ACEs in Early Childhood

Identify and promote practices that build child caregiver capabilities and improve child outcomes including: the impact of childcare business decisions; building child caregiver skills and resilience; child caregiver turnover; child caregiver ACE histories and healthy boundaries in the workplace.

Tagged With "early childhood education"

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Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers [dailygood.org]

Leslie Lieberman ·
In the fall of 1979, Yalda Modabber had just moved from Iran back to her birthplace in Boston. Her timing was bad: Just weeks later later, a group of armed Iranians took more than 60 U.S. citizens hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Iran. As a result, her fellow students bullied her ruthlessly. “It was nonstop for two years,” says Modabber, who has dark curly black hair and a warm smile. “That period in my life was so hard that I blocked it out. I don’t even remember my teachers’ names. The...
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Armstrong: Building a Supportive Classroom Community in Early Childhood

Linda Manaugh ·
As an educator and researcher who specializes in early childhood and also works with older grade levels, I’ve used National Bullying Prevention Month to reflect on ways bullying progresses as children age. I’ve been wondering what can be done in early childhood to prevent bullying in later grades. I’ve reviewed the literature on bullying, including sites that provide suggestions on how to prevent and address bullying , but figuring out how to get started can be overwhelming as it involves...
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International Congress in Paris: The Transition to School

Helena SNOW ·
For many children, the transition to a traditional elementary school setting, whether it be from home or a pre-school environment, represents a radical discontinuity - not just in terms of their physical environment, but on multiple levels, including values, behavioral and learning expectations, teacher attitudes, emotional support, etc. What if, in line with the latest neuroscientific discoveries about brain maturation, we were to re-envision early childhood education as commencing at birth...
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Tantrums [Zero to Three website]

Karin Hecht ·
Anyone who has interacted with young children knows that tantrums can be hard to manage! Children are still growing in their ability to manage emotions, and they need patience and guidance along the way. The Zero to Three website can provide tips and strategies for helping children work through these difficult emotions, and help parents and caregivers stay level headed in the face of them. Acknowledge what your child is feeling. It is never wrong for a child to feel angry or sad, but you can...
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Revisiting a Wonderful Resource

Leslie Lieberman ·
Today I stumbled on an "old" resource and was reminded about what great and accessible information it has.   Calmer Classrooms   was published in 2007 by the Child Safety Commissioner in Victoria Australia. It is full of excellent and...
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The First Five Years Matters: Quality of Early Relationships determines Lifelong Health

Dr. Bukola Ogunkua ·
Quality of Early Relationships determines Lifelong Health The first relationship—usually this is between the mother and her infant—has an enduring impact on all later stages of human development. This relationship which occurs has been described by Bowlby’s attachment theory, which at its core, is about how the mother helps the infant regulate emotion. The mother-infant attachment communications are essential because they directly affect the development of the brain. Dr. Allan Schore, the...
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ACES/Resilience Surveys w/Parents

Melissa L. McPheeters ·
Hello all, I work at an Early Learning Center and we will be presenting on ACES and Resilience to the parents of preschoolers. One of the aspects we have debated is when to offer them the ACES and Resilience surveys. However, after reading https://www.acesconnection.com/blog/putting-resilience-and-resilience-surveys-under-the-microscope I am wondering what purpose it would ultimately serve (and what unintended consequences it may have) to give parents the surveys. It would be optional, and...
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Re: ACES/Resilience Surveys w/Parents

Hi Melissa - This is a great question, and frequently debated. You will know your audience best. However, in my experience with a wide variety of settings - sharing the ACEs questionnaire within the context of learning, and empowering parents to reflect on their lived experiences. Following the ACEs questionnaire with a resilience questionnaire helps folks see their ACEs and what provided them with resilience - and that can be a springboard for a wider conversation that could include...
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Re: ACES/Resilience Surveys w/Parents

Melissa L. McPheeters ·
Hi Karen, Thank you for the thoughts and reassurance! We have had so much hesitance about bringing this to parents and doing it "right" and it is helpful to have the more seasoned perspectives!
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Re: ISO Trauma-Informed Child Care Programs

