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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…

    Family Engagement Is Essential. Are You Doing It?

    Families Are Children’s First Teachers.   From day one, children learn from their families: what they do and how they interact with their them. A young child will learn from their family how to have conversations, make eye contact, play and so much more. Families also learn a lot from their little ones: as they…

    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…

    Nonfiction Books – Just the Facts But Not Just for Older Kids

    Add Some True Stories & Fun Facts to storyTime   Storytime is a great time for classroom bonding and fun. At bedtime, before naps, during wake-up… books help create calm, connected routines. Books also give us great chances to help little ones learn. A lot of the time, our choices may involve silly characters or…

    Facebook Live Q&A To Support Providers On CCDF Updates

    Join Us on Facebook to Explore Family-Friendly CCDF Changes   We’re hosting our first statewide Facebook Live session! Join us September 19 to find out how Indiana’s early childhood system is becoming more family-friendly. On October 1, 2018, Indiana will make a number of changes to the CCDF program. These updates are the result of…

    Building Brighter Futures – For Children, Families & Indiana

    New Resource for Families — and for Providers, Too! Beginning today, Hoosier families have a new resource to shed light on high-quality care and fun family ideas that boost brain growth — Brighter Futures Indiana. Our goal is simple: We support Indiana families as they nurture their children, at home and while in care. While…

    There’s an App for That: Tech Tools to Share with Families

    Three Great Tools Help Families Thrive Today’s tech-focused world offers both challenges and opportunities to engage and share information with families. Well, we have some good news – there is an app (or a few apps) for that! Whether a family is looking for information about child development, expecting a new member of the family,…

    Being Brave in Family Engagement – In English or Beyond

    Build strong connection with families without English fluency to activate and support child learning! Chances are that you have clicked on this blog because you liked the title. Who doesn’t want to be a little braver? You might be thinking to yourself, “What does being brave have to do with family engagement?” The answer to…

    Mud Kitchens: Science, outdoor time and lots of imagination!

    Embrace spring’s rainy days by exploring the magic of mud.  Spring is here! April brings a mix of sunshine, rain and a little extra mud. And that mud is a great chance to explore science. One of our – and children’s – favorite outdoor activities is “cooking,” “stirring” and “baking” in a mud kitchen. A…

    On My Way Pre-K

    On My Way Pre-K Applications Available in 10 New Pilot Counties

    New On My Way Pre-K Pilot Counties – Family applications available today! In June 2017, Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced that 15 additional Indiana counties are now eligible to participate in On My Way Pre-K. Ten of those counties have agreed to pilot a half-year program…