WASHINGTON, DC — The Council for Professional Recognition is an organization that supports early childhood education professionals committed to the well-being of all children. Over the past several weeks the Council has been monitoring the activities occurring along the southern border of the United States and is concerned about the mental and physical health of children and adolescents arriving in the United States without their parents.
The Council recently shared details of the impact these life-altering, traumatic events can have on children. These hardships could hurt children’s mental health because adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) cause toxic stress in developing brains. Jack Shonkoff, who heads Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, says, “Healthy brain development in babies and young children requires the consistent availability of a stable, responsive and supportive relationship with at least one parent or caregiver.”
The Council understands how best to support children and families when they are separated. It recently released a white paper called Strangers in a Strange Land: Teaching Immigrant and Refugee Children, which highlights best practices and approaches for educators teaching immigrant and refugee children.
Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr., the CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition, shared a similar sentiment to other leaders in early education. “As early childhood educators, we are steadfast in our fundamental, universal call to ‘do no harm to a child.’ As American citizens we take responsibility to uphold basic rights and humane treatment for all children and families. We look forward to a time when all these families can be reunited.”