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14 September 2020 |

Hispanic Heritage MonthHispanic Heritage Month : September 15 - October 15

09 September 2020 |

My name is Falastin Ibrahim. I was born and raised in Rochester, New York. I am a junior at Nazareth college; majoring in social work with a minor in child and family development.

12 August 2020 |

Anti-racism is central to a mission to support children's wellbeing, including their social and emotional development; Children’s Institute is committed to placing it there.

10 August 2020 |

Resources and Recommendations

“Social emotional wellbeing must be schools’ and districts’ top priority in supporting school transitions, not at the expense of academics, but in order to create the mental, social, and emotional space for academic learning to occur.” 


New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) guidance document, Recovering, Rebuilding, Renewing: The Spirit of New York’s Schools, for re-opening or partially re-opening schools this fall prioritizes support for students’ social emotional development. 

The team at Whole Child Connection has reviewed this guidance related to social emotional well-being carefully with an eye toward helping districts unpack the requirements and determine how to meet them.  Under each guideline below you will find a list of ways in which your district may already be on its way to meeting the requirement as well as resources to support next steps. 

Whole Child Connection staff are committed to supporting you during this difficult period of transition. For questions or conversation about these requirements, contact us at connection [at]