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Program helps kids manage anxiety with puppets (

A group of puppeteers is taking a creative approach to helping Vermont students manage their anxiety this school year. For almost 40 years, Puppets in Education — a part of the Vermont Family Network — has staged live presentations in schools around the state addressing issues such as bullying, abuse, health and stress. As the pandemic has progressed, so has concern about child mental health Through their presentations, Puppets in Education offers information about anxiety, leads discussions...

Lockdown study finds undiagnosed mental health crisis among new mothers []

By Vicky Fallon, Sergio A. Silverio, and Siân Macleod Davies, The Conversation, February 5, 2021 New mothers experienced worryingly high rates of depression and anxiety during the first lockdown, our new research has revealed. One of the major contributing factors to them feeling this way was the psychological impact of social distancing measures. Our study examined the psychological and social experiences of over 600 women with babies between birth and 12 weeks old during the first UK...

Depression, anxiety 'extremely high' among new mothers since start of social distancing []

By Joe Gramigna, Healio News, February 19, 2021 Prevalence rates of clinically relevant depression and anxiety have been “extremely high” among postnatal women during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to study results published in Journal of Psychiatric Research. “There had been no data published examining mental health in new mothers during COVID-19 at the time of study,” Victoria Fallon, FHEA, CPsychol , of the department of psychology at the University of Liverpool in the UK, told Healio...

Why We Need to Pay More Attention to the Youngest Children and Their Parents (

Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, nearly everyone connected to children has raised the alarm about pandemic learning loss . Parents, educators, physicians and politicians — they might disagree on solutions, but they’re all concerned about how the current educational upheaval will affect K-12 students. By contrast, little attention has been paid to the pandemic’s effects on even younger learners. “There aren’t a lot of people out there screaming ‘what about the infants?’” said Jack...

Parenting Students Get Extra Help During Remote Learning (

Every year, 25,000 teens give birth in California – and 70 percent of teen moms don’t graduate high school. About 1,300 of Learn4Life students are pregnant or parenting, so we are doing everything we can to keep these young mothers engaged in school and learning parenting skills – even during remote learning. Before COVID-19 forced remote learning, parenting teens could bring their babies to school while they studied and took tests. A separate child-friendly area ensured they didn’t disrupt...

KTLA5 News – Learn4Life providing remote learning and baby supplies to teen parents during COVID-19 (

HOPE Program Coordinator Staci Roth was featured on KTLA 5 Morning News! Staci talked about how Learn4Life is supporting our students – especially our parenting-students, through home deliveries, virtual parent-circles and so much more. The HOPE program is Helping Parenting Students Excel . To read more of the Learn4Life article, please click here.

L.A. teen moms in program that allows their children in class graduate from high school (

PANORAMA CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A group of students who studied in a classroom alongside their babies at a Panorama City school received their diplomas Monday. When 19-year-old Teresa Campa attended classes at the Assurance Learning Academy, her 5-month-old daughter Lydia usually sat with her. "Once I found out I was pregnant, I knew I had to finish high school," Teresa Campa said. Campa is one of nine teen mothers who received their high school diplomas thanks to a curriculum called...

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