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Meeting Developmental Needs of the Children

  • 1.  Meeting Developmental Needs of the Children

    Posted 9 days ago
    We've focused on the health and safety issues related to opening post covid, but have we truly considered what the children will need socially, emotionally, and developmentally? How can we meet them where they are and help them to find the trust and security they had before the virus? I wonder if we should all be brushing up on our skills of dealing with traumatized children, remembering that we ourselves have been also been affected and are victims too. I'd be grateful for any and all suggestions.

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    Anna Parker
    Whitehorse Yukon
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  • 2.  RE: Meeting Developmental Needs of the Children

    Posted 8 days ago
    Anna, HCDC, Harvard Center on the Developing Child, has resources and information on this concern with guidance for both children and adults.  My program is reopening June 1st, and will re-start with the focus of children's emotional needs.  I will be closely observing behaviors for signs of stress, and creating inside and outside classroom environments full of interesting, calming materials and experiences, especially with sensorial work.  Being mindful of the children's emotional state and needs will promote their resilient nature to emerge.  The consistent and welcome atmosphere of the classroom will be their soft place to land as they adjust and adapt to how things are now.

    https://developingchild.harvard.edu/guide/a-guide-to-covid-19-and-early-childhood-development/

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    Martha Rae, M.Ed.
    a2z Academie (a home-based, Montessori inspired 3K and pre-K program)
    Valparaiso, IN
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  • 3.  RE: Meeting Developmental Needs of the Children

    Posted 8 days ago
    Hello Martha,

      Thank you SO much! This link is a goldmine that answers so many of the questions and worries I have. I truly appreciate you sharing this with all of us!

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    [Anna] [Parker]
    [Whitehorse] [Yukon]
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  • 4.  RE: Meeting Developmental Needs of the Children

    Posted 8 days ago
    I appreciate you sharing this resource, Anna! The list includes a range of topics and guidance from credible sources, which is very helpful. Thank you!

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    Monica Wiedel-Lubinski
    Executive Director
    Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools
    Glen Arm MD
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  • 5.  RE: Meeting Developmental Needs of the Children

    Posted 7 days ago
    Thank you for this article!  I will be sure to share with my staff and families.  I often think about how difficult returning to school will be for our little ones.  We definitely have to communicate their needs to their parents and to our staff so they're prepared for the behavior issues that may arise.

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    Thera Rocco
    Westfield Day Care Center
    Westfield NJ
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