When a crisis shakes a child’s life, it is often up to teachers to recognize and identify signs that the child is suffering from continuing stress, and to help parents make appropriate decisions regarding next steps. Although most teachers cannot provide therapy to children under traumatic stress, they already have the tools they need to help children cope: storybooks.
The literature-based activities in After the Crisis help children who have been through a trauma. With activities and exercises that can be used in conjunction with 50 children’s books, teachers can use the discussion starters, writing activities, and art activities in After the Crisis to promote children’s ability to cope and heal.
After the Crisis addresses numerous crises that can affect a child:
· Epidemics and mass casualty incidents
· Tornadoes and major storms
· Shelter experiences
· Volcano eruptions
· Death of a loved one
After the Crisis is the companion book to Preparing for Disaster: What Every Early Childhood Director Needs to Know.
Cathy Grace served as the early childhood coordinator at the Mississippi Department of Education and assisted school districts in the implementation of public kindergarten throughout the state. Working with the Department of Human Services, Cathy coordinated the development of a family support/family preservation program that is now a statewide model. Cathy served as president of the Mississippi Early Childhood Association, served on the nomination panel for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and represented Mississippi on the Human Resources Committee of the Southern Regional Education Board. She also received the Outstanding Member of the Early Childhood Association in 2000.
Cathy Grace served as executive director of the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), which gave her an opportunity to assist in the professional development of early childhood educators across the southern United States. She has spoken to groups across the country on behalf of children and families.
Mississippi State University appointed Grace to direct the National Center for Rural Early Childhood Learning Initiatives within the MSU Early Childhood Institute. She led a team of researchers at MSU and at partner universities and agencies to study gaps in early childhood services in rural communities and to develop research-based technical assistance models that can be replicated and adapted in diverse rural areas.
Dr. Grace retired from the institute in 2011 to serve as the director of early childhood development policy for the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. In June 2012, she returned to Mississippi and now serves as the director of early childhood education for the Gilmore Early Learning Initiative in Amory.
Elizabeth F. Shores, MAPh, is the associate director for research, communications, and national initiatives of the Early Childhood Institute at Mississippi State University.
Elizabeth was the editor of the journal Dimensions of Early Childhood and director of publications for the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) from 1990 to 1995. She also has published articles, book chapters, and monographs on the early history of developmental disabilities services in Arkansas, monographs on K-12 reform and child welfare reform in Arkansas, social studies curricula, and articles in various parenting publications.