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When it's hot outside try these cool activities to beat the heat!

Supporting Special Needs in Your Program

Envisioning a preschool environment that meets the needs of all students seems like a challenge, but it’s actually simpler than you may think. Find out more about how to create a program where every child thrives with good communication, a team effort, and some educational tools.

A Guide to Toxic Stress in Childhood

Chances are, you’ve heard or read something about toxic stress—maybe from the media, from a physician or other medical professional, or from a family member, friend, or neighbor. You may feel overwhelmed by all of the toxic stress information out there. And, unfortunately, it’s very easy to find misleading or incorrect information. The Center on the Developing Child created this Guide to Toxic Stress to clear up the confusion and help you learn the facts about toxic stress step by step.

How to Motivate Children: Proven Approaches Based on Science

What’s the best way to motivate children? The intrinsic motivation to learn about the world around us begins in infancy. This type of motivation can either be encouraged or suppressed by the experiences adults provide for children. Psychological research points to a set of promising approaches that we can use to promote positive motivation and learning during development.

Empower Dual Language Learners With Conversations!

All through college and professional development experiences, educators learn what to say to children. But, one of the greatest gifts you can give to young learners, especially DLLs, is to step back and let the children do the talking. Find out what happens when young DLLs have more opportunities to talk, converse, and lead discussions!

Healthy Baby, Healthy Brain: Videos to share with parents

Parents and caregivers play an important role in the healthy development of a baby's brain. This website is full of helpful videos to share with parents to help them understand how they can support their baby's healthy development.

Building Key Relationships in Early Education is Fundamental to Quality Practices

In every relationship, especially in early education settings, the adults must work hard to recognize the uniqueness and cultural context of each individual. This powerful webinar offers insights and strategies to help early childhood educators build and enrich their relationships with the children, parents, and other staff members in their organizations.

Infographic: What is epigenetics and how does it relate to child development?

Epigenetics explains how early experiences can have lifelong impact. Science tells us that environmental influences—including the experiences we provide for children—actually affect the expression of their genes. This means that the old idea of Nature vs. Nurture is no longer a debate. It's nearly always both! To understand more about epigenetics and how it affects child development and long-term health outcomes, check out this new infographic.

Video: How Does Positive Guidance Work?

Are you still using 'time out' in your program and struggling with challenging behaviour? If so, watch this quick video that explains alternative positive guidance strategies, why and how they really work!

Sensory Clay Nature Ornaments

Children love these simple clay nature ornaments... the white ‘clay’ dough takes less than 5 minutes to make, and the ingredients are probably already in your cupboard, so setup is easy too!