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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.
Leadership & Advocacy
What is NAEYC?
First established in 1926, this U.S. non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting high-quality education for children from birth to age 8.
Early Learning
Encouraging School Readiness Skills in Preschoolers
The preschool years are a time when parents and educators should focus on helping a child develop the tools they need to succeed before heading to formal K-12 schooling.
Leadership & Advocacy
How to Stay Current as an Early Childhood Educator
One of the common characteristics among leading early childhood educators is their drive to keep learning.
Leadership & Advocacy
Why Invest in Child Care Staff Training and Development
For many child care facilities, training and professional development are often more of a “nice-to-have” rather than a “must-have” offering to Educators.
Early Learning
Dealing With Challenging Behavior in Young Children
As an early years educator, you likely feel that you have tried every trick in the book when it comes to dealing with challenging behavior in young children.
Early Learning
Activities to Promote Preschool Cognitive Development
It's been well documented that the preschool years are critical for building the foundation for learning in the K-12 school years.
General
Best Daycares in Toronto
HiMama has compiled a list of the top daycares in Toronto with data from the City of Toronto.
Preschool Activities
4 Simple Preschool Science Activities to Try
The following are some simple science activities ideal for introducing preschoolers to some basic science concepts.
Leadership & Advocacy
Addressing the Issue of Preschool Teacher Turnover
As a preschool director, one of the biggest challenges you may face is a high rate of staff or teacher turnover.
Leadership & Advocacy
5 Steps for More Effective Communication With Parents
Keeping open lines of communication with parents is essential to providing the best possible care to their children.
Management Tips
Best Tablets for Schools & Preschools - 2016
We've done an extensive review of tablets to come up with a list of the best devices for a classroom or preschool environment.
Early Learning
Early Investment for Early Years Education
The reality is that, unless investment in preschool programs is made a priority in America, the safety and quality of early years education is far from secure.
Leadership & Advocacy
Amendments to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
Recently launched, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) is an initiative spearheaded by Michelle Obama sought to redefine the way lunches are provided in schools.
Management Tips
How to Manage Your Center Waiting List
Here’s a look at some of the top ways to ensure the members of your waiting list stay engaged and keep looking forward to the opportunity to register their child.
Management Tips
Developing an Emergency Disaster Plan for Child Care Centers
Following the terrible wildfires across Western Canada, most notably to our friends in Fort McMurray, we wanted to share some ideas for an Emergency Disaster Plan for childcare centers.
Preschool Activities
4 Activities to Teach Responsibility in Preschoolers
From improved self-esteem and confidence to being considerate of the needs of others, responsibility is an essential trait that caregivers can help preschoolers learn to appreciate.
Preschool Activities
Preschool Activity Inspiration: Shark Tank!
Have you been looking for new activities in your child care or preschool programs to explore water, aquatic and marine life in your classroom?
Early Learning
Tips for Creating a Green Child Care Center Environment
For some parents, a child care center that is committed to protecting the environment is an important factor in their child care search.
Early Learning
Preschool Literacy Activities to Encourage Cognitive Development
Developing literacy at an early age is essential for enabling a number of early learning experiences that will impact a child’s adult life.
Leadership & Advocacy
How HiMama Engages Parents in a More Meaningful Way than Facebook
There are major distinctions between sharing children’s daily updates with parents on an open social network like Facebook, and sharing those same updates on a private, password-protected app like HiMama.
Management Tips
5 Child Care Marketing Strategies to Set You Apart from the Competition
Finding the right combination of child care marketing strategies can be difficult. To increase enrollment, you need to find innovative ways to market your facility and stand out from the rest.
Leadership & Advocacy
Can We Bring Fair Pay and Respect to Preschool Teachers?
Fair pay and recognition that reflect the value of our preschool teachers will only come if we learn to respect those working in the profession. We must start by changing attitudes towards preschool teachers within our own communities.
Management Tips
New Daycare Outdoor Regulations in Ontario: What You Need to Know
Recent updates as part of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 came into effect late last year - here is HiMama's summary.
Leadership & Advocacy
Investing in Our Future: The Changing Face of Child Care
Focus on learning and development, parent engagement, and technology are key trends in the changing face of child care and preschool programs
Leadership & Advocacy
The Reggio Emilia Influence in Childcare Today
Over the decades, there have been many theories and frameworks for approaching early childhood education. One approach that became popular following World War II was the Reggio Emilia Approach.
Leadership & Advocacy
What Ontario's Proposed Child Care Regulations Mean for Quality Early Childhood Education Jobs
The Ontario government is proposing new child care regulations to address the needs of parents, as recently reported by The Globe and Mail.
Parenting
6 Ways to Tell Your Child Care Provider Isn't the Right Fit
Even if initially the fit seems right, your child may struggle to respond to the environment, or other factors could have you reconsidering your choice.
Management Tips
Childcare Cleaning Tips for a Healthier Center
It’s essential that you make germ fighting a priority to stop the spread of sickness, create a healthier and safer environment, and ease the minds of parents who are frequently concerned about center cleanliness.
Early Learning
Proper Use of Technology for Preschool Teachers
A popular topic in early childhood education today is the use of technology in child care centers. The rise of technology in the classrooms has parents and teachers asking questions such as, “How much is too much?”
Leadership & Advocacy
3 Reasons to Pursue an Early Childhood Educator Degree
Many colleges and universities are offering accredited Early Childhood Education degree programs that equip graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to help young children develop
Early Learning
Child Care Observation: How Much Documentation is Too Much?
It can be difficult to know exactly how much time each day you should devote to documentation as an early childhood educator.
Leadership & Advocacy
Where to Start Your Search For Early Childhood Education Jobs
Whether you are a graduate or an educator with years of experience under your belt, you may be on the lookout for an early childhood education job that allows you to make the next move in your career.
General
Great New Childcare App: CubbySpot
CubbySpot is a mobile platform that connects parents and daycares to fill available spots easily. They help parents find quality available day care and assist child care centres fill openings faster.
Parenting
Toddler Nutrition: Is My Child Eating Enough At Their Child Care Center?
When first considering your child care options, it’s important that you look for a child care provider who makes weekly meal plans available to you.