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Leadership & Advocacy
Early Childhood Employee Engagement Survey Results (Part 1)
Employee engagement is key to retaining talent and improving team culture as well as program quality at your center. Check out the results from our employee engagement survey for some insight into how teachers are feeling in their roles.
Early Learning
Matching Preschool Classroom Activities to the PILES Developmental Domains
As teachers, it’s important to understand which skills your activities are targeting and to develop routines targeted at each of the five developmental domains in the PILES model. Keep in mind many activities may target more than one domain.
Leadership & Advocacy
Universal child care and its possibilities in Canada
Preschool, child care, day care, early childhood education - whatever you prefer to call it - is a sector that is getting a lot of attention at the provincial and federal levels here in Canada. Learn more about Canada's vision for universal child care.
Just for Fun
The Preschool Name Generator!
What should you name your daycare? Generate a name and logo with our amazing child care center name generator!
Management Tips
Why You Should Think About Child Care Hiring All Year Round
Hiring for your preschool should be top of mind all year around. You never know when you might need to fill a position unexpectedly!
Leadership & Advocacy
Taking control of your early childhood career
Leadership is all about authenticity. Listen to this podcast to see how you can find a community of like-minded people to support you in your professional journey as an early childhood educator.
Early Learning
Circle of Security and Attachment Theory
Babies use their relationship with their primary caregiver to create expectations about how they relate to others. Listen to this episode to learn about attachment styles and how you can create a nourishing emotional environment for babies!
Preschool Activities
3 Adaptive Skills Activities for Toddlers
Before preschool, toddlers have to acquire certain skills in order to care for themselves and be self-sufficient in their daily routines. We've put together three activities to promote adaptive skills in toddlers.
Early Learning
Improv-based play support for challenging behavior in children
Many teachers struggle with challenging behavior. In fact studies have shown than 10-30% of children display challenging behavior in the classroom. Listen to this episode to learn how improv can help!
Early Learning
Bullying: It Starts in Preschool
Understanding why and how bullying happens gives parents and teachers opportunities to nip it at the bud. Read about the different types of bullying, how to identifying it, what the research says and steps to take.
Preschool Activities
How to Implement a Preschool Reading Program
Before they reach school age, preschoolers need several important foundational skills that will allow them to become successful readers in the future. Literacy skills are fundamental to a child’s success as they become an adult, so providing the resources
Early Learning
Pre-reading skills in a play-based curriculum
This is a transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #53 - "Pre-reading skills in a play-based curriculum"
Management Tips
Shared services for pedagogical and business leadership
This is a transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #52 "Shared services for pedagogical and business leadership"
Management Tips
Preschool Application Questions to Ask Prospective Parents & Families
Relationships are everything in ECE. As a preschool operator, you may be wondering which types of questions you should ask prospective families to ensure that they will be a good fit for your center
Leadership & Advocacy
Why Employee Engagement Matters in Early Childhood Education
Do you think wages are the number one reason for employee dissatisfaction and turnover in child care and early childhood education? Think again...
Leadership & Advocacy
Leadership for better early childhood outcomes
This is a transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #51- "Leadership for better early childhood outcomes”
Management Tips
The HiMama 2017 Child Care Benchmark Report
Insights into child care operations, financials and forecasts - download the report today. #childcarebenchmark
Leadership & Advocacy
Data-driven early childhood education advocacy
This is a transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #50 - "Data-driven early childhood education advocacy”
Management Tips
How To: Preschool Report Card
When we think of report cards, we usually picture a sheet of paper featuring the letters A through F, ranking a student on his or her skills in a variety of subjects. However, when it comes to report cards in early childhood education, this traditional sy
Preschool Activities
6 Toddler Quiet Time Activities
If your toddler has stopped taking his or her afternoon nap, this doesn’t mean you have to replace this once-quiet time with a noisy or intensive activity. There are plenty of quiet, calm activity ideas out there to occupy preschoolers.
Early Learning
What is the Importance of Sensory Play?
In this blog post, we’ll take a look at why sensory play is essential for developing physical, social, cognitive and many other skills in toddlers.
Early Learning
Yoga in preschool for social emotional development
Here is the transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #48 - "Yoga in preschool for social emotional development”
Early Learning
The science behind sleep and brain development in the formative years
This is a transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #47 - "The science behind sleep and brain development in the formative years”
Management Tips
HiMama Celebrates 100 Million Moments Connecting Parents with Children
HiMama childcare app helps preschools connect working parents with their children during the day!
Leadership & Advocacy
Supporting men in childcare
On episode 46 of the Preschool Podcast, we talk about supporting men in childcare with Soren Gall, founder of Men in Childcare Colorado.
