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Once this art is displayed, a teacher can have conversations with toddlers about it, recalling how they swung a pendulum back and forth to create the arcs of color. (Art photo provided by Shannon Clarke, EC Educator, MacKids Learning Academy, Kansas City
Nov 13, 2017

Do the children in your program sometimes demonstrate amazing creativity? Do they explore art media in interesting, unique ways? Celebrate their work through effective displays!

Oct 19, 2017

Almost 50 years ago a friend and colleague, Jim Van Horn, wrote an article about parenting. Read the article now, and you find everything he said is still relevant for parents today.

Oct 17, 2017

Children need the dizzying input that comes from spinning, rolling, and swinging. These important movement experiences help the child’s nervous system to mature and organize. Many adults eventually start to dislike the feeling of spinning or repetitive swinging, but for children, it is a crucial sensory and motor skill input.

Sep 19, 2017

How professionals think about and approach learning matters. Learn how to cultivate a commitment to learning.

Aug 3, 2017

Farm families knew what it took to raise emotionally healthy children way before the field of developmental psychology confirmed it.

Jul 21, 2017

Adventurous Play: The Whys and Hows; Dealing with Bed Bugs in Child Care Environments; PYD Mastery: Professional Development and Leadership; Toilet Skill Development: Support Children’s Learning

Jul 6, 2017

The simple act of reading aloud can be a powerful way to help children develop the necessary skills for school, work, and life.

Jun 14, 2017

Tooth decay is the number one chronic disease that affects young children and is five times more common than asthma. Untreated, tooth decay can cause pain and infection, resulting in children who stay out of care and experience problems with eating and speaking. Dental decay (also known as dental caries) can affect children’s concentration and learning. Twenty percent of children between five and eleven years of age have at least one untreated, decayed tooth. Children from low-income families suffer from twice as much untreated tooth decay (25%) as children from higher income families (11%). (CDC 2014) Yet tooth decay is easily preventable. Regular dental habits such as toothbrushing and a healthy diet can reduce the occurrence of cavities greatly. To be most effective, both should be part of a child’s routine at home and at his early care and education program. Additionally, adults in the child’s life should model good oral health practices and participate in routines with the child.

May 23, 2017

Mindful Practice for ECE Professionals: Begin the Journey; Family Child Care: CLAD ­ Cultural, Linguistic, Ability Diversity; Family Child Care: Best Infant Care Practices in a Mixed-Age Setting; Family Child Care: Ethnic Foods Exploration; PYD Mastery: Family, School, and Community Relationships

May 9, 2017

Have you thought about culture lately, including your own? Working with children and families from diverse backgrounds other than the early childhood professional’s own requires continual self-reflection and learning. Children and families in early childhood education (ECE) programs are substantially diverse—whether the differences are cultural, linguistic, ability, family structure, race, religion, or socio-economic. An awareness of CLAD—cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity—is fundamental to working with children and families.

Apr 26, 2017

Providing high quality sleep environments and understanding Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) are an essential part of a child care provider’s job. There are about 4,000 sudden and unexpected deaths (SUID) in the United States each year. More than half of these deaths are caused by a commonly know type of SUID called SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This lesson focuses on defining SUID and identifying behaviors that affect and reduce the risk of sleep-related SUID. This module is available at no cost.

Apr 13, 2017

Community-based services provide families and children with needed resources and information. Early care and education (ECE) professionals who learn about their community’s resources, and connect families with these resources, provide an important bridge to services for children and families.

Apr 6, 2017

Children are at risk of injury because their developmental stages limit their physical, mental, and emotional abilities. As they grow, children naturally test out their environments, but their curiosity and fearlessness put them at great danger for injuries.

Mar 14, 2017

What do carpet tubes and poetry have to do with each other, and with early childhood education? In several recent workshops, early care providers were presented with creative opportunities inspired by carpet tubes and poetry—opportunities that other professionals may want to replicate in their own early care or out-of-school time classrooms.

Mar 10, 2017

Oral Health for Young Children: Promote Healthy Habits in Child Care; Family Child Care: Advancing Healthy Practices for a Healthy Future; Family Child Care: Overcoming Barriers to Lead Fun Physical Activities

Feb 22, 2017

Nothing brings out the tiger instinct in parents more than seeing their child disappointed, angry, upset, or hurt. Parents want to fix the situation and make it all better. But is that really preparing a child to deal with the ups and downs of life?

Feb 14, 2017

Positive youth development (or PYD) is the “best practices” approach that after school, extended learning, out-of-school enrichment, and summer learning programs currently use to work with youth ages five through eighteen. What is it, where did it come from, and how does it contribute to youth success?

Feb 13, 2017

Community-Based Services: Connect Families;  Family Child Care: A Unique Role In Supporting Family Engagement; Physical Activities for Young Children: Lead with Confidence

Jan 11, 2017

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated recommendations for the use of technology with young children from birth to five years of age. The changes reflect the understanding that technology is everywhere, and that appropriate uses of certain types of technology can be useful in learning and relationship building in young children.

Jan 11, 2017

Expand Learning with Mixed-Age Groups; Family Child Care: Maximizing Block Play in the Home Setting; PYD Mastery: Program Planning and Development; Básicos de Salud y Seguridad: Requisitos para Certificación