News on Early Learning from around the Web
- 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.
- Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their child to a doctor. Young children who are not old enough to talk will indicate inner ear pain in different ways.
- Infants’ brains start laying the groundwork for the physical requirements of speech long before they utter their first words, a new study finds.
- Harvard University’s Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group has recently developed a series of one-page documents entitled Lead Early Educators for Success, which provide comprehensive professional development recommendations to enhance early learning.
- Even if your new preschooler will be away from home for just a few hours, the first day of school is a big step for someone wearing such little sneakers. Help him ace it (and the days and weeks ahead) with these get-ready-for-school strategies.
- With the start of school, families face new organization challenges. Get organized now for the best school year ever! Use these ideas to prepare your home and family for the busy days ahead.
- A new study has found that having the television on while you play with your toddler could hinder the child's language development.
- In April, 16 neuroscientists presented three key messages to UNICEF about the influence of early experience on brain development and function, providing many insights into why early childhood development is so important for individual and societal development.
- Plan to attend the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children’s statewide conference for early childhood professionals taking place in Springfield, Illinois, on October 23–25, 2014.
- Over the course of just one school year, a new study finds that preschoolers with disabilities who attended inclusive classes with highly-skilled peers were using language on par with their classmates without disabilities.
- An online orientation is available for licensed child care programs to find out more about the quality rating and improvement system, ExceleRate Illinois.
- Find out about research being done on Illinois education from prekindergarten through higher education at a forum taking place on October 7–8, 2014, in Bloomington, Illinois.
- Find out how Illinois compares with the other states in enrollment in, quality of, and spending on state-funded preschool.
- Illinois Early Learning Project Quarterly News
- In Illinois, the average cost of full-time infant care at child care centers is $12,697, and more than 18% of working mothers of very young children work in low-wage occupations.
- Family child care providers, teachers, and parents can find resources to develop early math skills in children ages birth to 5 from National Louis University’s Math at Home project.
- Find out the cost and availability of child care by Illinois county in this 2013 report published by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA).
Recent studies suggest that dual-language learners may have more flexible mental ability and improved social-emotional well-being. Check out IEL resources on bilingual children.
- If you own a child care home or center, you can learn about the basics of business ownership at the 16th Annual Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Expo taking place on June 14, 2014, at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.
- Experience the visual arts preschool benchmarks of the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards first hand at the Day Camp for Early Childhood Educators taking place on June 10, 2014, in Geneseo, Illinois.
- Should twins always be placed in separate classrooms when they begin kindergarten? Many parents, teachers, and twins themselves would say “No.” Studies show no difference in academic achievement between twins separated compared with those allowed to remain together. The decision should consider the best interest of specific children rather than following a set rule.
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