Emergent Literacy Begins at Birth; Transitions - "Hello" and "Goodbye"; Executive Function Skills: Foster with Play; Last reminder of the phaseout of mail-based New Staff Orientation and New Staff Orientation-Refresher
This month's highlight is supervising children. Better Kid Care has developed an extensive collection of research-to-practice articles, resources pages, and publications for practitioners and families that you can use to build your program, expand staff development, implement curriculum, understand children's development, and support families.
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Obtaining a CDA Credential can be a catalyst to professional growth and a career in early education. Read the article "CDA Credential: A Catalyst to Professional Growth," and what's new from the CDA council.
This month's focus is on recycling. Penn State's Better Kid Care and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs are teaming up to bring you "Go Green for Kids," a monthly tip to help you provide a healthier and safer environment for the children in your care.
This month's highlight is... Building Resilience in Young Military Children. Each month, Support for Military-Connected Families features research-based information to support and increase the quality of caring for children from military-connected families.
Have you ever looked for training materials to build the knowledge and confidence of your farm market personnel? Penn State Extension now offers on-line training for farm professionals that handle, process, or merchandise fresh market produce.
Stay connected and current with updates, events, developments, and new resources in early care and education!
Update on the strawberry virus situation in Pennsylvania. Last month, I had written an article regarding two strawberry viruses (strawberry mottle virus, and strawberry mild yellow edge virus) that could be present in strawberry plug plants grown by mid-Atlantic nurseries (and others in the East) that had obtained runner tips from a Canadian supplier. The concerns were that the viruses could spread to otherwise healthy plants if aphids (the vectors of these particular viruses) were present; that the presence of the viruses would affect growers' plans to carry over plantings; and that if both viruses were present in the same plants, vigor and yields would be affected. At the time the article was written, we weren't sure how widespread the problem was in Pennsylvania.
Update on the current status of spotted wing drosophila, a species of fruit fly, that is problematic because the tiny larvae of this pest can be present in the fruit when it is harvested.
As a Pennsylvania grower of fresh vegetables and fruits, you have worked hard to learn about and adopt GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) on your farm and in your packing house. Now that we are moving into peak marketing season, remember those farm food safety concepts when selling your produce at farm and farmers markets. Food safety practices that extend from farm to fork can help prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.
By using these recommended preparation and cooking methods, you can help preserve the nutrients in your foods.
Every June lawns all over Pennsylvania break out in a rash of red blotches.
Catchweed bedstraw (Galium aparine) is an annual that can form dense mats of vegetation.
Mites are not insects. They are arachnids – eight legs not six, no antennae, no wings. They have four life stages: egg, larva (which has 6 legs), nymph, and then adult.
Parts of the state continue to dodge the showers, while some tropical moisture is possible later in the week.
Wheat and barley crops are looking good across the state.
This week, we remind growers to continue to monitor for cereal leaf beetle and black cutworm. Also, remember the armyworm infestation of 2012?