Early Childhood Resources to Help During COVID-19
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We know you’re facing unprecedented disruptions to your important work with families due to the spread of COVID-19. In our new reality, how can you stay connected with families, continue providing essential services, and keep promoting the healthy development of young children?
We’ve compiled a growing list of free resources to help you through these uncertain times. From blog posts to webinars, these expert resources will help you support young children and families and continue your professional development while you’re staying safe at home.
A roundup of articles packed with helpful tips and guidance from trusted experts.
- 24 At-Home Learning Activities to Share with Parents of Young Children
- Teaching and Parenting in Troubled Times: 6 Brookes Authors Share Their Best Advice
- Reassuring Connections: 4 Brookes Authors Share Tips for Supporting Stressed-Out Students
- 10 Essentials for Promoting Young Children’s Social-Emotional Development
- 16 Shared Reading Tips to Share with Parents
- Top 9 ASQ Website Resources
- 7 Screening Questions with Dr. Jane Squires
Articles from other sources:
- Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
- The Atlantic: How Parents Can Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) in Quarantine
- ZERO TO THREE: At-Home Activity Guide
- First Things First: Parenting in the time of coronavirus and social distancing
- Early Intervention in Natural Environments: Tele-Intervention and the Routines-Based Model
- Author Anne Meeker: SING.PLAY.LOVE Party – free video lesson to teach social-emotional skills to your young children.
Helpful resources you can download, print out, or forward to colleagues and families.
- ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 Learning Activities
- 14 Stress-Busting Strategies to Help You Avoid Burnout
- 29 Things Parents Do That Predict School Readiness (English & Spanish)
- How Parents of Preschoolers Can Support Social-Emotional Development
- 8 Tips for Book Reading with Young Children
- Strategies to Promote 5 Key Thinking Skills in Preschoolers
Downloads from other organizations:
- ZERO TO THREE handout: Supporting Young Children Isolated Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- ZERO TO THREE toolkit: Getting Started with Mindfulness
- Illinois Early Learning Project tip sheets: Learning at Home During Trying Times
Professional Development Webinars
Now’s a great time for you to pick up a new strategy, dive deep into a topic relevant to your work, and earn a CTE certificate. Here are some of our most popular Early Childhood webinars.
Looking for guidance on how to virtually administer essential early childhood tools? We've got resources to help you.
During this webinar, we’ll explore how all caregivers (parents, teachers, therapists) can embed mindfulness into their daily routines and activities to meet the needs of children, including those who are on IEPs and/or who may struggle with self-regulation skills (e.g., attention, interaction, recall). We’ll discuss how to differentiate and promote integration between a child’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. We’ll explore the zone of optimal learning and how to extend it for all children.
Assessment and intervention experts, Erin Barton, PhD and Elizabeth Steed, PhD, describe the purpose of social-emotional screening of young children in the context of promoting social-emotional development and identifying children at risk for social-emotional difficulties. This webinar will provide an overview of specific social-emotional screening tools and how one might pick a tool for their program’s use.
This edWebinar provides information about the development, use and latest revision to Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs, a multi-tiered framework for planning and providing individualized support and instruction for young children with disabilities or other special needs. Learn about the four levels of support as well as practical, research-based practices for use in inclusive classrooms and other early learning environments. Become familiar with our various forms and resources for planning, teaching, and monitoring children’s progress.