General
Best Daycares in Baton Rouge 2017
Learn how to find the best child care centers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Preschool Activities
Why Preschool Small Group Activities are Important
Incorporating small group activities into your daily schedule is essential for teaching cooperation and teamwork skills to preschoolers.
General
Private Advantage Childcare Software Alternative
Private Advantage acquired by Procare Software and no longer offering products.
Early Learning
Early Childhood Education: Then and Now
Early childhood education goes as far back as the 1500s. In this article, we explore the origin of early childhood education and the many influences that make the field what it is today.
Preschool Activities
Choosing Appropriate Toys for your Preschool Classroom
Wondering how you can make the right decision when it comes to toys? In this article, we’ll look at how to select preschool classroom toys that are age appropriate, safe and geared towards helping toddlers' development.
Leadership & Advocacy
Who's Who? Professionals That Support ECEs
Early childhood education is a field with many moving parts that come together to support the needs of children and their families. This article unpacks the roles of these professionals and their relationship to educators and the families that they serve.
Management Tips
5 Toddler Transition Tips
Transition times can be some of the most difficult periods of time throughout the day for preschool teachers to manage.
Early Learning
Teaching Diversity to Preschoolers Without the "Tourist Approach"
Because of the varied nature of the family and living situations of children today, it’s important to focus on teaching diversity to preschoolers in a way that helps them understand and respect the different situations of their peers.
Early Learning
Building Resiliency in Early Childhood
What it is and how resiliency can be fostered in the early childhood setting.
Preschool Activities
The Power of Mindfulness in the Classroom
What it is and how it can be applied to early childhood.
Preschool Activities
Hands-On Preschool Number Activities
Preschool number activities can go beyond the traditional worksheets and flashcards we are familiar with.
Management Tips
Preschool Classroom Management for New Teachers - 6 Tips!
As a new teacher, keeping a classroom full of excited preschoolers running smoothly can be an incredibly challenging task.
Just for Fun
7 Transportation Activities For Preschoolers
Transportation and things that move are a highly interesting topic for toddlers.
Early Learning
Is Your Risky Play Risky Enough?
The benefits and applications of risky play inside and outside of the classroom.
Management Tips
Designing a Child Care Schedule for Infants
Creating the ideal child care schedule for infants can be a challenge when you have multiple children with different needs, wants and levels of development all under the 18 months of age!
Management Tips
Parent communication technology as a marketing tool
This is a transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #34 "Parent communication technology as a marketing tool”
Early Learning
Managing Challenging Behavior in Young Children Using Positive Behavior Support
Managing Challenging Behavior in Young Children Using Positive Behavior Support
General
Edusight will close doors on June 30, 2017
Toronto-based gradebook and learning portfolio shuts down after three years.
Management Tips
Parent Involvement Activities for Preschool
Early childhood educators can undertake a number of measures to increase parent participation.
Management Tips
How to Create a Child Care Center Business Plan
The prospect of starting your own child care business is very exciting, but in order to properly execute on your dream, you’re going to need to put together a child care center business plan.
Leadership & Advocacy
Surprising Facts About Early Childhood Education Salaries
A look at the discrepancy between the importance of early childhood educators and the profession's salary.
Management Tips
10 Tips for Planning a Healthy Child Care Center Menu
Nutrient-rich meals and snacks are a key part of optimal growth and development in young children.
Preschool Activities
Easy Preschool Crafts With Paper Plates
When coming up with new and easy preschool crafts, they must be simple to teach, align with lesson plans, be fun for children to make, and of course, require as few resources and materials as possible.
Leadership & Advocacy
HiMama and The Early Childhood Leadership Conference (February 12 - 16th)
The HiMama team is very excited to be featured in this online conference focused on leadership in early childhood education.
General
LivingTree Announces Acquisition of ClassMessenger
A press release on January 5th has announced that LivingTree has acquired ClassMessenger, a parent-teacher communication tool.
Preschool Activities
8 Creative Activities for Preschoolers
By making use of the following list of activities, parents and teachers can help build a child’s creativity skills and encourage more creative thinking in preschoolers.
Parenting
Top 25 Early Childhood Education Blogs for 2017
We hope the list will help you to discover some great new resources and revisit old favorites!
Management Tips
Designing a Toddler Daycare Schedule
One of the most important elements of a toddler daycare schedule is routine.
Management Tips
Preschool Open House Ideas to Attract Families
In order to help you make the most of your preschool open house, the team at HiMama has gathered the following tips and preschool open house ideas to ensure you are prepared!
Leadership & Advocacy
The Ministry of Education's Building a Better Future
Recently, Ontario’s Ministry of Education released a discussion paper regarding the transformation of early years education and child care in Ontario.
Leadership & Advocacy
Early Childhood Education Career Path Possibilities
Whether you're currently studying early childhood education or have been working in the field for several years, you may be curious to know about your career options as an Early Childhood Educator.
