development. If you have academic training or a professional background in education, guidance, social work, physical education or cultural arts, Boys and Girls Club may have a “career in caring” just right for you.

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.

Resources for Families

Virtual and Onsite Out-Of-School Time Sites Open Now

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.

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.

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.

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.