Many of our Head Start programs have reopened, with more planning to open soon. The rules of the game have changed and very few have the playbook. The concerns in the classroom are real:
- With no hugs or high fives, and smiles hidden behind masks, how can we provide a learning environment that encourages emotional connections?
- With all of the restrictions on distance and groupings, how can we remain flexible and student-focused?
- Routines and transitions take so much more time now, how can we make the most of that time?
- The tendency to say “no” or “stop” is real. Teachers are feeling that they are consistently redirecting children’s behaviors. How can we frame this in a positive manner?
- The staff is stressed; what can we do to support them?
All of Essential Elements’ trainings are now offered virtually. As Head Start professionals welcome children back to classrooms that look far different than anyone could have imagined just a year ago, we would like to help. In addition to the topics on our website, our trainers have been developing content that is relevant to the current issues Head Start professionals are experiencing as they reopen.
Below are our most requested topics from programs searching for ways to support staff as their programs reopen, as well as the issues families face while addressing the very real impact and consequences the pandemic and racial tension brought to our programs across the country.
- Emotional Support to Foster Exploration and Learning during Covid-19
- Remaining Student-Focused Despite the Increased Need for Structure
- The Well-Oiled Machine – Classroom Organization
- Managing Challenging Behaviors
- Becoming Trauma Informed and Recognizing Secondary Trauma
- Helping Children Feel Safe in Today’s Society-COVID 19 and Racism Becoming Trauma Informed – Responsive Caregiving
- Linking the Classroom to Home
- How to Have Hard Conversations with Families
- Reflect, Renew & Reenergize: Why we Work with Head Start Families
- Self-Care: Taking Care of Yourself in Order to Serve Children and Families
For more information, contact us.