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New in On Demand…
July 21, 2017
Adventurous Play: The Whys and Hows; Dealing with Bed Bugs in Child Care Environments; PYD Mastery: Professional Development and Leadership; Toilet Skill Development: Support Children’s Learning
Reading Aloud Builds Better Readers
July 6, 2017
The simple act of reading aloud can be a powerful way to help children develop the necessary skills for school, work, and life.
Promote Healthy Habits in Child Care – Toothbrushing
June 14, 2017
Tooth decay is the number one chronic disease that affects young children and is five times more common than asthma. Untreated, tooth decay can cause pain and infection, resulting in children who stay out of care and experience problems with eating and speaking. Dental decay (also known as dental caries) can affect children’s concentration and learning. Twenty percent of children between five and eleven years of age have at least one untreated, decayed tooth. Children from low-income families suffer from twice as much untreated tooth decay (25%) as children from higher income families (11%). (CDC 2014) Yet tooth decay is easily preventable. Regular dental habits such as toothbrushing and a healthy diet can reduce the occurrence of cavities greatly. To be most effective, both should be part of a child’s routine at home and at his early care and education program. Additionally, adults in the child’s life should model good oral health practices and participate in routines with the child.
New On Demand modules
May 23, 2017
Mindful Practice for ECE Professionals: Begin the Journey; Family Child Care: CLAD ­ Cultural, Linguistic, Ability Diversity; Family Child Care: Best Infant Care Practices in a Mixed-Age Setting; Family Child Care: Ethnic Foods Exploration; PYD Mastery: Family, School, and Community Relationships
CLAD – Cultural, Linguistic, Ability Diversity – Are you self-aware?
May 9, 2017
Have you thought about culture lately, including your own? Working with children and families from diverse backgrounds other than the early childhood professional’s own requires continual self-reflection and learning. Children and families in early childhood education (ECE) programs are substantially diverse—whether the differences are cultural, linguistic, ability, family structure, race, religion, or socio-economic. An awareness of CLAD—cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity—is fundamental to working with children and families.