Leveraging LCAPs to Drive Effective Change
Webinar: Tuesday, September 30 11:00 – 12:00 PM PST
Join Children Now and Pivot Learning Partners to learn more about what is in store for district leaders, educators and local community partners as they begin implementation of Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs) in the 2014-15 school year. During this webinar, we will provided strategies for education leaders on how to drive effective implementation…Register Here
CA Family Child Care Providers on NPR’s Marketplace
Family Child Care provider Vernessa Easly from Long Beach is featured in a national piece highlighting the important role child care plays in the lives of working parents and children. The piece does a great job of stressing how poorly compensated providers are despite having a critical and multifaceted the role in the lives of the families they serve. Listen Here
How Toxic Stress Impacts California’s Children, Families and Communities
Webinar: Thursday, October 9 11:00 – 12:00 PM PST
Join Children Now and speakers from the Center For Youth Wellness and Californians for Safety and Justice for a webinar focusing on how toxic stress impacts California’s children, families, and communities, with a particular emphasis on health care, public health and safety, and next steps. Register Here
All We Need Is A Little Love (Mostly) (From Too Small to Fail)
A cuddle. A warm smile. Softly spoken words. All of these things help babies feel comfortable and secure, and help them learn that they can trust the adults around them. The more safe and secure babies and young children feel, the more easily they form healthy relationships with others, and can turn their attention to learning.
Early brain development researchers have found that the emotional and social development of children is as important—if not more important—than their cognitive development. This is because when children form secure attachments (close emotional bonds built on love and trust) with parents and caregivers, they more easily explore the world around them, regulate their own emotions, and can comfort themselves when needed. If a young child has formed insecure attachments (emotional bonds characterized by unpredictability and fear), they may not know how to safely and appropriately interact with other people and their environment.
The bottom line? Secure attachments help a child build the skills they will need to succeed in school and in their adult lives.
Parents and caregivers can help build their child’s social and emotional development in a few simple ways. Even if the reason for crying is unclear, it is important that a parent or caregiver respond calmly and affectionately to reassure the child. Established routines are also important in helping babies feel secure, even if the routines are adapted from time to time to accommodate a child’s needs. And small actions—like looking into a baby’s eyes when talking, or gently stroking their forehead at bedtime—can help increase the sense of bonding for both parents and child.
Resources for Sharing:
- PBS’s special feature “This Emotional Life” explains why emotional bonding is so important for children’s health and well-being.
- Our blog post on the special role of parents in young children’s lives offers ideas for ways to improve bonding.
- Bonding with fathers is the focus of this article from Kids Health, which offers ways that fathers can build strong emotional bonds with young children, too.
November 22, Creativity Counts: Using the Early Childhood Classroom as a Canvas
Creativity focuses on the process of forming original ideas through discovery and exploration. It is about thinking, discovering, exploring, and imagining. Come find out how to nurture creativity in children (and yourself!) in many domains, not only in the obvious — art and music — but also in science, math, storytelling, etc. More Info