EveryDay Learners

Finding the joy in everyday learning moments

Statistics that show the need for support in early learning

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"The most important people in a child's life are that child's parents and teachers. That means parents and teachers are the most important people in the world."  ~ Fred Rogers

Here's a new way to think about it:

We all know that a kid who's hungry can't focus on making good grades. 

But kids have other needs that are just as important.  They need to feel safe. They need to feel connected to the people around them. And they need to feel confident in their abilities and skills.

These are the pillars of emotional health.

But kids have other needs that are just as important.  They need to feel safe. They need to feel connected to the people around them. And they need to feel confident in their abilities and skills.

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If your friend was having an asthma attack, you wouldn't say: "what’s causing this?" 

Instead, you'd waste no time in figuring out what her needs are: can she breathe? Does she need to sit down? Then you’d work hard to meet those needs. 

Emotional well-being isn't that different.

But kids have other needs that are just as important.  They need to feel safe. They need to feel connected to the people around them. And they need to feel confident in their abilities and skills.

When kids' needs to feel safe, connected, and confident are met,

they thrive.

Safe, Connected, Confident

Child Psychiatrist Dr. Matt Swenson

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Relationships

A child's learning is enhanced in a loving, safe, and predictable environment, and they are able to develop a sense of security and self-control. Responsiveness from and connection with a parent or caregiver are essential for a child to learn.

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Skills

A child develops skills in early learning as parents and caregivers talk about numbers, shapes, patterns and comparisons during everyday activities and help them recognize opportunities to learn in all aspects of their lives.

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Exploration

A child develops confident thinking and discovery, parents and caregivers can encourage curiosity by making learning and exploring a part of play.

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"It doesn't matter how many interventions we give a child—if their core needs to feel safe, connected, and confident aren't being met, you'll find it difficult to help that child. When those needs are met, children are remarkably resilient."

- Barbara Leavitt, MPA, founder of Help Me Grow Utah

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"This approach is different from most other ones out there. It empowers parents. It empowers the child. If I could magically wish for one thing, I would wish for parents, on a daily or weekly basis, to look at their kids and ask themselves 'what can I do this week to help improve and facilitate my children's sense of safety, their connections, and their competence?'"

-Dr. Matt Swenson, child psychiatrist, Intermountain Healthcare

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"I use this framework every day with my grandchildren. I used to focus on a sort of carrot and stick approach--but when I ask myself instead, 'what needs aren't met in this child?' I find that I'm more compassionate, a better listener, and ultimately a more effective grandparent."

Jack Holmes, 6 kids, 28 grandkids, and 2 great-grandkids

If you're like most people, you're wondering, what's the solution? What can I possibly to do help the people around me?

Step 1: Try these every day activities

Step 2: Download our parent activity guide

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Our parent activity guide gives you a deeper dive into safety, connection and confidence and gives you the tools to understand which one your child might need the most. There's also easy and fun activities you can do with your child to build their resilience. 

Step 3: Request a speaker

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Our speakers come to your school, workplace, religious congregation, or nonprofit to teach you more about anxiety and depression in our teens and kids and what you can do to help. In the last few months, we have spoken to hundreds of people in the community!

Most speakers need about 50-60 minutes, but we can customize the time to your needs.

Step 4: Support community services

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Right now, it can take up to 6 weeks to see a therapist. Not only are we empowering parents and other caring adults, we're also raising money to support crucial community services, like therapy, crisis shelters, crisis lines, and residential treatment. Your donation will help provide this kind of concrete help.

We're not going to stop until every child in every neighborhood feels safe, connected and confident. We can't do it without you.

If you know someone who needs additional resources, you can dial 2-1-1 at any time from any phone and talk directly to one of our community resource specialists. They can help connect you with free or low-cost counseling services, support groups, or crisis services.

You can also reach EveryDay Strong directly by emailing  or dialing 801-691-5336.