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September 4, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Denita Dinger
Denita Dinger | Kaleidoscope Play School
September 4, 2018
The HiMama 2018 Child Care Benchmark Report
Insights into child care operations, financials and forecasts - download the report today. #childcarebenchmark
August 27, 2018
When is the Right Time to Open a New Child Care Center in My City?
Opening any type of business is taking a risk and child care is no different.
August 27, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Tracy Sims and Cheryl Yoworski
Tracy Sims and Cheryl Yoworski | Education Teaching and Presenting Team in Full Day Kindergarten in Ontario
August 22, 2018
Best Tablets for Schools & Preschools - 2018
Want to get tablets for your school or preschool, but not sure where to start? You've come to the right place! We've done an extensive review of tablets to come up with a list of the best devices for a classroom or preschool environment.
August 21, 2018
Managing Stress and Anxiety in Children
What are some examples of strategies that parents & educators can use to help children reduce and manage stress at a young age?
August 20, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Alli Evans
Alli Evans | Victoria, Australia
August 14, 2018
Setting Up Learning Stories Before the School Year Begins
Learning stories are a fun and functional way to encourage and track progress throughout the school year.
August 13, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Daniela Ribu
Daniela Ribu | Windsor, ON
August 7, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Mona Shukla
Mona Shukla | Toronto, ON
July 31, 2018
Using loose parts to enable creativity in play
What is cultural sustainability?
July 30, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Jackie Fricker
Jackie Fricker | Toronto, ON
July 22, 2018
No Small Matter
Why, when the importance of quality early care and education is so widely accepted, do we continue to fail so many?
July 23, 2018
Best Ways to Track a Child’s Development Using an App
Following the development of children is one of the most important tasks undertaken in early education settings.
July 17, 2018
Baby Steps to STEM:
When does gender identity begin to intersect with STEM?
July 17, 2018
What Child Care Safety Policies Do I Need to Be Compliant?
Ensuring that safety standards are up to par is arguably the most critical element of maintaining an early education setting.
July 23, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Hima Bindu Buddhavarapu
Hima Bindu Buddhavarapu | Mississauga, ON
July 16, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Nicole Mann
Nicole Mann | Murwillumbah, Australia
July 10, 2018
Why Outdoor Pre-K is Elitist
"These programs feel subversive — pedagogies outside the United States’ educational norms. As such, most of these “forest kindergarten” or “nature preschool” programs are private...and expensive."
July 10, 2018
How to Make Health and Wellness Observations in Early Education
Tips for proper observations and documentation
July 9, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Tamara Peggs
Tamara Peggs | Essex, UK
July 3, 2018
Impacts of Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences
Part two of our trauma series
June 27, 2018
What is Early Childhood Education?
Early Childhood Education is the learning approach for children aged zero to five years old.
June 27, 2018
What is Child Care Management?
Child care management often oversees daily early childhood education programs
June 26, 2018
The Child Migrant Crisis and the Impact on Social-Emotional Development
"There could be no greater trauma than to be taken away from the foundation, their adult relationships".
July 2, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Deborah J. Stewart
Deborah J. Stewart | Noblesville, Indiana
June 22, 2018
Six Easy Ways to Enhance Your Social and Environmental Impact
Last week I attended the Ontario B Corp Leadership Conference (BLD) and had an opportunity to renew my excitement for the B Corp movement.
June 21, 2018
What is Child Care Software?
Childcare software is used to manage childcare centers, preschools and early learning environments, from learning and development updates to employee management, billing and invoicing and child portfolios.
June 19, 2018
The Evolution of Early Childhood Education in Canada
What are the differences between American and Canadian early childhood education policy?
June 25, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Hannah Spray
Hannah Spray | Salt Spring Island, BC
June 14, 2018
Preparing Kids for Emergencies
Even toddlers can understand and be ready
June 18, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Vanessa Wozniak
Vanessa Wozniak | Golden, BC
June 5, 2018
Gender Differences in the Preschool Classroom
Should we teach to gender differently?
