Explaining the Value of ECE to a Skeptic

THE CASE FOR EARLY EDUCATION HAS NOT BEEN MADE (& HOW TO CHANGE THAT!) Early educators could be excused for feeling a little frustrated these days. It really shouldn’t be this way, but they still feel like they have to constantly justify the value of early childhood education and cheer for others who do likewise.

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The Importance of Relationships in Early Education

Using Learning Stories to Build Connections Stories celebrate the culture and language each child and family bring to the classroom and embrace each child’s unique abilities. By Judi Garcia-Stevenson We know from years of research on cognition and the brain how learning takes place and which environments best support that learning. Learning depends on relationships.

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Case Study – Cairns TAFE Child Care Connects With Families

Cairns TAFE Community Child Care is a nonprofit community service where family voices matter. Run by a parent management committee, they focus on providing the best care possible with an educational program based on the emergent curriculum. Despite low staff turnover and a strong, supportive community, the centre was facing a challenge that is common

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Time Management & Learning Stories – Hilltop Interview

Follow Up Questions from Hilltop Webinar This week Educa had a chance to sit down with Mike Browne (he/him), Senior Manager of Community Engagement and Naoko Armstrong (she/her), Educator at Hilltop Children’s Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, Washington on the ancestral lands of the Duwamish Tribe. Hilltop is a leader in progressive early childhood

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Adopting Learning Stories in Early Head Start

How Lindsey Shafer Moved Her Team’s Assessment Approach An article written by Judi Stevenson-Garcia   “The stories we tell literally make the world.” -Michael Margolis Lindsey Shafer is a former Early Headstart Site Supervisor and current Coach in Northern California and a SALSA board member. Lindsey recently shared in a webinar how her team is

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Make Beautiful Learning Stories – Online and Print

Educa Announces Story Editor and Print Tools “I don’t use Publisher anymore. The editor and print options are great!” To help make beautiful learning stories even easier to create, Educa has released a significant update to its story editor. And to make Learning Stories worthy on paper of being put on a wall, added to

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Heart-Led Learning Stories Build Partnerships at UC Santa Barbara

  Voices From The Village – Richard Edward Gonzales, Jr. Richard Gonzales is a lead teacher at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Early Childhood Care and Education Services Center. He has been teaching in ECE for five years and recently led a session at the 2nd Annual SALSA Learning Stories Conference entitled “Voices from the

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Your ECE Families Are Online, Are You?

Share Today’s Progress, Today Your families want to have meaningful conversations about their children. And in today’s world of news alerts, push notifications and instant search, to be meaningful, it has to be in real time, as it happens. That opportunity to make it more meaningful by sharing in real time applies to Learning Stories

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Learning Stories – Why I Joined Educa

A Simple, But Brilliant Idea I wish I could help everyone stay connected by putting Educa in the hands of every parent and educator on the planet. When I first came to Educa – almost 2 years ago – I was introduced to it as a “communication tool.” There are so many platforms out there

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Parenting Without Visibility – My Story

A difficult path made more difficult without sharing I remember well when my son was in preschool. He started in the “twos” program twice a week, moved into the “threes” 5 mornings and then of course the “fours” before entering Kindergarten. As a mom for the first time it was such a huge milestone sending

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