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Leadership
Examples of Parent Communication From Teachers
How do you communicate with parents?
Leadership
What is Social Emotional Learning in Early Childhood?
Teachers and caregivers can promote social emotional learning by modeling emotions vocabulary and language, building positive relationships with students, and providing a safe environment where children feel comfortable taking risks and expressing their f
Leadership
What We Are Reading This Week: January 22
Your Weekly Early Education News from around the U.S, Canada and abroad
Podcast
Balancing Nature vs. Nurture in Child Development
How much of a child's personality trait is defined by nature and how much is defined by his or her environment?
Leadership
What is Autonomy in Early Childhood Education?
Autonomy in relation to early childhood education means letting children know that they have control over themselves and the choices that they make.
Leadership
The Real Cost of Documentation in Child Care
HiMama helps centers to save both time and money on documentation, while providing a much better experience for families to engage in their child’s learning every day.
Spotlight
Educator Spotlight | Johanna Richardson
Johanna Richardson | Christian Life Academy | Bensalem, PA
Leadership
A Day in the Life: Green Apple Kids
Learn how one very successful center was able to use HiMama to delight families and save educators time on documentation!
Leadership
How Does HiMama Align with State and Provincial Guidelines?
The HiMama app helps centers align to state frameworks much more easily in their lesson planning and teacher daily observations, and helps to graduate centers to higher quality ratings through increased parent engagement and program quality.
Leadership
What We Are Reading This Week: January 15
Your Weekly Early Education News from around the U.S, Canada and abroad
Parenting
How Social-Emotional Learning Can Help Challenging Behavior
Often times, children who exhibit challenging behavior in the classroom have difficulty when it comes to dealing with social and emotional situations.
Podcast
An Insider Look at Early Learning in Manhattan
What does childcare look and feel like in New York City?
Leadership
Top 25 Early Childhood Education Blogs 2018
Who made the list of top Early Childhood Education blogs this year?
Leadership
What We Are Reading This Week: January 9
Your Weekly Early Education News from around the U.S, Canada and abroad
Podcast
Students: Our Future Leaders in Early Childhood Education
Dr. Bill's enthusiasm is electric and contagious, this week's episode is a real treat.
Management Tips
Advantages of Online Childcare Invoices
We’re excited to introduce this new capability into our app, allowing child care providers to easily invoice parents according to child enrollment and scheduling, and collect payments quickly and efficiently.
Podcast
Interrupting the Cycle of Poverty with Early Childhood Education
How can we professionalize and elevate early childhood educators?
Podcast
Creative Block Play
Blocks are the perfect 3 dimensional material to encourage learning with all five senses. Blocks provide so many opportunities to teach math, social-emotional, and fine motors skills.
Podcast
Star Ratings or Star Children
How can ratings systems potentially work against play-based and social-emotional learning? Shanda challenges center directors to be willing to take a lower star rating in order to meet the needs of your children at the time.
Podcast
Empathy Warriors
We are born with empathy, yet by the time we are in elementary school signs of empathy begins to fade. Tedi delves into her personal journey to value children and promoting childhood empathy programs.
Parenting
How Parents Can Bring Social-Emotional Learning Into the Home
Social-emotional skills are an important part of early childhood development, in which a child discovers how to express and manage their emotions, build relationships with others, make responsible decisions and explore his or her environment.
Leadership
How to Create a Professional Portfolio for Educators
A great professional portfolio is the key to showing off your skills as an educator. Your portfolio goes far beyond the information that a traditional resume contains, incorporating a wide range of materials that demonstrate who you are as a teacher.
Parenting
8 Tips for Putting on Snowsuits Without a Fight
Snowy winter weather can be a lot of fun, but with the chilly temperatures comes a big pain for both parents and preschool teachers: The dreaded snowsuit. Winter weather means getting ready for outdoor play takes much longer than usual.
Podcast
You Can’t Fail When You Play
Why is play based learning so critical? "One of the interesting things about play is that you can't fail when you play". Play needs to be truly chosen, self-instructed and self-directed.
Parenting
Holiday Gifts Teachers Actually Want
The holiday season is upon us, and many parents will find themselves wondering, “What kind of holiday gift does my child’s teacher really want?”
Podcast
Intentional Whole Child Development with Educators and Parents
How can we give children space to learn and support parents in approaching early education with spaciousness?
Leadership
Self-Care for Child Care Professionals
Feeling burnt out? If you’re an early childhood educator, feelings of frustration and stress often become a reality of your daily life.
Podcast
Connecting Brain Science, Child Development and Loving Families
How policy work supports the healthy development of children
Leadership
Nominations for ECE of the Year are now open!
Nominate a deserving teacher today!
