The State of America’s Children 2021: Gun Violence

Gun violence was the leading cause of death for all children and teens ages 1-19 in 2018, surpassing motor vehicle
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Children's Defense Fund
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Supporting Children Who Experience Community Violence

Resources to Help Children in the Wake of a School Shooting

As adults struggle with their own reactions to school shootings, young eyes and ears are watching and listening.  This is
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ChildTrends
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Supporting Children Who Experience Community Violence

Guns in the Home

This article explains the serious risks of having a gun in the home including accidental shootings, suicide, and homicide.  The
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Healthy Children
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Supporting Children Who Experience Community Violence

Community Violence Can Lead to Child Trauma

Whether at home, in school, in your neighborhood or even across the nation, community violence can cause trauma for children.
Source:
Illinois Child Trauma Coalition
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Supporting Children Who Experience Community Violence

Community Violence

Community violence is exposure to intentional acts of interpersonal violence committed in public areas by individuals who are not intimately
Source:
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
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Supporting Children Who Experience Community Violence

Being a Helper: Supporting Children to Feel Safe and Secure after Disasters

This Teaching Young Children article explains how disasters affect children’s well-being, how children may react to traumatic events, and how
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Supporting Children Who Experience Community Violence

Early Intervention Training Program Resources

Introduction to Early Intervention (Video)Natural Partners in Natural Environments (Video)Natural Partners in Natural Environments: Child Care and Early Intervention. A
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Early Intervention Training Program (EITP)
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Collaborative Care: Teaming to Support Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities

Zero to Three

Since 1977, ZERO TO THREE has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood
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National Organizations

Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN)

The Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) was founded in 1983, originally under the name of the Waldorf
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National Organizations

U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education (ED)’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational
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National Organizations

The Pyramid Model Consortium

The Pyramid Model is a positive behavioral intervention and support (PBIS) framework that uses systems-thinking and implementation science to promote
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National Organizations

The Project Approach

The Project Approach, a specific kind of project-based learning, brings a number of advantages to any classroom and represents best
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National Organizations

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities
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Office of Early Childhood Development

The Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) acts as a catalyst to create a collective impact and support the early
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National Organizations

Office of Child Care

The Office of Child Care (OCC) supports low-income working families by providing access to affordable, high-quality early care and after
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National Organizations

North American Reggio Emilia Alliance

The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) exists to connect early childhood educators and advocates together in discovering, interpreting, and
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National Organizations

National Head Start Association

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances
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National Organizations

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality
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National Organizations

Military Families Learning Network (MFLN)

MFLN connects military family service providers and Cooperative Extension through online professional development. America’s military families have unique needs. To
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National Organizations

Kids Health

Nemours Children's Health is committed to transforming the health of children by going beyond medicine to improve the health of
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Healthy Children.org

HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting website backed by 67​,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social
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Educare

Educare believes everyone deserves a fair chance to achieve their dreams, and it starts by leveling the playing field from
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National Organizations

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)

The ECTA Center supports state Part C and Section 619 programs in developing high-quality early intervention and preschool special education
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National Organizations

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC)

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development
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National Organizations

Council for Professional Recognition

The Council for Professional Recognition is a leader in the credentialing of early childhood educators worldwide. Candidates who earn the
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National Organizations

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development
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National Organizations

Centers on Disease Control (CDC)

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases
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National Organizations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 218,000 members and affiliates who are
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National Organizations

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

The American Physical Therapy Association is an individual membership professional organization representing 100,000 member physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and
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National Organizations

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of
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National Organizations

American Montessori Society (AMS)

The American Montessori Society is a hub for all things Montessori: an information center for its members, the media, and
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National Organizations

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health
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National Organizations

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services.  ACF promotes
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National Organizations

Young Learner Resources

The Toolkit is a collection of resources that supports the practical implementation of the ideas for supporting young learners and
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Teaching Refugees with Limited Formal Schooling
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Refugee Families

Welcoming Refugee Children into Early Childhood Classrooms

This Young Children article provides early childhood educators with strategies to support refugee children and their families in their classrooms
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Refugee Families

Supporting Young Children Experiencing Separation and Trauma: Resources for Adults Who Care for Them

Young children and their families can be tremendously affected by trauma, with significant implications for well-being well into the future.

