The Early Education Program, or EEP, is a nonprofit organization that provides specialized preschool services for children ages 3 to 5 and support to their families. Our mission:
The Early Education Program works together with families to prepare children of all abilities for kindergarten and beyond.
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We loved this Cookie Monster video so much, we started our last EEP staff meeting with it! Hope you enjoy it, too. As you will see, it speaks to the importance of teaching children “self regulation” or “self-control,” a key aspect of EEP’s curriculum. Children who are developmentally in their twos and threes are just starting to develop it. The different parts of their brains are growing and just beginning to work together.
So what to do when your child grabs for that cookie or in other ways shows a lack of self- regulation? Brain scientist and MD, Daniel Siegel, (The Whole Brain Child, 2012) says, “CONNECT AND REDIRECT.” And we agree! Mirror your child’s feelings. Use facial expression and your body language to show you get it! “It’s so hard to wait. Those cookies are so tempting!” Then once you’ve connected, set the boundary and redirect. “Let’s put one here for after dinner. Hey, there’s your bear. I haven’t seen him in a long time!”
“…To leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Each year it becomes clearer how important early childhood programs are for our community. For little ones who hardly speak or those who flit from one activity to another, unable to regulate their emotions, the Early Education Program can work miracles and often does.
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