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Thirty Ways to Self-Care!

Hello community! Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? Along with ushering in warmer weather, this new season marks a time for us to take inventory of our stressors and readjust as needed. We know how compassionate and dedicated our Bridge community continues to be, your consistent advocacy is an inspiration to us all! I want to honor your hard work by providing a few tips to help lighten your load this next month. Please feel free to participate in a fun 30 day...

The Mental Health Care Crisis Continues One Year Later...Maintaining Emotional Wellness during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join Dr. Monique Collier Nickles on 4/13/21 for a live discussion related to this post by registering for ChildWIN's free Zoom event at https://us02web.zoom.us/meetin...FcfKOVI9rg9X5Xh8EHBY The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been stressful and traumatic for many people, particularly our children and adolescents. As we approach the pandemic’s one year anniversary, unfortunately, many of us are continuing to grapple with its distressing effects both physically and...

Register for the Family Experiences During COVID-19 Pandemic Data Webinar

The California Department of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (CDPH/IVPB) and the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention (CDSS/OCAP)’s, Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative invites your participation in the “Family Experiences During COVID-19 Pandemic Data Webinar” on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. The purpose of this webinar is to share findings from wave 1 of the Family Experiences During COVID-19 Pandemic...

Reframing Childhood Adversity: Promoting Upstream Approaches

This brief offers guidance on positioning and explaining the issue of childhood adversity, as well as the need for promoting upstream approaches. The guidance has implications for a wide variety of communications goals and contexts, but it is most relevant for efforts designed to educate the public about strategies that work at the community and policy levels. Please click here to check out this wonderful article from Alliance for Strong Families and Communities!

Hello Bridge Community! 

I would like to formally introduce myself as the new Trauma-Informed Care Wellness Coordinator here at the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network (CCCRRN). My name is Kristina Modeste and I am so grateful to be a resource to you all! As a yoga instructor and mindfulness advocate here in the Bay Area, I have had the privilege of witnessing the transformative power of community support and collective healing. Together we will begin to explore what self-care can look like and...

Understanding the role of cultural stigma on seeking mental health services

By Dr. Sheila Modir , pediatric psychologist; Baleska Alfaro, licensed marriage and family therapist; and Dr. Ava Casados and Dr. Sarah Ruiz, post-doctoral fellows at CHOC For some people, making an appointment with a mental health provider may be a personal and independent decision. For others, the decision to seek therapy services may be influenced by their culture or community, as each culture has its own understanding, interpretation and beliefs around mental health symptoms. Our own...

Disruptions to Child Care Arrangements and Work Schedules for Low-Income Hispanic Families are Common and Costly AUTHORS:

OVERVIEW Child care is a critical support for working families that allows parents to pursue opportunities for employment and economic mobility. 1,2 Child care’s vital role in the lives of families and in the overall economy is reflected in federal and state programs such as the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) that aim to improve low-income families’ access to care options that support parents’ work efforts. 3 A key premise of these programs is that families should have access...

Talking with Kids About the News [positiveexperience.org/blog]

Dr. Robert Sege, 1/12/20, positiveexperience.org/blog Last Wednesday, we woke up in the morning to learn that Georgia had elected a Jewish filmmaker and a Black pastor as its new US Senators; each represented a milestone and a rejection of the racist and anti-Semitic ads funded and released by their opponents. Later in the day, we saw a White supremacist insurrection, and our congressional representatives, senators, and their staffs faced immediate danger as the Capitol building was invaded.

University of Oregon: Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development (RAPID) - Early Childhood

Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development (RAPID) - Early Childhood Lab: Stress Neurobiology & Prevention (Fisher) Lab ongoing survey of families with young children during the COVID-19 pandemic Tags: Early Childhood , COVID-19 , survey , Parenting , stress This year, the FrameWorks Institute worked closely with the University of Oregon’s The Center for Translational Neuroscience to help frame findings from surveys with families with young children. The project is documenting...

Caring for Young Children While Sheltering in Place (WestEd)

Are you caring for a young child or children at your home? Need some help thinking of ideas for fun, engaging activities? This activity guide is for you! It provides you with quick access to tips and activities to use with children, aged birth to five, throughout the day. To access the full activity guide from WestEd: https://www.wested.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/FULL_Caring-for-Young-Children-While-Sheltering-in-Place_FINAL.pdf

The Impact of Coronavirus on Households Across America [rwjf.org]

From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, November 2020 While billions of dollars have been appropriated by federal and state governments since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, a series of polls by NPR, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation find that a substantial share of households have not been protected from serious impacts of the pandemic across many areas of residents' lives. “The Impact of Coronavirus” poll series offers a national look...

It's Not Just Adults Who Are Stressed. Kids Are, Too [nytimes.com]

By Christina Caron, The New York Times, November 3, 2020 Families are under an extraordinary amount of pressure right now, and the next few months will provide little relief. The trials of 2020 include economic uncertainty , winter dread , an emotionally charged presidential election and a worrying rise in coronavirus cases . Then there’s the disrupted school year , remote learning and few (or no) options for child care . (That’s an abbreviated list.) Experts are understandably concerned...

New Resource: Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic One-Pager (English & Spanish!)

English: The California Department of Public Health, Injury and Prevention Branch (CDPH/IVPB) and the California Department of Social Service, Office of Child Abuse Prevention’s (CDSS/OCAP) , Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative , ACEs Connection , and the Yolo County Children’s Alliance have co-created a newly developed resource, “Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic” in both English and Spanish. This material is intended for Californian families experiencing the severe...

Research Shows the Importance and Paradox of Early Childhood Care and Education [rwjf.org]

By Krista Scott and Tina Kauh, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, October 8, 2020 While working from home and caring for our families as we wait out the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t always been easy, it certainly is a privilege that we value during these unprecedented times. We’re fortunate that our organization recognizes the importance of families and caregiving. In addition, the nature of our jobs allows us to work remotely and have flexible schedules. This helps us support our families during a...

Governor Newsom Unveils Partnership with Sesame Workshop for Back-to-School PSAs

SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today unveiled a new PSA partnership on back-to-school safety with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street , and facilitated by the Skoll Foundation and Participant, with the first PSA featuring Elmo to be released today in media markets in California, nationally through the Ad Council and PBS Stations, as well as globally. The new PSAs build on California’s “Your Actions Saves Lives” COVID-19 public awareness and education campaign. The new...

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