Social and Emotional Support for Refugee Families: A School Psychology Perspective

Learn more from Dr. Robyn Hess (University of Northern Colorado) about the importance of strengths-based approaches in working with refugees,

Refugee and Immigrant Services

This website describes and provides links for many Illinois programs for refugee families including the Illinois Welcoming Center (IWC), the
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Illinois Department of Human Services
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Refugee Families

Raising Young Children in a New Country: Early Learning and Healthy Development Handbook

This handbook and associated tip sheets provide families with information on six themes: family well-being, health and safety, healthy brain

Partnering with Newcomer Families

This article provides educators strategies for working across language and cultural differences to make families feel at home in new
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Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Refugee Families

Mitigating the Effects of Trauma among Young Children of Immigrants and Refugees: The Role of Early Childhood Programs

This issue brief provides an overview of the experiences of young children of immigrant and refugee families in the U.S.
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Migration Policy Institute
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Refugee Families

How to Support Refugee Students in your School Community

Learn how educators of refugees can support students' social-emotional health, academic instruction, and acclimation to a new life in the
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Colorin Colorado
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Refugee Families

Helping Refugee Students Feel Safe

Creating an environment of safety and security is crucial for inclusion of refugee students in the classroom. This article focuses
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Edutopia
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Refugee Families

Guidance on Working with Refugee Children Struggling with Stress and Trauma

This resource explains to teachers what experiences cause stress or trauma in refugee children, what symptoms a child might display,
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United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), The UN Refugee Agency
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Refugee Families

Fact Sheet: U.S. Refugee Resettlement

This resource explains who a refugee is, where refugees come from, how long it takes to screen and vet a
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National Immigration Forum
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Refugee Families

Cultural Backgrounders on Various Refugee and Cultural Groups New to the United States

This series of resources provide general cultural information on various refugee and cultural groups new to the United States. It

Why Act Early If You’re Concerned about Development?

Act early on developmental concerns to make a real difference for a child and family. This resource suggests steps parents
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Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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¿Por qué debe reaccionar pronto?
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Child Development

Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns

Early care and education providers play a critical role in the health and well-being of children and are well positioned
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Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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¡Mírame! Celebremos los indicadores del desarrollo y compartamos las inquietudes
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Child Development

Milestone Tracker App

Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists, get tips
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Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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La aplicación Sigamos el Desarrollo
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Child Development

Milestones In Action

This resource provides parents and teachers with a free library of photos and videos of developmental milestones for children ages
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Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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Indicadores en acción
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Child Development

How to Talk to the Doctor about Developmental Concerns

This resource offers tips to help parents talk with their child’s doctor’s office and evaluation centers about concerns with their
Source:
Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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Qué decir…
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Child Development

Early Intervention Locator

This early intervention office locator allows you to search by your Illinois county to find your local Child and Family
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Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)
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Child Development

Developmental Milestones

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones.
Source:
Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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Indicadores del Desarrollo
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Child Development

Many Faces of Autism Course

This introductory online module presents information about unique characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including social-communication, restricted interests and patterns
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OCALI Autism Certification Center
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What Is Autism?

Learn the Signs

Regular screening for developmental milestones is advised during well child visits. This article lists “red flags” that may suggest an
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The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP)
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What Is Autism?

Family-to-Family Health Information Center

The Arc of Illinois Family-to-Family Health Information Center works with families and professionals to assist with questions and concerns related
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The Arc Illinois
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Centro de información de salud de familia a familia
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What Is Autism?

Data & Statistics on Autism Spectrum Disorder

This resource lists the prevalence of ASD in children living in the U.S. from 2000-2016 and provides autism data resources.
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Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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What Is Autism?

CDC’s Milestone Tracker App

From birth to age 5, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and
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Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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La aplicación Sigamos el Desarrollo
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What Is Autism?

CDC’s Developmental Milestones

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones.
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Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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Indicadores del Desarrollo
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What Is Autism?

Autism Treatment and Therapy

Research shows that early diagnosis and appropriate evidence-based autism interventions offer a child diagnosed on the autism spectrum the best
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The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP)
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What Is Autism?

