The COVID-19 pandemic has left us all in situations far beyond normal.
Our usual caregiving routines have been disrupted. Parents are keeping children at home, and child care providers are struggling to balance serious economic impacts and health concerns for both the families they serve and their own families. At LENA, we understand how stressful these changes can be. We’re parents ourselves, and just like you, we’re struggling to balance the demands of work and home life, which have collided since the coronavirus outbreak.
Amidst mounting pressures, we believe the core truths of LENA still apply: early talk is key, and caregivers are the secret sauce. Whatever situation you find yourself in, interaction with children matters. Caregivers have the power to shape a child’s experience of this time. By tuning in and responding to their feelings, we can make this scary time easier.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be aggregating resources here to support positive interactions. If there’s anything we can do to help or a resource you’d like to add to this list, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Check back here each week for fresh ideas. We’ll get through this together!
Activity of the week: Outdoor play
Article: Home Learning Resources — Activities to do with Infants and Toddlers | Acelero Learning + Shine Early Learning
Video: Language Development with Zoe | Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County
Activity of the week: Bed time/Naptime
Article: Nap Time is for Letting Go | NAEYC
Article: Nine Positive Parenting Techniques to do During Bedtime | NAEYC
Activity of the week: Clothing change
Podcast: The Brain Architects Podcast — COVID-19 Special Edition: A Different
World | Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Article: Supporting Our Children during COVID-19 | Let’s Talk Cambridge
Activity of the week: Songs and rhymes
Activity of the week: Transitions
Activity of the week: Mealtimes
Article: Ideas for Cooking with Kids
Activity of the week: Indoor Play
Download: Indoor play graphic
Activity of the week: Hand-washing
Download: Hand-washing graphic
Article: How to Wash Your Baby’s Hands
Strategies to bolster resilience in children
14 Talking Tips
Article: Stress, Resilience, and the Role of Science: Responding to the Coronavirus
Pandemic | Harvard Center on the Developing Child