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YMCA Pilot Program Found to Boost Skills Students Need to Learn

Education Week – The YMCA of the USA is expanding a pilot after-school program designed to close the achievement gap for low-income children, following early signs that students are gaining the skills and motivation they need to do well in school.  Researchers found that after one year, students in the original seven pilot programs improved their social-emotional skills, school behavior, confidence, and school attachment by 53 percent to 70 percent, as shown below in the YMCA’s graphic, based on the Devereux Students Strength Assessment (DESSA), which evaluates nonacademic predictors of school success. >Read more

Life Lessons:  Emotional Learning

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Educators talk a lot about kids being ready to learn when they go to school. Now an innovative program in the Allentown School District aims to make sure kids are emotionally ready for the classroom. It’s not about reading, writing and math; this program is about responding, feeling and relating to others. >Watch news clip

Two Allentown Elementary Schools Recognized for Emotional Learning

Two Allentown elementary schools have been recognized for implementing new social and emotional learning programs for their students.  The Muhlenberg and Roosevelt elementary schools have been selected as model schools for their implementation of the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies program.  Known as PATHS, that program seeks to help students improve their ability to recognize their own and others’ emotions, manage emotions, create positive relationships with peers and develop problem solving and conflict resolution skills. >Read more

Moving? Help Children Take Relocation in Stride

Changing addresses — and sometimes schools, communities and friends — is a rite of passage for millions of children. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the average American moves nearly 12 times in a lifetime, with two to three moves occurring before the age of 18. While a new hometown can be exciting, expansive and fun, it can also make a child’s world feel topsy-turvy. Here’s age-by-age guidance on helping children take a move in stride. >Read more

Apperson and Devereux Form Strategic Partnership to Publish and Expand Social, Emotional Learning Tools to Educators

Apperson, a publisher of solutions for assessing performance and measuring success in educational institutions, and Devereux, a leading national nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization, today announced a strategic partnership focused on promoting resilience and social-emotional success for children through the launch of Apperson S.E.L. +. >Read more

Measuring Social and Emotional Skills in Children

The ability to work as part of a team, build relationships, compromise, and adapt to change are skills formed during early childhood. United Way of Greater Cincinnati has partnered with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children to create a system that measures social-emotional skills in young children, and last year completed assessments of over 4,600 students in the region. In an interview conducted by Cincinnati’s 91.7 WVXU radio station, United Way of Greater Cincinnati Community Impact Director Patricia Nagelkirk and Bill Bresser, director of Kentucky Operations for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati, discuss the study and how the results will be used to create and modify youth programs in our area.  >Listen here

Read the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s blog entry on the study, titled United Way releases results of the first regional soft skills screen.

6 habits of resilient people

What makes some people persevere through trying circumstances while others begin flailing at the first sign of crisis?  Understanding the key qualities of resilient people is the first step to cultivating that bounce-back quality in yourself. >More

Childhood expert advises adults cut holiday stress through resilience

VILLANOVA, Pa., Dec. 14 (UPI) — A study says 1-in-4 U.S. adults reports feeling “extreme stress” this time of year, but a childhood expert suggests ways to develop holiday resilience.  Nefertiti Bruce, early childhood specialist and national trainer at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, a non-profit behavioral healthcare organization, emphasizes looking beyond the craze of the holidays to build personal resilience by rediscovering the season’s original values: thankfulness, family, rest and laughter. >More

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children Hosts Assistant Secretary George Sheldon, Educators, Early Childhood Professionals at Mental Health/Education-Focused Resilience Conference

Assessing and supporting children’s resilience in early childhood programs and education is a critical component to children’s development, laying a foundation for later competencies in managing stress and overcoming adversity throughout life, said Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, George H. Sheldon, while speaking Friday at the Celebration of Resilience Conference hosted by the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) in Villanova. >More

Taking action before kids develop problems by assessing emotional skills

Experts from the Devereux Center for Resilient Children advise parents against waiting for kids to develop emotional or social problems to take action; there are now tools available to identify children at risk.

Devereux gathered national experts on children and local advocates in Villanova Friday to discuss ways to help kids bounce back from tragedy as well as cultivating healthy habits when they face everyday challenges. > More

Allentown shows off new behavior health program

The chanting students of Cleveland Elementary School in Allentown filled an assembly room Friday with excitement and anticipation as they awaited the arrival of their school mascot, Cubbie. The students would soon help the giant, soft bear through his problems. It was to demonstrate how a new school program provides students social and emotional health. > More    Watch a news report>>

Allentown school program tries to put children on the right path

Take a walk through the halls of Cleveland, Sheridan, Muhlenberg and many other elementary schools in Allentown, and you will feel the energy. Students buzz about with excited faces, eager to learn and collaborate with their classmates. Teachers are ready to take on the day. However, the scene is not the same in many other school districts in Pennsylvania and throughout the country for that matter. > More

The science behind social and emotional learning

Allentown School District uses three-year grant to start two world-renowned programs meant to improve students’ social-emotional skills. > More

Research Study Shows Social-Emotional Strengths Help Children do well in school

Children’s social-emotional competencies are directly related to how well they do in math and reading according to the results of a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Denver, Colorado. This research study shows a direct and significant correlation between good mental health and academic performance. The finding is based on a year-long study involving more than 1,000 public school children conducted by the Devereux Center for Resilient Children in Villanova, Pa. and the Anchorage, Alaska School District. > More

DuPage Elementary Schools stress Social-Emotional Learning

Elementary school districts across the suburbs know their role. And it’s not just to educate kids. Districts serving children from kindergarten through fifth grade, and even into middle school, know they must be part teacher, part counselor, part friend and part advocate. Social and emotional learning programs are helping elementary districts fill all those roles and also teach students how to behave, believe in themselves and make friends. > More

SCAN receives $500K+ donation, largest in 37 year history

The largest private donation ever given to “SCAN” will pave the way for a new program that will help victims of child abuse. Former Fort Wayne resident Joan Sherman and her husband gave “Stop Child Abuse and Neglect” a $534,930 donation that will create a program for abused children. > More

Ready Set Grow!  Group focuses on Child Development

The question of whether it is nature or nurture that most influences the type of individual a person grows into has long been debated. And while both may play a role in human lives, the presence or lack of nurturing relationships in one’s life begins shaping their future abilities from day one, according to experts. > More

Community Partnership for Child Development awarded grant to support health programs in the 2012-2011 school year

Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD) today announced the award of a $208,975 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to support the organization’s Health Programs for the 2011-12 school year. CPCD is a nonprofit organization that provides free comprehensive early childhood development and family programs for families with children prenatal through age five, who are living in limited income homes, have special needs or experience other adverse circumstances that could challenge their readiness for kindergarten. > More

Workshop Teaches Bonds for Success

The six-hour training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Emmaus Room at St. Peter’s Church on Cornelia Street. The program includes “Planting the Seeds of Attachment,” presented by the Clinton County Health Department; and “Growing the Roots of Resilience,” by Rachel Sperry, a national trainer and early childhood mental-health specialist at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children in Villanova, Pa. > More