Indicators of High-Quality Inclusion

These four sets of indicators were designed by a group of national partners to support state leaders, local administrators, and
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ECTA Center
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Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Child Care

How to Talk With Parents about their Child’s Development: Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns

Early care and education providers play a critical role in the health and wellbeing of children and are well positioned
Source:
Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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¡Mírame! Celebremos los indicadores del desarrollo y compartamos las inquietudes
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Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Child Care

High-Quality Preschool Inclusion: A Few Basics to Help Get You Started

This article, geared towards early childhood program leaders, answers 13 frequently asked questions about preschool inclusion from the benefits of
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Brookes Publishing
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Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Child Care

Foundations of Inclusion

This free online course introduces the basics of inclusion and the rights and supports for children and teachers in early
Source:
Connect Modules & Division for Early Childhood
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Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Child Care

What is Inclusive Child Care?

This article explains how child care can be an ideal setting for children with and without disabilities and delays. The
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Extension Alliance for Better Child Care
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Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Child Care

Understanding Inclusion

The Understanding Inclusion series contains six online modules that explore key ideas about inclusion in early childhood. The series covers
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Early Choices
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Modulos “Comprender la inclusion”
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Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Child Care

STAR NET

Illinois STAR NET provides a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of
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STAR NET
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Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Child Care

Special Quest Preschool Inclusion Series

The Preschool Inclusion Series of the SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library focuses on several aspects of including preschool-age children who have
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Head Start ECLKC
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Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Child Care

The Pyramid Model for Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children

The Pyramid Model is a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s healthy social and emotional development. The
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National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI)
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Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Child Care

The Power of Inclusion: What to Expect When your Preschooler Attends an Inclusive Preschool Program

This article explains to families what inclusive preschool programs look like for young children with and without disabilities. The article
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Child Care

Indicators of High-Quality Inclusion

These four sets of indicators were designed by a group of national partners to support state leaders, local administrators, and
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ECTA Center
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61978

How to Talk with Parents about their Child’s Development: Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns

Early care and education providers play a critical role in the health and wellbeing of children and are well positioned
Source:
Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
Sp Title:
¡Mírame! Celebremos los indicadores del desarrollo y compartamos las inquietudes
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61978

High-Quality Preschool Inclusion: A Few Basics to Help You Get Started

This article, geared towards early childhood program leaders, answers 13 frequently asked questions about preschool inclusion from the benefits of

Foundations of Inclusion

This free online course introduces the basics of inclusion and the rights and supports for children and teachers in early
Source:
Connect Modules & Division for Early Childhood
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61978

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Early childhood special education services for children, three through five years of age and their families in Illinois, are provided
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Illinois State Board of Education
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Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Child Care

Early Childhood Inclusion Position Paper

This position statement defines inclusion for young children, delves into the three defining features of inclusion: access, participation, and supports;
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Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Child Care

Disability Guides

These guides provide an overview of specific developmental disabilities, along with tips for early childhood educators as they set out
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Head Start Center for Inclusion
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Early Childhood Special Education and Inclusive Child Care

Notice of Procedural Safeguards For Parents/Guardians Of Students With Disabilities (November 2018)

This document is an overview of the procedural safeguards provided to parents/guardians of students with disabilities in the public school
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Illinois State Board of Education
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Special Education Assessment for Preschool-Aged Children: Referral and Getting Started

Resources for Educators

Uniting Pride was founded in 2009 as an organization to advocate for the equality, wellness, advocacy, and visibility of the

Practical Guidance for Teachers: Supporting the Families of Gender Nonconforming Children

Early childhood educators may be interested in practical guidance on engaging with families who are concerned about their child’s gender
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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LGBTQ+ for Educators

LGBTQ+, Pride, and Allyship: Early Childhood

This resource provides a beginning understanding of the LGBTQ+ community, while also providing information on how to promote acceptance. The

Focus on Ethics: Gender Expression and Identity

This Young Children article presents a case of a child, assigned male at birth, who chooses activities that are stereotypically
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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LGBTQ+ for Educators

Creating a Welcoming Early Childhood Program for LGBT-Headed Families

Explore this collection of resources to learn ways to enhance relationships with parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or

Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education Position Statement

This position statement asserts that all children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that help them achieve their full

Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns

As an early care and education provider, you play a critical role in the health and wellbeing of children. You
Source:
Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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¡Mírame! Celebremos los indicadores del desarrollo y compartamos las inquietudes
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FREE Professional Development Online for Early Childhood Educators

7 Classic Children’s Books That Teach Kids Mindfulness

Along with newer children’s books about mindfulness, many beloved picture books also offer mindful messages about kindness, friendship, and contemplating
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Mindful.org
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Mindfulness for Educators

