By Morgan De Lancy
Jordan’s* experiences with trauma used to cause frequent emotional outbursts. At age two, he already struggled with disruptive behavior.
This all changed during his time in the Early Learning Center. For the first time, he had support from specialists in early childhood mental health, like Meeghan.
When Jordan got frustrated, Meeghan said to him, “it looks like you’re really upset right now, like you’re angry and sad. Can I help you hold some of your feelings?”
Finally, Jordan had permission to relieve the burden on his tiny shoulders. He scooped up the troublesome feelings, plopping them into Meeghan’s outstretched hands. The two sat side by side until he felt better.
“Young children are developing a sense of self in that moment. It’s about holding these feelings with them—saying you are a smart and kind kid. There are things that you’re working on; we all are.”
Today Jordan is happy and confident. His early experience in the Early Learning Center is now a beloved tradition. “Can you help me hold my feelings?” He’ll ask.
When Jordan goes off to kindergarten this fall, the love and care he received in the Early Learning Center will go with him.
“What we affirm in him will become his inner voice.” Thanks to the Early Learning Center, Jordan is ready not only for kindergarten but wherever life takes him.
*Name has been changed for anonymity