DR. KEISHA CARES was established to strengthen adult-child relationships through the power of children's picture books. Using simple concepts of talk, read, sing, play, we provide meaningful social media content and virtual coaching to adults who are educating children amid a global pandemic. By applying a two-generational approach to literacy education, Dr.Keisha uses children's books to build resilience, reduce stress levels, inspire hope, and teach anti-racist curriculums across social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Harvard's Center on the Developing Child has highlighted the detrimental impact of stress on children and adults for decades. Their research has shown frequent or extreme experiences that cause excessive stress can be toxic to the architecture of children's developing brains. Relatedly, excessive stress in adults can overload their capacity to engage productively in their work, with their family, or with their community. The multiplicity of issues and their detrimental effects suggest solutions are urgently needed to help balance and reduce stress levels in adults and children while building resilience and hope in a time of national uncertainty and crisis.
Given the current phenomenon of home-schooling pods, remote learning, and school closures, Dr. Keisha Cares provides research-based solutions to reduce stress and mental health issues through a literacy medium of adult-child reading aloud. Utilizing a joyful learning approach, adults receive content designed to help them dismantle feelings of stress, frustration, fear, anxiety, and educational trauma that can hinder learning. Curated books are carefully selected to model how serve and return relationships can create stress shields for adults and children that can be applied successfully across income levels.
Dr. Keisha brings a global perspective to her literacy work. She has researched adult-child reading aloud and worked with parents, caregivers, and educators in the United States, England, China, and Hong Kong SAR over the last ten years.
Professionally, shre returned to the United States in 2019 to work as a Director at Reading Is Fundamental, the nation's oldest literacy nonprofit. She worked with publishers, designed digital content, and provided professional development for schools and nonprofits at a national level. In 2020, she launched Dr. Keisha Cares full time, in response to the unprecedented shift in education and the urgent need for adult skill building to help mitigate the growing inequalities amongst disadvantaged communities.
As the first African-American to obtain graduate degrees from premier universities in China and Hong Kong, and a first-generation college student, Dr. Keisha bring a globally inclusive approach to early childhood literacy that is culturally diverse, internationally informed, and firmly rooted in over twenty years of education experience.
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