“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers, you will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.”- Mr. Rogers
July 23-25, 2018
As early childhood educators, we know that children look to us as helpers and desperately need opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations about Hurricane Harvey and other traumatic events. In order to do this, we must first attend to our own well-being. This special three-day conference for teachers and administrators of three-year-olds to first graders will support the emotional needs of early childhood professionals while also providing specific ideas for supporting the young children in our care.
As early childhood educators, we must ask ourselves, “How might we create safe spaces in our classrooms for children to share their stories, thoughts and fears?” Research tells us that young children learn and heal through play. Play offers children open-ended opportunities to engage in extended conversation and express their emotions in a safe environment. It also provides opportunities for teachers to promote early literacy development in educationally sound ways.
Join a community of teachers committed to thinking deeply about ways in which we might best support the emotional needs of both adults and children who have experienced trauma. Participants will take home books and materials to replenish their classrooms as well as hundreds of classroom ideas.