School Closure Support for Families

In alignment with the “Safer at Home” order, Next Door schools and programs have been closed since March 16th. Next Door will follow the guidance of Governor Evers, Milwaukee Public Schools and the Milwaukee Health Department to determine when it is safe to return to school.

While we are closed, we remain committed to serving the needs of our children and families. We will continue to update this page as more information and resources become available.

2020-04-09 Next Door Family Letter

Stay Connected with Next Door

Teachers, Advocates, and Parent Educators
Reach out to your child’s teacher, your Family Advocate, Parent Educator or other Next Door team members with questions and for support.

Class Dojo
Sign up for Class Dojo and select Next Door Foundation. Your child’s classroom and home based program have created a space for you to stay in contact and find activities to keep your child’s mind growing.

School Messenger
Watch your email and texts for messages through Next Door’s School Messenger parent/guardian communication system.

Family Emergency Hotline
Call (414) 999-2783 for emergency needs or if your family requires home delivery of meals, diapers or baby food.

Positive Behavior Support Team (PBST) Hotline
Call (414) 999-2784 if your child is expressing challenging behaviors at home and you need guidance.

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If your phone number, email or home address changes, please let your Family Advocate and teacher know.

Educational Resources

Educational Backpacks
Educational backpacks will be delivered to each household enrolled in a Next Door program. Delivery is expected the week of April 21st.

At-Home Education Materials and Books
Take-home education materials and books are available for pick-up during our Food Distribution times. Look for School Messenger emails and texts for upcoming dates and times.

Next Door Activity Sheets Part 1

Next Door Activity Sheets Part 2

Next Door Activity Calendar

Scholastic: Learn At Home PreK thru K

Scholastic: 20 Ways to Boost Your Baby’s Brain Power

“Read with Me” and “Sing-Along” Videos
Next Door staff, volunteers and community members have been recording themselves reading books for you and your child to enjoy.

Next Door’s Art Education Coordinator has recorded a series of sing-along videos for you and your child to enjoy.

CLICK HERE to watch all of the videos (updated weekly).

Community Food Resources

Milwaukee Public Schools:

Hunger Task Force:

COVID-19 Resources

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus

Frequency Asked Questions from Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

City of Milwaukee Health Department COVID-19 Website