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.
Early Intervention: Support Infants and Toddlers; Understanding Poverty: Strategies for Family Engagement
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?
Meeting children’s needs includes quality, interactive partnerships with families. Families are children’s first and most important teachers. The term family includes the significant adults in children’s lives who care for, protect, nurture, advocate for, and teach. These adults may be biological parents, adoptive and foster parents, grandparents, or legal guardians.
Picky Eaters: A Guide to Responsive Feeding; Family Child Care: Engaging Experiences for Mixed Abilities
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. Check out our new Social Emotional Resource Summary that includes BKC modules, research to practice tip pages, and vodcasts.
Most people know that physical activity helps children and adults to maintain a healthy body. However, did you know that movement activities build brain structure?
The scene: You finish the story you have been reading with the children at the same time that Devon needs help tying his shoe, a conflict arises between Sasha and Mike, and just as you need to transition children to hand washing and lunch. You juggle conversations with children during lunchtime, while thinking ahead to your next small group activity.
Parents want the best for their children, and there are several ways they can help their child be successful in life.
Remember lunchtime recess and romps on the playground with friends after school? For many children, those days and those playgrounds are gone. There is a transformation, a renaissance for playgrounds, as a part of the free play movement.
Adverse Childhood Experiences: Building Resilience.
As the world becomes more globally conscious, an important job of educators is to help children and youth acquire knowledge about cultural differences so that they will be able to work together and solve future problems together. Cultural competence is a critical set of skills that teachers, as well as out-of-school staff, need to help all children reach their full potentials.
I Am Moving, I Am Learning – Take It Outside!; I Am Moving, I Am Learning – Active Play Everyday!; PYD Foundations: Youth Engagement
In simple terms, temperament is a person’s manner of thinking, behaving, or reacting. Each person has patterns of behavior, or temperament, that are also part of his or her uniqueness. Parenting methods and techniques need to be compatible with a child’s individual temperament to be effective.
PYD Foundations: Safety and Wellness; New Staff Orientation – Working with School-Age Youth; Dual Language Learners: Strategies for Successful Opportunities in ECE; Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals: Basics; Interactions Matter: Positive Teacher-Child Interaction Strategies; Plan for Learning: Create Child-Centered Schedules and Activity Plans; Observation: Methods and Strategies; Observation: Discover and Strengthen Connections; Health & Safety Basics: Requirements for Certification
Father’s Day is a perfect time to celebrate the contributions Dad makes to a child’s life. From behavior, to friends, to achievement in school, research tells us that fathers play an important role.
Responsive, warm and supportive interactions between caregivers and children build the foundation for learning. Interactions include how an educator approaches, responds to, communicates with, and supports children in all domains.
Seven new modules ready for you in On Demand. Read more about all of these: Ethics: A Guide for Professional Behavior; Engage Families and Build Relationships; Preschool Foundations: Observe, Document, and Assess; Family Child Care: Support Infants and Toddlers; Family Child Care: Support Preschoolers; School Readiness: Lay the Foundation in the Early Years; and Observation: An Introduction.
The ways that professionals react to children and their families impacts the ways that children think about themselves and their families. It can be easy for professionals to make incorrect assumptions and let personal biases affect what they say and how they treat others.
In the STEM and STEAM educational movements, teachers are being challenged to emphasize science, math, and the arts in children’s play. Brain researchers are uncovering evidence that shows that musical experiences enhance children’s thinking and executive function. What better way to tap into these movements than by making a habit of singing about science and math as children play, discover, and explore?