Preschool Activities that Explore Emotions

Socio-emotional development in the preschool years strengthens independence, self-regulation, and cooperation. These are valuable skills to ease their transition into school and build a foundation for success later in life. Here are some activities to include in your programming to help children explore their emotions.

Talking to Children About Racism

Parents and educators often wonder how to have simple, developmentally-appropriate conversations on race awareness, racism, racial discrimination, and racial violence with young children. This resource provides a bit of guidance on how to engage in ongoing conversations can grow with the children in both depth and sophistication - so they know how to process, respond, and act out of empathy, kindness, and love.

Creating Culturally Relevant Classroom Environments

Part of our ongoing diligence in creating culturally relevant CNC spaces is to ask ourselves, "Do the children and families share and shape this educational space with me?".  And this new blog series is designed to help! 

WEBINAR: The Honeycomb Hypothesis: A Fresh Perspective on how Infants, Toddlers, and Two’s Learn

Earth Day

Our planet is an amazing place, but it needs our help to thrive! That’s why each year on April 22, more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day to raise awareness. Even small children can learn a little bit about the history of Earth Day, take part in activities like picking up litter and planting trees to help make our world a happier, healthier place to live. Here are 21 fun earth day activities you might want to try in your program this month!

The Monster Dash: A Digital Story About Resilience and Flexibility

With a positive outlook, some flexibility, and a little help from grown-ups, children can learn to bounce back from challenges. This digital storybook is about one of many ways to build resilience: reframing. Read it together with children to help strengthen their growing bodies and minds!

Affirmation and Celebration: New Report Offers Recommendations for Supporting Multilingual Preschool-Age Children During the Pandemic

Affirming and celebrating all language practices supports children’s identity, and social and emotional well-being, as well as fosters their learning and development. That’s the top message from a new issue brief that focuses on how caregivers can help multilingual preschool-age children cope with stresses and trauma of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. It also describes the language development of multilingual children and how to nurture them through daily conversations and other interactions.

Cultural Competence Self-assessment Checklist

Developed by Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society, this cultural competence self-assessment tool provides an opportunity to explore your cultural competence, reflect on your skills, knowledge, and self-awareness, and think about ways to improve your interactions with others.

Preschool All About Me Activities

Preschoolers love to talk about is themselves! In fact, it's developmentally appropriate for them to be egocentric and find it challenging to take on a perspective that isn’t their own. It’s such an important phase in their development, so it's important to nurture socio-emotional skills such as self-esteem and identity formation so that children grow into kind and confident adults. Here are some great activity ideas to help!

New Developmental Milestones

Did you know that the CDC has developed new developmental milestones and tips for parents? This insightful article explains why the CDC made these changes. It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the new milestones - especially for the age group that you work with - so that you can incorporate appropriate developmental goals into your programming, and share up-to-date information and resources with parents.