Rocking and Rolling. Being Present: Mindfulness in Infant and Toddler Settings

Children benefit from teachers who are mindfully present—consciously attending and responding to their needs. This Young Children article offers some
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Mindfulness for Educators

Preventing Compassion Fatigue: Caring for Yourself

This article explains how compounding professional stress and trauma, as an educator, can be addressed with self-care, including practicing mindfulness
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Mindfulness for Educators

Getting Started with Mindfulness: A Toolkit for Early Childhood Organizations

In this toolkit, learn more about the case for implementing mindfulness techniques into your daily work and organizational culture, try

Being Mindful in a Busy World

This handout explains mindfulness, explores the benefits of mindfulness practice, and gives some techniques and scripts to practice mindfulness.
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Illinois Extension
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Mindfulness for Educators

Being Mindful

It seems like everyone is talking about mindfulness lately, but what does it mean to be mindful? This article gives
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Illinois Early Intervention Training Program
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Mindfulness for Educators

10 Effective DAP Teaching Strategies

An effective early childhood educator chooses a strategy to fit a particular situation. This infographic shows 10 strategies to support
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Educators

News You Can Use: Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) is a term often used when talking about young children, but what does it really mean?
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Head Start ECLKC
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Educators

Principles of Child Development and Learning and Implications that Inform Practice

NAEYC’s guidelines and recommendations for developmentally appropriate practice are based on nine principles outlined in this part of the Developmentally
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Educators

History and Context of Developmentally Appropriate Practice

This appendix to the Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Position Statement explains the history and context of DAP from the mid-1980s
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Educators

Helping Others Understand Academic Rigor in Teachers’ Developmentally Appropriate Practices

This Young Children article shows how early childhood teachers can use developmentally appropriate practice in their classrooms, as well as
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Educators

Guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Action: Using Knowledge of Child Development and Learning in Context

Based on the principles of child development, the following guidelines address decisions that early childhood professionals make in six key
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Educators

Exploring Developmentally Appropriate Practice

This article, geared towards early childhood educators, explains how Developmentally Appropriate Practice is rooted in child development and can be
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PennState Extension
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Educators

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Position Statement

Each and every child, birth through age 8, has the right to equitable learning opportunities—in centers, family child care homes,
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Prácticas Apropiadas al Desarrollo
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Educators

Core Considerations to Inform Decision-Making

Developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) requires early childhood educators to seek out and gain knowledge and understanding using three core considerations:
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Educators

Empowering ELL Parents & Families at Home

All parents can be helpful in their children's literacy development, regardless of their language, education, or literacy level. Parents who
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Colorin Colorado
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Recursos para que los padres usen en el hogar
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Welcoming Latino Children and Families to Preschool Programs

Your Child’s Vaccine Visit

When the time comes for your child to get his or her vaccines, here are some useful tips about what
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Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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La visita de vacunación de sus hijos
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Immunizations: What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know

Photographs and Learning Progressions: Supports for Intentional Assessment and Instruction in Mathematics

This article explains how photographing children's work can be a powerful addition to portfolios and assessments in the early childhood
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Gathering Work Samples in Pre-K

The Power of Portfolios

Observation insights, along with samples of children's work, can be used to create valuable portfolios. This article shows how portfolio
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Scholastic
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Gathering Work Samples in Pre-K

Transitioning to Kindergarten

Starting school can be scary and exciting for both you and your child. This article lists some ideas of things
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Ready or Not Kindergarten, Here We Come!

NAEYC offers some tips beyond the basics of letter and number recognition or reading skills, to help you prepare your
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Saying Goodbye to Preschool and Hello to Kindergarten

NAEYC offers some tips to guide your child through the move from preschool to kindergarten.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Rocking and Rolling: Caring for the Mental Health of Infants and Toddlers

This Young Children article highlights the ways early childhood educators can support mental health in infants and toddlers.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Young Children’s Mental Health

Highlights for Teaching Children Who Are Dual Language Learners (DLLs)

This resource highlights strategies discussed in the Head Start Science Teacher's Guide that teaching teams may use to help children
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Head Start ECLKC
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Welcoming Latino Children and Families to Preschool Programs

What Parents Have to Teach Us About Their Dual Language Children

This article encourages teachers to ask the "experts": parents and families, about home language, language development, reading at home, and
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Welcoming Latino Children and Families to Preschool Programs

What Do We Really Know About Kids and Screens?

