ESC-20 Pre-K Newsletter

August 10, 2020

A Note From Vanessa


As we begin to start sending our children "back to school" it is clear that we as parents are scrambling to balance work and home life.

There's no telling when things will return to "normal." We must work together to ensure that our children are getting their needs met . All hands must be on deck in order to cross that finish line!

Our Early Childhood Team is continuing to provide support to parents and teachers through these unpredictable times.

Remember parents and educators, stress is all around us! It is how we learn to cope and deal with these stresses that allows us to conquer the day!



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What Parents Can Do

Stress and infants:

  • Be aware of your child’s stress level, and help reduce stress when possible.
  • Help your child manage her stress.

Stress and toddlers / preschoolers:

  • Tune in to your child’s behavior.
  • Remember that relationships help buffer stress!
  • When your child is unhappy, make an effort not just to calm and support him/her.
  • Encourage play that includes role-playing.

(n.d.). Parenting Counts | Supporting Parents and Caregivers in Raising Socially and Emotionally Healthy Children.

Families can help children learn how to take a break from activities or interactions that are challenging to them. Just like adults, young children might react to stress, frustration, and disappointment by becoming angry, shouting, refusing help from adults, or engaging in other challenging behaviors. Adults might use helpful strategies such as self-talk, deep breathing, or taking a break when they are feeling the need to take a break and calm down. The calm down area provides children with a place to let go of strong emotions and begin to feel calm and ready to engage with others again.

Taking a Break: Using a Calm Down Area at Home. (2020, July 7). National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations NCPMI.



STEM requires creativity and critical thinking skills, which can be fostered through play. When children are able to navigate the engineering process by experimenting and problem solving, it helps prepare them for innovation they will need in order to be successful in future careers. Hands-on play experiences are especially valuable because they help children see real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and math concepts.

Playing with STEM at home for young learners. (n.d.). The Genius of Play.

Block Measuring

  • In this activity, your child will use interlocking blocks to begin to understand measurement and compare how long or tall common household objects are.
  • We used the building blocks that he already had at home
  • Instead of gathering household items, I had him select some of his toys to measure
  • Adjust the activity to fit what you have around your home
  • You can use toy cars or crayons as your measurement tool
Early Childhood Block Measure


Vanessa Moran

Early Childhood Consultant

Texas School Ready Coordinator

Education Service Center, Region 20