Even during this uncertain time, it’s a sure thing that our children are still learning, growing, and developing. But, supporting a child’s healthy development can be simple and free! (And, it may even help relieve your stress.) Here are four steps to focus on right now.
Click HERE for the full infographic which explains the basics of what COVID-19 is, and what it can mean for stress levels in both children and the adults who care for them. It also offers some easy and concrete solutions to help caregivers ensure that both they and the children they care for don’t experience long-term effects of stress.
This statement from the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child’s Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., discusses two lessons we’ve already learned about child development from this pandemic.
From child care, to health care, to home-based activities, to policy, here is a list of links to national and international resources that can help with a variety of concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Compiled by the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child.)
Massive unemployment. Loss of life. Disrupted education. And an economy in free-fall. These are the ingredients for the kinds of tectonic social shifts that alter the arcs of human lives. And parents, as always, are at the fulcrum of the pressures, protecting their families while trying to hold together a semblance of normalcy for their children. DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE
How Young Children’s Learning & Health Benefit from Strong Social-Emotional Development
Very young children rely on parents and caregivers to help them understand our world and to provide them with the experiences and information that help their brains grow. This is true whether a child is learning to read and write, or how to get along with others and manage their feelings. Too Small to Fail has released a white paper on the benefits that children receive through strong development.
Over the past year, the lack of universal pre-kindergarten for American four-year-olds has become a national issue. In 2013, President Obama proposed to fund an ambitious new nationwide pre-kindergarten program through a new cigarette tax. That plan failed to gain support, but Bill de Blasio gave new urgency to the issue when he swept into the New York mayor’s office promising universal pre-K for all city children—which will begin in the fall. Even as these efforts are being made, however, new research is making it increasingly clear that educational disparities start much earlier. Read full article »
Great article from RaiseSmartKid.com
Your baby’s brain is being shaped as she is growing up – starting from her first days of life. Her brain consists of a hundred billion brain cells called neurons. These neurons interconnect with one another, like roads and bridges. Read full article »