This articles reviews the research on kids and screens and gives recommendations for healthy screen use with children.
Source:
American Psychological Association (APA)
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Screens and Young Children

Screen-Time Recommendations for Children Under Six

This article informs parents about recommendations on screen time for young children and provides tips on using media to support
Source:
Zero to Three
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Screens and Young Children

Tips on Handling Tantrums

This article gives parents strategies to address or discourage tantrums in young children.
Source:
University of Illinois Extension
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Toddlers and Tantrums

Toddlers and Challenging Behavior: Why They Do It and How to Respond

This article focuses on how adults can help toddlers handle strong feelings, by practicing self-control and letting toddlers make choices.

Implementing the Project Approach in an Inclusive Classroom: A Teacher’s First Attempt With Project-Based Learning

This article shows how documentation and the Project Approach can be a part of an inclusive preschool classroom.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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The Project Approach: Display and Documentation Techniques

Reflections on the Relationship Between Documentation and Assessment in the American Context: An Interview with Brenda Fyfe

This Q and A focuses on how documentation is used in American early childhood centers, and how it can differ
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Reggio Alliance
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The Project Approach: Display and Documentation Techniques

The Power of Documentation in the Early Childhood Classroom

This article explains the purpose of documentation and how the different stages of documentation support the learning and understanding of
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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The Project Approach: Display and Documentation Techniques

Dual Language Learners’ Literacy and Language Development Through Pre-K

This article describes what types of activities and environments best support the literacy and language development of young dual language
Source:
New America
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Supporting the Literacy Development of Diverse Language Learners in Early Childhood Classrooms

Supporting Language: Culturally Rich Dramatic Play

This articles shows educators how to use dramatic play to support the language and culture of the children in the
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Supporting the Literacy Development of Diverse Language Learners in Early Childhood Classrooms

Many Languages, One Classroom: Supporting Children in Superdiverse Settings

This article gives educators strategies to support dual language learners language development through family engagement, environmental supports, and dual-language models.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Supporting the Literacy Development of Diverse Language Learners in Early Childhood Classrooms and Refugee Families

Protecting Children from Domestic Violence

This article defines domestic violence, lists signs of childhood trauma, and includes a plan for safety.
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Illinois DCFS
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Supporting Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Trauma and Stress

Parents and caregivers play a very important role in helping infants and toddlers heal from traumatic experiences. This resource lists
Source:
Zero to Three
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Supporting Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Promoting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Health

This resource describes why social and emotional health matters, shows how to build trusting relationships and teach social/emotional skills to
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Supporting Children's Social Development: Strategies for Parents and Caregivers

Language and Communication

Even before their first words they will develop their own unique ways of communicating with you. Learn more about how
Source:
Zero to Three
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Speech Development and Delays

Raising Siblings who Stick Together

This blog describes how having siblings shapes us and what you can do to build strong sibling bonds.
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Zero to Three
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Sibling Relationships

How to Get Your Child to Accept “No” as an Answer

This video gives parents strategies in how to clearly say "no" to a child and how to have them hear
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Understood.org
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Saying ‘No’ to Your Child

Making Physical Activity a Part of a Child’s Life

This resource explains to parents how to get - and keep their child active, and how to meet the recommended
Source:
Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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Preschoolers' Nutrition and Fitness

Phonological Awareness is Child’s Play

This Young Children's article focuses on how early childhood educators can teach phonological awareness and other early literacy skills to
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Phonological Awareness in Young Children

The Benefits of Music Education

This blog for parents illustrates the benefits of music education for young children.
Source:
PBS
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Music for Preschool Children

Why Making Music Matters: Music and Early Childhood Development

This Carnegie Hall resource is a summary of a research paper by Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, showing how music can

Early Childhood Music Education: Position Statement

The National Association for Music Education asserts that preschoolers, and even much younger children, are ready to engage with and
Source:
National Association for Music Education
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Early Intervention to Early Childhood Transition: Frequently Asked Questions

In this Q&A, ISBE answers some common questions about the transition from EI to Early Childhood.
Source:
Illinois State Board of Education
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Moving from Early Intervention to PreK: What Parents and Caregivers Want to Know

Preparing for Transition from Early Intervention to an Individualized Education Program

This parent-friendly resource focuses on what to expect at a transition meeting and how to prepare your family and child
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PACER Center
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Moving from Early Intervention to PreK: What Parents and Caregivers Want to Know

