Young children, families, and professionals in early education settings are all feeling the particular stress of “returning to normal” after the past year of virtual and hybrid learning formats. Many have experienced loss and upheaval during the pandemic. Many have mixed feelings about transitioning back to in-person learning, more time in care, and more children in the classroom. Adding to the anxiety are the changing circumstances and messages about safety precautions. Some children may need extra developmental support. Many children, families, and staff will need sensitivity and attention to their social-emotional well-being.

This webinar will explore how key elements of Brazelton Touchpoints can help providers support young children returning to early learning settings and partner with families in their children’s learning and healthy development. We will share a social story written by a Boston preschool teacher and her students about what it means to them to be “returning to normal.” We will discuss strategies for supporting families and the workforce in anticipating transitions, and for opening up discussion among children and their caregiving adults about the emotions involved for all.

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Consider how young children and their families might have been impacted during the past year
  • Explore ways they can help young children recognize, identify, understand, and express their feelings about the pandemic
  • Learn how to partner with families’ and children around their strengths and needs for the transition
  • Explore resources that will boost their own and their staff’s capacity to support children and families as they return to early learning settings


  • Jayne Singer, PhD, IECMH-E®, Director of Developmental and Relational Health, Brazelton Touchpoints Center; Clinical Psychologist, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Emilee Johnson, Educational Coordinator, Boston Children’s Hospital Child Care Center

This series is designed for parents of young children, and professionals who work with children and families who will be returning to in-person learning in the 2021–2022 academic year. Professionals may include early educators, family child care providers, family engagement advocates, home visitors, early interventionists, teachers, and more.

This webinar is 60 minutes long. Live Spanish translation is available. 

Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021 @1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
BTC Learning Network Member Price: $28
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