Family Newsletter

September 2020

Upcoming Family Webinars

High Expectations and High Quality ~ September 10th at 2pm

What does high quality child care look like? What is Paths to QUALITY? What are the possible changes in light of COVID-19? Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we discuss the various types of child care, qualities to look for and questions to consider when choosing high quality, and new changes that may be in place since the coronavirus pandemic.

Register here.

Effective Positive Guidance ~ September 17th 7:30-8:30PM

Join CASY's Family Engagement Specialists while we will focus on defining positive guidance, replacing misbehavior and helping children be more cooperative. We will look at understanding the difference between discipline and punishment to assist with changing the negative patterns in children’s behavior. By focusing on the positive, you will find more joy as a parent. Register here.

Fall Family Fun - October 8th at 2pm

Feeling overwhelmed with the restrictions put in place during the coronavirus pandemic?

Are you looking for different activities and games for your children?

Join CASY's Family Engagement Specialists in October as we discuss fun fall activities available to you at home or in a socially distanced environment, as well as the developmental benefits of play. Register here.

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COVID-19 virtual learning and education: Social and emotional learning

Psychological science tells us that social context, interpersonal relationship, and emotional well-being are important to student learning. Psychology can also offer guidance to parents and caregivers who may be facing challenges fostering social-emotional learning as they adapt to virtual or home education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It can be particularly difficult for parents and caregivers to foster their children's interpersonal relationships and social-emotional development while practicing physical distancing. Having limited access to peers and classmates can affect children's emotional well-being, which can in turn affect their educational performance, learning and development.

Click here for resources that can help children's social-emotional learning during this unusual time by supporting the following psychological principles:

  • Learning is situated within multiple social contexts.
  • Interpersonal relationships and communication are critical to both the teaching–learning process and the social-emotional development of students.
  • Emotional well-being influences educational performance, learning and development.

Helping Young Children Channel Their Aggression

Parenting strategies for managing aggression in young children.

Ask any parent whether she wants her child to be an aggressive person and you are likely to get more than one answer. After all, aggression is associated with both approved and disapproved behavior in our minds and in our society—both with the energy and purpose that help us to actively master the challenges of life and with hurtful actions and destructive forces. Read more here.

10X: "Good Job" Alternatives

Parents and teachers often say “good job” as an automatic response to a child’s action.

“You ate all of your peas. Good job!”

“You did a good job putting away the toys.”

A “good job” now and then is fine, but it doesn’t help children understand why what they did was good. Preschoolers need to know what they did, why it worked, or why it shows they are capable. Try these suggestions to give preschoolers specific, detailed information that recognizes their achievements and encourages their learning.

Observation: The Key to Understanding Your Child

Young children sometimes behave in challenging or confusing ways. You may occasionally have thoughts like:

“Why does she keep pinching her brother’s nose?"
“Why does he put his snack in his hair?”
“Why does she cry when it’s time to put shoes on?”

At first glance, young children’s behaviors can be downright baffling!

Preschool teachers are taught that all behavior is communication and we are trained to observe, document, and analyze children’s behavior to understand what they are “telling” us. With a few tips, you too can start observing your child’s behavior like a pro. Click here to learn more.

Tips for Video Chatting with Young Children – Staying Connected While Far Apart

Do you wonder how to help your young child and his loved ones stay in touch when they are far apart? Children as young as 8 months old respond very well to interactions with people via video chat platforms. Research shows that interactive responsive experiences in real time via video chat enhance even very young children’s language learning. This means as long as the person on the other side of the screen is interacting with and responding in real time, they are not only staying connected to your young child, but can also have many of the positive impacts of responsive communication.

Click here for some ideas to make video calls more interactive for young children.

Toddlers and Biting: Finding the Right Response

Trying your best to understand the underlying cause of the biting will help you develop an effective response. Children bite in order to cope with a challenge or fulfill a need. Read more here.

Listen, Talk, Answer -- Support Your Child's Learning

Most children come home every day with stories to share. Do you stop what you are doing and listen carefully? Your child probably asks a lot of questions. Do you try to answer them? If you do, then you already know the benefits of giving your child time and attention. Teachers call these daily conversations powerful interactions. They help adults and children keep in touch and enjoy being together. These interactions also support children’s learning. Here are some communication tips and examples of the types of things to say.

From Readiness to Success: Supporting 21st Century Leaders

As a society, we are facing undeniably challenging times. The speed in which the world was changed by the COVID-19 pandemic clearly demonstrates the vital need for creative and innovative thinkers and leaders who can work together to address unexpected crises. How can we prepare the children in our care today to be the future leaders in a world with challenges we cannot even imagine? Click here to learn more.

Reading and RES: Parent Tip Tool

Choosing and Using Books to Discuss Race and Ethnicity

Reading books with your child is a key way to start and continue to have conversations about race and ethnicity. Click here to learn more about the importance of talking to children about race and how the right books can help.

Tips on Helping Your Child Develop Confidence

Self-confidence is an essential ingredient for all aspects of your child’s healthy development and a key ingredient for school success. Here's how you can help your child develop the self-confidence they need for future success.

Big Kid Beds: When to Make the Switch

​​​Your toddler may have a heady sense of freedom the first few nights after transferring permanently to a bed. Luckily, most children are happy to “graduate” and stay in their beds more willingly than they did in their cribs. However, for a few, the transition has to be managed closely. The best way is to continue with the same bedtime routine you have used since your child first joined the family. Read more here.