June 11, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Juliet Robertson
Creative STAR Learning Ltd | Inverurie, UK
June 4, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Evelyn
Blue Bell Academy Inc | Toronto, ON
May 28, 2018
Fixed Mindset to Growth Mindset in Early Childhood Education
How can early childhood educators support a growth mindset?
May 20, 2018
Should We Encourage Children to Share? Five Tips for Facilitating Sharing Behaviour
Some educators prefer to encourage "turns" over "sharing"
May 21, 2018
Urban Thinkscapes: Revitalizing Communities with Playgrounds 2.0
Urban Thinkscape – playful learning in community contexts
May 28, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Shohreh Mansourian
Parkland Players | Coquitlam, BC
May 21, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Jesi Sucku
Jesi Sucku | Oregon USA
May 14, 2018
How to Finish the School Year Strong
The end of the academic calendar year is fast approaching and while for some it comes with a huge sigh of relief. It’s also super valuable to think about the legacy that you want to leave this year.
May 14, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Natasha Kocher
Natasha Kocher | Red River Early Learning Centre | Waterloo ON
May 7, 2018
HiMama attends the Inaugural Inspiring Fifty Awards in Ottawa
Starting off Monday with a road trip to Ottawa!
April 30, 2018
Changing our Mindset on Suspensions and Expulsions
Barb O'Neill returns to the Preschool Podcast to chat about challenging behavior
April 30, 2018
Teaching Diversity Inclusion Toddlers
Strategies for exploring Diversity and Inclusion in the classroom
April 24, 2018
Building a Family-Centered Early Childhood Program
A family centered early childhood program is about deepening trust
April 15, 2018
Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative at Harvard
We want to understand and unpack the insides of child care environments - not just large centers - homes and elsewhere.
April 10, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Jenny Rahm
Elegant Child Early Learning Center | Ballwin, Missouri
April 10, 2018
Pushing the Envelope with Professional Development
Shooting for Stars with Professional Development
April 9, 2018
How to Market a New Child Care Center
The success any new child care center will be up to the quality of care provided and how much trust you build within the community.
April 2, 2018
Early Education Nation is Live!
Your educator hub for resources to do your best work
April 3, 2018
HiMama is a Certified B Corp!
We are so thrilled to announce our certification
March 27, 2018
Is Child Care in Ontario Free?
Many may be wondering how the recent announcement on free child care in Ontario by Premier Kathleen Wynne will affect child care pricing and availability. We are here to help set the record straight!
March 26, 2018
How To Promote Professional Self-Reflection
Self-reflection is so important for career development and your personal well-being
March 9, 2018
Supporting Special Needs in the Classroom
How can we provide support to the children with individual support needs?
March 6, 2018
NAEYC and Power to the Profession
Language matters. Accountability matters.
March 2, 2018
How To Identify Stress in a Child
First identify if an issue is present, then work to resolve
February 27, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Heidi Lacroix
Madison Montessori Academy | Kemptville, Ontario
February 26, 2018
What We Are Reading This Week: February 27
Your Weekly Early Education News from around the U.S, Canada and abroad
February 17, 2017
What are Early Learning Outcomes?
Cognitive development is an important outcome in preschool
February 27, 2018
How HiMama Improves Social-Emotional Learning and Development
There are two critical issues in preschool social-emotional learning - HiMama directly addresses both.
February 19, 2018
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
February 12, 2018
What We Are Reading This Week: February 12
Your Weekly Early Education News from around the U.S, Canada and abroad
February 9, 2018
How Child Care Centers Manage Allergies
Staff work hard to prevent reactions by keeping careful tabs on the lunch and snack table
February 5, 2018
Top 5 Daycares in Newark NJ
What are the top daycares in Newark NJ?
February 26, 2018
Child Care Professional Performance Reviews
What type of performance review makes sense for Preschool Educators?
February 12, 2018
Types of Child Care Observation
There are pros and cons to each type of early learning observation methods
January 26, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Ellie Ferrier
TowerLight Child Care | St. Louis Park, MN
January 29, 2018
What We Are Reading This Week: January 29
Your Weekly Early Education News from around the U.S, Canada and abroad
January 30, 2018
Community Collaboration to Give Children a Strong Start
How are young children and families supported in Colorado?
