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For Parents and Families of Preschoolers

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) is committed to promoting partnerships between the most important adults in a child’s life – parents, family members, as well as early care and education professionals, such as child care providers, teachers and home visitors.

The resources offered in this section will provide parents and families with ideas, activities, strategies and resources that promote resilience and social and emotional health in preschool-age children.

Actions and Activities to Promote Resilience in Preschoolers

Selected from Promoting Resilience For Now & Forever (Preschool Edition)

Activities from Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children

To Promote Resilience at Home through Supportive Interactions:

Activity Title This activity can be found in the book on page…
Give Me a Hand 17
When We Were Little; Now That We’re Big! 19
President for a Day 22
That’s My Name! 25
Let Me Show You 28
Feelings Quilt 30
Puppet Talk 33
Family & Friendship Fruit Salad 35
Negotiation Station 38
Message Center 40

 

To Promote Resilience at Home through School and Home Partnerships:

Activity Title This activity can be found in the book on page…
Family Show and Tell 45
My Family Photo Album 47
Pass the Message Baton 49
I Can Take Care of Me 52
The Best Messenger 54
Bright Beginning, Happy Endings 57
Positive Postcards 60
A Kiss I Can Keep 62
Responsibility Apple Tree 64
Talking About Mistakes 67

 

To Promote Resilience at Home through Activities and Experiences

Activity Title This activity can be found in the book on page…
The “Perfect Pair” 73
Find Delight Now, Catch Up Later 75
Our Welcome Wreath 77
Don’t FLIP Out, Use FLIP IT! 79
Turn That Frown Upside Down 80
Our Parade of Flags 82
Relaxation in a Bottle 84
Follow Your Leader 87
Our Family Flag 89
Still as Statues 91
Everyone’s Pet 93

 

To Promote Resilience at Home through Daily Routines

Activity Title This activity can be found in the book on page…
Clothespin Pictoral Schedule 99
A Star Marks the Spot 101
On the Dance Floor 103
It’s My Choice 106
Let’s Pretend Charades 108
Leave a Little Wiggle Room 111
It’s Almost Time 113
Together We’re Better 115
Something to Talk About 118
A Season for Cleaning 121

 

To Promote Resilience at Home through the Play and Learning Environment

Activity Title This activity can be found in the book on page…
Individual Theme Kits 128
Walking on My Knees for You 130
Where Does it Go? 132
The Be-By-Myself Box 135
Wall of Fame 138
My Family Place Mats 140
Cups of Fun 142
All About Me 145
Let’s Get Physical 148
Free the Toys! 150

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Videos/Webinars for Parents
  • Tips for Parents – Building Your Children’s Resilience: Take a peek at this video, featuring Dr. Nefertiti Poyner, as she shares a few simple ideas for parents (and other family members) that can help them build children’s resilience at home. Nefertiti is joined by a very special guest in this clip, so be sure to check it out!
  • Boosting Your Child’s Resilience & Independence: Bright Horizons brings you our own Nefertiti Poyner, as she shares the building blocks for raising a resilient, independent child who’s able to confidently take initiative, persist through challenges, and try new things. Check it out yourself and/or share with the parents in your life!
  • How Parents Can Reduce Children’s Challenging Behaviors: Hey, parents! Don’t FLIP OUT, use FLIP IT! Are you interested in finding a way to stay calm, be consistent and support your children (ages 3-8) when they are challenging you? FLIP IT® is a strategy that offers a simple, kind, and commonsense process to address children’s challenging behavior. Check out this one-hour webinar designed just for parents/families, all about this four-step strategy.

For Professionals Supporting Parents and Families

Your Journey Together (YJT) is a strength-based, trauma-sensitive parenting curriculum designed to promote the social and emotional well-being and resilience of vulnerable children and their families. The YJT curriculum focuses on empowering parents to promote safe, trusting and healing environment – all key elements of a trauma-sensitive program. Click here to learn more!

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