Early Childhood: Resources

Connecting Educators, Families and Communities to Early Childhood Resources

the basics

For maximum impact with our work in the community, VPM will partner with organizations who are able to incorporate The Basics™ initiative directly into their existing work.

The Basics™ is a public health messaging campaign developed by the Harvard Achievement Gap Initiative and Dr. Ronald Ferguson, designed to improve learning outcomes for all families. The program focuses on five key parenting and caregiving behaviors that are important for cognitive and social-emotional development of children, birth to age three. (VPM has extended this to birth to age five.) With these 5 principles in mind, parents and caregivers play and interact with children while laying the foundation for future growth and learning and give every child a more equitable start in life.

What is Toxic Stress?

Stress is called toxic when it is continuous and does not stop; when there are not supportive relationships in place to help us manage the stress we are feeling. To understand more about toxic stress or what to do about it in our lives, watch this short video.