Supporting Young Children’s Social Development

In this video, Dr. Lilian Katz discusses ways of defining social competence in the early years, provides an overview of
Source:
STARNET: Early Childhood
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Supporting Young Children's Friendships

Understanding Young Children’s Behavior

This article aims to provide an understanding that all behavior is a form of communication that has meaning and every

Tips for Responding to Challenging Behavior in Young Children

This provides a link to download a document that outlines 11 tips for responding to challenging behavior in young children.
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Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Tantrums, Tears, and Tempers: Behavior Is Communication

This article provides information on how to understand children's challenging behavior and promote positive behaviors.
Source:
Pacer Center
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Pyramid Model Overview

This page provides information on the Pyramid Model which builds upon a tiered public health approach to providing universal supports
Source:
NCPMI
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Managing Problem Behavior at Home

This article provides information regarding behavior and how to help manage children's behavior at home.
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Child Mind Institute
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Cómo manejar los comportamientos problemáticos en el hogar
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Culturally Responsive Strategies to Support Young Children with Challenging Behavior

This provides information for educators to help support young children with challenging behaviors. Links to resources are included.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Classroom Visuals & Supports

This is a library of visual supports for teachers to use with children in the classroom to be downloaded and
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Head Start
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Elementos visuales y de apoyo para la clase
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Changing the Labels

This article provides information to help rethink the words we use to describe kids and how it can go a
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Sesame Street in Communities
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Nombres positivos
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit

The Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit will provides strategies and resources to address challenging behaviors and help provide support during difficult
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Autism Speaks
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Manual de conductas desafiante
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Challenging Behaviors

This is a 5-minute video about how to respond to challenging behaviors like crying, aggression and defiance, and how to
Source:
Zero to Three
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Challenging Behavior in Young Children

This is information on a resource available through the IL Early Intervention Clearinghouse. This book presents in-depth background information and
Source:
Pearson Education
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Building Environments That Encourage Positive Behavior: The Preschool Behavior Support Self-Assessment

This provides information for educators to help build an environment to encourage positive behavior. Samples documents are included.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional-2 (ASQ: SE-2) Parent Activity Sheets

This provides a link to download fun and easy ASQ:SE-2 parent activities to help support children’s social-emotional development.
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Brookes Publishing
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ASQ:SE-2 actividades de los padres
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Promising Practices to Support Friendships in Inclusive Classrooms

The promise of inclusion is that children with disabilities will actually learn alongside, play with, and be friends with children
Source:
Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota
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Supporting Young Children's Friendships

Supporting Young Children’s Social Development

In this video, Dr. Lilian Katz discusses ways of defining social competence in the early years, provides an overview of

Supporting Young Children’s Friendships

This article offers adults in early childhood programs suggestions on how to structure the learning environment and daily routine, and
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High Scope
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Supporting Young Children's Friendships

Making Friends: Preschoolers and Social Development

This parent handout answers questions parents may have about preschoolers and the development of friendships.
Source:
American Academy of Pediatrics
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Supporting Young Children's Friendships

How Can My Child Learn to Play Well with Others When No One’s Playing at All?

Children learn social skills by interacting with peers. During the pandemic, peer interactions were limited. Here are five fun, easy
Source:
ADDitude Magazine
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Supporting Young Children's Friendships

Helping Children Play and Learn Together

This article highlights environmental and teaching strategies that support and facilitate the development of preschoolers’ peer interaction skills—the skills children
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Supporting Young Children's Friendships

Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event

This guide offers simple tips on what to expect, what to do, and what to look out for as you
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Child Mind Institute
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Guía sobre cómo ayudar a los niños a lidiar con un evento traumático
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Supporting Young Children's Friendships

Friendship Lessons for All Ages & Stages

Learn what to expect when it comes to your child's interpersonal relationships with peers, and the best ways to help

Can We Be Friends? Peer Interactions and Your Curriculum – Preschoolers

Learn about the benefits of making friends and building strong peer relationships between preschoolers. Listen as presenters explore research and
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Head Start ECLKC
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Supporting Young Children's Friendships

Can We Be Friends? Peer Interactions and Your Curriculum – Infants and Toddlers

Learn about the benefits of making friends and building strong peer relationships between infants and toddlers. Listen as presenters explore
Source:
Head Start ECKLC
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Supporting Young Children's Friendships

The Building Blocks of Dramatic Play

More than costumes or props, young kids need time and space to work out the basics of how to collaborate.
Source:
Edutopia
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Imagination and Fantasy in Early Childhood

