Caring Connections Podcast Series

Welcome to the Office of Head Start (OHS) Caring Connections podcasts. These podcasts are designed to offer you important tidbits of information that focus on topics relevant to your work with infants, toddlers, and their families. The podcasts may be accessed on your computer, smartphone, or other mobile device. Most podcasts have both video and audio; however, some are offered in video-only format. They run between eight to 14 minutes, just enough time to learn something new during planning time, on a break, or while driving between home visits.

Podcast 1: Let’s Talk About You

The work that Early, Migrant and Seasonal, and American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Head Start programs do with children from birth to five years of age, their families, and communities is intended to be imbedded in a context of strong relationships and intentional, individualized, responsive interactions. This podcast, which opens the Caring Connections podcast series, highlights the importance of the adult-child relationship and interactions as the base for all work in Early, Migrant and Seasonal, and AIAN Head Start programs.

Resources

Let's Talk About You - Info Sheet [PDF, 76KB]
Let's Talk About You - Audio [mp3, 8.44MB]
Let's Talk About You - Video [mp4, 56.9MB]

PDF Presentation [PDF, 3.6MB]  |  Powerpoint Presentation [PPT, 3.9MB]

Podcast 2: Let’s Talk About Nourishment

Feeding practices for infants and young children can vary greatly and are deeply rooted in relationships. This podcast suggests that a child’s need for nourishment should be supported in an individualized way, respecting family and community foodways.

Resources

Let's Talk About Nourishment - Info Sheet [PDF, 160KB]
Let's Talk About Nourishment - Audio [mp3, 9MB]
Let's Talk About Nourishment - Video [mp4, 60.6MB]

PDF Presentation [PDF, 1.3MB] |  Powerpoint Presentation [PPT, 10.8MB]

Podcast 3: Let's Talk About Routines

Children are busy learning how their needs will be met by the adults who care for them. This podcast looks at the value of predictable routines to help young children build a sense of trust and security. Home visitors and child care providers will hear tips for creating meaningful routines.

Resources

Let's Talk About Routines - Info Sheet [PDF, 62KB]
Let's Talk About Routines - Video [mp4, 60MB]

PDF Presentation [PDF,5.8MB]  |  Powerpoint Presentation [PPT, 10.7MB]

Podcast 4: Let's Talk About Environments

The way your physical environment is set up sends powerful messages to the infants and toddlers in your care. What messages does your physical environment convey to young children? Are they positive messages of security, trust, comfort, and belonging? Does it offer children the freedom to move and explore? 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.

Resources

Let's Talk About Environments - Info Sheet [PDF, 168KB]
Let's Talk About Environments - Video [mp4, 60MB]

PDF Presentation [PDF,5.8MB]  |  Powerpoint Presentation [PPT, 10.7MB]

Podcast 5: Let's Talk About Following the Baby

Even the youngest children are able to tell us in a variety of ways what they want and need. Caring adults invite their opinions, and listen when they provide them. When we show babies that their choices are important to us, we teach them self-awareness and self-confidence. This podcast highlights the importance of communicating with infants and toddlers, and following their lead as they explore their environment.

Resources

Let's Talk About Following the Baby - Info Sheet [PDF, 192KB]
Let's Talk About Following the Baby - Video [mp4, 60MB]

PDF Presentation [PDF,5.8MB]  |  Powerpoint Presentation [PPT, 10.7MB]

Podcast 6: Let's Talk About Movement

Motor skill development and movement experiences for infants and very young children are supported through individualized experiences with the people who surround them. Caregivers, parents, families, and others who engage with very young children can work together to promote daily opportunities for movement and active play. This podcast features interviews and resources drawn from the Office of Head Start’s Little Voices for Healthy Choices Initiative.

Resources

Let's Talk About Movement - Info Sheet [PDF, 178KB]
Let's Talk About Movement - Video [mp4, 60.6MB]

PDF Presentation [PDF,5.8MB]  |  Powerpoint Presentation [PPT, 10.7MB]

Podcast 7: Let's Talk About Music

Through music, children experience and explore concepts that help them with building capacities that range from social-emotional expression to physical development. Caregivers, parents, families and others who engage with very young children will learn the importance of adapting songs to fit the age and development of the children in their care. This podcast features interviews and resources drawn from the Office of Head Start’s Little Voices for Healthy Choices Initiative.

Resources

Let's Talk About Music - Video [mp4, 60MB]

PDF Presentation [PDF,5.8MB]  |  Powerpoint Presentation [PPT, 10.7MB]

Podcast 8: Let's Talk About Empathy

As they develop, babies and toddlers are learning about how others feel. Empathy is an important part of self-awareness, and an important social skill. This podcast offers information and tips on teaching empathy and helping children understand the impact of their actions.

Resources

Let's Talk About Empathy - Info Sheet [PDF, 121KB]
Let's Talk About Empathy - Video [mp4, 60MB]

PDF Presentation [PDF,5.8MB]  |  Powerpoint Presentation [PPT, 10.7MB]

Caring Connections Podcast Series. HHS/ACF/OHS/EHSNRC. 2011. English.

Last Reviewed: April 2013

Last Updated: November 10, 2015