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Kwon, Kyong-Ah; Horm, Diane M.; Amirault, Chris – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
Researchers from the Happy Teacher Project found that many early childhood teachers experience stress and demonstrate lack of well-being at rates and levels that threaten the quality and sustainability of the workforce. Further, working with children exposed to trauma adds significant emotional and physical burden on teachers who already struggle…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Well Being, Teacher Welfare, Holistic Approach
Williams, Dorinda Silver; Mulrooney, Kathleen – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
This article focuses on the fundamental role that early childhood educators (ECEs) play in the lives of infants and very young children and their families--underscoring the power of early interactions and relationships between infant--toddler and preschool educators and the children in their programs. The authors explore the ECEs' unique roles,…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Role, Infants, Young Children
Bartlett, Jessica Dym – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
Trauma early in life can significantly impair children's development, mental health, and learning, placing them at risk for poor mental and physical health problems throughout life. Young children experience trauma more often, and are more vulnerable to its harmful effects, than older children. Early childhood education (ECE) programs regularly…
Descriptors: Trauma, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Preschool Children
Greene, Kristen – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
An exploration of equity and power in infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) consultation and early childhood education (ECE) relationships requires the examination of diversity, anti-racist values, cross-disciplinary perspectives, and parallel process. Attaining the mission of the early childhood field to support the growth,…
Descriptors: Infants, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Child Development
Chacon, Jenifer; Reschke, Kathy L. – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
In the spring of 2020, the emerging COVID-19 pandemic prompted states across the country to mandate that most early childhood education programs close, leaving families with young children scrambling to adapt to full-time caregiving and leaving educators uncertain of their economic and professional future. For many communities, this hardship was…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Infants, Toddlers
Paradis, Nichole; Johnson, Kira; Richardson, Zsalanda – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
With an average annual salary of just over $16,000, the work of early childhood education professionals is grossly undervalued and leads to high turnover rates. And yet, the quality and consistency of the care they provide to infants and young children has a lasting impact on their brain development and social-emotional well-being. This article…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Infants, Young Children, Child Care
Cisneros, Brooke; Prieto, Destiney; Jennings-Shaffer, Jennifer; Perez, Amanda – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
Decisions being made on Capitol Hill and in state capitals may seem remote from the experiences of early childhood professionals, but policymakers have a big impact on babies and families. Early childhood professionals and parents bring key expertise and passion to policy advocacy and have a powerful role to play. This article identifies the…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Child Care, Young Children
Hunter, Amy; Horen, Neal – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
Infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) consultation has gained increasing attention over the years as an effective approach to supporting young children's social-emotional development (Brennan et al., 2008; Hepburn et al., 2013). The current syndemic (the aggregation of two or more concurrent epidemics that interact synergistically to…
Descriptors: Child Health, Mental Health, COVID-19, Pandemics
Sroufe, L. Alan – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
The Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation, a 45-year study of children born into poverty, offers a number of lessons for practitioners. Among these are the potency of early relationship experiences for predicting developmental outcomes and the fate of early experience following developmental change. This article describes the…
Descriptors: Child Development, Developmental Stages, Poverty, At Risk Persons
Peak, Alison D.; Kronenberg, Mindy; Morelen, Diana; Noron~a, Carmen Rosa; Frankel, Karen; Webster, Angela – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
The Tennessee First Five Training Institute (TFFTI) is a workforce development project to build infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) capacity across Tennessee's community mental health agencies. TFFTI focused on foundational trainings in IECMH concepts, training in child-parent psychotherapy, dyadic, trauma treatment for children birth…
Descriptors: Infants, Young Children, Mental Health, Health Services
McCormick, Ashley; Goldberg, Sheryl; Hutchinson, Harleen; Hughes Pontier, Christine R.; Bowers, Ashley; Nenide, Lana Shklyar; Silva, Jose´ – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
As the infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH)-informed workforce adapted to the unexpected and challenging events brought on by COVID-19, associations for infant mental health (AIMHs), whose primary role is to support the workforce, stepped up and offered what very few organizations could during the onset of the pandemic: opportunities…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Child Health, Mental Health
Moté, Bela; Knight, Sonja Crum – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
The Carole Robertson Center for Learning is one of the largest early childhood and youth development nonprofit organizations in Chicago, serving more than 1,000 children and their families every day, with a significant presence on the city's West Side. The organization's work during the COVID-19 pandemic and a summer grounded in the fight for…
Descriptors: Human Dignity, Resilience (Psychology), Capacity Building, Early Childhood Education
Gerdes, Marsha; Anokam, Crystal; Blackson, Emma; Segan, Ellie; Mahar, MaryKay; Huertas, Beth; Lewis, Bernadette; Richards, Cynthia – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
This story from the field describes the experiences of 11 early childhood education centers in Philadelphia that were part of a project to implement Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). It tells of the many challenges they faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for racial equity and social justice and how these events…
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Resilience (Psychology), Early Childhood Education, Pandemics
Curtin, Dawn M.; Wilson, Linda L. – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
Early Head Start's intensive home- and center-based comprehensive services include proven significant impacts on young children's development and on parent's knowledge and behavior. However, how does a program continue delivery of supports and resources in a global health crisis? This article presents an overview of The Enola Group Early Head…
Descriptors: Creativity, COVID-19, Pandemics, Disadvantaged Youth
Afkinich, Jenny; Torres, Jenny; Latta, Laura; Wasserman, Kate Sweeney; Endy, Katherine; Candelaria, Margo – ZERO TO THREE, 2021
Maryland's Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) program has pivoted to respond to the complex and changing needs of early childhood education providers and the families they serve during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consultants have innovatively adapted and increased outreach, support services, classroom and child observation,…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Consultation Programs, Early Childhood Teachers, Family Needs
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