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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

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.

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.

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

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.

April 26, 2017

Providing high quality sleep environments and understanding Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) are an essential part of a child care provider’s job. There are about 4,000 sudden and unexpected deaths (SUID) in the United States each year. More than half of these deaths are caused by a commonly know type of SUID called SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This lesson focuses on defining SUID and identifying behaviors that affect and reduce the risk of sleep-related SUID. This module is available at no cost.

April 13, 2017

Community-based services provide families and children with needed resources and information. Early care and education (ECE) professionals who learn about their community’s resources, and connect families with these resources, provide an important bridge to services for children and families.

April 6, 2017

Children are at risk of injury because their developmental stages limit their physical, mental, and emotional abilities. As they grow, children naturally test out their environments, but their curiosity and fearlessness put them at great danger for injuries.

March 14, 2017

What do carpet tubes and poetry have to do with each other, and with early childhood education? In several recent workshops, early care providers were presented with creative opportunities inspired by carpet tubes and poetry—opportunities that other professionals may want to replicate in their own early care or out-of-school time classrooms.

March 10, 2017

Oral Health for Young Children: Promote Healthy Habits in Child Care; Family Child Care: Advancing Healthy Practices for a Healthy Future; Family Child Care: Overcoming Barriers to Lead Fun Physical Activities

February 22, 2017

Nothing brings out the tiger instinct in parents more than seeing their child disappointed, angry, upset, or hurt. Parents want to fix the situation and make it all better. But is that really preparing a child to deal with the ups and downs of life?

February 14, 2017

Positive youth development (or PYD) is the “best practices” approach that after school, extended learning, out-of-school enrichment, and summer learning programs currently use to work with youth ages five through eighteen. What is it, where did it come from, and how does it contribute to youth success?

February 13, 2017

Community-Based Services: Connect Families;  Family Child Care: A Unique Role In Supporting Family Engagement; Physical Activities for Young Children: Lead with Confidence

January 11, 2017

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated recommendations for the use of technology with young children from birth to five years of age. The changes reflect the understanding that technology is everywhere, and that appropriate uses of certain types of technology can be useful in learning and relationship building in young children.

January 11, 2017

Expand Learning with Mixed-Age Groups; Family Child Care: Maximizing Block Play in the Home Setting; PYD Mastery: Program Planning and Development; Básicos de Salud y Seguridad: Requisitos para Certificación

December 27, 2016

How can that be, that the greatest gifts you give your children and families are free? Some favorite books on this topic share these gifts with you.

December 7, 2016

In the United States, the number of children under the age of 17 living in non-English language households increased from 28% to 32% between 2004 and 2013 (Child Trends 2014). In two-thirds of these homes, Spanish is the language spoken—about 16 million children. Other dual language learners come from homes that speak Indo-European languages like French, German, Russian, Hindi, Asian, or Pacific Island languages. Children who learn more than one language are a diverse group. 
 Dual language learners may be recent immigrants or have parents who are recent immigrants. As infants and toddlers, dual language learners may learn more than one language simultaneously. As older children, dual language learners may learn English after acquiring proficiency in their native language.

December 6, 2016

Early Intervention: Support Infants and Toddlers; Understanding Poverty: Strategies for Family Engagement

November 22, 2016

Parents often struggle with being honest with their children about their strengths and weaknesses for fear of ruining their self-image. Yet, a false sense of self leads to disappointment and an inability to see one’s true strengths. How can parents build their child’s self-confidence and avoid over-inflating their egos or giving them a false assessment of who they are?

November 21, 2016

As children develop social and emotional awareness and skills, they are able to more effectively build and navigate relationships, identify feelings, and learn to calm down and problem-solve.