Journeys of Hope and Courage - Supporting Families and Staff

Storytelling can be a highly emotional process, especially when families have faced traumatic events, are dealing with ongoing issues, or face problems that staff don’t feel equipped to handle. In this video, program staff reflect on the importance of communication, self-care, and having a network of support is for working effectively working with families.

Journeys of Hope and Courage - Appreciating and Sharing

When families share their stories with staff, it can be an emotional experience. Staff can encourage storytelling by sharing experiences or goals they may have in common with families. Recognizing these common ties and honoring the storytelling process can help strengthen relationship between staff and families.

Journeys of Hope and Courage - Family Progress

The process of storytelling can also strengthen relationships within families. Watch this video to hear one staff member discuss on how this process of sharing, listening, and reflecting has helped the families in this Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program—and the community—in surprising ways.

Journeys of Hope and Courage - A Strength-Based Perspective

When families share their stories, staff can better understand and identify resources to help families achieve those goals. In some cases, storytelling can help families recognize their accomplishments, resources, skills, and abilities.

Let's Talk About Environments

This podcast focuses on the concept of environmental messages, how the physical environment impacts relationships between children and adults, and offers strategies and suggestions for creating and sustaining environments that convey positive messages.

Asking Questions

Learn the strategies in this in-service suite for using questions to extend conversations with children.