JOIN US for our Annual Brain Building in Progress Event-April 22, 2017

Join us on April 22nd for a great day of BRAIN BUILDING!!


When: Saturday April 22, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

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Where: Norton Public Library , 68 East Main Street, Norton, MA 02766

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We will also sing together, read together and dance together!!

Resources and information will be available.

 You MUST PRE-REGISTER for this event, as space is limited!!!  MAKE SURE TO COME ON TIME…..FIRST 25 FAMILIES through the door, receive a Brain Building in Progress Bag, packed with resources, information and activities!

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Learn about and receive information on the importance of supporting your HOME LANGUAGE!
Kids and parents can participate in fun BRAIN BUILDING activities, and receive lots of information and resources!
 **although this event is for all children and families, activities are geared toward children ages 2-6yrs.

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DON’T FORGET……..Grab Your Hat and Read With The Cat! Celebrate March’s READ ACROSS AMERICA

Twenty years ago, the National Education Association (NEA) decided to do something BIG to get kids excited about reading. They called it NEA’s Read Across America. Launched and celebrated annually on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2, it was-and still is-the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen. This March, we ask you to join us in celebrating this great initiative by participating in our project with your children at home or in the classroom!


Complete the Parent/or Provider Survey by April 8th and receive a book mark and certificate!

December ONLINE Silly Science and Mystical Math Activity

CURIOSITY is a delicate little plant which, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of FREEDOM.
– Albert Einstein
December is a busy month for everyone and especially at the Self Help Inc./CFCE office. This month we thought it would be fun to offer 2 online activities for Silly Science and Mystical Math that you can do at home.  One is for preschool (3-5 years) and one for school age children (K-4th grade).

i-am-a-scientist-picPRESCHOOL SILLY SCIENCE ONLINE ACTIVITY: Download and Print the I AM A SCIENTIST BOOK….Complete 1 or ALL of the pages in the book! When you are done make sure you come back and complete the SILLY SCIENCE PARTICIPATION SURVEY to receive a SPECIAL SURPRISE IN JANUARY!!

lunar-cycle-activity-decSCHOOLAGE SILLY SCIENCE ONLINE ACTIVITY: Download and Print the  Lunar Cycle Activity Book. Observe, draw and describe the moon over 29 days…..when you are done make sure you come back and complete the SILLY SCIENCE PARTICIPATION SURVEY to receive a SPECIAL SURPRISE IN JANUARY!!


Please make sure that you let us know that you participated in the activity by completing SILLY SCIENCE PARTICIPATION SURVEY  and in January your child will receive a special surprise.


Enjoy the holidays and thank you for your support throughout the year. We will see you in January!
Ms. Marsha
Ms. Gina

CFCE Families Honors our Veterans

img_2307Yesterday at SHI CFCE's monthly Parent Child Program…Discovery Workshop….kids and parents honored our veterans and learned about the White Table. In this hour long program school aged children and their parents were introduced to the white table, a symbol for and remembrance to service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty.

For one family this experience was exceptionally moving, and mom said….. 

"I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for having this…it meant so much to me but even more for my son…He cried a bit while setting the table up, for him it is so personal as it is for me, but for him to do this today was very healing"

To learn more about the White Table CLICK HERE

To help CFCE honor our veterans this holiday season, please participate in our Thank A Veteran Project

Self Help Inc CFCE thanks all of our Veterans for their service and bravery



Joins us for STORY TIME….at Roche Bros. in Norton

ROCHE BRIOSStory Time at Roche Bros. is a collaboration with Self Help Inc./CFCE and is we will read a story, do a simple craft and have a snack. Snacks are generously provided by Roche Bros. and a staff from the store will participate in this group. This group is appropriate for children ages 3-6 years old.

This month we will be reading the story

STAWBERRY MOUSE“The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe

Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear.” We will be doing a simple craft and

having Strawberry Shortcake for a snack. Our first group is on May 25th at 10:30am.

Please register for this group by  CLICKING HERE!!


