Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a virus that has spread around the world. This can be a scary time with new information coming out every day.
Parents and caregivers want their children to be happy, healthy, and productive. A focus on health and safety is important for all children as they grow up. Healthy children start to learn skills when they are born. These skills will help them in school and when they are adults.
Teachers can’t do it all! But, sometimes common problems in the classroom and hallways usually extend beyond “bad behavior” and could be indicators of certain health issues. Resolving health issues in school can have a positive impact on attendance and focus during the school day.
Health staff play a pivotal role in a growing child’s life. Doctors, nurses, health educators, and medical support staff all communicate important information to children and families related to physical and mental health and well-being.
Policies and laws help shape school health in practice. As research continues to show how health affects education and vice versa, programs to promote school health are growing. Anyone can be an advocate - students, families, educators, and community members.
The Healthy and Ready to Learn Resource and Training Center provides free trainings to equip all adults in the lives of children with the knowledge and skills to promote strong attendance, community health, and training sensitivity.
For 30 years Children's Health Fund has provided high quality clinical services to children in some of the most underserved communities in the country. The Healthy and Ready to Learn initiative is the next step.
Our live training for elementary school parents and educators are available across New York City.
These sessions provide introductory information and strategies for each topic. We provide training in
the following ways:
1) School-based Training Series: Individual schools must request a minimum of 3 workshops (We require
that at least two are CTLE-eligible professional development workshops for staff). Our team will
meet with school administration prior to scheduling in an effort to align training topics to school
2) Organization Training: Community Based Organizations, city agency departments, or other
NYC-based organizations can request single training sessions for professional development days,
convenings, or conferences.
If you are interested in one or both of these tracks, please fill out a training request form below
and we will follow up to provide more information.
Healthy and Ready to Learn aims to fulfill the role of school climate partner, focusing on
trauma-sensitivity and healing with an anti-racism lens to increase school and community capacity
to help students succeed academically, stay healthy, feel safe and empowered by their environments,
and have a positive outlook on the future. Our hope is that building healing centered schools and
helping build positive and trauma-sensitive supports for students and families, will increase
student’s readiness and availability to learn, increase resilience, and promote wellbeing across
both their life course and academic careers.
To this aim, we are offering a series of professional development opportunities, designed to
provide a framework for implementing best practices into your schools. These workshops have been
designed to build off one another, but we do not require that you take them in linear order.
We are happy to work with you to determine which workshops best meet the needs of your school.
Learn more about our training options below and join us either in-person or online to learn more
about each of these topics! For educators in New York State, all of our trainings are Continuing
Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) eligible.
This professional development training introduces the effects of trauma on students and
school-wide strategies that can be implemented. By the end of this session participants will
be able to...
Now that you know what trauma is, how do you take that information and start incorporating
it into your school/team practice. This session is a deep-dive into the ways that we can
care for ourselves and our teams as a way of practicing trauma-sensitivity and self-awareness.
By the end of this session participants will be able to...
This workshop will teach participants how to be conscious of the ways that we talk about
students that can impact and limit our work and how we relate to students and families. We
will explore how to re-frame destructive narratives into tools for empowerment. By the end
of this session participants will be able to...
In this workshop participants will practice using strengths-based language to help
facilitate difficult conversations, such as health referrals, the impact of attendance on
academic progress, or stress at home. By the end of this session participants will be able
Focus on the caregiver is an essential component of a healing-centered model, especially as
we consider the compounded impact vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue can have on our
school staff. This session will deep-dive into mindfulness strategies that can be used both
for self-care and with students and families. We will share additional resources that you
can use in carrying out your work. By the end of this session participants will be able to...
This workshop provides a comprehensive toolkit for school staff to utilize in referring families
to health services available in the community via methods that increase referral follow-through.
This interactive workshop allows participants to explore resource lists available online and
through local health departments, begin mapping resources in their community, and practice
referring families to local health services. By the end of the workshop, participants will be
This workshop will teach participants all about play, its significance in development, when it is appropriate, and how to reinforce it in settings for learning and, importantly, in the home. This session will explore awareness of social-emotional learning, things to look out for, and ways to build play into the child’s routine. By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
Similar to the elementary level training, this
professional development will discuss ways trauma affects the body, brain, and behavior in children ages 0-5. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
Educators & parents play a critical role in creating a culture of positive attendance to jumpstart educational learning. Using graphics, we explore the importance of emphasizing and monitoring attendance during early childhood and its impact on socioemotional and cognitive learning. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: