COVID-19 UPDATES and RESOURCES

Page updated: June 29, 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.

Face Coverings Now Required in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County Emergency Order: 2020-012 requires all residents and visitors to wear facial coverings in buildings where the public is welcome, such as grocery stores and restaurants, as well all  public places where social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines is not possible or not being practiced.

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.

Free Face Masks Available to Florida Agencies 

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has received 15 million reusable cloth masks to aid in decreasing the spread of COVID-19. These masks are for distribution in your community or other communities in the state of Florida. You may request as many as your agency can distribute. We encourage you to share this information with other organizations in your community as well as the concentric circle in which you move. This opportunity is available to any and all residents of Florida.

If you or any of your partners would like to access to these materials, please submit your request to Samantha Cooksey (Samantha.cooksey@flhealth.gov) via email; and be sure to copy me: (walter.niles@flhealth.gov) and Jana Shamburger (jana.shamburger@flhealth.gov) on your request. This will allow our Office to monitor referrals. Please note, all requests must include the following information in order to be processed:

  1. Name of Organization
  2. Person to Address Shipment to
  3. Mailing Address for delivery
  4. Quantity Needed

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.

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

Prime Time Palm Beach County Virtual Summer Camp

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.

Summer Break Spot Fun!

An eight-week program designed to accompany the free meals provided at Summer BreakSpot meal sites. Through this program, children are able to build better relationships with the community through educational and emotional support.

Sessions are held Monday through Friday at 2 p.m.

Virtual and Onsite Summer Camps Open this Summer

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 Distribution Sites Open this Summer

The start of summer doesn’t mean the end of free meals for children. The School Food Service summer feeding program begins on Tuesday, June 2, at 50 school locations throughout the School District. On Thursday, June 4, and through the summer, food distribution will expand to 52 school locations, with the addition of Pleasant City Elementary School and Bear Lakes Middle School. Food distribution is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Each day, parents and guardians who pick up food will receive a kit with three days’ worth of meals for each child. Meals are FREE to anyone 18 years of age and younger (22 years of age and younger for ESE students), regardless of financial need.

Learn more

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.

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katie jacob

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

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