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Children Born in the Pandemic: Developmental and Family Challenges — How is Oklahoma Using ARPA Funds to Help?


While in many early reports it sounded as though babies born during the Pandemic would likely be affected by developmental delays, newer research shows mixed or fewer concerns.

There is no denying, though, that for families having new babies, or adopting, or providing foster care for babies during the Pandemic, there were additional stresses.

Join PACEs Connection for a free webinar October 19 from 12 p.m to 1:30 p.m. ET/ 9 a.m. - 10:30 PT, to explore how leaders in one state, and two PACES Connection senior staff members, have been addressing the challenges of welcoming a new baby – or multiple babies – during that time.

Please register here.

Trauma experts share their experiences of pregnancy and childbirth during the Pandemic

Screen Shot 2023-10-02 at 9.31.52 PMPACEs Connection CEO Ingrid Cockhren, leads, among multiple educational offerings, the PACEs Connection Historical Trauma in America series. She will share about historical trauma and the Racial Reckoning erupting during the Pandemic, as well as her personal experience of giving birth to twins – a girl and a boy – in November, 2021.

Screen Shot 2023-10-02 at 9.32.19 PMCockhren will be joined by Porter Jennings McGarity, PhD, LCSW, and PACEs Connection trauma-informed criminal Justice consultant and director of continuous quality improvement (CQI). Jennings-McGarity gave birth to two sons during the Pandemic.

How Oklahoma looks to support parents, caregivers, families, children

Screen Shot 2023-10-02 at 9.33.11 PMLinda Manaugh, chief program officer of the Potts Family Foundation, which is leading the work in Oklahoma, and Marlo Nash, a longtime consultant on early childhood and child welfare systems, will be joined by Laura Porter, international expert on the science of adverse childhood experiences,Screen Shot 2023-10-02 at 9.33.55 PM to discuss the work in Oklahoma.

Porter is the co-founder of ACE Interface, LLC. She, Manaugh and Nash have worked together to design, secure American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for, and implement the groundbreaking work in Oklahoma.

Screen Shot 2023-10-02 at 9.34.52 PMThe work involves research in 15 communities to learn more about how young children and families are doing, what their needs are, and how well their communities are supporting them.

How can PACEs Connection members help support families who welcomed babies during the Pandemic?

Screen Shot 2023-10-02 at 9.57.24 PMRounding out the webinar to share learning that can be used across all communities, Deborah McNelis, M.Ed, will share about ways to be supportive of babies born during the Pandemic, and their caregivers. McNelis is an early brain development specialists and the creator of resources to encourage positive childhood experiences in young families.

Register for the webinar here.

Full disclosure: McNelis donates to PACEs Connection five percent of net profits from related sales of her Neuro-Nurturing(R) materials from Brain Insights.


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  • Screen Shot 2023-10-02 at 9.31.52 PM: Ingrid Cockhren, PACEs Connection
  • Screen Shot 2023-10-02 at 9.32.19 PM: Porter Jennings-McGarity, PACEs Connection
  • Screen Shot 2023-10-02 at 9.33.11 PM: Linda Manaugh, Potts Family Foundation
  • Screen Shot 2023-10-02 at 9.33.55 PM: Marlo Nash
  • Screen Shot 2023-10-02 at 9.34.52 PM: Laura Porter, ACE Interface
  • Screen Shot 2023-10-02 at 9.57.24 PM: Deborah McNelis, Brain Insights

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