While all children develop and grow at their own unique rate, some may experience developmental delays and need extra help and support. An awareness of early intervention (EI) is valuable for adults caring for children.
Click2Science: It Takes Two! Encouraging Collaborative STEM Work; Click2Science: Take Note! Supporting Documentation of STEM Learning; Family Child Care: Mixed Ages; Start Your IPM Program: Adopt an IPM Policy (for Center Directors)
December is in the midst of holiday celebrations. Halloween and Thanksgiving have passed, while Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter, along with many other cultural celebrations, are just around the corner. And of course there are children’s birthdays! With so many celebrations throughout the year, now is the perfect time to promote making them healthy ones.
Halloween, Diwali, Muharram, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Yule, Christmas…. Do you celebrate holidays in the child care where you work? What do holiday celebrations look like in your child care?
Click2Science: Preparing Yourself to Facilitate STEM; Click2Science: Giving Youth Control
Seven fun and informative videos about using integrated pest management (IPM) in child care facilities are available from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. They illustrate practical and “easy-to-do” methods of preventing and getting rid of pests. The videos are short and can be viewed independently to focus on a particular pest problem, or watched all together to get a more in-depth sense of using IPM in the facility.
Click2Science: Minds-On Learning - Reflecting and Processing; Emergent Literacy: Supporting Children's Development
Think of a time when you've felt angry or frustrated. What skills did you use to manage your emotions? You may have taken a deep breath to calm down, or counted to five before you responded to someone, or maybe you talked about what the problem was and how you were feeling. Using these kinds of strategies helps to manage emotions and supports healthy social and emotional development.
Got mice? Fall is fast approaching and winter is close behind. It's the time of year when furry little creatures, such as mice, are looking for a warm place to eat and sleep. Don't let them get cozy in your facility! Use integrated pest management (IPM) practices to address mice problems in less risky, more effective ways.
According to studies conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Perlman, when a premature baby hears a lullaby, its heart rate slows and breathing steadies.
As fall harvest time is under way, September is a great time to encourage young children to learn more about local farming, healthy foods, and to engage them in hands-on nutrition education opportunities.
A new study, "Implementing an integrated pest management (IPM) program in child care centers: A qualitative study," appears in the latest edition of Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Four common steps to starting an IPM program emerged.
With thousands of apps and digital devices available, the question of how technology affects children and learning is more important than ever. Some adults may not yet be comfortable using digital technology, but today's children are growing up using a variety of digital devices.
What comes to mind when you think of school readiness?
Click2Science: Selecting STEM Activities; New Staff Orientation - Working with Infants and Toddlers; Positive Youth Development: Foundations; Positive Youth Development: Building a Culture of Belonging
No! That's just a superstition. But they can crawl through cracks and crevices and become a pest in your child care facility. So how do you deal with these little nuisance critters? They can be difficult to keep out even with the use of screens, but there are steps you can take to help minimize their population.
Penn State Better Kid Care is excited to announce the launch of the second module in the new New Staff Orientation (NSO) series! NSO - Working with Infants and Toddlers is now available as an online On Demand module.
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.