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.
Resilient caregivers: ‘Bouncing back’ from stress; The Art and Science of Playing with Young Children; Working with Wood – Children Can Do It!
One of the main “tools of the trade” in a green cleaning program is microfiber. Microfiber is a synthetic material usually made from polyester and nylon. One way it differs from traditional cotton cloths is that the fibers are split to be over 100 times thinner than a human hair. This creates a larger volume of surface area making microfiber more absorbent than a cotton cloth the same size.
It’s time to take charge and help your family be as healthy as they can, and that means being physically active, really active, for at least one hour a day. This is known as MVPA – Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity. MVPA can be accomplished with a one time a day approach or in short ten to fifteen minute bursts a few times a day.
Are you feeling run down? Are you short-tempered with the children, with your co-workers, or with your own family? As rewarding as working with children can be, it can also be a demanding and stressful profession. Knowing when you are overwhelmed, exhausted, and need help and support is a first step towards dealing with and recovering from stress.
Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting will help take care of you! Although these three terms are often used interchangeably, there are differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting processes. What does this mean for a green cleaning program at your child care facility?
The Ups and Downs of Outdoor Play, Take a New Look at Dramatic Play
Did you ever drive by a school in the middle of the afternoon and see children scampering about on the playground? Or a preschool where little tykes are playing on climbers, blowing bubbles, or digging in the dirt? Was your reaction something like, “Why aren’t those kids inside learning?” or “Why are those teachers just standing there?” You may even have secretly wished that you had such a fun and easy job!
A child’s journey to building strong language and literacy skills starts in infancy and continues through the early childhood years and beyond. Caregivers are essential partners for children on the path to language and emergent literacy development. The journey begins when caregivers respond to, talk with and read with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Caregivers continue the journey by building on each child’s experiences and skill base to encourage continued learning.
The reuniting of a family after deployment is one of those moments that everyone wants to be perfect in every way! But when very young children are involved it can end up being a big, emotional mess. You can do a LOT to help military parents plan a homecoming that takes into account the needs of their youngest children and, as a result, will be memorable in all the best ways.
What is indoor air quality and how do cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products affect it? Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a measure of how clean the air is inside structures where we live, work and play. And what happens in one part of a building affects all of the building’s occupants.
Effective coaching helps educators become more intentional in their practice, helps facilitate use of best practices, moves educators toward a better understanding of children's overall development and needs, helps educators develop a better understanding of ways to have rich interactions with children, and provides a platform for supporting children's positive outcomes in all developmental areas.