Family Support & Well-being

Family well-being occurs when all family members are safe, healthy, and have chances for educational advancement and economic mobility. Support services such as early care and education, housing and food assistance, and physical and mental health care positively contribute to the well-being of families and their children. When families face challenges that cause stress, including poverty and homelessness, their health and wellness can be negatively impacted.

Introduction to the Tell Me A Story Materials

Encouraging children to learn the power of verbal expression is accepted as an important strategy in helping children get their needs met and to grow in their ability to function socially in the world.

Jamaica Tag-Along

Jamaica really wants to play basketball with her big brother, but he tells her not to tag along. Jamaica will have to think about how it feels to be left out in order to decide whether to include a younger child in her play.

Making Tell Me A Story Work: Lessons Learned

Developing the Tell Me A Story Materials has provided us with many experiences to learn from. The following is an effort to share some of the lessons we have learned from working with early childhood professionals trying to effect positive change in creating a more expressive environment in their classrooms and programs.

Knuffle Bunny Too

This is a book about a little girl who takes her favorite bunny to school—only to find out another little girl has a bunny that looks the same and also brought her bunny to school. The two girls end up mixing up their bunnies and need help to get them back home.

Resources for Programs

Health is the foundation for school readiness. This is why Head Start programs help enrolled children access preventive screenings, health care, and health insurance coverage.