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Early Childhood: Resources

Connecting Educators, Families and Communities to Early Childhood Resources

The Basics Logo 2023

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 Basics focuses on five key caregiving behaviors that are important for cognitive and social-emotional development of children, birth to age five. With these 5 principles in mind, caregivers play and interact with children while laying the foundation for future growth and learning, giving every child a more equitable start in life.


    Maximize Love, Manage Stress

    Maximiza el amor, controla el estrés

    Talk, Sing, Point

    Habla, canta y señala

    Count, Group, Compare

    Cuenta, agrupa y compara

    Explore Through Movement and Play

    Explora mediante el juego y el movimiento

    Read and Discuss Stories

    Lee y discute libros

    Signup for free text messaging in English or Spanish
    Two free messages each week! Science-based facts and activities to boost your child’s learning and brain development. Ages 0-3
    English | Spanish

    Explore The Basics Principals in nature!
    Visit the Preschool Nature Trail created by VPM and Wildrock

    Trauma Resources for Families and Educators

    Sesame Workshop Elmo and Boy

    VPM Early Childhood Care and Education supports families, educators, and the community with resources to help navigate traumatic experiences.

    Sesame Workshop, along with other resources are listed below to support you through these difficult times:

    Tools from PBS KIDS


    With tools from PBS KIDS, explore ways to integrate media-rich lesson plans in your classroom and empower students to expand their natural curiosity and understanding of the seasons.

    Now available in English and Español.

    Learn to Build Classroom Community


    The things we do today manifest a better tomorrow. Starting conversations about the people and heroes in our world can foster values of, and an appreciation for, stewardship, activism, diversity and kindness in our youngest learners. Check out these resources for clear pathways to connect with your students, have important conversations, and inspire our leaders of tomorrow!

    Black Excellence


    VPM celebrates Black history, culture, and excellence through powerful documentaries, podcasts, specials and more. Explore stories of triumph, adversity, and achievement on VPM PBS, VPM News, VPM Music and social media @myVPM.

    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.