As pandemic impacts linger, vulnerable children and families are experiencing the deepest hardships, anxieties, and loss. Join us as we look for concrete ways to support children and adults in developing their capacities to weather these challenges. We’ll focus on what works to support young people and the adults who care for them. We’ll explore the ways in which hope and resilience can be nurtured, and we’ll highlight ways to amplify the existing strengths of families, schools, and communities.
- Suniya Luthar, Founder and Executive Director, Authentic Connections Groups; Professor Emerita, Teachers College, Columbia University
- Robert Sege, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and Director, Center for Community-engaged Medicine, Tufts Medical Center; Founder Project HOPE
Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Key takeaways and prompts for action:
- Relationships are a fundamental building block of resilience. Rebuilding our relationships is a critical task at this time.
- Young people need to feel that they matter — that their place in the world is important.
- Children are closely attuned to their parents’ feelings. We need to be aware of the adults’ feelings – and create communities to support and take care of each other.
Related research and resources:
- Research: COVID-19 and Resilience in Schools: Implications for Practice and Policy
- Research: Toward Fostering Resilience on a Large Scale: Connecting Communities of Caregivers
- Want to Help Kids? Focus on Parent and Teacher Burnout
- Healthy Outcomes from Positives Experiences, which includes a how-to guide for educators and service providers on accentuating positive experiences within your existing work with children and families; a HOPE family library — links to recommended YouTube videos featuring virtual readings of childrens books; and a Spanish-English one-sheet that illustrates four building blocks of positive childhood experiences:
- Safe, equitable, stable environments
- Social and civic engagement
- Emotional growth