The early childhood field has been giving great attention to the amazing period from birth to age 3 when infants and toddlers are learning and growing rapidly. A new report, funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation of the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, describes the elements that combine to make quality learning environments and curricula for the youngest learners. The report describes the importance of individualization and supportive relationships with caregivers as key components of high-quality early learning experiences for infants and toddlers.
With summer approaching, many schools and organizations are thinking of ways to encourage families to help children maintain their school year growth in reading during the summer. The National Center on Literacy Improvement has many resources for families and professionals that provide effective strategies and ideas for engaging children in early reading activities. Encourage families to join with their local library summer reading programs throughout Illinois to prevent a summer slide in reading development. Reading Rockets also has many resources to help families engage in summer reading.
You may have heard about the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC’s) Power to the Profession initiative, which is designed to result in a unified framework to define the early childhood education profession. Power to the Profession is a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation. All early childhood professionals are invited to share their voices and ideas through this initiative. NAEYC also is providing updates about the workgroup’s progress.
In her latest blog, Dr. Rebecca Swartz talks about how caregivers can be “emotion coaches” for young children. She explains why it is important for children to learn about appropriate ways to express their feelings and how caregivers can help them learn these important skills during everyday interactions and play.
Intellectual goals and their related activities … address the life of the mind in its fullest sense, including a range of aesthetic and moral sensibilities. The formal definition of the concept of intellectual emphasizes reasoning, hypothesizing, predicting, the quest for understanding and conjecturing, as well as the development and analysis of ideas.
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