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The Preschool Podcast: For Leaders in Early Childhood Education

The Preschool Podcast: For Leaders in Early Childhood Education

The Preschool Podcast, brought to you by HiMama, is a platform for learning from leading professionals in early childhood education.

If you work in a child care, preschool or early years setting, The Preschool Podcast will provide you with inspiring and motivational stories, as well as practical advice for managing your organization, center or classroom.

The goal of the The Preschool Podcast is to provide inspiration and knowledge to the future leaders of early childhood education by speaking with experienced and insightful leaders in the world of preschool and early learning today.



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We release new episodes of The Preschool Podcast for all things Early Childhood Education every Tuesday!
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August 26, 2018
Reading – Setting Children Up for Success
"Fire it until you wire it!
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 14, 2018
Natural playscapes and the benefits of risky play
What can parents and educators do at home and in classrooms to promote more risky play?
August 7, 2018
Age Appropriate STEM Activities for Children Zero to Three
How can we support a young child's early exploration of STEM?
July 31, 2018
Using loose parts to enable creativity in play
What is cultural sustainability?
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 17, 2018
Baby Steps to STEM:
When does gender identity begin to intersect with STEM?
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 3, 2018
Impacts of Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences
Part two of our trauma series
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".
June 19, 2018
The Evolution of Early Childhood Education in Canada
What are the differences between American and Canadian early childhood education policy?
June 12, 2018
“Turn it off” and Turn on the Music, Song and Dance
Welcome Dr. Jean to the 100th episode of the Preschool Podcast!
June 5, 2018
Gender Differences in the Preschool Classroom
Should we teach to gender differently?
May 28, 2018
Fixed Mindset to Growth Mindset in Early Childhood Education
How can early childhood educators support a growth mindset?
May 21, 2018
Urban Thinkscapes: Revitalizing Communities with Playgrounds 2.0
Urban Thinkscape – playful learning in community contexts
May 8, 2018
Genius of Play – Why Play is Important For Children’s Development
Why is play important in child care?
April 30, 2018
Changing our Mindset on Suspensions and Expulsions
Barb O'Neill returns to the Preschool Podcast to chat about challenging behavior
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
Pushing the Envelope with Professional Development
Shooting for Stars with Professional Development
April 2, 2018
Intense Emotions: A Framework for Working with Young Children
Challenging behaviour and intense emotions are often linked - how best to manage?
March 27, 2018
Visual Routines as a Challenging Behaviour Strategy
Structure and consistent is critically important for young children to thrive in learning environments. Sequence and patterns in a recognizable and familar order are important for young children.
March 20, 2018
Healthy Eating by Showing More and Telling Less
How can we trust children and start having fun with food!
March 12, 2018
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.
March 7, 2018
The Top Education Podcasts - 2018
Find your next favorite education podcast!
March 6, 2018
NAEYC and Power to the Profession
Language matters. Accountability matters.
February 26, 2018
Setting Routines for Happy Healthy Kids
The tactics parents need!
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 13, 2018
There are NO Tricks to Being an Early Childhood Educator
Exploring the realities of today's early childhood educators
February 6, 2018
Exploring Mixed Emotions
Exploring emotional expression through colourful flash cards
January 30, 2018
Community Collaboration to Give Children a Strong Start
How are young children and families supported in Colorado?
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 16, 2018
An Insider Look at Early Learning in Manhattan
What does childcare look and feel like in New York City?
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 2, 2018
Interrupting the Cycle of Poverty with Early Childhood Education
How can we professionalize and elevate early childhood educators?
December 26, 2017
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.
December 19, 2017
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.
December 12, 2017
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.
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
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?
November 21, 2017
Connecting Brain Science, Child Development and Loving Families
How policy work supports the healthy development of children
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 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.
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
October 17, 2017
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.
October 10, 2017
Relationships Relationships Relationships
#65: Marilyn Ballard, Owner of ECE Solutions joins us this week to talk solutions to challenging behaviour.
September 26, 2017
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?
September 12, 2017
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,
August 29, 2017
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
August 15, 2017
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.
August 8, 2017
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.
August 1, 2017
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!
July 25, 2017
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!
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 4, 2017
Leadership for better early childhood outcomes
This is a transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #51- "Leadership for better early childhood outcomes”
June 27, 2017
Data-driven early childhood education advocacy
This is a transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #50 - "Data-driven early childhood education advocacy”
June 6, 2017
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”
May 30, 2017
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.
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”