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Simple Acts: Service and Acts of Kindness in Early Childhood Development

Monday, April 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Simple Acts: Service and Acts of Kindness in Early Childhood Development

Presented by Natalie Silverstein, MPH, Author and New York Coordinator of Doing Good Together

Sponsored by Gryphon House

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We live in a complicated, increasingly disconnected world. It feels as though parents and educators are swimming against a rising tide of negative energy, searching for hope and the tools to empower ourselves and the children in our lives to make a positive impact on the world. Service is one simple answer: a way to spread positivity and kindness, to foster compassion, empathy, open-mindedness and generosity in developing children.

This is not just wishful thinking; volunteering is not just a nice thing to do. Research has shown that engaging in community service in childhood and, more specifically, volunteering as a family, has a meaningful, long-term impact on kids. Natalie Silverstein’s work as a volunteer coordinator and passionate advocate for family service inspired her to write Simple Acts: The Busy Family’s Guide to Giving Back. Teaching young children to be socially conscious, community-oriented, and eager to volunteer seems like a daunting task, especially in the midst of so many competing priorities. Simple Acts brings parents and educators practical, easy-to-do ideas to involve the whole family in volunteering and helping others in the community.

In this edWebinar, Natalie reviews:

  • The proven value of service in raising compassionate children
  • How to choose community service options
  • Ideas for integrating volunteering and service into already-busy schedules
  • Ways to help children experience the deep satisfaction of helping others

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-8 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and after-school coordinators.


About the Presenter

Natalie Silverstein, MPH is an author and the New York coordinator of Doing Good Together. Her first book, Simple Acts: The Busy Family’s Guide to Giving Back, will be published by Gryphon House on April 1, 2019. Natalie has been a contributing blogger for with a particular focus on family-friendly community service ideas and her parenting essays have appeared on Along with her husband Jonathan, she is the co-founder of The Silverstein Foundation for Parkinson’s with GBA. Natalie earned an undergraduate degree in health administration from Providence College and a Master of Public Health from Yale University. She is a passionate advocate for family and youth volunteerism and is a frequent consultant and presenter to parents, faculty, students and community groups in New York City where she lives with her family.


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Monday, April 1, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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