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April 2020

Parker | Manaugh: Oklahoma establishes Pyramid Model State Leadership Team (Joins 31 other states as Pyramid Model partners

O KLAHOMA CITY, OK ( April 29 , 20 20 ) — In its role as Oklahoma’s Early Chi ldhood State Advisory Council, t he Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR) Board established the Pyramid Model State Leadership Team (PMSLT) on April 16 , 2020 . This important action was taken in response to the high number of children in Oklahoma who experience advers ity during their early years as well as a need to improve coordination across early childhood programs. Unaddressed , A dverse C hildhood...

COVID-19 related substance use to affect thousands of Oklahoma children [edmondsun.com]

From Edmond Sun, April 15, 2020 An estimated 2,100 Oklahoma children will be newly affected by substance use disorders in their homes this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A statewide study released this month by the Healthy Minds Policy Initiative concluded that as isolation and unemployment increase, new drug and alcohol addictions would occur in 13,000 Oklahoma adults. U.S. Census data ties that to about 2,100 children living with those adults who will also be affected. “We’ve already...

Settling In While Feeling Unsettled

How quickly the outside world has influenced our inner world and changed our thoughts, patterns, and triggers. Life is definitely coming in waves. We feel a sense of safety if we can be in a healthy home, fear and worry if we have to venture out for food, calm returns after we practice something that soothes and regulates us, and anxiety builds when we hear news and the impact the virus has on the whole world. We are beginning to expect and accept many unpredictable and unknown...

TIC Take Five: Navigating through Grief: Supports for Ourselves and Others

Here's another in a little series we're posting over on the Lancaster County (PA) ACES & Resilience Connection site to promote a regular practice to "take five" (minutes) for self-care. Sharing with the wider ACES Connection community in case it's helpful. Peace. Be well, everyone. In an article last week in Harvard Business Review, titled “That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief”, grief expert David Kessler names the multiple types of losses we’re experiencing in the midst of the...

The Year Without Graduation

This is the week the Governor of California called off the rest of the school year. Many states are following. This is not just the year of COVID. This is the year without graduation. That means 3.7 million high school seniors in the Class of 2020 are not going to wear their caps and gowns in May and June. Let me speak to you seniors if I may. (The rest of you should stay here, too. You need to get what they are losing). You began the year with senior photos. Sports for the last time for...

Balancing Gravity and Grace

Since we are all caught in the unpredictable, uncontrollable environment of Covid 19 right now, we are all experiencing trauma at one level or another. Some are experiencing much more fear, grief, anxiety, helplessness and overwhelming sense of vulnerability and loss of control. Others are just experiencing the creation of a work space at home, meeting co-workers virtually, and remaining at home as much as possible from obligation more than fear. Regardless of what level of stress you are...

Klass: Getting Through, Making Memories and Being the Grown-Ups [NYTimes.com]

I’m not here to tell you what the “good thing” is about the coronavirus situation, because there is no good thing about a pandemic, not ever. That doesn’t mean there won’t be acts of heroism, because there will be, and heartwarming stories, because we’ll have those too, and even — if we’re lucky — moments of scientific brilliance. But we still have to get through the bad stuff. And getting through the bad stuff with your kids may be your act of heroism, your heartwarming story, and even your...

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