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Partnering With Parents in At-Home Early Learning

Maintaining Learning Momentum At Home and Center For parents of preschool and younger children, 2020 has been a stressful year. They had trusted that their children’s developmental needs were in good hands, met by capable educators at their child’s early learning … Read More

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Neuro-Nurturing: Deborah McNelis on Child Brain Development

Deborah McNelis is an award winning author of Naturally Developing Young Brains and the Neuro-Nurturing Interaction Series and founder of Brain Insights. She has devoted her life to helping adults make a positive impact on children’s development.  This a review of … Read More

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My Hopes For ECE Post-COVID – Musings from New York

Teacher-Family Collaboration, The New Normal? I work for Educa, a company that encourages best practices in the early education sector. Educa is out of New Zealand where it’s commonplace to not only self reflect, observe and grow as individuals but … Read More

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Positive Responses to Children’s Behavior: Guidance Approach in ECE

“We cannot punish a child for making mistakes. To do so would be to punish them for being children.” -Jayne Mallin Recently Educa hosted a webinar entitled Positive Responses to Children’s Behavior – an outline of Guidance Approach in early childhood … Read More

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ECE Documentation Your Teachers & Families Will Love!

Make it about the child, using learning stories Assessments can be time-consuming with unclear benefits. Or they can be life-affirming and precious for teachers, families and children.  Many early educators around are not fond of documentation, defined here as assessments … Read More

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Why Child Care is NOT a Substitute for Motherhood

Or How Does Early Education Get Some Respect?! In her recent article for the New York Times, Why the U.S. Has Long Resisted Universal Child Care, Claire Cain Miller discusses motherhood and professional child care as if they are equivalent. … Read More

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Learning Stories as Authentic Assessment

The case for using stories to document a child’s learning journey Learning stories are documentation “for,” not documentation “of.” Dr. Annie White Traditional assessment is documentation “of” — reflections on a child in checkpoint format. By contrast, learning stories are … Read More

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Is Food Play OK in Early Learning Services?

The Fight Over Food Play “Mei did not understand why the children were playing with rice. At home, her mom cooks rice for meals. She refused to play with these children because they were playing with rice. She knew that … Read More

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Teaching as Inquiry in ECE – What, Why and How To

Benefits, Method and Tips – Jane Warnock Explains “Teaching as Inquiry ultimately benefits self and puts you in the forefront in ‘what you do’ that benefits the children. It should be part of your day, not an addition to what … Read More

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