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A Message from the Yale Child Study Center–Scholastic Collaborative for Child & Family Resilience

We’re Here to Help

To Our Community:

The Collaborative has been committed to helping children, families and communities foster resilience and adaptive skills in the face of stress and adversity. In the midst of all the uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, we know so many families are feeling added stress. There is no more relevant time for our mission than today, and we are here to help.

Research shows that building social connectedness offers the best path towards resilience. But “social distancing” presents an enormous challenge to that very lever we rely on to help ourselves, our children and our communities thrive. Staying physically separate from loved ones, neighbors, teachers, therapists and others challenges a community’s ability to work together. Now more than ever we need to convene in new, virtual ways to ensure our communities’ continued well-being.

We are providing a collection of resources for families by drawing on the deep expertise of the Yale Child Study Center on matters of child health and the background of Scholastic in supporting a child’s academic and social-emotional growth. The Collaborative recognizes the vital impact that literacy can have on a child’s overall health and well-being. Shared stories help all of us make sense of our world — especially when our world is so changed. Indeed, stories can reach across our physical divides now and bring us together.

We hope the content we share on this site will provide support for the anxiety that families and educators are feeling at this time. Please continue to check this page for updates.

As we develop new resources and tools, we want to make sure we’re addressing your concerns. If you have a specific question that you would like experts at the Yale Child Study Center and Scholastic to answer, please write to us here: YCSC_Scholastic_Collaborative@scholastic.com.

It is times such as these that show us just how connected we all are — and how much we depend on one another. Let us be a connecting bridge for you and families across all of our communities.


Linda Mayes, MD, Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center; Chair, Yale Child Study Center; Deputy Dean for Professionalism and Leadership, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine

Karen Baicker, Executive Director of the Yale Child Study Center – Scholastic Collaborative for Child & Family Resilience; Scholastic Publisher for Family and Community Engagement