January 24, 2018
Examples of Parent Communication From Teachers
How do you communicate with parents?
January 14, 2018
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
January 22, 2018
What We Are Reading This Week: January 22
Your Weekly Early Education News from around the U.S, Canada and abroad
January 23, 2018
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?
January 23, 2018
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.
January 26, 2018
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.
January 16, 2018
Educator Spotlight | Johanna Richardson
Johanna Richardson | Christian Life Academy | Bensalem, PA
January 26, 2018
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!
January 26, 2018
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.
January 15, 2018
What We Are Reading This Week: January 15
Your Weekly Early Education News from around the U.S, Canada and abroad
January 16, 2018
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.
January 16, 2018
An Insider Look at Early Learning in Manhattan
What does childcare look and feel like in New York City?
January 12, 2018
Top 25 Early Childhood Education Blogs 2018
Who made the list of top Early Childhood Education blogs this year?
January 9, 2017
What We Are Reading This Week: January 9
Your Weekly Early Education News from around the U.S, Canada and abroad
January 9, 2018
Students: Our Future Leaders in Early Childhood Education
Dr. Bill's enthusiasm is electric and contagious, this week's episode is a real treat.
January 9, 2018
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.
January 2, 2018
Interrupting the Cycle of Poverty with Early Childhood Education
How can we professionalize and elevate early childhood educators?
December 26, 2017
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.
December 19, 2017
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.
December 12, 2017
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.
December 4, 2017
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.
November 29, 2017
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.
November 21, 2017
Connecting Brain Science, Child Development and Loving Families
How policy work supports the healthy development of children
November 15, 2017
Nominations for ECE of the Year are now open!
Nominate a deserving teacher today!
November 14, 2017
Different Schools for a Different World
Scott McLeod provides some tactical case studies on what new, innovative school and education approaches look like.
November 9, 2017
Best Child Care Centers in Austin
Research is key to understanding your options and narrowing down the best preschool for your child.
November 8, 2017
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?
November 7, 2017
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.
November 7, 2017
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!
October 24, 2017
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
September 18, 2017
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.
August 21, 2017
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. . .
August 22, 2017
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. . .
August 17, 2017
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.
August 14, 2017
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.
July 25, 2017
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.
July 17, 2017
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
July 18, 2017
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"
July 11, 2017
Shared services for pedagogical and business leadership
This is a transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #52 "Shared services for pedagogical and business leadership"
July 3, 2017
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...
June 27, 2017
The HiMama 2017 Child Care Benchmark Report
Insights into child care operations, financials and forecasts - download the report today. #childcarebenchmark
June 19, 2017
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
June 5, 2017
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.
June 12, 2017
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.
June 13, 2017
Yoga in preschool for social emotional development
Here is the transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #48 - "Yoga in preschool for social emotional development”
May 22, 2017
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.
May 15, 2017
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.
May 8, 2017
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.
April 28, 2017
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.
April 24, 2017
5 Toddler Transition Tips
Transition times can be some of the most difficult periods of time throughout the day for preschool teachers to manage.
April 17, 2017
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.
April 11, 2017
Building Resiliency in Early Childhood
What it is and how resiliency can be fostered in the early childhood setting.
March 23, 2017
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.
March 13, 2017
Is Your Risky Play Risky Enough?
The benefits and applications of risky play inside and outside of the classroom.
March 6, 2017
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!
March 4, 2017
Parent communication technology as a marketing tool
This is a transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #34 "Parent communication technology as a marketing tool”
February 28, 2017
Managing Challenging Behavior in Young Children Using Positive Behavior Support
Managing Challenging Behavior in Young Children Using Positive Behavior Support
February 21, 2017
Parent Involvement Activities for Preschool
Early childhood educators can undertake a number of measures to increase parent participation.
February 8, 2017
Surprising Facts About Early Childhood Education Salaries
A look at the discrepancy between the importance of early childhood educators and the profession's salary.
February 7, 2017
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.
January 31, 2017
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.
January 12, 2017
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!
January 10, 2017
Designing a Toddler Daycare Schedule
One of the most important elements of a toddler daycare schedule is routine.
