Children encounter many types of media in everyday life. Many caregivers have questions about media use and young children. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines about the impact of media upon young minds. Zero to Three also has some new resources to help families make sense of the recommendations. We also encourage you to check out our FAQ about young children and screen time for some key talking points that can help with decision-making about screen use with young children.
The Monarch Award is the Illinois K–3 Readers’ Choice Award, and the selection is chosen by Illinois school children. This year’s winner is Breaking News Bear Alert by David Biedrzycki. It’s a story about two bears that awaken from hibernation and go to town while mistaking the townspeople’s terror for friendliness.
In her latest blog, Dr. Rebecca Swartz stresses the importance of reading together with young children as well as talking about what you read to help build cognitive, social, and emotional skills. She also provides a number of ideas on how caregivers can build on story time, such as acting out stories, creating puppets, using storyboards, drawing pictures, singing songs, and telling stories about you and your child.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a video can sometimes be even better. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has introduced Milestones in Action. The resources on this website provide photo and video examples of important developmental milestones. These downloadable resources can be shared with parents, caregivers, and educators about early child development.
The Office of Child Care published new rules to provide direction to states on implementation of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Block Grant Funds. These new rules are the first update to the CCDF program rules in 18 years and aim to help states make decisions that maximize the impact of high-quality care on young children’s development and learning.
Children, families, and communities benefit when all children receive a strong start. High-quality early learning opportunities are a key to ensuring a healthy start. Over the past months, several new reports have been published that describe the challenges various groups of children have in accessing high-quality early education opportunities. Recent policy briefs include topics such as meeting the needs of young children experiencing or at-risk for homelessness, experiencing behavioral challenges that result in suspension or expulsion, and meeting the needs of young children with disabilities.
An appropriate curriculum for young children focuses on supporting their in-born intellectual dispositions, for example, the disposition to make the best sense they can of their own experience and their own environment.
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