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Top 9 Safety Tips for Public Bathrooms: When Going Solo is a Must

Although this article is written to help parents deal with the issue of using public bathrooms, the tips hold true for anyone who takes children to public places, including child care providers and teachers. Moms eventually must let their sons use the boys' restroom and dads must allow their daughters to go into the girls' [...]

By | June 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Top 9 Safety Tips for Public Bathrooms: When Going Solo is a Must

Summer First Aid Kit – A Must for All Care Providers

This a reprint from past years. It is always important to be prepared when caring for children! Are you prepared for injuries that might happen at the playground? A Playground First Aid Kit usually has fewer supplies than what is in your home or center First Aid Kit. A fanny pack or small backpack works [...]

By | June 6th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Summer First Aid Kit – A Must for All Care Providers

Best Practices in Early Childhood Programs

Last week we explored the idea of being purposeful and intentional when providing learning opportunities and activities for children. Using best practices in early childhood education and care provides the foundation for being purposeful and intentional. The following practices are important in providing quality early childhood programming and implementing engaging learning activities for children. They [...]

By | February 28th, 2019|Resources|Comments Off on Best Practices in Early Childhood Programs

Transition Ideas for Fun and Learning

We can NEVER have enough transition ideas! Not only do great transitions make the day go smoother, children are also gaining different skills and learning through effective transition activities. The first blog article with transition ideas appeared in February 2017. Here are some more ideas to have in your ‘transition bag’. (Thanks goes out to [...]

By | March 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Transition Ideas for Fun and Learning

Supporting Strong Families and Communities

In light of the latest shootings, it is time to think about how to support and strengthen our families and communities for the sake of our children.  More information on the Strengthening Families model can be found at  http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing The Children’s Bureau (US Department of Health and Human Services) believes that we all want to [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Supporting Strong Families and Communities

Cold and Flu Prevention Checklist

This year has been especially bad for the flu and other upper respiratory illnesses. Here are some great tips on how to prevent the spread of these illness. Stay Home If You're Sick We want to teach our kids the importance of working hard, but it's just good sense to stay home from work or [...]

By | January 21st, 2018|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Cold and Flu Prevention Checklist

Welcome 2018 with New Goals

Welcome to 2018!! The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on current practices, (personal and professional), and decide what could be done or added to make them even better! Setting goals, and figuring out the steps to achieve them, can help us be more successful. Most of you have heard [...]

By | January 4th, 2018|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Welcome 2018 with New Goals

Correct Pencil Grasp

Learning to hold a pencil correctly can be a challenge for many children. Being able to write or print requires the arm, hand and fingers to work together so that there is a rhythm, flow and speed that allows for the correct letter (or number) formation. And all of this coordination requires the visual acuity, [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Correct Pencil Grasp

Repetitive Reading, Part 2: Resources to Support Literacy

We know that emergent literacy begins at birth and continues to build through experiences that occur in infancy and early childhood. Emergent or early literacy skills refer to the development of listening and language skills that are important for learning to read. Reading to children, singing songs and reciting finger plays, doing puzzles, and scribbling [...]

By | September 27th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Repetitive Reading, Part 2: Resources to Support Literacy

What is ‘Curriculum’ in the field of Early Childhood Education?

In early childhood education and care, the word curriculum means different things to different people. It can mean a philosophy, a program, an approach, or a set of specific materials and activities that are purchased as a boxed curriculum.  Here are a couple examples of commonly understood definitions: ·       “The curriculum consists of the knowledge [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on What is ‘Curriculum’ in the field of Early Childhood Education?