Secretary Burwell announced that HHS will dedicate 4 million toward early childhood mental health consultation services.
Secretaries Burwell and Duncan Release Policy Statement on Expulsion and Suspension Practices in Early Learning Settings
Today, Secretaries Burwell and Duncan announced the release of a policy statement on expulsion and suspension practices in early learning settings at the White House’s Summit on Early Education. Exclusionary discipline practices occur at high rates in early learning settings, and at even higher rates for young boys of color. The effort, part of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, encourages states, early childhood programs, and families to partner in preventing, reducing, and eventually eliminating the expulsion and suspension of young children from early learning programs. As part of this commitment, Secretary Burwell announced that HHS will dedicate $4 million toward early childhood mental health consultation services to prevent this troubling practice and to help all children thrive in early learning settings.
See the Policy Statement on Expulsion and Suspension Practices in Early Learning Settings here.
Thank you so much for all your hard work in Pennsauken last week, sharing your time and energy with First Book! We distributed nearly 365,000 brand new books to children in need, and we were able to do it because of your incredible help!
More than 100 local organizations drove to pick-up books, and an additional 575 nationwide received boxes of books shipped to their door. Our recipient groups are always eager to share their appreciation and enthusiasm:
“THANK YOU so much for all the books that we picked up last week!
It was great to see all the boxes of books that the kids will be getting.
The warehouse crew was GREAT!”
Our work isn’t done, though – and yours doesn’t have to be either. Below, you’ll find a few links to help keep you up to date on what we’re doing, where we’re going, and how many books we’re getting to the kids who need them most.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us distribute new books for children in need!
The First Book Team
(Especially Amanda, Kyle, Kate, Kevin, Anna and Katie!)
Our hearts go out to the family members and others affected by the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. We’ve compiled these online resources for parents, teachers, and others working with young children about coping with violence and talking to young children about tragedies they learn about in the media.
The National Association of School Psychologists – Resources to cope with violence
Resources on talking to children about violence, tips for parents, teachers, and school administrators, dealing with a death in a school and more. The Association has listed some of these key resources on their home page for quick access.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Tips for talking to children about the shooting
Resources on talking to children about the recent shooting, information about the shooting’s psychological impact, tips for parents on media coverage – includes tips specific for preschool-aged children.
The National Education Association – School crisis guide
The National Education Association (NEA) and the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) developed this easy-to-use crisis guide with essential, to-the-point advice for schools and districts.
American Academy of Pediatrics – Talking with children
Resources to help parents talk to children about violence and disasters.
Child Care Aware – Helping families and children cope
In the wake of any kind of emergency or disaster – large or small – children and adults may feel anxious about their own safety and security. Child Care Aware offers resources for Parents, Caregivers, School Professionals and more.
American Psychological Association – Helping children manage distress
As a parent, you may be struggling with how to talk with your children about a shooting rampage. It is important to remember that children look to their parents to make them feel safe.
National Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Coping with tragic events
In hopes of helping families cope with such tragic events AACAP created a collection of resources including tips for talking to children about Connecticut school shooting.
Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events
Subtitled “A Guide for Parents and Educators,” this printable PDF contains concise tips for talking to children after traumatic events as well as resource links when more active intervention may be required.