He was a father, a grandfather, and a son.
The killing of George Floyd displays for all the many costs when we permit inhumanity and racism to continue.
We value each and every child, and all adults. Everyone should be safe in their community. Children's Institute shares in the responsibility for all of us to work to end the pattern of abuse and the resulting fatal cycle perpetrated against people of color - our communities' mothers, fathers, and children.
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.
Community Check-In Conversation Series
Join us and others in our community to simply listen, support, and connect. The series is a virtual community discussion intended to foster human connection and inform our anticipation of needs as we navigate an unprecedented time.
Rochester International Children's Film Festival
Children's Institute is a proud supporter of the Rochester International Children’s Film Festival which offers the very best of children’s shorts from around the world -- thoughtfully curated to reflect gentle social themes as well as to celebrate artistry, music, and other wonderful things!
To learn more about the Rochester International Children’s Film Festival, visit www.kidsfestroc.org
GROW-Rochester: Early childhood developmental readiness
Children’s Institute’s GROW program is breaking new ground by screening all three-year-old children in the city of Rochester to address potential health and developmental concerns prior to enrolling in Kindergarten. Learn more and view a GROW video that shows the program in action and the importance of screening young children.
Children’s Institute works with over 200 early childhood classrooms in the Rochester City School District through our RECAP program. One aspect of RECAP is training and classroom program observations for three- and four-year-old students in EPK and UPK classrooms using the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, Third Edition (ECERS-3) to measure program quality. ECERS-3 is a comprehensive tool outlining requirements for best practices in early childhood classrooms.
Todd A. Savage, Ph.D., NCSP
Heinous acts of racism caught on camera as well as the recent deaths of unarmed black persons – including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd – by current or former law enforcement officers have shaken the country. While to some it may appear as though racist acts have proliferated as of late, persons of color know differently: the racism that has always been there is being captured in ways not possible prior to the past decade. As the actor, Will Smith, has said, “Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed.”
These are the moments.
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