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Is This Child On Track?

Want to learn how to use your observation skills to see if a child’s development is on track? Do you need a resource to help train your team on the indicators of healthy child development? On Track by Best Start is designed to help build observation skills. It is not a diagnostic tool, but it helps professionals see if a child is meeting the expected milestones. It can also help children to stay on track even when there are risk factors involved.

Engaging families and building partnerships with parents: How does your program score?

Parents are key to program success. But how do you engage them? How do you help to build family capacity? Engaging Parents, Developing Leaders is a tool for schools and non-profits. You can use it to assess how well your program is doing, and to get ideas on how to improve!

Video: Identifying Feelings

Through a read aloud, Jennifer Hawkins has her students identify and describe the feelings of fictional characters. Jennifer reads the book No David and asks her students to hold up face puppets that show the emotions of the characters in the book.

Ten Tips for Building Resilience in Children

Did you know that resilience is learned? Some of the children you work with may have experienced trauma. Even very young children absorb frightening events, so it’s important to have strategies to help them settle into their new life here in Canada. Here are 10 tips for building resilience. Review these ideas for strategies you can use or share with parents.

Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe — Resources for Child Care

This child care resource is full of important information about; screening and early intervention, infection prevention and control, outbreak management, physical activity, vaccine preventable diseases, infant and child nutrition and more. It also includes helpful charts and lists of action items, as well as handouts to give to parents!

Burnout – Are You at Risk?

Working with immigrant and refugee children and families can be incredibly rewarding, but we shouldn’t ignore the toll it can take on the physical and emotional lives of Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) staff. This toll can lead to burnout - a common side effect for those working in the helping professions. The good news is that it can be prevented if you know what to watch for. Click here for more...

How Can I Improve My Cultural Competence?

To be truly culturally competent, educators need to be engaged in ongoing learning and reflective practices. This newsletter developed for Australia’s  Early Learning Framework, looks at the issue of Understanding Cultural Competence in Early Learning and Care. In it, you’ll find insights and questions to reflect on that will support your work with children from diverse cultural backgrounds.

20 Short Videos Document Dual Language Learning

Teaching at the Beginning is dedicated to educators of young dual language learners. They have developed a series of videos that show language learning in action - from teachers learning the languages of the children, to children creating connections between languages! There's also a 45-page training guide that you can use with the videos as an individual, or with your team for professional development. It includes, questions and suggested reflections that allow you to really expand your thinking and knowledge of second language learning with children!

Helping young children rebound after traumatic experiences

Helping Children Rebound was developed to help early childhood educators support children after the trauma of natural disasters, but the books are full of great information on how infants and toddlers, and preschool children are impacted by traumatic events of all kinds. The books also provide hands-on tips and strategies that you can use to support young children's recovery and development in your program.
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