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Early Education Resource Center

The mission of the TFEC Early Education Initiative is to cultivate, convene and strengthen community opportunities for growth, safety, and wellness for all children, now and for future generations.

The Early Learning Resource Center was created to provide information on school readiness, coping with mental health issues during times of uncertainty, and resources on becoming a trauma informed community for educators, parents, and community organizations. Children are at the center of the communities we serve and the following resources are focused on strengthening area supports so children can live, learn, and grow for the success and health of our region.

The Importance of Reading to Your Child
The number ONE activity you can do with your child to help them get ready for school is to read to them!
 
Benefits of reading to your child:
  1. Develops school readiness skills: the ability to focus, concentration, social skills, and communication skills.
  2. Builds your child’s vocabulary
  3. Helps your child learn the difference between “real” and “make-believe.”
  4. Sparks your child’s imagination
  5. Helps your child learn about the world, their own culture, and other cultures.
  6. Teaches your child to be a storyteller by looking at pictures and telling you the story.
  7. Relaxing activity to do together.
Anytime is a good time to read with your child!  Try to share at least one book or story each day!
 

The MRI images of two different four-year-old children’s brains were included in an ABC documentary on the fate of children raised in Romanian orphanages. These images graphically illustrate both the benefits of parental nurturing on a young child’s rapidly developing brain and the devastating results of extreme deprivation.

A CHILD WHO HAS BEEN READ TO

“Positive Stimulation” shows a child who benefited from the loving care of an adult who talked to her and held her while sharing stories and rhymes.

A CHILD WHO HAS NOT BEEN READ TO

“Negative Stimulation,” in contrast, pictures a child who had only his physical needs met by the orphanage staff and had little verbal or emotional contact with a caregiver who would hold him, talk or sing to him, or read a story.

Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of reading with your infant!

 

COVID19 Resources

Hear from the Experts - Town Hall Meetings

Check out the latest edition of a Town Hall meeting with some of the region’s early education providers! Answering more of your questions about what reopening childcare facilities will look like in a post COVID-19 world.

Tips to Prevent Spread of COVID 19

Tips to Prevent Spread of COVID19

 

Let’s wash our hands with Elmo!

Handwashing is an extremely important component of keeping you and your family safe and healthy. Let’s all wash our hands with Elmo and his friends from Sesame Street!

Steps to Prepare Your Child Care Center for Reopening after COVID19

 

Other COIVD19 Resources

 Reducing ACES (during the pandemic).

ACEs. Adverse Childhood Experiences. When your and your children’s routines are thrown off by quarantines and social distancing, it can present its own set of challenges. However, you are not powerless in the face of those challenges. Here’s how you can help avoid ACEs during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Read this blog post from ACES Connection.

Pyramid Model Considerations

 

Early Education Resources

Mindfulness

Mindfulness builds resilience. We are all faced with extra time on our hands and faced with uncertainty. Why not use that time to develop some skills that help us pay attention to our thoughts feelings and surroundings as they occur. This is mindfulness in its simplest form. Here are three principles to keep in mind:

Deliberate Preparedness

We need to be careful, not panic. Be careful with your hygiene, health, and avoid non-essential contact.

Togetherness

One lesson that is central to mindfulness is compassion. Taking care of yourself is taking care of another. We are not alone.

Be Kind To Yourself

Taking care of your mental health right now is essential. What can you do?

  1. Limit your exposure
  2. Practice careful hygiene
  3. Be prepared with food, water, and medicine
  4. Boost your immunity and manage your anxiety with meditation. Visit www.mindful.org for free mindfulness resources and guided meditations

What do YOU want to be during COVID-19?

What can you control?

This photo was sent to Riverside Trauma Center from Vicky Sherwood from Emmaus Family Shelter who found this graphic from thecounselingteacher.com. You can learn more about Riverside Trauma Center by visiting their Facebook page by clicking HERE. Or their website by clicking HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try this Meditation at Home!!

Alan Jordan LMT, NCTMB

Intuitive Bodywork Massage Therapy

The Self-Care Wheel

The Self-Care Wheel is an empowering and positive tool for helping professionals to manage stress, increase contentment, and life satisfaction. With over 80 self-care exercises and healing modalities included, the Self-Care Wheel is a great beginning for your own personal and sustainable Self-Care plan. Visit www.olgaphoenix.com for more info.

Learn from Home

National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve and support the capacity of state systems and local programs to implement an early childhood multi-tiered system of support to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children with, and at risk for, developmental disabilities or delays. The goals of the Center are to assist states and programs in their implementation of sustainable systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) within early intervention and early education programs with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promoting family engagement, using data for decision-making, integrating early childhood and infant mental health consultation and fostering inclusion.

