Announcing a new resource for PreK-2nd Grade Teachers
Through curated teaching tools, children’s books, articles, videos, and podcasts, this resource supports PreK-2nd grade staff in the use of, and adherence to the New York State Department of Education’s Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework (CRSEF). It provides resources for how to implement the framework’s grounding principles and practices throughout the day including during mornings and transitions, reading and ELA, science, math, special areas, and social-emotional learning time. Read more
Get Ready to GROW community awareness campaign launch
On Thursday, August 19, 2021, Children’s Institute hosted a special press conference to launch a community awareness campaign aimed at increasing important developmental screenings for children in our community. At the press conference speakers highlighted the impact Get Ready to Grow comprehensive screenings can have on child development and share new campaign messaging, as well as parent and provider perspectives on the impact early detection and service provision can have on our community’s children and families. www.GetReadyToGROW.org
Get Ready to GROW bus for community screenings
Children’s Institute recently designed and equipped a bus for our “Get Ready to GROW’ program and is providing developmental screening for young children throughout the Finger Lakes region. Thanks to funding from FLPPS (Finger Lakes Performing Provider System) and partnerships with many community organizations, the GROW bus will allow us to reach families in a variety of settings to support young children’s healthy development. www.GetReadyToGROW.org
We stand and speak for racial justice and public health equity - together
Children’s Institute is committed to work towards the elimination of systemic and institutional racism, individual racism, and implicit bias. We don't stand silent. Silent isn't neutral. We stand and speak for racial justice and public health equity – together. Families with children in communities of color demand allies who support, understand, recognize, and transform personal discomfort into decisive action that promotes lasting change around these inequities. Visit the Racism and Social Justice page for more information and resources
COVID-19 Resources for Families
Children’s Institute knows that children’s social emotional health is greatly impacted by times of anxiety and the recent news about COVID-19. Visit our resources page on how to share information such as this with young children as well as other useful topics to help children and their families navigate through the current situation.
PLEASE NOTE: You can continue to reach any Children's Institute staff member by calling 585-295-1000 or through email. We are working at this time from home offices and will respond in a timely manner.
I learned this afternoon of the passing of Dr. Roger Weissberg, a towering figure in the field of social and emotional learning (SEL) and someone I considered a mentor and friend. I am so very sad – sadder than I fear I have any right to be given how many others knew him so much more personally than I did. But then again, that is a quality Roger had – the ability to make you feel so special and important in his life, even though he had hundreds of people like you in his orbit.
While going back to school in person might be nerve-racking and/or exciting it's important to know you're not alone. Going back to school in person after so much time and change is the perfect opportunity to begin what I like to call our “new normal.”
A colleague recently shared this article about unconditional positive regard written by Alex Shevrin Venet. In it, she talks about the stance she takes with her students being “I care about you. You have value. You don’t have to do anything to prove it to me, and nothing’s going to change my mind.” That is a game changing-attitude.
These are the moments.
Childhood is a series of moments when a little help can go a very long way. These are the moments that set the course for a lifetime of health, productivity, and even joy. And these are the moments that determine a community's future. Subscribe today to stay up-to-date with the programs, training, and initiatives at Children's Institute.