January 3, 2017
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.
December 27, 2016
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.
December 8, 2016
Maintaining Early Childhood Education Quality
Maintaining Early Childhood Education Quality
December 1, 2016
Obstacles When Implementing a Curriculum for Preschool
Implementing a curriculum for preschool classrooms can be incredibly challenging to do effectively.
November 21, 2016
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.
November 12, 2016
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.
November 3, 2016
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.
October 29, 2016
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.
October 23, 2016
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.
October 3, 2016
What is Scaffolding in Early Childhood Education?
Understanding scaffolding in early childhood education.
September 26, 2016
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.
September 19, 2016
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.
September 16, 2016
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.
August 22, 2016
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.
August 22, 2016
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.
August 11, 2016
What is QRIS?
QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement System) is a method for assessing the quality of child care programs.
August 8, 2016
Types of Preschool Programs
A look at five of the most common educational childcare philosophies.
August 3, 2016
Educator use of technology in the classroom
The topic of technology in preschool classrooms is a highly debated issue among educators today.
July 27, 2016
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.
July 6, 2016
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.
July 6, 2016
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.
July 6, 2016
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.
July 6, 2016
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.
June 27, 2016
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.
June 7, 2016
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.
June 7, 2016
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.
May 5, 2016
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.
May 3, 2016
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.
April 15, 2016
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.
April 15, 2016
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.
April 14, 2016
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.
April 9, 2016
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.
April 4, 2016
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.
March 31, 2016
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
March 28, 2016
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.
March 15, 2016
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.
March 14, 2016
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.
March 7, 2016
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?”
February 29, 2016
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
February 21, 2016
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.
February 12, 2016
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.
February 3, 2016
Congratulations Sarojini - our ECE of the Year
Congratulations Sarojini - our ECE of the Year
January 11, 2016
Why You Should Write a Child Care Center Blog: Tips for Success
Blogging regularly about your facility, its events and the latest news in the industry can help get your center’s name out there in the community and position you as a child care expert
January 18, 2016
What is Emergent Curriculum?
As a philosophy of teaching, emergent curriculum is a way of planning curriculum in response to children’s interests to create meaningful learning experiences.
January 11, 2016
How to Make Child Care Sign in More Efficient
Is your child care center currently using paper sign in and sign out sheets?
January 5, 2016
Bringing Child Care Forms Into the Digital Age
There are hundreds of possible documents that your staff and parents must complete so your child care center has the information it needs to operate.
January 1, 2016
Top 25 Early Childhood Education Blogs 2016
Your top early childhood education blogs, preschool blogs and child care blogs for 2016 with some familiar names from last year, as well as some new blogs making the top 25
December 20, 2015
Why You Should Track Daycare Meals
Tracking daycare meals not only helps you to meet regulatory and licensing requirements, but also helps guide future meal planning and increase transparency with parents.
December 12, 2015
The Importance of Observation in Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education is not about teaching, it's about exploration and learning, and observations play an important role in meeting the needs of your young learners.
November 10, 2015
Simple Natural Playground Ideas for Your Preschool
We hope these natural playground ideas inspire you to create your own eco-friendly, organic play space for your preschoolers to actively explore nature.
November 10, 2015
Supporting Classrooms with Innovative Technology
On Wednesday, Canada's new Prime Minister hosted a Google Hangout with 5 classrooms from across the country.
November 3, 2015
Integrating Physical Activities for Toddlers into Your Schedule
Toddlers need plenty of time in their day to play and by incorporating physical activities you can not only keep them active, but also help them develop important social skills
October 20, 2015
Developing a Personal Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
To be a professional, you have to have an opinion on important topics related to your field and create a brand or philosophy on your approach.
October 6, 2015
Benefits of Natural Playgrounds for Child Development
Natural playgrounds for preschools and child care programs are a growing trend for a reason - studies show that they aid children in a number of dimensions
September 30, 2015
Early Childhood Educators of the Year
The ECE of the Year Award is your opportunity to bring the passion of leaders, mentors, colleagues, employees, friends and peers into the spotlight
September 29, 2015
Early Childhood Education Salaries: A Comparison Across Professions
Pay in early childhood education for child care professionals is seriously lagging despite tremendous responsibilities and clear return on investment
September 22, 2015
What Makes a Successful Child Care Program?
