In the era of STEM and STEAM programming, music and the arts are being highlighted in a stronger way in early care and youth programming. Research has strongly indicated that children who participate in musical instruction benefit academically.
Food Safety in Child Care: From Prep to Cleanup; Deployment Through a Child's Eyes
Approximately 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma, including over six million children. Allergens in the air, such as pollen and animal dander, as well as chemicals found in pesticides, cleaners and other products, can potentially irritate the lungs and be triggers for asthma attacks in some individuals. Pay attention to pests and how they are managed to help reduce conditions that irritate the lungs to help prevent asthma attacks.
Children and nature have always been connected.
Click2Science: Modeling Science and Engineering Processes; Click2Science: Group Management During STEM; Click2Science: Developing a Science and Engineering Identity; Connecting to Military Children through Books; Reintegration: When a Deployed Parent Comes Home; Start Your IPM Program (part 2): Implementation (for Center Directors); Reflect and Respect Children’s Military-Connected Identity
Winter is a cold and windy season and this year is no exception. But people aren’t the only ones looking for a warm place to stay. Pests are looking for shelter, too, as well as water and food sources. This is a great time of year to practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to keep pests from becoming a problem in your child care facility.
iLook Out for Child Abuse is an online learning module that uses interactive videos to help prepare Early Childhood Professionals to be responsible mandated reporters for suspected child abuse.
Food allergies in children have increased significantly in recent years though the reason why is not yet clearly known. Understanding how to manage food allergies in the child care setting is essential for keeping children safe and for helping parents to feel confident about the ability of other caregivers to know what to do, especially in the event of a food allergy emergency.
Child Development: An Introduction to Learning Theories; Early Intervention (EI): An Introduction; Food Allergies: Management and Prevention. Also new Click2Science modules: Creating a Safe Space for STEM Learning; Connecting with Community Partners; Making Authentic Assessments of STEM Learning; Maximizing STEM Space
Happy 2015! Why not start off this new year with a clean, uncluttered space? The wind is blowing and it’s cold outside, so now is a good time to dust off those shelves and reduce the collection of clutter from the last year.
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.