In ideal scenarios, the adults are emotionally and physically available for the child at all times. They are responsive to their kid's needs, helping them regulate their emotions and understand the myriad stimuli they’re taking in...But for many parents, doing that became all but impossible once the pandemic hit..."
A new and important article in USA Today looks at the immense impact the Covid-era has had on our little ones, and on the important adults in their world. We know that children born into and growing up through the past two-plus years are missing important skills and are experiencing challenging emotions but as Dr. Housman points out in this article children “develop within the context of relationships,” and therefore we need to be supporting families and educators with their emotional well-being so they can best model for and guide children in their emotional development.
At Housman Institute, we believe our role is to nurture the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of all students and educators without bias. It is critical that every child feel recognized and validated from their earliest days—to understand that their voice matters, regardless of background or experience and is being heard. We listen to, respect and support the needs of our educators as we recognize their critical role in a child's emotional growth and development. Together we need to begin the important work to help all our children and educators, as we move toward a more equitable environment for early learning, setting the stage for the building blocks of empathy and conflict resolution, and a more equitable future for us all. To learn more about how our program works to address equity in early childhood school communities... visit here.