Making More Time for Imaginary Play

This parent resource focuses on the benefits of imaginary play including building empathy, promoting mastery over fears and stressors, improving
Source:
PBS
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Imagination and Fantasy in Early Childhood

Stages of Play from 24-36 Months: The World of Imagination

This parent resource explains how toddlers develop play skills from ages 2 to 3, and what toys and activities are
Source:
Zero to Three
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Imagination and Fantasy in Early Childhood

Supporting Language: Culturally Rich Dramatic Play

This NAEYC article describes several preschool-centered dramatic play environments and how to reflect the languages and cultures of the children
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Imagination and Fantasy in Early Childhood

Look, Listen, Learn. “We Are Power Rangers!” Learning from Children’s Dramatic Play

This article for early childhood educators gives a case study of preschoolers engaging in dramatic play on the playground. After
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Imagination and Fantasy in Early Childhood

The Land of Make Believe: How and Why to Encourage Pretend Play

This article makes the connection between imaginative play and language, why to encourage pretend play, and how pretend play develops
Source:
The Hanen Centre
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Imagination and Fantasy in Early Childhood

Mealtime Routines and Tips

This resource is geared to families of infants and toddlers where having a routine can help children know what to
Source:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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Consejos y rutinas para la hora de comer
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Family Mealtimes: Benefits for Child Well-Being

The Family Dinner Project

This project aims to bring families together to share their experiences and insights to help each other realize the benefits
Source:
Harvard Project Zero
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Family Mealtimes: Benefits for Child Well-Being

The Opioid Epidemic: How to Protect Your Family

This resource for families describes what opioids are, how opioid use can lead to addiction, the opioid epidemic's effect on
Source:
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
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La epidemia de opioides: cómo proteger a su familia
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Household Safety: Medications, Poisons, and Other Hazards

The “Make a Plan” Plan

This article gives teachers a structure to deal with conflicts in the preschool classroom focusing on a flexible plan and
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Helping Young Children Resolve Conflicts

Teaching Kids How to Deal With Conflict

This articles gives adults a series of strategies to help guide children to resolve their conflicts, including focusing on feelings
Source:
Child Mind Institute
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Helping Young Children Resolve Conflicts

11 Ways to Encourage Friendship Skills and Social Play

This blog focuses on ways that early childhood educators can teach social skills through play in an inclusive classroom.
Source:
Brookes Publishing
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Helping Young Children Develop Friendships

From Feelings to Friendships: Nurturing Healthy Social-Emotional Development in the Early Years

This video shows how families can support infant and toddler social-emotional skills at home through supportive relationships.

Helping Young Children Learn to Make Friends

This article, focused on parents, describes the value of friendships, what parents can do to promote friendships, and discusses bullying.
Source:
PBS
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Helping Young Children Develop Friendships

4 Skills for Making Friends

This article lists four types of social skills needed for your child or student to connect and make friends.
Source:
Understood
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Helping Young Children Develop Friendships

Kids who Need a Little Help to Make Friends

This article addresses what parents can do when kids struggle with social skills.
Source:
Child Mind Institute
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Helping Young Children Develop Friendships and Supporting Young Children's Friendships

Teaching Friendship Skills in Preschool

This article helps early childhood educators promote healthy friendships in the preschool classroom with a few practical strategies.
Source:
Edutopia
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Helping Young Children Develop Friendships

6 Ways to Deal with your Child’s Aggressive Behavior

This article, geared towards parents, goes over what typical behavior looks like, helps parents recognize true aggression, and lists strategies
Source:
Cleveland Clinic
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Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behaviors

Culturally Responsive Strategies to Support Young Children with Challenging Behavior

This article shows how early childhood educators can use strategies such as teaching empathy, discussing conflict, and developing expectations to
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behaviors and Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Challenging Behavior

Challenging behavior will vary according to the severity of a person’s autism and their age, however there are core issues
Source:
Interactive Autism Network (IAN)
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Supporting Children with Autism in Child Care and at Home

Support You Can See (and Feel): Teaching Children with Autism

This NAEYC Teaching Young Children article focuses on how implementing visual supports in an early childhood classroom can help a
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Supporting Children with Autism in Child Care and at Home

How to Know if your Child is Ready for Preschool

There isn’t a checklist of must-have skills kids need to start preschool because young children develop at very different rates.

