Family and Community Engagement:

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.

In today's world, family structures and home circumstances represent a wide spectrum of possibilities — from grandparents raising children, to single parents, multi-racial families, two parents unemployed, professional high income families, and everything in between.

Try This!

View the video slideshow below to get inspired about the remarkable human family.

  • Take time to create a representation of your own family. Add this to your portfolio.
  • Make a collage depicting the families in your program.
  • Enlist the help of your whole program community.

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 delight in all humanity! Consider a source of inspiration found in Performance Area 2, Topic: Families as community members in the CA ECE Competencies. Scroll to page 41.

What other sources of inspiration do you find inside or outside the program?

Download CA ECE Competencies

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies