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Podcast
Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategies for Child Care
If you are under enrolled - you're leaving revenue on the table by not investing in digital marketing.
Management Tips
Supporting Special Needs in the Classroom
How can we provide support to the children with individual support needs?
Parenting
Top 5 Daycares in Fort Worth
What are the top daycares in Fort Worth?
Podcast
The Top Education Podcasts - 2018
Find your next favorite education podcast!
Podcast
NAEYC and Power to the Profession
Language matters. Accountability matters.
Parenting
How To Identify Stress in a Child
First identify if an issue is present, then work to resolve
Spotlight
Educator Spotlight | Heidi Lacroix
Madison Montessori Academy | Kemptville, Ontario
Leadership
What We Are Reading This Week: February 27
Your Weekly Early Education News from around the U.S, Canada and abroad
Leadership
What are Early Learning Outcomes?
Cognitive development is an important outcome in preschool
General
Are Preschool and Pre-k the Same?
What is the difference between prek and preschool?
Leadership
How HiMama Improves Social-Emotional Learning and Development
There are two critical issues in preschool social-emotional learning - HiMama directly addresses both.
Podcast
Setting Routines for Happy Healthy Kids
The tactics parents need!
Podcast
Why Early Childhood Educators are Underpaid
There's not a strong understanding among both the public and policymakers that working with young children is highly skilled work. A lot of people unfortunately still view it as babysitting and don't understand that it takes a specialized education and sk
Management Tips
What We Are Reading This Week: February 12
Your Weekly Early Education News from around the U.S, Canada and abroad
Podcast
There are NO Tricks to Being an Early Childhood Educator
Exploring the realities of today's early childhood educators
Leadership
How Child Care Centers Manage Allergies
Staff work hard to prevent reactions by keeping careful tabs on the lunch and snack table
Podcast
Exploring Mixed Emotions
Exploring emotional expression through colourful flash cards
Management Tips
Top 5 Daycares in Newark NJ
What are the top daycares in Newark NJ?
Management Tips
Child Care Professional Performance Reviews
What type of performance review makes sense for Preschool Educators?
Activities
4 Sensory Snow Activities to Try
Nature's unlimited school supply!
Leadership
Types of Child Care Observation
There are pros and cons to each type of early learning observation methods
Activities
Kindergarten Readiness Questions to Ask
Ensuring your child is ready for kindergarten is on the mind of many parents of 4 and 5 year olds.
Spotlight
Educator Spotlight | Ellie Ferrier
TowerLight Child Care | St. Louis Park, MN
Leadership
What We Are Reading This Week: January 29
Your Weekly Early Education News from around the U.S, Canada and abroad
Podcast
Community Collaboration to Give Children a Strong Start
How are young children and families supported in Colorado?
Activities
6 Recycling Activities for Preschoolers
Recycling and sustainability is an important concept to introduce to preschoolers, and will only become a more important part of their lives in the future.
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?
Podcast
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.
Podcast
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
Podcast
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.
Podcast
Relationships Relationships Relationships
#65: Marilyn Ballard, Owner of ECE Solutions joins us this week to talk solutions to challenging behaviour.
Podcast
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.
Podcast
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!
Podcast
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.
Podcast
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!
Podcast
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.
Podcast
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!