Valuing who a child is rather than measuring a child’s value by “what”
he or she can do.
My Very Dear Families and Colleagues,
I have been given the opportunity to be part of a team in a Contra Costa County, California school district that is piloting relationship-based social-emotional interventions for children in preschool, elementary school, and middle school. I am so very honored and excited that I will also be able to offer professional development for early childhood teachers. The work I will be doing is based on the philosophy that I am sure we share:
—a child’s development is founded on loving interactions with caregivers; for it is through these loving interactions that each child can accomplish development of the four major tasks of early childhood:
- Inner Discipline, and
- The Communicating and Thinking Tools of the Mind.
No matter how young or old we are, if some of these key elements are not yet present, we are hindered from becoming fully human–responsive and responsible and resilient human beings who are capable of loving ourselves and one another.
Care and Education Cannot Be Separated at Any Stage of Childhood!
So, it is with bittersweet sentiments that I find our Batavia and our Winfield sites will be closed.
I will however, keep our website and Facebook page open; these will soon be offering information on how to start your own “play-group/in-home preschool” group based on these foundational concepts.
Additionally, for those families interested, I also can connect you with some of our core parents and families. I know they are still going to be meeting for playgroups–I am sure you would find really meaningful and fun connections with this great group!
I am lucky in that I will be able to make frequent trips back to Illinois.
Always, always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns or ideas! I will always love talking with you!!!
Finally, I hope you all know how much I care about all of you! I wish for all of life’s blessings to you all!