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Early Learning
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.
Early Learning
Teaching Diversity to Preschoolers Without the "Tourist Approach"
Because of the varied nature of the family and living situations of children today, it’s important to focus on teaching diversity to preschoolers in a way that helps them understand and respect the different situations of their peers.
Early Learning
Building Resiliency in Early Childhood
What it is and how resiliency can be fostered in the early childhood setting.
Early Learning
Is Your Risky Play Risky Enough?
The benefits and applications of risky play inside and outside of the classroom.
Early Learning
Managing Challenging Behavior in Young Children Using Positive Behavior Support
Managing Challenging Behavior in Young Children Using Positive Behavior Support
Early Learning
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.
Early Learning
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.
Early Learning
What is Scaffolding in Early Childhood Education?
Understanding scaffolding in early childhood education.
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.
Early Learning
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.
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.
Early Learning
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.
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.
Early Learning
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.
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.
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.
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.
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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.
Early Learning
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?”
Early Learning
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.
Early Learning
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.
Early Learning
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.
Early Learning
How to Make Child Care Sign in More Efficient
Is your child care center currently using paper sign in and sign out sheets?
Early Learning
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.
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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.
Early Learning
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.
Early Learning
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.
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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.
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
Socialization Benefits of Early Childhood Education
Language, teamwork, sharing and respect some of the key socialization benefits of early childhood education
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education
Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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
Early Learning
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.
Early Learning
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