Child Development and Learning:

Pause for Inspiration

Breadcrumb trail:

Find inspiration, joy, and creativity in everyday things.

Do you find that you often consider your needs last, or not at all? Maybe this happens because you don't have time, you're just too tired at the end of a busy day or week, or you haven't really thought about how you might relax? We all need to find ways to energize and renew ourselves in order to stay with the demanding work of early care and education. Only when we truly care for ourselves and stimulate our creativity, can we fully care for and stimulate others. CompSAT offers tools and surprises that will help you on your path to renewal and reinvigoration.

A teacher observes a young boy stacking toy rocks.
  • When the going gets rough, what music inspires you to carry on?
  • What replenishes and renews you when you're feeling down-and-out about work?
  • How do you reconnect with the deeper sense of purpose of your work?

Try This!

Listen to the lyrics of Tom Hunter's song, "You Will Know." Consider how the images show children experiencing an early childhood program where they are "known full well."

What inspiration can you find for providing children with a sense of belonging when they are with you?

There are no templates for the Pause for Inspiration Key. This is a place to take a moment for yourself.

Deepen Your Understanding

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies

Reconnect to your sense of the preciousness of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. Consider a source of inspiration found in Performance Area 2, Topic: Learning through play in the CA ECE Competencies. Scroll to page 19.

What other sources of inspiration are meaningful to you?

Download CA ECE Competencies

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies