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Children

Chris Jacoby writes "I so envy those people who have their act together. Their life experience has given them the gift of wanting wholesome things and behaving in ways that get them what they want. I haven't yet gotten over the baggage that gets in the way of my doing that."

We are right to pay special attention to the children who are going thru homelessness and other stresses. They are forming their relationship with the world and there are lots of reasons why this might be a major childhood trauma, and the stresses that their parents are feeling might create more trauma for the children.

  1. How do we keep ourselves and those helping us alert to what we know about children, especially children at risk. Is there research that might help ? Are there anecdotal stories or testimony that might help ?
  2. How do we mobilize community resources that can help these children. Of course, we'll have a director or case worker whose job it will be to do this.
  3. What training or sensitivity should be included in what is given to our volunteers. That training must start before opening and continue for new volunteers. The director needs to be involved, getting training from the Family Promise national trainer and playing a lead role in the training of volunteers.
Let's see what the "Just Neighbors" program of Family Promise can teach us. It is said to be a curriculum on the overall issues of families and poverty and provides experiential, multimedia components that really give people deeper understanding.

Children who've developed good brain functions by age 3 have advantages that accumulate through life. They not only possess skills that can be measured on tests, they have self-discipline (which is twice as important as I.Q. in predicting academic achievement, according to a study by Angela Duckworth and Martin Seligman). How can we inculcate good brain functions across a wider swath of the 3-year-old population ? Getting this right is tricky. Head Start produces only modest benefits, as a study from the Department of Health and Human Services has reminded us again. Small, intensive preschool programs yield tremendous results, but realistically, they cannot be done on a giant scale.

The problem is this: How can we provide millions of kids with the stable, loving structures they may not be getting sufficiently at home ?

If there's one thing that leaps out of all the brain literature, it is that, as Daniel J. Siegel puts it, "emotion serves as a central organizing process within the brain." Kids learn from people they love. If we want young people to develop the social and self-regulating skills they need to thrive, we need to establish stable long-term relationships between love-hungry children and love-providing adults. (text from editorial by Of Love and Money David Brooks, New York Times, May 25, 2006).


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What's New 
Frequently Asked Questions 
Site Map 
Web Links 
Harlem Children's Zone 
The Harlem Miracle 
24/7 School Reform 
Community pride key to growth process 
Thriving In The Zone 
The Transformer (Geoffrey Canada) 
Our Better Angels 
Boynton facility strives to keep youth off streets 
Training Young Brains to Behave 
Where Paternalism Makes the Grade 
Self-Discipline May Beat Smarts as Key to Success 
Life Way After Head Start 
Rising Above I.Q. 
48 of 48 
Next Test: Value of $125,000-a-Year Teachers 
Neighborhood Teams 
How to Raise Our I.Q. 
Laptop? Check. Student Playlist? Check. Classroom of the Future? Check. 
Early Childhood Education 
Of Love and Money 
Daniel J. Siegel on love & learning... 
Perry Preschool Project 
Resources 
Charter schools get poor marks 
An Unfailing Belief in the Power of Teaching 
A Critique of Pure Reason 
Edwards, Obama and The Poor 
Getting Past 'No Child' 
America Growing Skills Problems 
Supervised Visitation Services in Broward County 
Genius - The Modern View 
Playing to Learn 
WPB Northwest & Pleasant City 

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 E-Mail   Page Top     HomePage    What's New    Frequently Asked Questions    Site Map    Web Links    Harlem Children's Zone    The Harlem Miracle    24/7 School Reform    Community pride key to growth process    Thriving In The Zone    The Transformer (Geoffrey Canada)    Our Better Angels    Boynton facility strives to keep youth off streets    Training Young Brains to Behave    Where Paternalism Makes the Grade    Self-Discipline May Beat Smarts as Key to Success    Life Way After Head Start    Rising Above I.Q.    48 of 48    Next Test: Value of $125,000-a-Year Teachers    Neighborhood Teams    How to Raise Our I.Q.    Laptop? Check. Student Playlist? Check. Classroom of the Future? Check.    Early Childhood Education    Of Love and Money    Daniel J. Siegel on love & learning...    Perry Preschool Project    Resources    Charter schools get poor marks    An Unfailing Belief in the Power of Teaching    A Critique of Pure Reason    Edwards, Obama and The Poor    Getting Past 'No Child'    America Growing Skills Problems    Supervised Visitation Services in Broward County    Genius - The Modern View    Playing to Learn    WPB Northwest & Pleasant City