Early Care & Learning
Early Childhood experiences are the foundation of a person's life.
High quality early care and education has been proven to impact the future of a child.
Access for all children, regardless of socioeconomic status, is an issue and should be a major consideration in the 21st Century.
Public Education has been "reforming" for decades, yet the same deficits continue. We have never considered investing in a comprehensive way in the early years, birth to kindergarten. Based on current data based on 30 years of research (brain development, education, economic impact), why not try it?
Brain development is exponential for the first 4 years of life...we cannot afford to ignore these years.
Greet the fall with ways to help keep you and your kids safe and healthy.
The fall season is an excellent opportunity to continue healthy habits and to explore new ways to be safe and healthy with your kids. The following simple steps will keep you and your kids healthy for the autumn season. Kids (and the rest of us) should wash hands for at least 20 seconds to avoid cold and flu.
The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Children less than 6 months of age are too young to get vaccinated.
Whether indoors or out, children and adolescents should get 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day, including aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activities. Keep in mind that swinging, climbing, hopping, and somersaulting are developmental milestones for children five years of age.
Check the safety of toys and other products. Make sure potential hazards don't live in your home, school, park, or another setting.
Enjoy healthy fruits and veggies in season. Have an afternoon of food-tasting to try new foods and prepare some seasonal favorites differently.
Check the safety of toys and other products your child may use. Make sure potential hazards don't live in your home, school, or park.
Do as you say; you're their role model, after all. Take care of yourself and by keeping health and safety in mind.
Nature is a gift. Time spent in natural settings, parks and/or playgrounds is good for the parent and the child. For a parent it can be a relaxing and stress relieving location; a place to take a break. For the child, these places are stimulating. Go with another parent. You two can have a social break while the kids get a social education. Go with just your child for some quality time together. Natural settings, parks and playgrounds are great places to bond. This free e-book from The Motherhood website has some “cool” ideas: Be Out There: Cool Outdoor Ideas for Hot Summer Days
Interpreting a Newborn Like all families, you wonder what your new addition is "saying." Mothers, fathers and grandparents jockey over interpreting the new baby:. Does she want to be held? Or has she been held too much? Is she hungry or wet or weary? And who knows best? Scientists have analyzed infants’ cries by pitch, tone, volume and rhythm. Infants indeed make cries that correlate to hunger, fatigue, discomfort, pain, a bid for interaction – or to letting off steam at the end of the day.
“Texas uses fourth grade reading scores to project the number of prison cells they’re going to need 10 years later.”
Teachers need to understand how screen time and media culture are affecting children and families and to find effective ways to promote children’s healthy development in today’s media-saturated environment. Read the naeyc excerpt from Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age for a better understanding.