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HiMama Helps Webinar: Anxiety & Early Learning During COVID-19

Join experts to talk about the reality of teaching early education during a global pandemic. In this webinar, participants will discuss different models of early learning, how to identify anxiety in young children, and well as strategies to support families with young children with special needs.


Playful Learning Spaces for Babies and Toddlers

Creating engaging, welcoming and playful learning spaces for babies and toddlers is just as important as setting up environments for older children. Yet it can be challenging to find the right balance between offering an environment that is developmentally appropriate while still allowing for both security and basic caregiving needs to be met alongside the freedom of exploration as they challenge and extend upon new skills.


WEBINAR: Engage Staff and Families about COVID-19 Protocols Using Media Literacy

As we adjust to the new realities of providing child care in the midst of a pandemic, staff and families may question choices and strategies based on things they’ve heard or seen on television or social media. Even administrators might be confused about conflicting messages! This webinar is presented by an early childhood media literacy expert who offers strategies for using media literacy skills to address concerns and improve understanding.


The importance of hand washing for kids

Proper hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. Do you know how to teach proper hand washing?


Anti-bias Early Childhood Education

Anti-bias education work in early childhood is shaped by a deep-seated belief in the importance of justice, the dream of each child being able to achieve all he or she is capable of, and the knowledge that we can make a difference. Here is a list of anti-bias articles and e-books to help you make connections, learn new strategies and become a leader in your program.


Looking for new ideas for physical activity?

Active for Life has compiled a great list of physical activity ideas for you to try – and they’ve made it easy for you to search for an activity to support a specific age group or skill!


Understanding Children’s Emotions in Extraordinary Times

In this video, Dr. Jean Clinton, a psychiatrist and advocate for children's mental health, speaks with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE) to share her expertise in dealing with children's emotions in this extraordinary time. She also talks about ideas, resources and tips to help ease the challenging transition back to on-site work as the pandemic unfolds.


How to set up engaging CNC spaces

You don’t need a big budget or endless imagination and creativity to set up an engaging and playful indoor learning space – just some out of the box thinking, a little inspiration, regular reflection and most importantly, ongoing conversations with the children so you can hear their thoughts, suggestions and opinions and in the process encourage ownership and pride in their space!

15 Tips for Creating & Setting Up Invitations to Play

Setting up invitations to play (which of course leads to learning) can be a simple way to ‘prompt’ children to play in different ways with different materials. It can offer children the opportunity to direct their own play, follow their interests, learn more about the world around them, express themselves creatively and use their imagination to extend upon the initial invitation.

Safe & Unsafe Toys for CNC During COVID-19

While planning for CNC reopening, it’s important to think about what the children can and cannot play with. Since early childhood education is based on hands-on play, you want to find ways to stay true to that philosophy but in a safe way. Here is a list of appropriate toys for use and inappropriate toys for use according to safety and health guidelines.