For all of us in the Head Start community, our role in supporting the nation’s most vulnerable children is most critical in moments like this. Each of us holds the privilege and responsibility that comes with nurturing our youngest learners, and we recommit to creating a brighter, more empathetic future through them and for them. As you support children and families in the wake of this week’s violence, we offer you a list of resources to navigate these conversations. We know that Head Start is made up of unendingly generous individuals, but please also remember to take care of yourselves.
Talking to Children About Tragedy
Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents, teachers, child care providers, and others who work closely with children to filter information about the event and present it in a way that their child can understand, adjust to, and cope with.
Source: Healthy Children, American Academy of Pediatrics
Helping Children Cope with Natural Disaster and Catastrophe
What Happened to MY World was written to help adults peer into the minds of children from infancy through the teenage years, and understand their confusion, fears, grief, and struggles to understand why inexplicable accidents or the forces of nature can suddenly disrupt or destroy the world as they know it.
Source: Bright Horizons
Community Violence Resource Hub
Community violence is violence that happens around you. Sadly, our world and communities are full of scary, disturbing news about people harming others. It’s hard to know how to explain such events to young children, or how much to share, but you can help them feel safer and more secure…and build hope for a more peaceful, kinder future.
Source: Sesame Street in Communities
Talking with Children About Difficult Things in the News
During times of tragedy and difficulty in the news, we may think that children are unaware of what is happening. However, children are more aware—than we know and are especially sensitive to the moods and conversations of adults around them. Here are some ideas and considerations for supporting children when the news in the world is difficult.
Source: Fred Rogers Center
Addressing the Violent Mob in the US Capitol
Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol
While parents and caregivers continue to process these disturbing events, kids are also trying to make sense of what they're seeing and hearing. Use these age-based tips and questions to have conversations as a family about disturbing events.
Source: Common Sense Media
How to Talk to Your Kids About the Breach at the U.S. Capitol
This is the kind of event that can leave children feeling unsafe and unsure if adults can protect them. In the face of that fear, we parents can empower ourselves to protect our children's sense of security and their mental health.
Ensuring Student Well-Being in the Context of the 2020 Election
As always, schools play a critical role in this process by creating a positive learning environment for all students, even in a virtual context... Here are some recommendations for how educators and other adults can support children and youth in the days and months ahead.
Source: National Association of School Psychologists
Self-Care for Educators and Parents
Re-Centering In Times Of Uncertainty
It's no secret that collectively the world is going through a scary and uncertain time. This meditation was created for re-centering in times of fear, chaos, and uncertainty. We cannot always control what is going on outside of us, but we can always come back to our breath.