CLEARFIELD – State Trooper James McIntosh of Punxsutawney shared about the current methamphetamine and opioid crisis happening in Clearfield and Jefferson counties at the 15th annual Penn State Extension Clearfield County Early Care and Education Professional Development event held March 2 at the Clearfield County Career & Technology Center.
Early care and education professionals discussed how the current crisis may be affecting the behavior of young children in their programs.
Child care providers are reporting an ever-increasing number of young children experiencing challenging behavior from kicking and hitting to crying and withdrawal.
McIntosh reported witnessing young children exposed to the production and use of these illegal drugs. He also provided insight to the early care and education community of what to look for if they are concerned about the children and families at their programs.
Other presenters from Cen-Clear Head Start, Central Intermediate Unit No. 10 and PSU Extension were also available to provide early care and education teachers with strategies and positive guidance to use with young children with challenging behavior.
Penn State Extension in Clearfield County offers educational opportunities throughout the year for early education teachers, foster parents and families. Contact the Clearfield office at 814-765-7878 for upcoming events.
The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.
If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Jacqueline Amor-Zitzelberger at 814-765-7878 in advance of your participation or visit.