“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) brief, I Am Safe and Secure – Promoting Resilience in Young Children by Peter J. Pizzolongo and Amy Hunter discusses the critical role of quality early childhood care and education in fostering resiliency in children. Resilient children, those who positively adapt to trauma or high levels of environmental stress at a young age, are better able to cope with difficult experiences or additional traumas later in life. As this trait is so closely linked to healthy development, early childhood education programs (Headstart, preschool), parenting classes and child care centers should strive to incorporate resiliency-building practices into service offerings and interactions with children and families.
Additional information about children and trauma, as well as how to talk to children about coping with emergencies and/or disasters, is available at the NAEYC website.