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.
Father's Day is a perfect time to acknowledge how important dads are in children's lives. Good fathering is hard work, but it is the most important kind of work men can do...
The brains of newborn babies are wired to hear all of the sounds of all languages in the world. In their first year of life, babies listen carefully to people talking around them, and their brains focus to listen for the sounds they hear most often. The sounds that babies hear build the foundation for learning to speak.
Dealing with Anger – The Children's and Yours; Exciting Backyard Science Activities; Safe Sleep Practices for Caregivers: Reduce the risk of SUID
This is a phrase many have heard or said without giving a second thought as to what it would be like to have to sleep with a bed bug infestation. But bed bugs are making a comeback!
Let’s move! With summer here, everyone can accept this invitation to a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families. It is very clear that the well-being of children is directly related to the well-being of their caregivers, the adults in their world. So, families are challenged to give well-being a boost by moving more and making healthier food choices.
Getting enough sleep for children and adults becomes more of a challenge when families struggle with overbooked schedules and the busyness of life. When something has to give, it is often sleep that is shortchanged, and research indicates this impacts health in more ways than just feeling tired and unrested.
Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC – Serve Healthy Food; Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC – Offer Healthy Beverages; Click2Science: Helping Learners Develop and Expand STEM Explanations; Communicating with Children; Keystone Color Me Healthy
Head lice may not be the most pleasant topic to talk about, but there are safe, effective ways to deal with them.
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)