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Training Information
Shelter from the Storm: Supporting Young Children During and After a Disaster
Start Date: 6/21/2018
From: 8:30 AM
To: 5:00 PM
Last day to register: 6/19/2018
Availability: 18 seats available
Price: FREE
Language: English

Disasters, as well as any other situation or event that create shifts in routines and daily functioning, can have lasting implications for families and children. Infants and toddlers, whose development is contingent on responsive caregiving, consistency, and predictability, are particularly vulnerable to the destabilizing effects of environmental stress or trauma.

The goal of Shelter from the Storm is for first responders, early childhood education (ECE) professionals, and caregivers to be well-equipped with the knowledge and tools to support the emotional well-being of young children (birth-3 years of age) and their families before, during, and after disasters.

Shelter from the Storm, is a one day training that focuses on helping ECE providers and shelter professionals understand how community disasters may affect young children, and what they can do in their interactions with children or with their families to help buffer them from the stress of the current or lingering uncertainty that may follow a traumatic event. Additionally, the training addresses the need for those working with young children to prioritize self-care and reflective practices.

The objectives of the training are:

• To explore the potential impact of toxic stress from a community disaster on young children ages birth to 3 years;

• To understand early brain development and the implications of chronic stress;

• To strategize how we can respond to the needs of young children during and following a disaster, especially when behavior may be challenging;

• To build awareness and skills for using reflective practices to provide support as professionals prepare, respond, or reflect on significant community events in their work.

• To promote caregiver self-care as a strategy in supporting babies and toddlers during times of distress.

To complete your registration please complete and submit the form below as directed

Shelter from the storm registration form.pdf

David Lawrence Jr. Community Meeting Room
2555 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Suite 500
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Contact Information: Professional Development Institute - professionaldevelopment@elcmdm.org - 305.646.7220 ext. 2350