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Read for Resilience

Supporting Young Children’s Healing After a Natural Disaster

Experiencing a major natural disaster such as floods can be very stressful for young children. Like adults, young children may struggle with expressing their feelings about their experiences and this can lead to difficulties with coping. Caregivers play an integral role in a young child’s emotional and physical development in addition to helping them cope. Using children’s literature in an interactive way can help children heal by better understanding their experiences in an engaging format and can improve their coping skills.

With the recent disaster in Nebraska, we are requesting donations to support a book drive to purchase children’s books for the Read for Resilience project. The Read for Resilience project is led by members of the Learning Child (TLC) team at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension. The Learn Child team will identify children’s books to support their coping and understanding of their feelings after experiencing a disaster, loss, and/or grief. Reading guides accompany the books that provide caregivers with suggested activities and probing questions to help children personally connect with the experiences of the characters in the books. For more information, visit the Learning Child’s Read for Resilience program page.


Donations may be given to Read for Resilience via PayPal. **Be sure to select “Read for Resilience” in the drop-down menu.** No Foundation fees apply; 100% of your gift will be directed toward caregivers and their young children!
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Apply for Support

Read for Resilience funds are available to any Nebraska child care provider who has been impacted by a disaster. Grants are limited to $100 per caregiver. There is no deadline to apply. To apply for support, vist the Read for Resilience program website.