Affirmation and Celebration: New Report Offers Recommendations for Supporting Multilingual Preschool-Age Children During the Pandemic
Affirming and celebrating all language practices supports children’s identity, and social and emotional well-being, as well as fosters their learning and development. That’s the top message from a new issue brief that focuses on how caregivers can help multilingual preschool-age children cope with stresses and trauma of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. It also describes the language development of multilingual children and how to nurture them through daily conversations and other interactions.
CMAS Webinar: Virtual Programming for Young Children
Over the last two years, many SPOs have responded to the needs of newcomer families during the pandemic by delivering online services - and the SDR from one such organization has developed a webinar to share what they’ve learned! In this webinar, join Zakia Labonee, the SDR from Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services to talk about three important things to consider in developing virtual programming for young children: child development, building relationships, and family support.
Affirmation and Celebration: New Report Offers Recommendations for Supporting Multilingual Preschool-Age Children during the PandemicAffirming and celebrating all language practices supports children’s identity, and social and emotional well-being, as well as fosters their learning and development. That’s the top message from a new report that focuses on ways that parents, family members and other adults can help multilingual preschool-age children cope with the stress and trauma of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Nurturing Your Preschool-Age Multilingual Child Amid COVID-19: The Important Role of Languages describes the language development of multilingual children and how to nurture them through daily conversations and other interactions.
Dealing With Uncertainty in the Face of OmicronWe don’t know how bad Omicron will turn out to be. But the appearance of the new COVID variant has already introduced more uncertainty at a time when our patience has been worn thin by nearly two years of pandemic disruptions. Child Mind Institute has some tips for how to stay positive and manage stress.
How to help young kids cope with the trauma of the last yearhttps://hechingerreport.org/we-know-how-to-help-young-kids-cope-with-the-trauma-of-the-last-year-but-will-we-do-it/
How to Support Children (and Yourself) During COVID-19The coronavirus outbreak has changed many things about our daily lives. But even during this uncertain time, it’s a sure thing that children are still learning, growing, and developing - and that everyone can help support a child’s healthy development - in ways that may even help relieve your stress!. Here are a few simple, free activities that can make a big difference.
Multilingual COVID-19: Vaccine ResourcesLooking for resources about COVID-19 vaccines in different languages? City of Toronto has developed this series of COVID-19 vaccine-related posters, graphics and other resources such as videos in multiple languages that you can download and share with families.
Opening the Door to So Much More: The Impact When Your Doors Are Wide Open to FamiliesThe COVID-19 pandemic has impacted policies across programs. Programs have implemented temporary restrictions and guidance that changed their drop-in procedures and on-site family engagement efforts. It may be a challenge to offer opportunities where families can still be involved and feel part of your program during these times. It's important to give some thought as to how they can be safely involved (e.g., video conferencing) or contribute in ways that do not require them to be physically present. It might also be a good time to think ahead into the future when families will once again be allowed to visit programs, reflect on your policies and gather feedback from families within your own program, and make sure they reflect your program’s beliefs and values regarding family support and engagement.
WEBINAR: Play in the Era of COVID-19
Join Redleaf Press and Thomas Rendon, co-author of SAVING PLAY: Addressing Standards through Play-Based Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten, in conversation on Play in the Era of COVID-19
Supporting Parents and Caregivers with Trauma Histories during COVID-19
A new Child Trends brief outlines strategies that can be used during the pandemic to support parents who have experienced trauma. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, caregivers have faced many challenges, including unemployment and benefits cuts, loss of child care, and the need to supervise virtual learning. Research shows that chronic stress and hardship can negatively affect parents’ and caregivers’ ability to support and nurture their children, and these effects are even greater for parents who have a history of trauma.