Bob Lancer ·
I would be delighted to discuss my trauma-informed trainings. I provide accredited trainings to early childhood teachers and family child care providers. So many of these professionals emerge from adverse childhood experiences! My work with them focuses on improving their emotional self-management through the "rebuilding of their mindsets and restructuring their brain patterns". I do this through teaching and training them in The 7 Mindsets demonstrated by those who have overcome life's...
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Re: ISO Trauma-Informed Child Care Programs

Shannon Lipscomb ·
Hi Suzanne, I just found your post and I'd love to chat with you! I don't run a child care program myself but this is a key area of research and development for me! My team and I have created and are testing out Roots of Resilience: Teachers Awakening Children's Healing. It's designed specifically for child care providers & early childhood teachers working with children impacted by trauma. I also conduct related research to find ways to realize the potential of Early Care and Education...
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ISO Trauma-Informed Child Care Programs

Suzanne O'Connor ·
Greetings! I was wondering if anyone is aware of a child care program that would consider themselves "Trauma-Informed" - implementing trauma-informed practices throughout their program. I'd like to reach out to them for an interview, with the potential of being featured in an upcoming publication. Thank you! Suzanne,
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The Relentless School Nurse: Sesame Street in Communities & the Circle of Care

Robin M Cogan ·
Two years ago, Sesame Workshop, the educational arm of Sesame Street, launched Sesame Street in Communities to offer support, guidance, and tools to those working with our most vulnerable population, our children. In the “About Us” description on their website Sesame Street in Communities they share their intention: “ Every day, you make a difference by helping kids and families grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Organizations like yours unite communities, foster families’ and kids’...
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3D Teaching Example to calm pre-K and K kids

Matt Leek ·
Janai Mestrovich, Ashland, OR, (BS/MS, Family & Child Development) has been teaching Early Childhood Education and Social/Emotional Learning for 42 years. She specializes in '3D' experiences that help her students visualize and feel the lesson as part of the SuperKid Power curriculum. The 'breathing sphere' opens and closes to show kids how the body/lungs/diaphragm work inside them and Janai opens and closes it as she counts out numbers for inhale, hold and exhale. In the 'staying calm...
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Re: The Relentless School Nurse: Sesame Street in Communities & the Circle of Care

Thank you, Robin - always the champion! This is so timely, especially with all that has happened to undermine children's sense of safety. This really resonated with me: " There is something comforting about watching Big Bird, Elmo and friends talk about “Big Feelings” during these complex times." . Thanks Robin!
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Re: ISO Trauma-Informed Child Care Programs

Leslie Lieberman ·
Hi Suzanne look you might want to look at, talk to Head Start, Trauma Smart in Kansas City and/or talk with Chris Blodgett in Washington State about his work with Head Start programs there. Let me know if you need more info.
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Re: ISO Trauma-Informed Child Care Programs

Domenica Benitez ·
Hi Suzanne, Shannon, and Leslie - We're researching potential curricula to use specifically with Family Child Care Providers, here in California. Would Roots of Resilience and other references be tailored meet their needs as well? Also, do you know whether any of these qualify for IV-E federal funding/reimbursement? Thank you, in advance
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Teaching self awareness and stress recognition to kids age 4-6

Matt Leek ·
Janai Mestrovich (BS/MS, Family & Child Development), teacher and developer of 'Superkid Power' (Ashland, OR) passed this along to me regarding how she uses finger activated mood card to measure temperature and kid stress levels: 40 Pre-K children learned how to measure their stress level this morning by measuring hand temp. with mood cards. Blue, happy-peaceful-very calm; Green, calm; Red, tight muscles/upset; Black Tense/grit teeth. We chanted and drummed appropriately - tense drumming...
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Re: ISO Trauma-Informed Child Care Programs

Linda watts ·
I am in Lawrence Kansas and we are using the Trauma Smart training in several preschools. They are located at Crittenton in Kansas City. Research based and great training. A little costly.
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Re: ISO Trauma-Informed Child Care Programs

Shannon Lipscomb ·
Hi Domenica, I am so sorry I missed your inquiry in October! I would be happy to chat with you about Roots of Resilience. We are starting to move into scale-up, so the timing is good! Are you still interested in chatting? My email is shannon.lipscomb@osucascades.edu
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