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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let's Talk About Music - Video [mp4, 60MB]
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.
Caring Connections Podcast Series. HHS/ACF/OHS/EHSNRC. 2011. English.
Last Reviewed: April 2013
Last Updated: November 10, 2015