Coronavirus Resources for Early Childhood Professionals
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We know the work you do is too important to ever stop completely, and it’s more challenging now than ever. We are here and ready to help the early childhood community be responsive to family needs during this challenging time.
Webinar Series: Addressing Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19
Register for our five-part guided reflection webinar series on the abuse and neglect impacting children, their families, and professionals during this pandemic.
Mindfulness Breaks | A Weekly Series for Self-Care
Join us every Friday at 12pm ET for 15-minute guided mindfulness sessions. Learn simple yet effective techniques to use throughout each day to manage stress and anxiety.
Your Professional Development
Community of Practice Facilitation will be hosted virtually to help you facilitate collaborative dialogues with you team to transform their practice and the field.
Continuing education units are free for ZERO TO THREE members and 50% off for non-members.
Member Connect continues to give ZERO TO THREE members peer support and resource exchange opportunities.
Transform teacher-child interaction in early learning programs. Learn more about the ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler EducatorsTM and the Critical Competencies model which addresses three essential learning and development areas:
Critical Competencies online course articles relevant to COVID-19 concerns include:
- Supporting Children’s Self-Regulation (from SE-2)
- The Emotional Brain Under Construction (from SE-3)
- Emotional Overload (from SE-3)
- When Cultural Expectations for Behavior Differ (from SE-5)
- Managing Yourself When Encountering Challenging Behavior (from SE-5)
Your Self Care
Getting Started with Mindfulness: A Toolkit for Early Childhood Organizations
The stress and uncertainty of the global pandemic is leading more professionals to mindfulness and other practices of well-being. In this toolkit, learn more about the case for implementing mindfulness techniques into your daily work and organizational culture, try hands-on strategies for doing so, and learn more from organizations that have begun this journey.
Launching April 2020: Live mindfulness sessions with Maria Gehl, our in-house mindfulness guru. By taking care of ourselves and each other, we will be able to better care for babies.
For Families You Serve
Tips for Families: Coronavirus
This suite of resources for the families you serve offers tips and tools including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.
Magic of Everyday Moments
These simple, relatable videos illustrate the many ways in which caregivers can contribute to a child’s successful development through simple interactions.
As more caregivers rely on technology to connect with young children at home or enhance their learning, there are more questions than ever about the impact of digital media. Screen Sense describes what is known at this time about the effect of screen media on young children’s learning and development.
Shelter from the Storm
ZERO TO THREE and Save the Children partnered to create materials for professionals and parents to support young children affected by crises. Available in both English and Spanish, these resources can be used in both shelter and child care settings.
Our favorite books for families facing tough times
ZERO TO THREE experts share our favorite picture and activity books for supporting young children through stressful and traumatic situations, including titles created in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Best Practices During a Crisis
Reflective Consultation With Groups via Virtual Technology: What Is Best Practice?
As the field of infant and early childhood mental health continues to grow and professionals realize the value of reflective supervision/consultation, the need for equitable access to quality reflective supervision expands. One way that providers have increased access is through virtual technology. ZERO TO THREE is offering this resource for free to share best practices for promoting reflective supervision and consultation when in-person communication is not an option.
Infants and toddlers have the power to cope with adversity. Learn how you can help them unlock their full potential.
Resources for Health Professionals from HealthySteps
The HealthySteps National Office is monitoring COVID-19 policies and practices relevant to pediatric primary care offices, i.e., telehealth, resources for family needs and self-care for health professionals, and more.
COVID-19: Advice for Caregivers of Young Children
This infogram handout from experts at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center outlines common ways children react to stress, and ideas to help.
COVID-19 Advocacy Action
As the pandemic shuts down child care centers, as well as a range of service providers and workplaces, it is impacting not only the physical health of families with young children, but also threatening their economic and emotional well-being. Visit our Policy Center for opportunities to act on behalf of babies, toddlers, and their families.
Share Your Story. Tell us what you need.
Share your joys and challenges with us as you care for yourself, the families you serve, and others. And let us know what resources would be helpful to have. We’re here to listen, support, and strengthen our community.
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