Block Play in Child Care: Spatial Reasoning Skills for Young Children

Edu­ca­tors have long rec­og­nized that the block cen­ter is one of the most impor­tant learn­ing cen­ters in an ear­ly child­hood set­ting. Among the many types of blocks to choose from, unit blocks are the most essential. 

The Benefits of Relaxation in Child Care

Look­ing for a new child­care train­ing course or annu­al train­ing hours? Take our five clock-hour course Child Abuse and Neglect: A Care­giver’s Guide to Adverse Child­hood Expe­ri­ences. Take this course to learn ways to rec­og­nize forms of child abuse, neglect, and oth­er adverse child­hood expe­ri­ences (ACEs) includ­ing house­hold dys­func­tion and expo­sure to racism, as wellCon­tin­ue read­ing “The Ben­e­fits of Relax­ation in Child Care”

How to Have a Successful Circle Time

Gath­er round! It’s cir­cle time! Cir­cle time is a rit­u­al that ear­ly child­hood pro­grams often use for set­ting up the begin­ning of the day and mark­ing the end of the day. So, how do you plan a suc­cess­ful cir­cle time?

Achoo! What to Do About Environmental Allergies in Child Care

Dust mites, pet and ani­mal dan­der, pollen, and insect stings are all envi­ron­men­tal aller­gens that fre­quent ear­ly child­hood pro­grams. So, how can we reduce children’s expo­sure to envi­ron­men­tal aller­gies in child care? 

How to Store and Handle Breast Milk at an Early Childhood Program

After hav­ing a baby, fam­i­lies make the impor­tant deci­sion of whether to feed their child with for­mu­la or by breast­feed­ing. Design­ing your…

Top Five Misconceptions about Sun-Safety

Sun­light ben­e­fits us phys­i­cal­ly, behav­ioral­ly, and emo­tion­al­ly. How­ev­er, sun­light can also be dan­ger­ous. Over­ex­po­sure to sun­light dam­ages the skin and eyes and can con­tribute to skin cancer…

Reducing Children’s Stress in Child Care

Being a child can be stress­ful. Reduc­ing chil­dren’s stress in child care is impor­tant. Sources of Stress Learn­ing new things, build­ing inter­per­son­al rela­tion­ships, and nav­i­gat­ing dif­fer­ent home, school, and care envi­ron­ments are exhaust­ing expe­ri­ences for many chil­dren. These expe­ri­ences have been even more tire­some dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, which placed many chil­dren in unpre­dictable sit­u­a­tions. Con­tin­ue read­ing “Reduc­ing Children’s Stress in Child Care”

Indoor Activities For Kids

Are you look­ing for fun indoor activ­i­ties for kids and young chil­dren in child care or at home? We know that care­givers are always look­ing for new activ­i­ties that will spark chil­dren’s imag­i­na­tion. Try out some of the below art activ­i­ties and phys­i­cal activ­i­ties for kids, and let us know how they go!

How to Help Children Get Along: Supporting Children Treat Each Other Fairly

Have you noticed boys exclud­ing girls from “real boy” play or from activ­i­ties involv­ing strength? When you see chil­dren express stereo­types, talk with chil­dren about how these atti­tudes and com­ments are based on false information…

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