Kindergarten Registration Info. 2016-2017

bus for k readinessPlease find below links to information that we have gathered regarding Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year (if there is not a link to click on for your town, then we have not gotten information from that public school district yet-keep checking back!):

If your town is not listed below, you can find your K-Entry Age by clicking here

Abington-5 as of Aug 31Avon-5 as of Sept 1Canton-5 as of Sept 1
Dedham-5 as of Sept 1
East Bridgewater-5 as of Aug 31Easton-5 as of Aug 31Foxboro-5 as of Aug 31Franklin-5 as of Aug 31
Hanson-5 as of Aug 31Holbrook-5 as of Aug 31Mansfield-5 as of Sept 1Middleboro-5 as of Sept 1
Norfolk-5 as of Aug 31North Attleboro-5 as of Aug 31Norton-5 as of Aug 31Plainville-5 as of Aug 31
Randolph-5 as of Aug 31Rockland-5 as of Aug 31Sharon-5 as of Aug 31Stoughton-5 as of Aug 31
West Bridgewater-5 as of Aug 31Whitman-5 as of Aug 31Wrentham-5 as of Aug 31

Also check out these great KINDERGARTEN TRANSITION EMAILS:

More Kindergarten Transition Info. And Resources


Get involved! NEA’s (National Education Association) Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2nd-Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together children and books, and you can too!

Join our project by reading “Oh, The Pets You Can Get !
by Dr. Seuss or another book about pets.  Then try one or more of our related activities!

Complete our Parent Survey  by April 4th and the first 10 children will receive a FREE Book.  All will receive a book mark and an I Love Reading bracelet!
CLICK HERE for a YOUTUBE video of a partial reading of the book!!!

OTHER  books about animals that can be pets: 


In What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss, a Yent might have been the perfect
pet for Kay and her brother, if only they’d had a tent. Or if the siblings’
house wasn’t so small, a thing on a string might have been the best pet
of all.  All pets have certain requirements that pet owners must meet to keep their
animal friends safe, healthy, and happy. Help children understand this by
having them create a fantastic new pet of their own.  Have your child draw a picture of their new pet and have them tell you all about it and how they will need to care for it.  Instead of drawing the new pet, have your child create one using recycled materials such as egg cartons, yogurt cups, straws, paper towel tubes, etc.
2.  Animal Shelters- What Pet Would You Get?
With so many animals in need of homes, the publisher’s note in What Pet Should I Get? advocates for adopting pets from animal shelters rather than buying them in pet stores. Shelters, which care for and place homeless animals, need support to do their important work. Ask kids to imagine how they might help raise awareness about animals in need. Investigate what animal shelters are near you and find out if there are any items you could donate. Many shelters take old towels and blankets, dog/cat food that your pet doesn’t like, or kitty litter.
Draw a pet that you would adopt from a shelter.   CLiCK HERE  for a template you can print out to draw your pet on!
 3.  Art Project: Bird in a Cage!
Click Here for the directions
Reading to nonjudgmental, specially trained therapy dogs has been shown to help children improve literacy skills and boost self-esteem. Get your child in on the read aloud action and find a place where your child can read to a therapy dog. The E. Bridgewater and Middleboro Public Libraries have programs where you can sign up to read to a dog. Click on the respective links below. If you are unable to find a place try having your child read to their real pet or a stuffed animal.
  Middleboro Public Library…..scroll through calendar and look under Thursdays
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
by Dr. Seuss
 After reading the book “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue
 Fish” by Dr. Seuss make this fishy art project by tracing your
 child’s hand and having them cut it out and glue it to paper. Your child can then add fish details.  You or your child can write the corresponding fish name next to the cutout.

                                             One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish    6.  SNACK ACTIVITY

Simply start with a box of blue Jell-O…..

and divide into four clear plastic cups.
(The fish have to have a place to swim!)

After the Jell-O has set, have the kids add their own fish! (Swedish Fish, that is!)

7.  Make an Itsy Bitsy Pets Book
CLICK HERE to get the template
CLICK HERE to get the directions
8. What Pet Should I Get Guessing Game
What you will need:

Book “What Pet Should I Get” by Dr. Seuss or another pet book

  • A wipes container or box
  • Some decorative items for your feeley box
  • Play plastic animals
Make a feeley box out of a wipes container or another container or box. After reading the book “What Pet Should I Get?” lay out the animals and talk about their different features (tails, big ears, fur) and if they’d make a good or bad pet.
Next, take all the animals out of sight and hide only one of them inside the feeley box container. Let your child feel around and decide which pet they think is hiding inside!
For additional activities check out the Dr. Seuss or pinterest website below!
   “I Have A Pet” Song on YouTube

Dr. Seuss Website (tons of games and activities)
NEA Resources for Parents
(Great handout for teachers to send home!)
Self Help CFCE is funded through the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant from the Department of Early Education and Care.