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The Way Forward

Posted by: Rhonda July 14, 2020

Addressing Racism in Early Childhood Programs

The recent weeks of protests over racial injustice create difficult challenges for early childhood programs. What can we do to respond?

“Addressing issues of racial inequality in early childhood programs is complex and challenging,” writes Dr. Francis Wardle. “These challenges do not mean, however, that there is nothing we can do! There are positive steps we can take in our daily life and in our programs to address the serious issues of racism and inequality in this country.

“As we consider our response, there are some things that need to be kept in mind . . .” Continue reading.

Babies are Scientists

Babies are Scientists

Posted by: Rhonda July 7, 2020

The first time an infant knocks a cup of milk from the table, it’s an accident. The next time, it’s clearly intentional. Will the falling cup produce the same intriguing splash on the floor (and the same exciting noise from any adult nearby)?

Science is about forming and testing hypotheses. This is what babies do all the time! They are continually experimenting and investigating, fueled by curiosity and an innate drive to figure out their world. As long as these little investigators are surrounded by interesting things they will continue to explore and learn.

The natural world, with its constantly changing colors, textures, movements, and sounds, provides a uniquely stimulating environment for young children. Take a young child outside and you can just about see the “lights go on”. So why is it that this age group is mostly kept indoors? Read more.

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What About Toddlers?

Posted by: Rhonda June 23, 2020

How to support independent play at home

Did you ever imagine you’d have to bring your vivacious toddler to work with you, let alone attend a business meeting with her on your lap? Taking care of a young child and working an office job are not exactly the best fit. For many parents, however, this has become the daily reality during the last months.

Toddlers are simply not programmed for office life. They demand (and deserve) a lot of focused attention and care. Responding to their needs is critical in fostering healthy development and learning, but this doesn’t mean you need to constantly entertain them. With a planned environment and schedule, toddlers can be completely satisfied playing independently.

Dr. Amy Sussna Klein, an experienced early childhood consultant, offers some helpful advice to parents and caregivers. Read more.

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Supporting Sensory Development

Posted by: Rhonda June 16, 2020

Spinning, swinging, dancing, climbing . . . children come wired with an internal drive to move. When confined to a small space, like your home, this constant need can easily overwhelm caregivers. Before you try to restrict the activity, remember that for a child, physical activity is much more than just satisfying an urge for exercise.

Moving and exploring are a child’s way of directly engaging with the world and processing sensory input. This is vital in the healthy development of sensory integration which affects a child’s perceptions, behaviors, and learning. Children who can’t effectively regulate sensory stimulation often struggle with related challenging behaviors.

No one knows the future of child care, but even in these times of uncertainty, children can thrive if surrounded by environments that support their development. Alicia Noddings, Ph.D., offers some strategies that parents can employ to cultivate self-regulation and resiliency. Please share with the families in your program. Read here.

Standing Against Injustice

June 16, 2020

We believe in a society in which all children, regardless of their race or ethnicity, can have equal opportunity to thrive. We stand with the Black community and we stand against every form of injustice. Like Martin Luther King Jr. we will work for the day when all children “live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."