Preschool Activities
5 Fun and Easy Preschool Winter Crafts
Winter is upon us, and you may be looking for some great indoor activities to add to your list to celebrate the season and avoid the cold weather outside! Here are some of our favorites.
Management Tips
Why Your Parent Sign In Sheet Should Be Digital
A digital parent sign in sheet has many advantages when compared to a typical paper-based sign in system.
Management Tips
Maintaining Early Childhood Education Quality
Maintaining Early Childhood Education Quality
Early Learning
Obstacles When Implementing a Curriculum for Preschool
Implementing a curriculum for preschool classrooms can be incredibly challenging to do effectively.
Parenting
Talking to Your Toddler About Their Preschool Experience
We’ve put together this blog post to offer guidance on talking to your toddler to understand how their day truly went!
Management Tips
7 Tips for Hiring a Preschool Teacher
Whether you’re opening a brand new preschool, or are simply looking to expand your current team, hiring a preschool teacher who is the right fit can be a challenge.
Leadership & Advocacy
Early Childhood Education Problems in the U.S.
There is a misalignment between expectations on early childhood educators and the resources provided to meet these expectations.
Management Tips
Why Are Parents Demanding Highly Academic Preschool Programs?
There is a high demand for academic-focused preschool programs due to consistent and strong early childhood research in recent years.
Just for Fun
HiMama at the 2016 NAEYC Annual Conference for Early Childhood Education
The NAEYC conference is the largest early childhood education conference in the world that brings industry professionals, leaders and advocates together for four days of learning and fun.
Leadership & Advocacy
The US Presidential Election and Early Childhood Education
We reflect on some of the promises made by both candidates, and think about how we can expect President-elect Trump to be thinking about early childhood education issues going forward.
Management Tips
How to give better feedback to childcare employees
Offering constructive feedback to your child care employees is key to helping them improve their skills in the preschool classroom.
Leadership & Advocacy
What does NAEYC Do?
NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) is more than just an accreditation program for preschools, daycares and other early years care programs.
Early Learning
Play in Preschool is Invaluable for Developing Higher Level Thinking Skills
Do you daydream? Studies show that the brain is not idle during daydreaming. While imagining, the brain is actually very active.
Leadership & Advocacy
Continuous Professional Learning for Ontario Early Childhood Educators
Continuous Professional Learning is now mandatory for all members of the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators to stay current in their knowledge, skills and practice.
Management Tips
Pros & Cons of Opening Your Own Preschool
Whether you are currently employed as an early childhood educator, or you are new to the field and interested in starting your own business, there are many factors to consider.
Preschool Activities
Ideas for preschool activities
Are you looking for ideas for new and exciting preschool activities?
General
Best Preschools in Dallas
Dallas, Texas has an abundance of child care centers available to serve children from infancy to school age. However, sometimes parents are not able to find enough information about preschool programs online in order to make an informative decision.
Early Learning
What is Scaffolding in Early Childhood Education?
Understanding scaffolding in early childhood education.
Management Tips
Current Trends in Early Childhood Education
Recently, we’ve been observing these three major trends in early childhood education that are on the rise in visibility and popularity among daycare facilities, preschools and other types of early years learning centers.
Early Learning
Research behind technology in preschool settings
I would like to start by asking you this question: “What indicator showcases that learning has occurred?” The answer is simple: results of a child retaining knowledge, plus documentation of the process of learning itself.
Leadership & Advocacy
Where is Quality Rating and Improvement System Being Used?
QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement System) is a program designed to award ratings to early childhood education centers that meet its clearly defined standards.
General
MyChild Daily Reports merges with brightwheel
A post on the MyChild support website on Tuesday, September 13 announces that MyChild Daily Reports has merged with brightwheel.
Parenting
How to Choose a Preschool: A Guide for Parents
Knowing how to choose a preschool is important to go beyond appearances and really dig deep into how the center operates, the educators and their child care philosophies.
Preschool Activities
Preschool Activities for Learning Your Name
August and September are great months to explore new ideas for helping a preschooler to learn his or her name.
Early Learning
7 Challenges of Being a Preschool Teacher
For preschool teachers, it can be incredibly difficult to manage both the challenges you face in your classroom as well as your career.
Leadership & Advocacy
What is NAEYC Accreditation & Should You Consider It?
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is the governing body in the United States who defines the gold standard for early childhood education and care.
Early Learning
What is QRIS?
QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement System) is a method for assessing the quality of child care programs.
Early Learning
Types of Preschool Programs
A look at five of the most common educational childcare philosophies.
Early Learning
Educator use of technology in the classroom
The topic of technology in preschool classrooms is a highly debated issue among educators today.