COVID-19 Support

During this uncertain time, as we all face the stress and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to equipping you with free resources to provide continued emotional support for young children.

Our new special video series, featuring Al, the endearing puppet role model in our evidence-based program “Al’s Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices,” helps children cope with daily life during the Coronavirus health crisis. Al talks with the children about his own feelings, about feelings they may be experiencing, and how to manage them.

Al’s messages can benefit all children, whether this is the first time they are meeting him, or they already know him from the classroom.

We invite you to share the videos and our other free resources through your social media outlets, on your website, through email or other ways you communicate with families and community partners.

Together we can foster children’s resilience during these challenging times and strengthen their skills for life.

 

Video:  Helping children deal with feelings about missing their friends and staying home 

In this video, Al talks to children about feelings they might be having from missing their friends and teachers and staying home, and the importance of staying healthy. Al sings the “I’m a Healthy Child” song that reminds children that being healthy means taking care of their bodies and talking about how they feel.

 

Video: Encouraging children to talk about feelings from missing events and friends 

In this video, Al encourages children to talk to a trusted adult about feelings they may have from missing fun events and friends due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

 

Video: Al helps children use the “Calm Down” steps to handle big feelings

In this video, Al talks to children about using the “Calm Down” steps to handle big feelings they may have from being home so much due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As you know, self-regulation is an important social-emotional skill, particularly during this unusual time when feelings flare up because daily life has changed for so many.

 

Video: Al helps children deal with feeling scared when they see people wear masks 

In this video, Al wears a mask and explains to children that many people are wearing masks to stay safe and healthy, and to stop the bad virus (COVID-19) from spreading. He tells them that it is ok if they feel scared or worried or any other feeling.

 

Video: Al helps children cope with being disappointed when plans are canceled 

In this video, Al talks with the children about feeling disappointed when plans are canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He encourages them to think of other fun things they can do while staying home and to talk to a trusted adult about their feelings. Al sings the “Lots of Feelings” song to remind the children that any feelings they have are ok – there are no right or wrong feelings.

COVID-19 Support

Our child-friendly videos provide emotional support to help children cope with daily life and the feelings they may be having during the Coronavirus health crisis.

 

To watch the videos please click here.

 

 

 

Here’s to a healthy new year!

Want some fresh ideas for delicious, child-friendly meals? Check out our Pinterest Board here! You will find recipes for simple healthy snacks like Morning Glory Muffins and meals like Turkey Taco Lettuse Wraps.

 

Teaching Gratitude in an All-About-Me World

Let’s face it: we all take things for granted. We forget how fortunate we are. Let’s make November a month of gratitude! Help your children focus on what they are grateful for. Read about it: The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood. Talk about it: share 3 things you’re grateful for at dinner or bedtime. Make a Tree of Thanksgiving.

Training for Parent Educators – 10/25-26

Here, Now and Down the Road…Tips for Loving Parents is a strengths-based parent education program designed to promote the resilient development of young children. The program fosters positive parent-child relationships and enhances parents’ skills for teaching children to handle feelings, think independently, develop creativity, and solve problems. Join us for our upcoming training for parent educators.

Here, Now and Down the Road… Tips for Loving Parents

Training for Parent Educators

Richmond, Virginia    October 25-26

Registration Form

Free Resources for a Healthy New Year

Are you looking for research-based, practical, and easy-to-use resources that promote healthy eating and physical activity in young children? We can help! Take a look at the games, fun activities, and healthy snack ideas here.

 

 

Teaching Gratitude in an All-About-Me World

Let’s face it: we all take things for granted. We forget how fortunate we are. Let’s make November a month of gratitude! Help your children focus on what they are grateful for. Read about it: The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood. Talk about it: share 3 things you’re grateful for at dinner or bedtime. Make a Tree of Thanksgiving.

October is Bullying Prevention Month

It’s a time when communities across the country can work together to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. Wingspan has training that expands early childhood educators’ understanding of bullying behavior in young children.  Participants learn how they can intervene when bullying occurs and what they can do to prevent bullying. Click here for more information.

July is National Picnic Month!

Planning a picnic with children can be fun and it involves brainstorming and making choices – great skills for life!  What sandwiches?  Which fruit will travel well? What toys should we bring? Even a picnic in the back yard or in another room is fun for children. Pack water, a blanket, and hand sanitizer– you’re good to go.

For more great skill-building tips, check out In a Nutshell on the AcornDreams homepage.