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March 2023

Grief and Loss

Thinking back on the past few years, it seemed appropriate to dedicate some newsletter space to the concepts of grief and loss. COVID-19’s global impact is something we will feel for many years to come. Whether children and families experienced the loss of a loved one or the loss of a job or their home, they are likely going through the grieving process.

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Experiencing Grief

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Children’s Understanding of Loss and Grief

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Strategies to Support Children Who Have Experienced Loss

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Helping Families and Colleagues through Grief

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Additional Articles

Grief at Work: How Companies Can Support Grieving Employees

Helping Young Children Grieve and Understand Death

Resources on Death for Young Children, Families, and Educators


How prepared do you feel to support a child who has experienced loss?
A. Extremely prepared
B. Adequately prepared
C. Somewhat prepared
D. Not at all prepared

Poll Results:

February 2023 Newsletter

Which statement best describes children’s art experiences in your learning environment?

A. All art experiences encourage children to create original, process-oriented works of art. 44.1% (206)

B. Children are sometimes encouraged to create original, process-oriented works of art. 28.7% (134)

C. Children typically follow adult instructions or recreate a model during art activities. 27.2% (127)

Total: 467 responses

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Understanding Secondary Trauma

Working in the early learning field, it is essential that you are aware of and understand the impact of secondary trauma. Secondary trauma is sometimes called compassion fatigue and it can occur when educators support children and families who have been directly impacted by a traumatic event.

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Student Spotlight

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Karen Simmons

Milwaukee, WI

The Director's Certificate program with ChildCare Education Institute is the first program I participated in. I learned so much from the content in this certification course and will use the quality material for professional development requirements in my career. I would highly recommend CCEI to others. It was a great experience especially working on the course content at my own pace. The research-based material was organized and easy to follow.

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