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Child Mind Institute 2019 Spring Luncheon on Raising Kinder Kids

May 23, 2019

New York – The Child Mind Institute hosted its 2019 Spring Luncheon on Wednesday May 22, which featured a panel discussion, “Raising Kinder Kids.” The discussion was moderated by Ali Wentworth and featured Angela Santomero, creator and executive producer of Blue’s Clues and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood; and Rachel Busman, PsyD, Senior Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and Director of Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute.

At a time when teenagers are stressed and anxiety is on the rise, panelists shared strategies and discussed what teaching empathy and gratitude really looks like from a young age. These principles are more important than ever in a world of digital communication when children are constantly comparing themselves to the “perfect” images seen on social media.

The luncheon raised more than $365,000, which will support the Child Mind Institute’s work to change the lives of children with mental health and learning disorders.

In addition to being a producer, Angela Santomero is the author of the newly released book Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving and shared tips on the importance of self-awareness and the benefits kindness has on the body and mind.

The luncheon was co-chaired by members of the Child Mind Institute Board of Directors, Christine Mack, Zibby Owens, and Debra Perelman and the host committee included Roxanne Bok, Ellen Cohen, Elizabeth Quarta DePaolo, Desiree Gruber, Jennifer Harris, Tania Higgins, Tammy Levine, Julie Minskoff, Heather Ouida, Eileen Riano, Jil Schaps and Sara Weiner, PhD.

About the Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain, and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most. Together with our supporters, we’re helping children reach their full potential in school and in life. We share all of our resources freely and do not accept any funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Learn more at