5.22 2020

Week 10: staying connected during social distance

Dear community,

When I say it’s YOU I like, I’m talking about the part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. 

That deep part of you that allows you to stand up for those things without which humankind cannot survive. 

Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed

  -Fred Rogers

In the attached pdf, please find activities, resources and information including Mr. Rogers, Aquarium Adventurers and resources for talking to children about Cover-19.                                                                        


Quick links to resources:

What Children Need Most During Frightening Times, with Fred Roger
Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood Look For The Helpers READ ALONG Story Book!
Kathryn’s Aquarium Adventurers: Episode 1
Monday’s with Michelle Obama!
How to Help your Kids Handle Disappointment
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource
Daily Health Check – En Ingles y Español
Achú, a Spanish-Language Book to Educate Children About COVID-19
Achú, a Book to Educate Children About COVID-19 – English Version
 Recognize | 30 Days of Yoga With Adriene
Watch and Listen to how Students and Educators Explain what Mindfulness Means to Them



1.10 2020

Happy New Year!

Uncrumple That Drawing!
Rhoda Kellogg and the Misunderstanding of Child Art

From the first time she observed very young children joyfully making scribbles, Rhoda Kellogg knew that humans are born with a natural capacity for making art. Where others saw meaningless marks, Rhoda saw whole, complete and beautiful compositions. “No child need fail to develop in art if teachers can learn to appreciate the gestalts of scribblings. Only free scribbling and drawing become work that is integrated in each individual’s mind.”

So important are these earliest stages of visual communication that she spent over 60 years dedicated to the empirical demonstration that all humans are born with this innate artistic capacity. Art is in our biology.

Her classroom practices were founded on the premise that children teach themselves in art. “Creative expression must always be motivated from within, not without.” She asserted that the neuromuscular processes exercised during free, self-directed early scribbling foster not only aesthetics, but the hand-eye-brain systems needed for language, literacy and self-esteem.


Read more in our January 2020 newsletter

How do you see the world?

It has been said, “She sees the world through rose-colored glasses.” The truth is, for good or for bad, we all have tints on our lenses. Our families, the groups to which we belong, our society — all impact the way we see the world and each other. At Friends Center for Children we are working to be aware of these lenses and the impact they have on us, the community, and children’s development, relationships and opportunities. Exploring our inherent biases allows us to support children and families with empathy and integrity.

Read our 2016-2017 Report

Collective Voices

“I am invigorated by Friends Center for Children’s commitment to encourage and listen to all voices in the spirit of equality. A culture of respect for each and every individual is embedded in the way teachers work with the children; how children learn to listen to one another whether in play, conflict or learning; when staff and parents interact; and how decisions are made around the board table. When voices are drawn out and carefully heard, trust is created, community deepens, individuals are empowered, and creative new pathways evolve.”

– Wendy Kravitz
Emeritus Board Member

Read our 2015-2016 Report

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? We believe ours says a lot.

Friends Center for Children was established when members of the New Haven Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) recognized the crucial need for additional high- quality early childhood education in the New Haven area. Today our non-sectarian center continues to uphold the Quaker values of community, equality, peace, simplicity, truth and stewardship.

Friends Center for Children is more than a daycare or school. It is a cooperative community that bridges racial, ethnic and economic divides; a community where parents, teachers, administrators and board members all work together to support each child’s growth and education. As a cooperative program, parents are actively involved in the Center – both in the classroom and behind the scenes.

Friends Center for Children is child-centered. Our progressive approach focuses on a child’s learning and growth in all areas, including social, emotional, cognitive and physical. The materials, activities and curriculum of the Center help children to actively explore their environment, play cooperatively, problem solve and develop a sense of responsibility for self and others.

Read our 2014-2015 report