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!
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.
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.
Many organizations have realized the need for training that is affordable, accessible, and relevant. Listed below are some options to look into.
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.
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.
MyPlate Tip Sheets have been around for a while, but did you know you can filter them to easily find the topic and audience you want to support or learn about?
Watch a video introduction to a family child care provider and then learn about the upcoming documentary, No Small Matter!
Learn a little bit about the difference between equity and equality as well as how that can impact child care.