Fairfax Early Childhood Partnership's October 5-4-3-2-1 Early Childhood Tips for Today!

Supporting your Preschooler Coping During the Pandemic

 5 Things to Know or Do 5 Things to Know or Do

  1. It’s okay to ask for help! Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but instead a sign that you are strong enough to recognize support is needed.
  2. We are all becoming more aware of the need to make sure everyone is slowing the spread of germs. Wearing a mask and washing hands are effective ways to keep family and friends healthy. You can help kids get used to wearing a mask and make hand washing fun and educational.
  3. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go meals, as well as other county children that are eighteen (18) years and under. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children's meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.
  4. Self-care is key. The saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup” is accurate.  In order to support children as a parent or teacher, you must first care for yourself. Find ways to make sure you are taking time for yourself. Zero To Three offers Tips for Families: Coronavirus. Cincinnati Children’s also has information to support Self Care for Parents.
  5. Storytelling and reading with children can help them process what is going on in the world today. The National Association for the Education of Young Children shares The Power of Storytelling in Early Childhood: Helping Children Process the Coronavirus Crisis.  You can also start with the suggested read alouds below.

4 Children Read Alouds More than 4 Children Read Alouds

3 Links to Visit More than 3 Links to Visit

  1. Supporting Young Children after Crisis Events (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
  2. 10 Prop Box Ideas: Mini Learning Centers at Home (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
  3. COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit – Early Childhood (Centers for Disease Control)
  4. Supporting the youngest learners and their families in the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response (blogs.worldbank.org)

2 Points to Access Research More than 2 Videos to View

  1. CNN/Sesame Street coronavirus town hall
  2. Dr. Gupta Shows Elmo How to Make a Mask
  3. Why Wear a Mask Science Experiment

1 Video to View  1 Point to Access Research

  1. Coping With Pandemic: Families Engagement and Early Parental Intervention to Support Child Development During and After the Covid-19 Outbreak (frontiersin.org)