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June 2020

Tips for keeping kids safe through the heat of summer

With the temperatures rising outside we want to provide you with a few quick reminders why not to leave your child locked in a car: 
  • Heat stroke can happen when the outside temperature is as low as 57 degrees F. 
  • Heat stroke can happen when the body is not able to cool itself quickly enough.
  • A child's body heats up three to five times faster than an adult's does.
  • When left in a hot car, a child's major organs begin to shut down when his/her temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit (F). 
  • A child can die when his/her temperature reaches 107 degrees F. 
  • Cars heat up quickly! In just 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degrees F. 
  • Cracking a window and/or air conditioning does little to keep it cool once the car is turned off

Please call 911 if you see a child locked in a car. It is not to get mom or dad in trouble, the goal should be to save a child’s life. Your phone call could ultimately insure that a child wont be on the evening news having passed away from heat stroke. You can make ALL the difference. We are all #Essential4Kids!! Doc2-0001

Continuing growth for the CAC

We are always looking for ways to continue educating ourselves, as well as our communities, and growing our CAC to continue to accommodate the needs of the children and families that we serve. Yesterday we got new carpet in our facility and it has changed the look entirely! We are excited about the new carpet as our old carpet was worn and had become a safety hazard.Thank You to Moores Home Center, here in Trenton, for working around our schedule and installing the carpet, it looks great! #Essential4KidsCarpet

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program

What is  P-EBT?

If your child receives free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school, P-EBT is an opportunity to be reimbursed for the meals your child ate at home while schools were closed due to COVID-19. You'll receive an EBT $302 per eligible child (pre-K to 12th grade), consisting of $57 for March, $125 for April and $120 for May. 

What you need to know now:

  • Using P-EBT benefits does not impact you or your chill's immigrations status. 
  • The Public Charge rule does not apply to P-EBT.
  • Students may receive P-EBT and also get meals provided by their school district. 
  • Text "FOOD" to 877-877 to find a site where kids, 18 years old or younger, can pick-up a free, healthy meal. No ID is required. 

How to access P-EBT:

  • If your family was enrolled in SNAP (also called food stamps) in March, $302 will be automatically uploaded to your EBT card for each eligible child. No need to submit an application.
  • If your family was NOT enrolled in SNAP in March but your child typically receives free or reduced-price school meals, please complete an application by clicking the following link: P-EBT Application
  • If your family's income has changed due to the pandemic, you may be eligible for P-EBT. Complete and applications to see if you qualify at the provided link: P-EBT Application

For more information about P-EBT you can do the following:

Visit the Missouri Department of Social Services website: https://mydss.mo.gov/covid-food-stamp-info

Call the Family Support Division Information Center: 855-373-4636

Additional information about P-EBT and food resources are available at gethelp.operationfoodsearch.org


Amazon Smile supporting Non-Profits

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile. 

Here's how to shop AmazonSmile:

1. Visit smile.amazon.com

2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials

3. Choose a charitable organization to receive donations, or search for the charity of your choice

4. Select your charity

4. Start shopping!

5. Add a bookmark for smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile

Mental Health services continue during COVID-19

The past three-plus months have presented a steep learning curve for professional counselors, especially with the pandemic causing disruptions and difficulties with something at the heart of their work: connecting with people. Many counselors in clinical settings responded to these new realities by ceasing in-person interactions and quickly getting up to speed to offer client sessions via telebehavioral health. Many of these professionals navigated a similar scramble to that of their clinical counseling colleagues, having to adopt and use new technologies so they could continue supporting children online. Despite the widely reported rise in mental health concerns connected to or intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic, some counselors are facing income loss because of a decrease in clients. That’s due in part to many clients experiencing financial struggles of their own, including loss of insurance.

To minimize the risk of infection, our counselor, has been sanitizing her office and waiting room after every client, washing her hands regularly, and opening the door for each client so they don’t have to touch the doorknob. She has also posted a sign on her office door asking that people who are sick or have a fever not enter. 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic we were billing insurance for the counseling session regardless for those who had or hadn't had a forensic interview along with providing a sliding scale for those without insurance. This remains the same as we strive to continue providing mental health services at as little to no out of pocket cost to the families we serve. We understand that some families are not comfortable being out and about as of yet, in light of this we are offering both telebehavioral health as well as in person visits. 

For more information about our mental health services please feel free to call our office during office hours and speak with Amanda White.  #Essential4Kids