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  • Language and Communication Skills That Make All the Difference for Kindergarten

    Promoting good oral language and communication skills is perhaps the most important thing parents, caregivers, and educators can do to prepare children to enter kindergarten. That is why it’s important to reinforce good speaking habits by setting an example with the use of expression, vocabulary, and correct grammar.

  • Protecting Student Privacy in Early Childhood Education

    Any organization with electronic records is vulnerable to security breaches, and education agencies are no exception. The resources on this page are intended for staff and educators of early childhood programs or institutions. Resources found here address the unique challenge of applying FERPA to the early childhood setting.

  • Resilience: A Skill Your Child Really Needs to Learn (and What You Can Do to Help)

    As parents, we tend to think about getting good grades, excelling at athletics, being popular, getting into good schools, and getting good jobs. But there is something that children need if they are going to truly succeed in life, and that’s resilience. This author shares four factors that help children develop resilience.

  • Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills With Children From Infancy to Adolescence

    This activities guide, developed by Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of executive function and self-regulation in children. Downloadable PDF chapters are divided into age groups, from infants to teenagers.

  • Books That Inspire Play

    Early learning comes naturally through activities like reading together and playing make-believe. If you’re looking for some inspiration, there are many books about play. Here are a few great choices you can find at your local library.

  • Eight Fun Ways to Build Gross-Motor Skills

    When young kids have weak gross-motor skills, it can get in the way of having fun. Running, jumping, and throwing all require using large muscles. Help build gross-motor skills with these eight activities.

  • Children’s Books About Warm Weather Fun

    These stories focus on warm weather activities such as playing outdoors, cooling off in the water, and visiting relatives. Vivid illustrations show children playing in city and country settings, but stories are familiar regardless of where the characters live.

  • Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature

    Outdoor learning environments stimulate the diversity of children’s play experience and contribute to their healthy development. This InfoSheet discusses the benefits of connecting children to nature and presents examples of simple ways to naturalize outdoor learning environments in childcare centers.

  • Tips for Volunteering with Kids

    The word “volunteering” may not make much sense to your young child, but even children as young as age 3 can learn the value of helping people and places in need. Now is the time to start a lifelong commitment to giving, not only during the holiday season but also year round.

  • Fruit Juice and Your Child’s Diet

    Children can easily drink a lot of juice because juice tastes good. However, too much juice in your child’s diet can contribute to other problems, like poor nutrition, obesity, and tooth decay. The American Academy of Pediatrics has new recommendations on fruit juice for young children.