The coronavirus pandemic changed the early care and education contexts for most children and added new stressors to their lives. School closures disrupted the relationships that many children relied on in their classrooms, and the impacts will be long-standing. Early childhood educators, who are essential workers during this pandemic, also need to take care of their own well-being: Their peace and resiliency are vital to working with students and families.
In this webinar, Melissa Williamson, Ed.D., a professional development consultant, will help state leaders understand the emotional toll of the pandemic on children, families, and educators and provide strategies for educator self-care. Chris Benson, a member of the Illinois State Board of Education, and NASBE Director of Early Learning Winona Hao will discuss how policy can better support the personal health and wellness of educators so they, in turn, can better support students and families.