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Learning & Development

Child Development

Working as a team with your child care professionals provides the best support for your child to survive a traumatic situation, build resilience, and thrive.

 
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Here are ten tips used in the classroom to help infants and toddlers become pro-social that families can also try at home.

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It isn’t about endless hours of time—it’s about how you choose to spend that time that truly matters.

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Many simple, everyday routines are excellent opportunities for developing your child’s emergent literacy skills.

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Here are some tips to help you prepare your child for Kindergarten.

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Here are some suggestions for helping your child develop social and emotional skills at home.

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Resources from a number of educational organizations about how to talk to children after a tragedy, the psychological impact, and tips for dealing with what children learn from the media.

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 With a little observation and a few notes, you can start to better understand your child's behavior.  Here's how. 

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Enjoy discussing the questions your child asks. Encourage her to share her perspective and observations.  

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When families and teachers work together, kids win! Here are four things that kindergarten teachers want you know. 

 

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Reading & Writing

Use these ideas to help your child learn how and why writing and reading are important and useful.

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When you talk to your child, you support her language development. Think of what you are saying from your infant or toddler’s point of view.

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Ideas to find inexpensive books and surround children with a variety of books to encourage a love of reading. 

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Many children play with writing long before they learn to read. Here are some ways to help your child develop the skills needed for writing. 

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How can you encourage your child to love reading, writing, and language so much that he begs for a bedtime story or a trip to the library?

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Flash cards emphasize memorization but complex langauge is what's important.

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Physical activity is important for the health and well-being of children.  Not only does staying active help children keep fit, but it helps children form active habits!

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When is the last time you talked to a children’s librarian? If it’s been a while, this is a great time to strike up a conversation. You’ll be surprised at the innovative activities, programs, and services children’s librarians offer young children, and families.

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Young children learn to think in new ways when they imagine, guess, describe, and wonder. Engage your child's curiosity with these books. 

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A powerful way to interest young children in reading books is to make books about their routines, life events and vacations. 

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Music, Math & More

Parents make creative decisions daily using their best instincts. Here are some  tips that might help when making technology decisions for your child. 

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Young children don't need highly specialized equipment to explore the natural world scientifically. 

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You have a concern about your child’s care and education, how do you handle it? 

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You’d be surprised at how much science and math children are learning as they play!

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Is your child entering a preschool program for the first time? Use these tips to help you and your child make a smooth transition.

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As it turns out, the time we spend outside can do amazing work getting our brain ready for the time we spend inside. 

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June 29th is International Mud Day but you can play and learn with mud all year long!  Check out these ideas to learn and explore with mud, and share your mud moments and memories.

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 Those of us who have small toddler helpers may not have the loveliest veggies to show for it, but we have learned some important lessons along the way. Here are some tips.

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Go for a nature scaventure hunt. Follow an ant trail.  Observe a tree throughout the seasons.

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Preschoolers aren’t yet ready to memorize multiplication tables, but that doesn’t mean they cannot learn and explore math concepts. Try these ideas at home to help your preschooler explore math.

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