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Welcome to our Blog Page. This is where we will be sharing our passion for early childhood education and supporting young children's whole child development with you. Especially Social- Emotional Development! If you ever have any questions or comments about our blog, you can reach out to us through our Contact Us page and we will respond to you within 48 hours. Happy reading!

I Miss My CDA Students!- A Message from Executive Director, Regina Puckett

2020

Our CDA Program cohort for 2020 launched this past Saturday, January 18th. We are excited to have 11 teachers and directors I have been training, mentoring, tutoring and coaching in the classroom. All of the students are in the class on a well-deserved scholarship! 


We want to give a big shout out to Kids R Kids Stafford for donating space on Saturdays for us to use. And we want to give a big thanks to Barbara Mather, their wonderful education coordinator and trainer, for her support and hospitality. She and Michael Palmer has helped me set up and break down the class every week. We are lucky enough to have Barbara as a part of our team at Origins Learning Community!


Our first day was an opportunity to become familiar with Origins Learning Community's unique CDA program and the CDA materials. But most importantly, it was an opportunity for all of us to get to know each other as people and early childhood educators. Thank you to all of the students in the cohort for sharing their time and energy with me. The days we spent together have been wonderful for me. It has also been great to visit each of them in their classroom and to personally support their professional development.


We made it all the way to our Physical Development class but unfortunately, because of the Corona-virus epidemic, we had to put our in-person CDA classes on hold. We are grateful to the students for their patience as we work on a remote option that will work for them.


To all of my CDA students... I miss you and look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks for the emails and text messages. It means the world to me. With Support... Regina

Get Out- Virtually That is! Things for Families of Young Children to Do From Their Home.

March 20th, 2020

It can be hard to find  supportive resources for young children who are cooped up inside for hours or days at a time when most resources are geared toward older children. We have found some gooD ones for you though! Check out the National Association for the Education of Young Children's webpage giving families ideas for spending quality time with their young children at home. Everything from making bath time math time literacy and singing ideas to do with your children.

https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/for-families

PBS.org has some wonderful resources about de-stressing and planning fun activities with your young  children.

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-you-and-your-kids-can-de-stress-during-coronavirus

This article, from a news station in Utah, has tons of in-house ideas to do with children of all ages!

https://kutv.com/news/coronavirus/giant-list-of-things-to-do-with-your-kids-during-the-coronavirus

As we find more, we will share them with you! All our support!


The Coronavirus- Keeping Your Children Emotionally Safe During This Difficult Time

March 16th, 2020

    By now most parents and schools have been sent many emails from various sources concerning COVID-19. The CDC and HealthyChildren.org have accurate and helpful information on their websites about preventing the spread of the virus. I will leave those links in the references down below (:

    Adults are worried and sometimes panicked right now and the main topic of most conversations is about the virus. In childcare centers that have remained opened, many of them are losing half their staff who feel signs of sickness and are afraid to come to work. Others have closed down with no pay compensation to the teachers. Everyone is stressed out right now... and our children are too. 

    The Harvard Center on the Developing Child (2020) calls this type of stress 'tolerable stress" and it could be affecting our children more than we realize. We pass our stress onto them. This can affect their own health and behavior  as they struggle to cope with what is going on around them. There's good news though! "Tolerable stress" doesn't have to turn into what is called "toxic stress" (CDCHU, 2020). We can keep our children safe and talk to them about the the virus in ways that do not feel scary or worrisome (CDC, 2019). Here are a few ideas (:

1. Make health and hygiene activities fun, using hand washing songs as a way to encourage children to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. Remember, the more lather you make the more germs will get washed down the drain! The NEW York Times has a great article on this! See the link below.

2. Avoiding watching or listening to the news in front of young children at this time. Be cautious of your conversations with other adults. Talking of sickness and death in front of young children can be confusing and scary.

3. Be calm and assure them you will keep them safe and healthy. 

4. Get them outdoors to get some fresh air and have some fun. And join in that fun! Exercise is a great way to combat stress and depression for people of all ages (HHP, 2020).

5. Let your children help you cook!  Many families tell me they are eating at home and avoiding restaurants at this time. If you are planning on cooking meals at home, this is a great way to get little ones to eat healthy. 

     Reach out to us for more information and ideas for coping with the virus. Stay safe, healthy and happy.


Resources:

(2020). Retrieved from https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/the-brain-architects-podcast-toxic-stress-protecting-the-foundation/

Center for Disease Control. (2020, March 9). Talking with Children About Coronavirus Disease 2019. Retrieved from CDC.gov: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. (2020, March 16). Stress. Retrieved from Harvard Center on the Developing Child: https://developingchild.harvard.edu/?s=stress

Harvard Medical School. (2020, March 16). Retrieved from Harvard Health Publishing: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/exercising-to-relax

New York Times. (2020, March 13). New York Times. Retrieved from nytimes.com: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/health/soap-coronavirus-handwashing-germs.html