The economy has put stress on the families of children you work with every day. Stress can correlate to the way in which a parent takes care of his or her child. As a result, that same child may suffer the same amount of stress causing impact on his or her well-being. Early childhood providers have the unique ability to help the children and families who are currently experiencing an increase of stress due to the daily connection with parents.
Here are some helpful resources to help you in reaching out to parents and families of the children you educate.
The CDC offers information on developmental milestones in children 3 months old to 5 years of age.
2010-2011 Flu Season
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a wealth of information on the flu virus (vaccination information, signs and symptoms, prevention methods, etc.)
The American Federation of Teacher's guide to creating a working relationship with parents to foster a positive connection between home and family.
Touchpoints in Early Care and Education
Based on Dr. T. Berry Brazelton's extensive clinical practice and research, the Touchpoints approach emphasizes the building of supportive alliances between parents and providers around key points in the development of young children. "Touchpoints" are predictable periods in a child's development that can disrupt family relations. These are times of disorganization that we value as opportunities to support family strengths and optimize children's development. The Touchpoints approach believes that early care and education providers are vital allies with parents in their children's development.
National Association of School Psychologists
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is the premier source of knowledge, professional development, and resources, empowering school psychologists to ensure that all children and youth attain optimal learning and mental health. NASP has developed several resources of information for educators and families . Below is a brief listing of available resources:
KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years. As part of The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, KidsHealth also provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens. Below is a brief listing of available resources:
Keeping Pee Dee Kids Safe at Home
Keeping Pee Dee Kids Safe at Home is a community awareness project located in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina. It is sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Pee Dee, a program of the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault. This project is designed to focus on the prevention of the maltreatment of children, ages 0-3. Its overall goal is to increase the community's understanding of its role in the prevention of child maltreatment. Visit their Web site for parenting information and materials.
Parents as Volunteers
Coordinate parent and volunteers the fast, easy way with free online sign up forms and volunteer scheduling
Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheets
These tip sheets from Harvard Family Research Project are designed to support educators and families in conducting productive, successful parent-teacher conferences.