Parenting Through the Coronavirus

Mitigating Stress While Parenting Through a Pandemic

A Three Part Series for Parents, Guardians, Caregivers and Teachers

West Hartford Public Schools and the West Hartford School Readiness Council are pleased to provide a three-part series on parenting and teaching children at home during the Coronavirus presented by. Dr. Peg Oliveira, Executive Director of the Gesell Institute at the Yale Child Study Center.


WHO SHOULD VIEW? Families, caregivers and teachers of students Pre-K through 5th grade; parents of middle school-age children may find these sessions applicable as well! Opportunities for questions & answers will be provided at the end of each session.


Presenter: Dr. Peg Oliveira is a child development expert and activist with a doctorate in developmental psychology from Brandeis University. Dr. Oliveira has advocated for fair pay for early childhood educators, child care assistance for working parents and equitable access to high quality education.

Caring for the Caregiver: Put on Your Oxygen Mask First

A recording of this session is available here through August 31, 2020.

A recording of this session in American Sign Language is available here.


The very real impact of feeling overwhelmed on mental and physical well being can not be overstated. In this time when educators need to also be parents and parents also need to be educators, all at the same time, we could all use a little self care. Together we’ll learn some basic mindfulness practices to calm the nervous system, and create a self care practice that will support us in this challenging time. No mindfulness experience necessary; just a comfortable seat and cozy clothes.


If you attend this session either live or via the recorded version, please take a moment to complete a brief survey.

How to Create Stability for Children in Uncertain Times

A recording of this session is available through August 31, 2020.

A recording of this session in American Sign Language is available here.


In this time of uncertainty and chaos, what can we do to help children cope? Research tells us that while stress can negatively impact child development, children are resilient. In this workshop learn how secure relationships and supportive environments are fundamental to healthy child development and can positively impact child behavior as well as the caregiver’s own ability to cope. Leave with some basic practices to try at home to help everyone in the family feel more secure.


If you attend this session either live or via the recorded version, please take a moment to complete a brief survey.

Why Is My Child Suddenly So . . . (insert confusing adjective here): How and why the stress of this pandemic may be impacting your child's brain and behavior.

A recording of this session will be available here through August 31, 2020.

A recording of this session in American Sign Language is available here.


While children may seem less vulnerable, physically, to this coronavirus, they may be more vulnerable, psychologically. If new, out of the ordinary and even challenging behaviors are suddenly present, consider them a message. Behaviors can be important signals from children expressing needs that they can’t put into words. What can we do to support our children during this crisis? Focusing on secure relationships and supportive environments can help. In this workshop learn how your children’s brains and behaviors may be impacted by trauma and leave with some basic practices to try at home to help everyone in the family cope.


If you attend this session either live or via the recorded version, please take a moment to complete a brief survey.