Verbal communication skills are very much like penmanship. If people do not use them, they will lose them.
A Good Night’s Sleep: How Sleep Affects Health; CDA Credential: An Introduction and Professional Reflection; Click2Science: Embracing Active STEM Learning; Junk Makes Great Learning Material; Reflect and Respect Children’s Military-Connected Identity; See as a Child, Feel as a Child; Understanding Toddlers
Traveling offers the opportunity to observe families in restaurants, in airports, and on public transportation. Unsurprisingly, what is observed are people glued to some kind of technological device. No eye contact, no conversation, no playful interactions, and looking alone within the family.
Father's Day is a perfect time to acknowledge how important dads are in children's lives. Good fathering is hard work, but it is the most important kind of work men can do...
The brains of newborn babies are wired to hear all of the sounds of all languages in the world. In their first year of life, babies listen carefully to people talking around them, and their brains focus to listen for the sounds they hear most often. The sounds that babies hear build the foundation for learning to speak.
Dealing with Anger – The Children's and Yours; Exciting Backyard Science Activities; Safe Sleep Practices for Caregivers: Reduce the risk of SUID
This is a phrase many have heard or said without giving a second thought as to what it would be like to have to sleep with a bed bug infestation. But bed bugs are making a comeback!
Let’s move! With summer here, everyone can accept this invitation to a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families. It is very clear that the well-being of children is directly related to the well-being of their caregivers, the adults in their world. So, families are challenged to give well-being a boost by moving more and making healthier food choices.
Getting enough sleep for children and adults becomes more of a challenge when families struggle with overbooked schedules and the busyness of life. When something has to give, it is often sleep that is shortchanged, and research indicates this impacts health in more ways than just feeling tired and unrested.
Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC – Serve Healthy Food; Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC – Offer Healthy Beverages; Click2Science: Helping Learners Develop and Expand STEM Explanations; Communicating with Children; Keystone Color Me Healthy
Head lice may not be the most pleasant topic to talk about, but there are safe, effective ways to deal with them.
Young children’s brains are constantly working to take in and process information. Caring adults who encourage and provide opportunities for children to problem solve, form friendships and succeed at learning tasks play a central role in building brain power in children!
Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC – Support Infant Feeding; Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC – Limit Screen Time; Click2Science: Connecting to STEM Careers; Using Art Materials; When is Behavior OK or Not OK?; Coaching and Mentoring: Supporting Staff (for Center Directors)
Bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is one of the most commonly used chemicals to kill germs in early care and education (ECE) programs. Bleach is inexpensive and often readily available in most areas. It is effective at both sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces and does not have a long required dwell time. So what’s the problem?
Feeding young children is not without its challenges. Encouraging children to eat healthy food, knowing the types and amounts that are needed to promote good health, and struggling with picky eaters can be a few of the issues that parents and caregivers will navigate at some point during childhood.
Childhood Obesity Prevention, Click2Science, and Cultural Understanding
Let's Move! Child Care lessons are developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and provide practical strategies for implementing best practices in early childhood settings for promoting healthy weight in young children.
When considering all of the cleaning products available, it can be overwhelming trying to decipher which ones are considered to be safer to use.
As young children explore paint by putting it all over their hands, or create collages with torn paper, it’s noticeable how involved they get in their activities. Children delight in exploring and creating with art materials. These art experiences help children develop many life skills.
Online, on target STEM professional development for out-of-school-time professionals.