The coronavirus has been hard for all of us, but it has been particularly difficult for young people who are now learning virtually, away from their friends and many family members, and missing opportunities for engagement and development. To give families and guardians information and resources needed to support and encourage their children, Alternatives Inc. is creating a “Guidebook for Virtual Learning” for families of children ages 3 through 12 in Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg and James City County. The guidebook, which is being developed thanks to a generous grant from Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, will offer quick tips and techniques on a wide variety of topics, ranging from mental health and nutrition to technology and physical activity. As they work to develop a guidebook that will be useful for all families, Alternatives wants your input! Please take a moment to respond to their brief survey and share the topics that interest your family. Alternatives is planning on producing print and digital guidebooks in English and Spanish; please note on the survey if other languages are spoken or read in your home so the organization knows if additional translations are needed. The survey closes tomorrow, February 12, so please respond soon. Alternatives, Inc., founded in 1973, is a nationally recognized youth development nonprofit that serves approximately 4,000 children and young people on the Virginia Peninsula. Rather than a center-based program, Alternatives embeds high quality programs into childcare centers and afterschool programs in neighborhoods, schools and community settings. Using a variety of programs and activities, Alternatives inspires young people to discover their spark and achieve their inherent potential. Program activities have secondary benefits that are aligned with increasing critical thinking and literacy skills and the intrinsic motivation of children to academically succeed. To learn more, visit www.altinc.org.
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