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P.E.A.C.E is an Activist Organization.

We act on public issues related to our purposes, to help young children grow up in a peaceful family, school, community, country and world. Peace starts within each of us, then in our immediate contacts, including the children and families with whom we work, and only then with our neighborhoods, communities, and wider jurisdictions.

Action Alerts! May 2020

Child Care Everywhere Is Suffering: Stand with Us and Help!

The Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN) partners have co-developed and launched a Call For Coordinated Action, urging all governments, global partnerships, multi- and bi-lateral agencies, political bodies, funders, international non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, the business sector, academia, civil society organizations, networks, and advocates to prioritize and invest in the needs of ALL young children and their parents and caregivers, especially the most vulnerable, during the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery. 

The Bipartisan Policy Center reports that 60 percent of child care programs in the United States are closed for the foreseeable future, and that almost two-thirds of parents needing child care have difficulty finding it.  Almost 80 percent of essential workers haven’t been able to continue using their regular child care arrangements.  Considering these facts, Congress passed, in the CARES Act, another $3.5 billion for the Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG), to help emergency and frontline workers get child care during the pandemic.  That money has been disbursed to the States.

 


Staying Safe During Covid-19

Staying home during Covid-19 is a privilege for some, and not always the safest options for others. Currently, we see an increase in stress factors due to financial insecurities, job losses, health concerns, and other external factors which can result in unsafe circumstances and abuse. The National Domestic Violence Hotline website provides support for survivors and here are some of their suggestions: practice self-care, reach out for help, and create a safety plan. The website also provides information  and support for people observing concerning behaviors or abuse. Read more about staying safe on their website.

 

Talking with Children About Covid-19
Messages for Parents, School Staff, and Others Working with Children

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published supporting information for parents, family members, educators, and other trusted adults on how to guide children through the process of comprehending Covid-19. The CDC website is providing us with general principles on how to talk to children about the disease as well as facts for discussion. Here are some examples of the general principles:

• Remain reassuring and calm
• Make yourself available to listen and talk
• Avoid language that blame others and create stigma
•Pay attention to what children hear or see, on television, radio and online
• Provide accurate and honest information
•Teach children everyday actions to prevent the spread of germs

Please continue reading more. Also see the book review for Something Strange Happened in My City in the May 2020 Newsletter.


 

The Mashpee Tribe Needs Our Help!

In late March this year the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe received an email from the Department of Interior that they would be “dis-establishing” the tribe's sovereignty and taking the 233 acres of land out of trust. The Mashpee have been on this land for 1200+ years and welcomed the Pilgrims 400 years ago this year.  Because the tribe challenged this ruling the Department of Interior gave them 45 days to repeal since early April. A court challenge is also due March 6.

If the Department of Interior rules against the tribe, the tribal center which includes headquarters for tribal police, the tribal court, food programs, programs for youth and elders will be forced to close. Also the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project which runs a Montessori based preschool with 26 students 2.7 to 7 years of age with five teachers.  Please do what you can to contact Congress, esp. The Senate Committee of Indian Affairs who are overseeing this “disestablishment”.

Support Links for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe:

Petition in Support of H.R. 312 Mashpee Reservation Reaffirmation Act 

Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project

#StandwithMashpee T-shirts

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