Parenting is one of the most challenging and important jobs there is. And parents need all the support they can get – especially during this current health crisis. The new Building Blocks of Parenting™ (BBP) App provides parents with easy access to information, resources, and supportive connections to help them promote their children’s learning and healthy development. It’s available in English and Spanish on both iOS and Android platforms.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many early learning professionals to connect with parents and families in an entirely new way — providing support for parents who are educating and caring for their children at home full-time. Parents are now receiving so much information about teaching their children at home, that it can quickly become overwhelming. While these resources are helpful, one of the best things that you can do to actually help parents is to help them feel empowered. No one knows their little ones like they do, and it is important to remind them that by trusting their instincts, they will get through this!
With school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have become reliant on emails, messages, and other forms of communication to stay in touch with families. Because many parents are overwhelmed with having their children home full-time, it can be tricky to connect with them during this time. Whether you want to remind them about an upcoming webinar or send them some helpful information, it is important that what you share is for parents to read and digest.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in different ways. We’re all figuring out how to balance our different roles and demands right now, and many parents might be reaching out to you with questions about their children. To help, Zero to Three has put together a big list of parenting questions and answers to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while stuck inside during the COVID-19 crisis. To help, The Child Mind Institute has shared a list of resources to offer support to parents and families during this time. These resources might help you as you stay home with your own little ones, or they might be beneficial to share with families in your care who could be in need of extra support (these resources are also available in Spanish).
Parents want to know best practices for screen time, setting limits, age-appropriate content, online safety, movie & TV reviews, apps for learning, and digital citizenship. To help support families, Common Sense Media recently created Tech Balance to give them the information they need. Tech Balance is a new, free, bilingual text messaging service for families with children. The program delivers advice, resources, and tips.
In your work as an educator and a professional in early learning, many parents will turn to you for advice about important questions related to their child’s development, and ask for resources or ideas for how to support learning at home. In this article, we share a list of helpful resources on developmental milestones and appropriate activities for parents to try with their little ones at home. Each of the resources are evidence-backed and come from reputable sources in the field of early learning.
Are you looking for new ways to engage families in your program? Ready4K is an evidence-based family engagement curriculum. When early learning programs partner with Ready4K, the parents in your program will receive text messages with fun facts and easy tips on how to promote children’s development by building on existing routines.
Sending newsletters to your program’s families is a great way to keep everyone in the loop about what is going on and to maintain an open line of communication. If you do not currently have a program newsletter, it might feel intimidating to create one. In this article we share a few quick and easy tips to help you get started.
Whether you chat with parents via an early learning app, email, or phone calls, today’s early learning classrooms have a unique opportunity to connect with parents in a wide variety of ways. With so many different options, it can be difficult to know the best way to connect with families. Finding out what works best for parents, can help to ensure that you are connecting in a convenient and supportive way.