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1-2-3 Trauma-Sensitive Toolkit for Caregivers This toolkit was developed by public health nurses with the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) Weaving Bright Futures Program. Their goal was to improve the resilience of caregivers and the children in their care. It is intended to support caregivers on their journey toward trauma sensitivity. It is organized by topic. Each topic contains a brief overview, specific tools that can be used with children, and suggestions on where to find more information. Also included are handouts that can be used as teaching aids. Each toolkit topic builds upon the previous ones. Website
10 Books That Empower Kids to Stand Up and Speak Out Books can be great resources for change-minded kids, helping them think about why and how they can be a force for good in a complicated world and have an impact, large or small. Here are some great books for readers of all ages. Website
10 Things Every Child Needs (Videos) At birth, an infant's brain is only 25 percent of the size of an average adult's brain. Incredibly, by age 3, a child's brain has grown to 90 percent of that an adult's brain. During infancy and early childhood, children are flooded with new experiences that impact their brain development. The first 3 years of a child's life offer parents and other caregivers an amazing opportunity to shape the child's growth and form healthy habits that will last a lifetime. This site offers 10 videos discussing ways to facilitate child development from birth to three. Website
12 Children's Picture Books That Challenge Traditional Gender Roles Research shows that even young children can quickly fall into these sex-based stereotypes and prejudices. In honor of celebrating our diversity, here are 12 children's picture books that challenge traditional gender roles. Website
12. The Importance of Planned Transitions (Part one) Transitions—they can often make or break the day! Planning for the transitions that are a necessary part of the day is key to helping children be successful and for avoiding challenges that might derail that success. But what do planned transitions look like? Listen as expert Priscilla Weigel discusses some tips on charting success. Podcast
13. Strategies for Successful Transitions (Part two) In Part Two of our discussion on transitions, we will look at some specific strategies for making your transitions more successful. Included in this podcast will be activities to involve children and staff before and during transitions in order to avoid pitfalls around challenging behaviors. Podcast
14. Play: Play Skills are Developmental Too! (Part one) In this podcast, we look at children’s development from infant stages through older preschool to explore what types of play children should typically be engaged in at different ages. Play is both developmental and learned so children need our help in acquiring skills that help them move from stage to stage. We will set the foundation for talking about some of the challenges children may face in their play. Podcast
19. Finding the Joy in Children (Part One) In this first part of a two-part series, we will discuss how important it is to be in the moment with children, remembering the sheer joy of play for children. It can be hard when there is so much emphasis on curriculum and cognitive achievement, but what is more gratifying than the wonder in a child’s eyes when you discover something new together, or the abandoned glee of outdoor play. Let’s remember why we do what we do! Podcast
2. The Emotional Environment Podcast on "The Emotional Environment&": Inclusion specialist Priscilla Weigel speaks with Cindy Croft about the impact of the "emotional" environment on children s behavior. Setting up the environment for children s success is a key piece for all early childhood or school-age practitioners to consider Podcast
20. Finding the Joy in Our Profession (Part Two) In the second part of our series, we will reflect on finding joy in the early childhood profession. It can be a stressful job, no question about it. How do we find the necessary supports and the self-discovery needed to truly gain the joy of our work? Come and share our discussion about loving what we do. Podcast