News on Early Learning from around the Web
- There's little disagreement about early education's importance, but funding and policy approaches are a different matter.
- The Illinois Interagency Nutrition Council (INC) will honor a variety of programs/activities that work with youth Preschool to Grade 6 in public and non-public schools or after school settings: a) Head Start/Child Care programs; b) positive classroom activities; c) school wellness initiatives; d) after school programs; e) school garden activities; f) school meal enhancements. To apply send a one page written description of the program, including information related to program goals, activities or education, and impact of the program. Include a program photo, one page description, and contact information to Mary Warren at email@example.com, by March 20, 2015.
- What do you do when you are cold? You move to warm up, which gets your heart rate going. Here are some ideas to help you help your kids to get moving outside when the weather permits.
- When the weather turns cold and it gets dark early, keeping kids active can take some creativity. Here are some ideas for keeping your family moving all winter long.
- The Office of Child Care has received several requests for information regarding guidance on measles and young children in child care programs. Child care providers should consult with and follow the guidance from your state or local public health departments.
- Check out these activities to do with your children to help them understand the importance of having healthy teeth.
- Social awareness is the ability to understand and respect the perspectives of others, and to apply this knowledge to social interactions with people from diverse backgrounds. This toolkit covers empathy, kindness, curiosity and diversity.
- A new study finds that a lack of sleep and sleep-related breathing problems appear to boost children's risk of obesity.
- Using music and games can help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills and help prepare preschoolers for kindergarten.
Child care personnel may want to contact their center's licensing representative about the new requirements in Rule 407. The changes include Child Care Center Director qualifications, Radon testing, mandated reporter training, lead paint and asbestos removal, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- In the first months of life, when babies begin to distinguish sounds that make up language from all the other sounds in the world, they can be trained to more effectively recognize which sounds "might" be language, accelerating the development of the brain maps which are critical to language acquisition and processing, according to new research.
- A recent University of Michigan study has found that toddlers who show little remorse after misbehaving may exhibit challenging behaviors in the early elementary years. Teachers and parents can seek out early intervention services to successfully treat these issues.
- Each child learns to self-regulate differently. The adult’s role is to assist children with strengthening their self-regulation skills.
- Many children are naturally playful and open to humor, but some are not. This quality must be nurtured in order to thrive. The benefits of laughter are endless, helping to build self-esteem and connecting kids with others. This article presents several ways to encourage a sense of humor in preschoolers.
- Good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illness like the flu.
- With the holiday gift-giving season upon us, it is critical to remember to consider the safety and age range of toys. Check out these guidelines for choosing safe toys for all ages.
- Young children can learn many valuable skills through making, looking at, and talking about their artwork or the art of others.
- Kids who grow up hearing music, singing songs, and moving to the beat are enjoying what experts call “a rich sensory environment.” And researchers believe this forges more pathways between the cells in their brains.
Redshirting is a term that, until recently, has been associated almost exclusively with college sports. Today, academic redshirting also refers to holding back kindergarten-eligible children for one year, assuming the child would benefit from additional time for intellectual, emotional, or even physical growth.
- Prepare to be amazed by these milestones, and learn how to take them to the next level.
- Check out this site, specifically for kids! You’ll find fun facts and common questions about skin, hair, nails, and more.
- You will never run out of fun activities to do with your kids this fall. This list includes activities and things to make with leaves, apples, and pumpkins. It also includes kid-friendly recipes.
- Parent University, a six-week program, gives parents a digital tap on the shoulder via text messages reminding them to interact with their kids to boost literacy—and close that ever-widening word gap. And it’s working, according to a recent, not-yet-published study that compared parents who received the program with those who didn’t.
Many children are injured in the home each year. These devices can help to keep your family safe. (Also available in Spanish)
- Songs and rhymes can help to make transitions easier for young children. The songs and rhymes here can be used both in a classroom and at home.
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