This video from the Exchange complimentary video series From Surviving to Thriving: Creating a Way Forward in Challenging Times is available!
Rebuilding Your Child Care Organization outlines the new economics of child care, key financial considerations, exploring new sources of income, and other important information and advice on rebuilding your child care organization.
Relationships, routine, and supportive teaching of social-emotional skills have always been important. After any big change, these become even more essential! Here’s a poster from the Nebraska Association for Infant Mental Health with a few reminders of those important steps you can take towards ensuring young children’s social-emotional needs are met and they are able to thrive!
Looking for ways to take care of your kids during this challenging time without pulling your hair out? Here are some tips we hope you find helpful.
In the fourth episode from a special COVID-19 series of The Brain Architects podcast, host Sally Pfitzer speaks with Dr. Tien Ung, Program Director for Impact and Learning at FUTURES without Violence, to discuss practical steps those at home can take to keep themselves and their children safe, as well as strategies others can use if they think someone they know may be experiencing domestic violence. Tien also highlights the importance of maintaining social connections during periods of physical distancing.
Video: Bringing the Power of Optimism and Play to Children Who Have Endured Trauma & Adverse Experiences
From Trauma Informed Parent: This video presents Steve Gross, a clinical social worker and pioneer in the field of using playful engagement and relationships to overcome the devastating impact of early childhood trauma. He is the founder and Chief Playmaker of Life is Good Playmakers; a foundation that works to “harness the power of optimism to create healing, life-changing relationships for kids in need.”
Whether you are a parent, teacher, or another important adult, your child looks to you to figure out how to navigate the world. Zero To Thrive is committed to helping families and professionals through the COVID-19 crisis with information and resources, including this video from Michigan Medicine to advocate for balanced caregiving or responses to children that are warm and kind and strong and in charge.
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 »