Education Now Relationships and Health — New Connections for Early Learners A discussion on the importance of relationships in driving the health and development of young children. Posted February 24, 2022 By News editor Early Education Families and Community Exploring the emerging umbrella of “Early Relational Health” — the idea that relationships drive health and development in young children and that childhood development needs to put relationships at the center. It’s a new focal point for the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as many entities around the country.Speakers:Usha Ramachandran, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Early Childhood Champion, NJ Chapter of the American Academy of PediatricsDavid Willis, Senior Fellow, The Center for the Study of Social PolicyHost: Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Harvard Graduate School of EducationKey takeaways and prompts for action:Resilience comes from relationships. We gain wellbeing from connecting — or reconnecting — to others.View your work through a multi-generation relational lens. It can be a paradigm shift — running counter to the autonomous culture we now live in.Find specific things to notice and appreciate about yourself and others. The good work people are doing shows up in small moments every day! Development is a restorative structure. Trust in its process and its inherent resiliency — we will all find our way.Resources:Early Relational Health at CSSP Perspective on Early Relational Health SeriesA Remedy in Turbulent Times: Helping Families Build “Relational Health" Education Now A webinar and newsletter series to shape new approaches to challenges in education Explore All Articles Related Articles Usable Knowledge A Look at the Lack of Basic Nurturing Care Worldwide for Preschoolers Research shows that support needs to extend beyond the earliest years. Education Now Hope and Resilience in Childhood A discussion of concrete ways to support children and adults in developing their capacities to weather the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Education Now The Power of Resilience Three experts explore the notion of resilience from a variety of perspectives, offering helpful insight into how to sustain ourselves through challenging times.