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New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, authors of the book Tap, Click, Read, have developed a toolkit that includes 14 free tip sheets, discussion guides, and other resources for community leaders, educators, and parent liaisons to help young children learn to read.
- Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen. Here are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice.
- Introduce Fire Prevention Week (October 9–16, 2016) to students through fun, interactive lessons, activities, and take-home materials.
- Fall can be a wonderful time to explore the outdoors with young children. Here are 10 fun ideas that will inspire your outdoor play.
- Expulsions in preschool? They happen. But they shouldn’t. In Connecticut, PreK centers are consulting with mental health professionals to provide direct advice to teachers on dealing with specific children as well as working with both parents and teachers together to best address challenges in a positive manner.
- Today’s libraries are more about doing than borrowing—more about connecting than simply plugging in. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Visit your library today or visit ILoveLibraries.org
- September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Here are 10 tips for parents to help preschoolers build healthy mealtime habits.
- It can happen at the store, the doctor’s office, or the party your child’s been looking forward to for weeks. Something snaps and your child has a total, tectonic temper tantrum—screaming, kicking, tears. Tantrums are a normal expression of frustration from a little person who wants her way—and doesn’t have the skills to express herself yet. Just because they’re normal, however, doesn’t mean they’re inevitable. Here are the best ways to head them off before they happen.
- This three-piece set of resources, designed for professionals and military parents, provides methods to support young children affected by stress, trauma, grief, and loss because of a military parent’s deployment, injury, or death.
- How can parents help their babies and toddlers learn to communicate? Here’s guidance based on a roundup of recent research that provides parents a roadmap for building their babies’ language skills.
- If your child is starting preschool this fall, you may be approaching this major milestone with conflicting emotions, including excitement and sadness. Your child is also bound to have a host of feelings about this transition, feeling proud to be a big kid but at the same time worried about being separated from you and starting something unfamiliar. Here are some ideas to keep the focus on fun during this time.
- Part 2 of the Fostering STEM Trajectories forum discusses two hurdles that emerged from the discussion: a misunderstanding of STEM in early learning and the constraints that today’s educators face. Readers are invited to comment with ideas on priorities and barriers to overcoming the identified hurdles.
- This is part one of a two-part series that highlights and expands on topics from Fostering STEM Trajectories, a recent forum hosted by New America and funded by the National Science Foundation. Throughout the discussion, panelists shared insights on successful early STEM efforts and the future of STEM education in the United States.
- Behavior problems are more likely to hold boys back in school than girls, a new study shows. More support at home and in school could help encourage these boys to develop self-regulation and social skills early in life, the research suggests.
- Children (and adults) learn best and retain the most information when they engage their senses. Many of our favorite memories are associated with one or more of our senses. By giving children the opportunity to investigate materials with no preconceived knowledge, you’re helping them develop and refine their cognitive, social and emotional, physical, creative and linguistic skill sets.
- Many parents are looking for low-cost activities to keep kids busy this summer. Here’s an age-by-age guide to making the most of the lazy days of summer that won’t break the bank.
- June, July, and August are more dangerous for children than other months. Here are tips from Child Trends on keeping kids safe this summer.
- It’s fun to watch your preschooler’s growth and measure his height with a yardstick. But how can you measure your child’s development in other areas? The questions and tips included here will help you understand what your child should be doing and learning—and how you can support his development.
- Kids mature and develop at different paces, but there are certain social and emotional milestones you can expect at different ages. Keeping track of your child’s progress as social and emotional skills develop can help reveal potential issues.
- June is National Safety Month. Safety is no accident. It's a choice we need to make each and every day. We face a variety of risks throughout our lives. This infographic illustrates the greatest risks for each age group—from infant to older adult.
- The 2015 Transforming the Workforce report from the National Academy of Medicine highlights several studies that show why babies are smarter than we think. Research shows that infants and young children are able to think abstractly.
- A recent study reports that music may help babies learn language better, in part by helping them learn to detect important rhythms. The authors also suggest that experiencing a rhythmic pattern in music can improve the ability to detect and make predictions about rhythmic patterns in speech. Early, engaging musical experiences can have a more global effect on cognitive skills.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently launched this interactive online tool for parents of children ages 5 and under to use when they are concerned about their child's motor development. Remember, all children develop in different ways. If you’re worried your child might have a developmental delay, you can talk to your child’s pediatrician.
- Have you ever witnessed a child’s bad mood disintegrate with a splash in the bath? Or maybe you’ve seen intense concentration in a child’s face when sifting dry rice or sand through his fingers? As babies grow, their awareness becomes heightened, signifying developmental maturity as the child begins to make sense of the world.
- It’s pretty safe to say that adults start talking to, and with, young children from the day they are born, and sometimes earlier. Here are some questions and tips that will help you understand what young children should be doing and learning—and how you can support his development.
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