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Jun 19, 2018

Field trips are an ever-popular experience for children once they reach the age of about seven or eight. Out-of-school time programs that offer field trips as part of their programs help to meet the needs of children to go out and explore their community.

Jun 18, 2018

Non-instructional Staff: Create a Positive Climate for Children

May 18, 2018

Children learn through imitation and observation. What they see adults do is just as important to learn skills, make choices, and establish habits as being told. When young children are surrounded by adults who practice healthy behaviors, they are more likely to make healthy choices themselves. Through modeling healthy habits for children, early care and education providers support children’s learning and health.

May 17, 2018

Taking Steps to Healthy Success: Staff Wellness; Taking Steps to Healthy Success: Reduce Screen Time

May 14, 2018

PYD + Coaching = Easy online training!

Apr 18, 2018

Young children benefit from being encouraged to inquire and explore possibilities. When they do this they can think like a scientist or an adventurer.

Apr 16, 2018

Observation with Purpose: Environmental Quality; Observation with Purpose: Attachment and Teacher-Child Relationships

Mar 14, 2018

When’s the last time you and your co-workers talked about adventurous, risky, or big body play? This type of programming is often something that people have strong opinions about but hesitate to discuss.

Mar 9, 2018

Taking Steps to Healthy Success: Family-Style Dining; Taking Steps to Healthy Success: Breastfeeding Support

Jan 17, 2018

On December 19, 2017, Penn State Better Kid Care's CDA course was awarded the CDA Gold Standard following a quality review of their training and student services by the Council for Professional Recognition (the Council). The CDA Gold StandardSM is part of the Council’s early childhood education effort to help CDA students find the high-quality training and student services they need in preparation for the CDA exam and a career as early childhood educators.

Jan 12, 2018

Commonly heard responses are that early care and education (ECE) professionals observe children to monitor progress, to complete required assessments and screenings, and to identify learning or behavior challenges.

Jan 11, 2018

I-LABS – Why the First 2000 Days Matter; Prevención de la Obesidad Infantil en Español (series)

Dec 12, 2017

Relationships are the active ingredient for learning. Children's relationships with adults, peers, and the world around them are the foundation for all growth.

Dec 6, 2017

Online Learning: Best Practices to Maximize Professional Development; PYD Mastery: Learning Environment and Curriculum; Taking Steps to Healthy Success: Healthy Eating

Dec 5, 2017

Adults are very important in a child’s life. Children need nurturing adults to guide them throughout childhood. You can see empathy, caring, and compassion in your young children, but you need to cultivate these wonderful qualities for children to grow up happy, have better relationships, and have the skills needed to make a difference in the world.

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.