Summer is winding down and the school year is starting across the nation. This is a big time for families and child care providers as children transition into preschool for the first time or are transition out of preschool and into Kindergarten! Parents and children are learning how to say goodbye for extended periods of time. Child care providers are saying goodbye to children who have been in their care for years. The children are saying goodbye and looking ahead to meet a new teacher, be in a new place and meet new friends. These transitions can be both difficult and exciting for each individual involved. Below are some resources to help parents and caregivers with these big moments!Read More
We may be gearing up for school and autumn but it's still so hot out! We're still looking for fun outside activities and these Ice Activities from What's Up Moms, look like the perfect thing. Below you'll find the video created by What's Up Mom's as well as some photos of the activities and supplies listed in order to do them.Read More
Get an idea of what the child care landscape looks like through licensing standards and overall reporting from Child Care Aware of America as well as resources and databases the Office of Child Care has created.Read More
The link above will take you to the archived hearing - you can listen yourself to see what happened!
In May 2017, the latest annual report, "2016 State of Preschool Yearbook" by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) was released. This report has been a regular release for over a decade. It sets benchmarks to measure each state's progress in their publicly funded, often referred to as "prek for all" programs. This year, NIEER updated the benchmarks for the first time to include a better measurement of quality of the programs.Read More
ECLKC is your free resource. ECLKC is the acronym for Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center. This learning center creates resources for any person who works with or has children ages zero to five. And it's ALL FREE.Read More
t's moderately good news! The best part of the news - they didn't cut child care funding. It was actually increased, which says a lot in this political and budgetary environment.
The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) got an increase of $95 million and Head Start received an $85 million increase.Read More
In our last blog we encouraged you to reflect on your own professional development goals and included several thoughts to help you with that reflection. We hope that you considered at least a few of those questions because this month we want to take a deeper look at two of them:Read More
ie on that apron. Break out the mixing bowls. If your child loves to play pretend, and needs practice with letters and the sounds they make, get cooking with this activity! Not only is it playful fun, but it builds key spelling and reading skills.Read More