It is one thing to operate child care programs day-to-day, but it is another thing to attain high quality child care programs that make a significant difference for children in your care
September 15, 2015
Professional Development Opportunities For Early Childhood Educators
There are learning opportunities abound for Early Childhood Educators, from formal conferences and events to informal opportunities like reading and mentors
September 8, 2015
Socialization Benefits of Early Childhood Education
Language, teamwork, sharing and respect some of the key socialization benefits of early childhood education
September 2, 2015
Using Technology in Early Childhood Education
Innovations in early education can be overwhelming, but the use of technology to enable learning, support administration and improve communications can enhance the quality of child care programs
August 20, 2015
Canada Child Care Management Software Overview
Some of the Canadian-based childcare management software options are becoming dated, however, there are some new options on the scene as well
August 18, 2015
What is an Early Childhood Educator?
An Early Childhood Educator must play various roles and master a number of diverse skills, all while staying up-to-date on research
August 25, 2015
Early Childhood Education Assessment Tools
Assessment tools are not the ultimate answer to tracking children's development, however assessment tools can help to understand a child's relative development
August 5, 2015
The Role of Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education
Parent involvement helps extend teaching outside the classroom, creates a more positive experience for children and helps children perform better when they are in school.
July 28, 2015
3 Resources for Early Childhood Education Videos
Video can be a great resource for Early Childhood Educators looking to stay in tune with the latest trends - these suggested video resources will help you get started
July 14, 2015
Surprising Facts About Early Childhood Education in Canada
Take a look at the facts about early childhood education in Canada - some of them may surprise you
June 23, 2015
The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Education Programming
Integrating free play time into your early childhood education programming is beneficial not only for children's development, but for improving performance in academic activities as well
June 16, 2015
Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education
Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education
June 5, 2015
Top 3 Interview Questions for Daycare Workers
It can be difficult to uncover daycare worker qualities in an interview setting, but by using the following interview questions you can reveal more about a candidate's early childhood education philosophy
May 19, 2015
Engaging Families in a Hyperconnected World – Adapting to New Expectations
Early years programs must explore new channels to engage hyperconnected families, however, it is important to evaluate internal implications when making a decision
March 11, 2015
Schools and child care programs are not protecting children’s information online
Over 40% of schools and child care programs are sharing children’s information online through public websites, social networks and blogs
February 16, 2015
Pedagogical Documentation in Reggio-inspired Early Childhood Programs
Effective documentation in Reggio-inspired programs makes for an engaging learning process for both children and educators
January 25, 2015
What are the challenges facing Early Childhood Teachers?
Misalignment between expectations and resources in early childhood sector creates challenges for Early Childhood Teachers
December 29, 2014
Top 25 Early Childhood Education Blogs 2014
Get ideas for activities with your kids and stay in tune with the latest discussions in early childhood education
November 17, 2014
The why and what of documentation in early years programs
Documentation serves an important purpose, but there's no one-size-fits-all approach about how to document
October 19, 2014
The hyperconnected society and what it means for early years education
Expectations of today’s modern parents are changing; these changes should be seen as an opportunity to improve communications with families
September 20, 2014
How do we deal with employee retention in early education?
Recruiting and retaining talented educators is a real issue, but there are specific strategies and wider undertakings that can help us to take on this challenge
July 28, 2014
Changes in domestic trends and the increasing need for child care
With increased investment in women’s post-secondary education and decreased emphasis on gender roles more women with young children are returning to the workforce. But there are implications.
May 30, 2014
Education on cyber safety paramount in digital age
Avoiding the digital age isn’t realistic – understanding the safety of children’s information online is therefore of paramount importance
March 21, 2014
Child observations critical in the early childhood setting
On August 31, 2015 the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 will replace the Day Nurseries Act as the new legislative framework governing child care in Ontario.
September 30, 2013
HiMama Report on Documentation in the Early Childhood Setting
HiMama releases report on Documentation in the Early Childhood Setting based on a survey of Licensed Childcare Providers