Now more than ever, adults must help children develop the skills necessary to navigate through life successfully. By focusing on building social and emotional strength, we increase children’s resilience and prepare them to handle the challenges in life. The strategies and activities in Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure help children become socially and emotionally healthy for life. Organized into five chapters, the activities support and build resilience in children ages 3 to 8.
Nefertiti Bruce, MEd, is an early childhood specialist and trainer for the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative (DECI) and provides professional development and consultation to early childhood programs across the nation. Nefertiti is the coauthor with Karen Cairone of Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure, and Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You, a tool to help adults strengthen their resilience.
Devereux is the nation's largest nonprofit educational and behavioral health care organization. With a focus on promoting young children's healthy social and emotional development and resilience, to date the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative (DECI) has helped more than 3 million children across the nation. In 2009, the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) was created to advance Devereux's commitment to primary prevention and promotion of resilience of all children. The DCRC encompasses the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative (DECI) as well as the emerging focus on school-age children.
Karen B. Cairone, MEd, is a senior training and technical assistance associate at Education Development Center.
Formerly, she was a special projects/trainer for the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative (DECI), where she was responsible for resource development, served as editor of the national newsletter, and worked on various other special projects for DECI. She continues to work as a consultant for Devereux.
She is the coauthor and coproducer of the Facing the Challenge DVDs, Classroom Moments DVD and accompanying training, and the coauthor of For Now and Forever: A Family Guide for the Social and Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers and Social Strong, Emotionally Secure.