Podcast
Different Schools for a Different World
Scott McLeod provides some tactical case studies on what new, innovative school and education approaches look like.
Parenting
Best Child Care Centers in Austin
Research is key to understanding your options and narrowing down the best preschool for your child.
Parenting
How social-emotional learning helps children with anxiety
Most children under five get anxious over big life changes and turn shy or clingy around people they don’t know. But what about kids who worry about very small things, burst into tears on a regular basis at bedtime or have regular temper tantrums?
Leadership
The Importance of Social Emotional Learning
Preschools and K-12 need to define how they will implement an SEL program and not just use these popular taglines without deploying it effectively. Vicki Davis also discusses the nuance in language, and draws connections between STEM and SEL.
Management Tips
Cold and Flu Season Tips for Child Care
As the weather begins to turn cold, it signals the start of chilly temperatures, holiday celebrations, winter fun and most importantly – cold and flu season!
Parenting
5 Thanksgiving Crafts for Preschoolers
Turkey time is just around the corner, and the Thanksgiving holiday offers educators a great opportunity to not only create fun Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers in their classroom, but also talk about the meaning behind the occasion.
Parenting
Family at the Center of Innovation in Early Learning
Lisa Guernsey, Director of Education Policy at New America, joins the Preschool Podcast to discuss the impact of technology use in family environments
Leadership
How to Motivate Your Staff – Finally See the Change You Want!
#66: Chanie Wilschanski returns to discuss her work with 'The School Culture Model'. Chanie presents concrete ideas for how to effectively motivate early childhood professionals in team meetings and in the classroom.
Management Tips
5 Tips for Child Care Attendance Tracking
Attendance tracking is something no child care center can avoid. Most child care facilities are required by law to keep accurate records of which children were in attendance on any given day, and what time they were dropped off and picked up.
Leadership
Relationships Relationships Relationships
#65: Marilyn Ballard, Owner of ECE Solutions joins us this week to talk solutions to challenging behaviour.
Leadership
Scaffolding and Discipline Without Punishment
A huge percentage of the time, punishment is found to be a significant developmental problem for children long term. Punishment is damaging to children. How can we train children to have better behaviours without punishing them?
Activities
Creative Expression Activities for Preschoolers
Providing the opportunity for creative expression is essential to encourage preschoolers to think critically about the world around them and express their feelings and thoughts through art, music, creative play, movement and writing.
Leadership
Caring for Mixed Age Groups in Early Childhood Education
Caring for mixed age groups in your classroom can be challenging for early childhood educators. When dealing with children from young infants to approaching school age, you’ll be faced with a broad range of varying needs, interests and abilities.
Leadership
Tech in the Early Years: Attitudes and intentionality
#61: Ron chats with Chip Donohue, Director, Technology in Early Childhood Center about intentionality and digital media use. Specifically, Donohue explores why while there can be systemic challenges to technology use in education and in our own families,
Activities
Teaching a Classroom Clean Up Routine
We all know how fun it can be for children to explore and learn while making a mess, but then what learning during clean up time? Many educators tell us learning the clean-up routine is met with totally differe
General
What is the Delaware Stars Quality Rated System for Preschools?
Launched in 2007, Delaware Stars is the state’s quality rating improvement system for child care providers. It is managed by the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC).
Activities
6 Preschool Field Trip Ideas
Field trips are an amazing way to provide children with novel learning experiences. Here's a list of our favourites!
Leadership
Leading as a learning process
Leading is a life long process of learning new skills and understanding the needs of your team. Our guest Patti Clark, VP of Product Development for Lakeshore Learning shares her tips and advice with us on this episode of the Preschool Podcast
Leadership
How to Support Teachers as a Preschool Leader
We all know that a preschool leader wears many hats. Here are 3 steps you can take to support your teachers and become a more productive team. . .
Leadership
Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf curriculum
Learn more about the Waldorf curriculum from the CEO of Little Lions Waldorf, one of the leading centers of the method in Ontario. . .
General
Best Daycares in Vancouver
HiMama has compiled a list of the best daycares in Vancouver based on the online parent resources they make available to the families they serve.
General
Best Daycares in Calgary
One of the biggest questions for expecting parents is: "How do we find the best preschool for our child?" Check out the best in Calgary
Leadership
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.
Leadership
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
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.
Parenting
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
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.
Leadership
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!
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.
Leadership
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!
Leadership
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.
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
Leadership
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
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
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
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
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.
Leadership
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.
Leadership
Yoga in preschool for social emotional development
Here is the transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #48 - "Yoga in preschool for social emotional development”
Leadership
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
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.
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.
Leadership
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.
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
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.
Leadership
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.
Leadership
Building Resiliency in Early Childhood
What it is and how resiliency can be fostered in the early childhood setting.