Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I hope this newsletter finds you, your loved ones, friends, and colleagues healthy and well.
As I reflect on this past year and process the collective and far-reaching impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our lives, and as I see how we have responded to these events as individuals and as a community, I am reminded of our incredible resilience.
The words of Fred Rogers echo in my heart and mind:
“When the gusty winds blow and shake our lives, if we know that people care about us,
we may bend with the wind…but we won’t break.”
I am also reminded of how important it is for us to come together, to work together, and for organizations such as the Simms/Mann Family Foundation and Institute, to respond to the needs of our community during such critical times. Our work and mission are needed today more than ever before.
Through the Institute, we are honored to work with so many impactful organizations and individuals who are engaging with people and science in groundbreaking ways. During the pandemic, we remained committed to our partners by keeping them connected to early child development through online lectures, research, and curriculum.
Our spring newsletter highlights the online programs and seminars we delivered during this past year and showcases the accomplishments of dedicated early child researchers, practitioners, experts, and partners.
As our communities start to reopen, our Institute continues to be deeply committed to providing families, professionals, and individuals with the resources and tools they need to make informed decisions and personalized choices within the lens of whole-person wellness: mind, body and spirit.
We look forward to seeing you in person very soon, and wish you and your families a healthy and safe year ahead!
Dr. Victoria Mann Simms
President, The Simms/Mann Institute & Family Foundation