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.
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It should come as no surprise that one of the most difficult experiences that military families regularly face is the separation of deployment. What may be surprising, though, is that the months leading up to deployment can be difficult for families, too.
Our society is learning that the young brain develops at a rapid pace. Much of the brain’s function is already developed by the age of three. From birth, social and emotional experiences shape how an individual handles life.
Hand washing. It sounds so simple. You probably wash your hands multiple times a day. But are you doing it in a way that can truly reduce the spread of infectious diseases?
Finding time for the family to enjoy relaxing away from the stress of life is something good to provide for children. When they hear about it, perhaps other parents may notice the value of slowing down their own pace of life.
As role models, child care providers can have significant influence in encouraging the children they care for to develop healthy physical activity levels. When providers are actively involved and enjoying physical activity, the children are more active and providers also benefit. Overcoming barriers and keeping it fun are key.
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One of the most important ways that child care professionals can support children is to understand what kinds of circumstances are most stressful for them – the vulnerability points. Circumstances that military families commonly experience – deployment, reintegration, physical and psychological health issues, relocation – are looked at through the lens of children's vulnerability points. Military-connected children experience more stress than most other children.
A recent report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides details about exposures to a broad range of environmental stressors that can affect children’s health and reviews the current status and trends for 23 environmental health concerns.
In today’s news, people toss around acronyms like STEM and STEAM. What is the latest trend in these integrated curriculum movements? What should teachers of young children be thinking about as they plan their fall lessons and experiences?
The Better Kid Care Nurturing Learning series presents ideas for adults who want to provide enriching learning experiences for children from one through four years old.
Even the youngest children in military families experience the stressfulness of major changes such as the absence of a deployed parent or a move to a new duty station. Young children are also very sensitive to the emotional state of the people they are around most often. The good news is that child care providers can play a big role in noticing signs of stress in a child and using simple but effective strategies to help reduce stress.
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Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting procedures and products used in early care and education (ECE) programs reduce germs, allergens, and pests, but can also greatly influence the quality of indoor air in a child care facility.
Inclusion is a part of all aspects of education and society and yet many feel unaware and unprepared. Start the inclusion conversation. Explore the meaning and key components of inclusion and inclusion best practices.