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
This year’s election has undoubtedly had a profound impact on people across the country, including young children and their families. It is to be expected that there will continue to be animosity from those whose campaigns were unsuccessful. As someone who works with young children every day, think about what you can do to help restore a balance.Read More
Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s description of professional is: relating to a job that requires special education, training, or skill. Listening to a group of “professionals” recently had me reflecting on what exactly could be called professional about anything they were saying or for that matter, doing. In a “profession,” is it possible to be professional in some areas and not in others? Over the years I have come to realize there are many different definitions of what family child care providers call “quality, professional care” for children. Although I won’t even try to put a definition to “quality or professional care,” I have found there are different levels family child care providers go through to reach their own definition of professionalism.