Acknowledgments

Thank you to all of the incredible people who made The Social Story Center possible!

We would like to acknowledge the contributions of our affiliate organizations, educators, and volunteers for all of their help in creating these social stories.

 

NAEYC Asian Interest Forum

The Asian Interest Forum is a special interest group of NAEYC that works to bring together early childhood practitioners to share knowledge and resources for young children of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander descent around the globe. Their mission is to improve the professional practice of early childhood education by serving as a clearinghouse and forum for information and resources. In addition, they work to support early childhood programs by facilitating culturally responsive and language-accessible resources. It is co-facilitated by Dr. Sandy Baba and Dr. Shu-Chen Jenny Yen.

 

 

NAEYC Rural Interest Forum

The Rural Interest Forum of NAEYC is dedicated to supporting early childhood education in rural communities. We would like to thank them for their support and assistance with this project, particularly in helping with the distribution of this book! For more information, please visit NAEYC Rural Interest Forum.

NAEYC Peace Educators Interest Forum

The Peace Educators Interest Forum (Peace Educators Allied for Children Everywhere) seeks to promote peace education by working to develop and use the attitudes, understandings, and methods of nonviolence needed to build peace, caring, justice, and mutual respect within ourselves, others, and in our environments. We also work to remedy the damages that violence has caused in the lives of children. For more information, please visit NAEYC Peace Educators Interest Forum.

Peace Educators Allied for Children Everywhere (P.E.A.C.E.)

P.E.A.C.E. is a network of parents, teachers, and other concerned individuals dedicated to helping young children and their caregivers develop and thrive in peace and well being. Established in 1979, P.E.A.C.E. stands for Peace Educators Allied for Children Everywhere. We are a national membership non-profit organization of early childhood educators and volunteers who are acting together to make the world a more peaceful, safe, and welcoming place for everyone. The foundations for lives of peace are built in early childhood. P.E.A.C.E. helps locally, nationally, and globally to build peace among children and adults through example, education, and activism. For more information, please visit http://peaceeducators.org/about/.

Educators for Peaceful Classrooms and Communities (EPCC)

As Educators, our mission is to impart the values of peace to the community, families, and most of all to children, as they are keepers of the future. We believe that a way to accomplish that end is to start by educating young children, teachers, and families in ways of being peaceful. For more information, please visit https://www.educatorsforpeacefulclassroomsandcommunities.org.

The Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning, University of Mississippi

The Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning serves all stakeholders in early childhood education across Mississippi and beyond. Our team of researchers and pre-K specialists seek to provide collaborative leadership and research-based information concerning child development, education, policy decisions and more. We believe that all children have the right to learn and grow in an environment that supports a natural ability to explore, create and wonder. For more information, please visit http://gcsel.education.olemiss.edu.

GLOPO.JCCREATION AND ART CENTER

GLOPO.JCCREATION AND ART CENTER is dedicated to delivering inspirational ideas and positive influence through its professionalism. GJAAC is committed to looking into global issues, especially those pertaining to children's education, environmental sustainability, cultural diffusion, and participating with good deeds. GJAAC created the illustrations used in the social story and the animations. For more information, please visit https://www.letsfocus.org

Dr. Shu-Chen Jenny Yen

Dr. Shu-Chen “Jenny” Yen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Dr. Yen was an infant/toddler and preschool teacher in both constructivist and Montessori classrooms. She was recognized by CSUF as Outstanding Faculty for Community Engagement, Service Award, Outstanding Senior Honors Project Mentor, and Exceptional Teaching Effectiveness Award. Dr. Yen was the former Secretary and Vice President of California Association for the Education of Young Children. She started the Mandarin workshops for Chinese early care providers and teachers with CAAEYC in 2003. She co-established the Asian Interest Forum for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 2006. She served as a member of several committees of NAEYC, including the Affiliate Advisor Council, Nominating Committee, and a peer reviewer for the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Program and the National Recognition (SPA recognition) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) program. She was the 2018 P.E.A.C.E Award recipient from the Peace Educators Allied for Children Everywhere (P.E.A.C.E.). She is honored by the Educators for Peaceful Classrooms and Communities (EPCC) for the 2020 Honor an Early Childhood Educator Award, California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAAEYC).

She founded the Social Story Center, wrote the text and lesson plans for the social stories, and managed collaborations and translations.

Dr. Sandy Baba

Dr. Sandy Baba is an American researcher with 20 years of experience in education program design, research and development. She led and participated in numerous California and national early childhood education (ECE) efforts. Her latest research on supporting low-income Chinese immigrant families was featured in the US Department of Education’s publication. Dr. Baba has presented at international conferences and provided design strategies to her partners. In 2006, she collaborated with 26 ECE experts and co-founded the NAEYC Asian Interest Forum. In 2020, she was selected to be an ECE mentor for the SXSWEDU virtual education conference and festival. She is currently a Senior Adjunct Professor and Thesis Advisor at Pacific Oaks College, Graduate School of Human Development.

Sandy was integral to managing the original website and translating the book into several languages.

Arabic (Modern Standard) Translation

Thank you to Elham Sharif and Areej Dalia for the Arabic (Modern Standard) translation of the social story!

Arabic (Classical) Translation

Thank you to Rania Nuno and Abeer Samaan for the Arabic (Classical) translation of the social story!

Croatian Translation

Thank you to Dr. Sanja Tatalovi Vorkapić and Dr. Maja Opašić for the Croatian translation of the social story!

Dutch Translation

Thank you to Darin Pavelek-Hekkert and Tess de Jong for the Dutch translation of the social story!

Farsi Translation

Thank you to Soodie Ansari, Parvin Ansari, and Nazanin Piroozan for the Farsi translation of the social story!

Hungarian Translation

Thank you to Abigél Vizi and Engame Yi Ying Li for the Hungarian translation of the social story!

Italian Translation

Thank you to Dr. Fu-Ju Yang, Dr. Ing Gianfranco Girelli, and Simona Morani for the Italian translation of the social story!

Japanese Translation

Thank you to Dr. Sandy Baba and family for the Japanese translation of the social story!

Korean Translation

Thank you to Dr. Karen Kyeunghae Lee and Dr. Juye Ji for the Korean translation of the social story!

Malay Translation

Thank you to Amanda Ho Yean Wei and  Tiew See Jiea for the Malay translation of the social story!

Portuguese Translation

Thank you to Dr. Catia Magalhães and Dr. Bruno Carraça for the Portuguese translation of the social story!

Romanian Translation

Thank you to Dr. Aurora Adina Colomeischi and Dr. Petruta Rusu for the Romanian translation of the social story!

Chinese (Simplified) Translation

Thank you to Dr. Shu-Nu Yen, Shu-Ling Yen, Shu-Chiung Chang, and Lei Yen for the Chinese translation of the social story!

Spanish Translation

Thank you to Zoila Cartagena, Jennifer Ventura, First 5 San Francisco, Dr. Marlene Zepeda, Dr. Claudia G. Pineda, and Dr. Santiago Morales-Rivera for the Spanish translation of the social story!

Chinese (Traditional) Translation

Thank you to Dr. Shu-Nu Yen, Shu-Ling Yen, and Shu-Chiung Chang for the Chinese translation of the social story!

French Translation

Thank you to Marthe Pohl and Emmanuelle Pohl for the French translation of the social story!

Gallery Coordinators

Thank Sun Jing (Jimmy) for coordinating the thank-you card collection in Taiwan, China, and Canada in addition to his great work of building a Facebook page and a Weibo account to help disseminate the soical story. Thank Emily Shih and Nancy Wu for coordinating the Thank You Card collection in Taiwan and the USA.