Archive for the "Heath" Category

ECCS Community Cafe: The Impact of Screen Usage on Children and Families

Posted on May 30th, 2024

On May 23, 2024, the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington hosted their second Community Cafe. The discussion was about the impact of screen usage on children and families. Thank you to the ECCS Parent Ambassadors, Betsy and Jessica for helping to organize this event. The goals were to: Learn about the association between screen time […]

Over $300,000 in Grants Awarded to Southington Nonprofits

Posted on January 3rd, 2024

“Main Street Community Foundation (MSCF) has recently awarded a total of $301,983 in grants from the Bradley Henry Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust to organizations that improve the health outcomes of Southington residents, especially in the priority areas of behavioral health, healthcare needs for an aging population, as well as healthy initiatives and […]

Supporting Mental Health Upon Return to School During Covid-19

Posted on July 1st, 2020

The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington hosted this presentation for the childcare providers in town. Supporting Children’s,  Families’ and Staff’s Mental Health Upon Return to School During Covid-19 Presented: June 25, 2020 via Zoom (apologies for the sound quality during portions of the presentation.) Presenter: Julie Condit, Early Childhood Consultant, Early Childhood Consultation Partnership at […]

COVID-19 and Children

Posted on March 18th, 2020

Updated 3/1/2022 Wash your hands, stay home if you are sick, and abide by physical distancing is all good advice during a pandemic but how do you really do that with children at home especially if you need to work? This page has information on health, childcare, supporting children, food, and financial assistance. The ECCS […]

Reducing Stress in Early Childhood Providers

Posted on February 14th, 2019

Updated March 13, 2019 The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) has launched an initiative to reduce stress in early childcare providers. Self-care is necessary to prevent burnout and to remain in an optimal state of well-being. Childcare providers face the combined pressures of caring for children, dealing with co-workers and parents, and meeting regulatory […]

Developing Fine Motor Skills for Kindergarten 2018

Posted on May 5th, 2018

On April 26, 2018, the ECCS hosted their second Developing Fine  Motor Skills for Kindergarten workshop. The speaker was Sue Spatafore, an Occupational Therapist for the Southington Public Schools. Fine motor skills for kindergarten are required to accomplish a variety of activities including writing, artwork and cutting with scissors. When children don’t have the muscle […]

Brain Growth, Pretend Play and the Outdoors

Posted on March 21st, 2018

On March 15, 2018, we hosted a workshop called Pretend Play, Brain Growth and the Outdoors. View the introduction slides from Joanne Kelleher, Director of the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington. UPDATED: View the workshop slides from Erin Akers, M.Ed., Director of Education and Development, at the Gesell Institute of Child Development, Yale University. Note […]

New CT Car Seat Regulations

Posted on September 15th, 2017

Effective October 1, 2017, new car seat regulations and child passenger safety laws will be implemented in Connecticut. The new regulations list an age and weight, the child must meet both requirements. • Infants must remain rear-facing until they are a minimum of 2 years old AND 30 pounds. This is an increase of 1 […]

Domestic Violence 101 and its Impact on Young Children

Posted on July 6th, 2017

I recently attended a workshop on Childhood Trauma which discussed the Adverse Childhood Experiences study called How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime. This ACES study was also discussed at a workshop called “Domestic Violence 101 and its Impact on Young Children“, which was presented by the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington and Tyshaunda Wiley, MPH, […]

Developing Fine Motor Skills for Kindergarten

Posted on April 26th, 2017

In meeting with the Southington elementary school principals, they said one of the largest issues they are seeing with incoming kindergarten students is a decline, over the last several years, in fine motor skills. This could be due to the increased use of electronic devices and a decline in traditional childhood play activities. As a […]