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    New Resource: Early Learning Foundations Guidance

    What you need to know about the new Early Learning Foundations Guidance documents.   By now, you probably know Indiana’s Early Learning Foundations by heart. You know how to identify when a little learner is on their way to great communication skills, when reading is just around the corner and when numeracy skills are developing right…

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    Supporting Breastfeeding Families in ECE Settings

      “One of the most highly effective preventative measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant and herself is to breastfeed.”   — The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, 2011   As early childhood education professionals, we play an important role with families and their children. And as new…

    Trending: Screen Time & Kids

    What new research says about children and screen time.   Do a Google search for kids and screen time, and you will find headlines that say everything from “screens are toxic for kids” to “kids can watch Winnie the Pooh all day if they want to.” Most recently, a new study claims there is no…

    Visual Thinking Strategies Help Children Develop Creative Thinking

    Three Key Questions to Help Young Learners See Pictures in a New Light Do you find yourself asking the same kinds of questions with children during reading time? “What did the dog do?” “What color is the car?” “What will she do next?” During observation and reading activities, we can move beyond basic comprehension questions to…

    Building Strong Partnerships between Providers & Families

    For early childhood professionals, family engagement is not just a buzz word. It is a rich and complex series of events that can create better outcomes for children. The research is clear: when providers see families as partners everyone wins. Investing time and taking a serious look at how we support parents and value their strengths…

    Trust: The Magic that Makes Family Engagement Possible

    Twenty years ago, I didn’t know what I was doing was called “family engagement.” Working in a cooperative preschool, I got to spend time with parents and their young children in the classroom in what was, for me at least, an ideal learning environment. Families assisted each day in the classroom. One or two family…

    What is CCR&R? Government at its best.

    In this election season, American voters are once again divided over the role of government. On the one hand, leading Democratic candidates for President are promising major expansions of government. On the other, leading Republican front runners are proposing more limits. These debates tend to center on contentious issues, such as taxation and health care….