Embracing a very COVID Christmas

Don’t let this almost yearlong (and counting) pandemic get you down this holiday season. Here is a fun, easy activity to do with children to fully embrace social distancing and to stay safe and healthy.


Ugly (Christmas) masks – A spin-off of the holiday favorite, Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

At this point I feel like we’re all in one of two categories when it comes to the face mask. It has either become an extension of you and you don’t even notice wearing it anymore, or you still roll your eyes every time you put it on. Either way, we’re still stuck wearing them and still could have to for some time to come. Why not make it festive and decorate your own?! Grab some green and red masks, glitter, tinsel, beads, etc. Add some hot glue and you’ve got yourself a Christmas mask! Your kids will love doing this activity with you!


Image found on Pinterest.com

UPDATED 5/6/2020: Online resources for parents, educators, and businesses

Many of us are practicing “social distancing” and we can all agree that it is hard to separate ourselves from our friends, family and coworkers during such an uncertain time. Amidst the uncertainty, we have found several articles that we believe will benefit parents, educators, businesses and those seeking mental health advice.
Check out our list below! More links will be added as we find more helpful resources! Updates will be posted at the end of the page.


Child Care Face Covering Guidance (PDF)

Stress, Hope, and the Role of Science: Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic


Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Business


Teleworking 101: Finding the Balance for Productivity

Establishing a Routine (PDF)

Working from Home with Children


Mental Health while Practicing “Social Distancing”


Online Education Tools

UMDSPH_FMSC Resource for Children_ COVID-19 (PDF)




Child Care in Crisis Brief (PDF)


MDAEYC’s Maryland Child Care Crisis Brief (PDF)




Maryland Public Schools




Online Webinars Available

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 2:00pm-3:00pm ET
Rubber Bands and Umbrellas! 5 Practical Strategies for Helping Parents Understand Risk Factors, Protective Factors and Resilience
Presented by Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D.
Parents and families play such a vital role in supporting the resilience of children. Join Dr. Nefertiti Poyner for this informational webinar, as she shares five practical strategies for how to speak with parents about the important concepts related to resilience. Each strategy will be something that can be utilized across different ages and in various settings. Let’s push past the jargon and often unfamiliar language, in order to help parents and families learn practical, everyday ideas to promote the resilience of children!

Abilities Network

 University of Maryland School of Social Work

A Conversation on Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health During COVID-19 (PDF)

Back to School Prep!

The Dangers of Coats & Car Seats

Winter brings cold weather and potentially slick roads, but families still need to travel every day. We bundle up our children to help them brave the elements, but a bulky coat and a car seat can be a dangerous combination. The bulk from the coat can keep the harness too loose to safely protect the child in the event of an impact or accident.


There are ways to safely transport children in child car seats while still keeping them warm. Here are some tips for providers and parents to follow from the experts at Consumer Report’s Auto Test Center:

Step 1: Put the coat on your child, sit him or her in the car seat and fasten the harness. Tighten the harness until you can no longer pinch any of the webbing with your thumb and forefinger.

Step 2: Without loosening the harness at all, unhook it and remove your child from the car seat. Take the coat off, put your child back in the car seat, and buckle the harness straps, which should be adjusted just as they were when the child was wearing the coat.


If you can pinch the webbing between your thumb and forefinger now, then the coat is too bulky to be worn under the harness.

If you find that the coat can’t be safely worn under the harness, here are a couple of things you can do:

For smaller children, put a blanket over them to keep them warm.

Only use aftermarket covers, essentially fitted blankets, designed to give additional warmth that are approved by the car-seat manufacturer for your specific car seat. Such covers have been tested with the seat and won’t compromise your child’s safety.

For a bigger child, after securing him or her in the car seat, turn the coat around and put it on backward (with arms through the armholes), so the back of the coat serves as a blanket resting on top of the harness.