“Haz de cada día tu obra maestra.”
(“Make every day your masterpiece.”)

— Spanish saying

Greetings to You!

This issue of the Buzz is full of useful information for Parent Centers, parents, schools, Spanish-speakers, and early childhood professionals. As March blows us into April, let there be time in all our days to raise our faces to a warm sun and bend low to admire the flowers as they bud and bloom.

Our best to you and yours,
The CPIR Team


First, News from the Feds

March 24, 2022 Letter to Educators and Parents
About what? About new CDC recommendations and their impact on children with disabilities, that’s what. In this letter, U.S. Secretary of Education Cardona shares resources to aid in schools’ and parents’ efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in schools. The letter addresses the needs of students with disabilities as the nation moves into a new phase in its response to the pandemic.

Recursos en Español para Sus Familias

Three from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard
Healthy child development is typically at the core of the Center’s work. That includes the brain and the effects of trauma on development. Your Spanish-speaking families with young children will benefit from the insights shared in these new resources in Spanish.

Conexión Entre el Cerebro y el Resto del Cuerpo: el Desarrollo Infantil Temprano y la Salud Para Toda la Vida Están Profundamente Interconectados
(English version: Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body: Early Childhood Development and Lifelong Health Are Deeply Intertwined)
This 24-page article examines how developing biological systems in the body interact with each other and adapt to the contexts in which a child is developing—for better or for worse—with lifelong consequences for physical and mental health.

En Breve: Conectar El Cerebro Con El Resto Del Cuerpo
(English version: InBrief: Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body)
This 3-pager is a condensed version of the above resource and highlights its key points.

Video: Como Las Experiencias Durante la infancia Temprana Afectan de por Vida la Salud y el Aprendizaje
(English version: How Early Childhood Experiences Affect Lifelong Health and Learning)
For those who prefer videos as a way to access information, this 5-minute video illuminates how early childhood experiences can impact health and learning.

Revised DSM-5: What’s Changed?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR) was recently released. It includes a new diagnosis (prolonged grief disorder) and has made changes to the diagnostic criteria of quite a few disorders, including: autism, bipolar and other depression-related disorders, intellectual disability, and PTSD. To find out the particulars, visit the American Psychiatric Asssociation Fact Sheets page.

Especially for families: Visit APA’s Patients and Families page to learn about common mental disorders, including symptoms, risk factors and treatment options. Find answers to your questions written by leading psychiatrists, stories from people living with mental illness and links to additional resources.


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