NCPMI envisions a world where all young children will have a positive future through the promotion of their social-emotional competence in equitable and inclusive environments.

You can learn more about NCPMI by visiting https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/index.html

Downloads

*All resources are from the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations’ Facebook page.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/PyramidModel/ for more information*

Let’s talk about reducing the stress of homeschooling

  1. Simplify: Relax your homeschooling and productivity standards to a level appropriate for a worldwide pandemic.
  2. Structure: Keep calm and structure on
  3. Support: Get ahead of the meltdowns (and teach critical social-emotional skills, too!)

Click here to view the full blog post from Greater Good Magazine.

Let’s talk about race – Explaining What is Race

School Readiness Tip Sheets

It is never too early to start providing experiences that will help young children enter school ready to succeed. “School readiness” refers to not only academic knowledge, but also independence, communication, and the social skills needed in order to do well in school. This toolkit provides a comprehensive, flexible, easy-to-use set of resources to enhance the transition to kindergarten for all children. All activities are aligned with the Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood.

Infant

Toddler

Pre-School

Is your child non-verbal or having trouble finding the words to express strong emotions?

The app Trigger Stop: Sensory and Emotional Check-In (available in both the App Store and Google Play Store) can help your child communicate what they are feeling, even if they can’t verbally explain their emotions.

You can learn more about Trigger Stop and download the app to your smartphone by clicking HERE.

First 10 Philosophy

The First 10 philosophy is to support schools and communities that are working to improve teaching, learning, and care throughout the first decade of children’s lives. First 10 initiatives bring together school districts, elementary schools, and early childhood programs to improve education and care for young children and their families.

For more information visit:  https://first10.org/about/

Trauma Informed Practices

Trauma is a widespread, harmful, and costly public health problem. Trauma can include homelessness and transience, unemployment, disaster, war, poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, and abuse and neglect. Traumatic exposure cuts across age groups, gender identity, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, geography, and sexual orientation. Becoming “trauma informed” means recognizing that people often have many different types of trauma in their lives. A trauma informed community involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. The resources listed below focus on trauma informed and resilience-building practices.

Resilience. The ability to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Something we could all use a little more of right now. It can be hard to be resilient after tough times but there is a way out, a way to bounce back. Researchers have identified 4 “protective factors,” activities that provide them with the conditions that help the emergence of their resilience. Let’s explore the idea of resiliency together!

To learn more about Resiliency in Action visit https://www.resiliency.com/free-articles-resources/hard-wired-to-bounce-back/.

Communicate “The Resiliency Attitude”

“You have what it takes to get through this!” The challenge with the resiliency attitude is to both be aware of the problems and to draw upon the strengths a person has to solve them as well as to sincerely communicate the belief that the current problems can be successfully overcome.

Adopt a “Strengths Perspective”

Instead of focusing on your weaknesses, focus on what you are strongest at! Acknowledge all that you’ve been through to get here and how you can use your strengths to overcome any current obstacles you may be facing.

Surround Each Individual (or family member) with all Aspects of the “Resiliency Wheel”

  • The Resiliency wheel is made up of 6 components that can help individuals overcome adversity:
  • Provide care and support
  • Set high, but realistic, expectations for success
  • Provide opportunities for “meaningful contribution” to others
  • Increase positive bonds and connections
  • Set and maintain clear boundaries
  • Develop needed life skills

Give it Time

A resilient outcome requires patience.  Identifying, celebrating, reinforcing, and nurturing the growth of these positive human traits is the most important skill we can collectively develop to help ourselves and others be more resilient.

Talk about How You’re Feeling

During the previous year of social distancing, quarantines, and vaccinations, you may not know how to express what you’re feeling. Here’s why it’s important to acknowledge the grief you may be feeling, how to manage it, and how you can find meaning in it.

Click here to view the full blog post from Harvard Business Review.

Disasters and traumatic events can bring along a wave of emotions including stress, anxiety, grief, and worry. Self-care is a huge factor in your long-term healing and taking care of your emotional health will ensure that you can be present to take care of your family. Here are some tips to help you cope with a traumatic event or disaster.

Click here to view the full article from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The grief over canceled milestones and modified plans are real. Here’s how you can cope.

Vitality

Be Strong Families continues to offer training such as Living the Protective Factors during COVID-19, Fast Track Workshops, and Parent Cafés online using Zoom. 

Click here to view a list of upcoming webinars from Be Strong Families.

Additional Resources

Parents/Caregivers/Providers/Teachers

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