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Watch a video introduction to a family child care provider and then learn about the upcoming documentary, No Small Matter!
Thinking about mindfulness - what is it?
Get some ideas for the different kind of car washes you can do with the children in your care. Big, little, messy or dry - this post will get you started!
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.
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.
While we were at the National Family Child Care Institute, we learned about a fabulous new literacy tool for family child care providers to use!
Too Small to Fail in partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and in collaboration with the National Head Start Association (NHSA) and the National Association for Family Child Care Providers (NAFCC) has created a comprehensive resource to engage in literacy activities with children - without out being so comprehensive you don't want to use it!
We’ve altered our plan somewhat – the recent events across the nation are something we simply can’t ignore. As family child care providers, you have not just an opportunity to help young children develop relationships with people who are different from themselves; you have an obligation to provide tools so that perhaps these same children might not need the conversations about diversity that must happen now. Following are some concrete steps you can take to help young children respect and value people who are different from themselves.
Federal funding for child care is an important piece of the puzzle. Without these critical funds, too many children, particularly those from low-income families, will not have the chance to participate in the high-quality experiences that they need. These funds are also about licensing, training, supports, and about including family child care in early care and education systems and ideas in the states. These funds are about you, your work, and the children and families who are counting on you.
Ziplock baggies, paint and tape. And the kids. Thats all you need for this fun, mess-free activity!