9 Ways to Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

This resource helps parents ease their child's transition to kindergarten with nine tips.

Transitioning to Kindergarten: A Toolkit for Early Childhood Educators

This toolkit, created by the AFT and the National Center for Learning Disabilities, includes tools and materials that will help
Source:
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
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Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Readiness: Not a State of Knowledge, but a State of Mind

This article lists eight parenting practices that nurture children’s untold potential and readiness to learn.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Ready or Not Kindergarten, Here We Come!

This blog by NAEYC dispels some myths about school readiness and focuses on ways families can help prepare their child
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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18134

Birth to 5 Father Engagement Guide

Head Start programs partner with fathers to promote positive outcomes for children, families, and fathers themselves.  This resource gives suggestions
Source:
Head Start ECLKC
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Father/Male Involvement in Early Childhood

Common Signs of Dyslexia

This article by the International Dyslexia Association gives an overview of the common signs of dyslexia in preschoolers and in
Source:
Reading Rockets
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Encouraging Literacy Development in Preschoolers

Nurturing Curiosity: Using and Creating Informational Texts

This article gives tips and tricks for teaching preschoolers with informational texts.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Encouraging Literacy Development in Preschoolers

Language and Early Literacy Development

Language and literacy development starts from the very beginning. This parent resource gives tips on how to respond to infants
Source:
First Things First (FTF)
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Encouraging Literacy Development in Infants and Toddlers

Project-Based Learning: Resources for Parents

Project-based learning can be a fantastic way for kids to get engaged in hands-on, active learning. Here's how parents can
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Edutopia
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Doing Projects at Home

Having Difficult Conversations with Families: A Teacher’s Guide

This article goes over effective strategies for teachers to connect with families including sharing specific concerns, building trust, and moving
Source:
Understood
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Communicating With Parents During Sensitive or Difficult Situations

New Teachers: How to Talk to Parents

This article provides strategies for new teachers in their meetings and conversations with families including being proactive, asking parents for
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Edutopia
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Communicating With Parents During Sensitive or Difficult Situations

How to Support Children’s Approaches to Learning? Play With Them!

This family-focused article emphasizes the benefits of play for toddlers and preschoolers.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Children's Play - More than Fun and Games

The Case of Brain Science and Guided Play: A Developing Story

This NAEYC article follows the play of several preschool children and offers connections to language development, math and spacial skills,
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Children's Play - More than Fun and Games

How to Handle Picky Eaters

Do you know a “picky eater”? “Picky” eating is when a child refuses foods often or eats the same foods
Source:
Zero to Three
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Preventing Childhood Obesity

Childhood Overweight & Obesity

Obesity now affects 1 in 5 children and adolescents in the United States.  This resource provides a Child and Teen
Source:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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Preventing Childhood Obesity

Listening to Families and Communities to Address Childhood Obesity

This blog gives an overview of the impact of childhood obesity and how early life experiences shape health.   The authors
Source:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
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Preventing Childhood Obesity

9 Picture Books for Preschoolers that Celebrate Diversity

Books about diverse families teach young children to appreciate—and celebrate—differences.
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Edutopia
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Bonding, Books, and Children

Fun and Effective Ways to Read with Children

Experts believe that reading to your child every day is one of the most important things parents can do.  This
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Colorin Colorado
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Maneras divertidas y eficaces de leer con los niños
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Bonding, Books, and Children

Read Together to Support Early Literacy

While we can’t expect infants and toddlers to learn to read and write yet, they are nevertheless developing skills that
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Bonding, Books, and Children

Great Books to Read to Infants and Toddlers

Many families are familiar with classic books like Goodnight Moon and read them over and over with their very youngest children. Here
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Bonding, Books, and Children

What Does a High-Quality Program for Infants Look Like?

This resource notes specific elements of a high-quality environment for infants and explains how caregivers plan learning experiences for infants.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Best Practices for Infant and Toddler Care

Infant-Toddler Child Care Fact Sheet

This advocacy tool gives quick facts on infant-toddler child care, including defining access, quality, and affordability, summarizing research findings and
Source:
Zero to Three
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Best Practices for Infant and Toddler Care

Tips & Tricks: Teachers Educating on Zoom

This provides information on how to start a class on zoom, engage students and tips and tricks for virtual lessons
Source:
Zoom
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

The Distance Learning Toolbox Families Wish They Had

This is a blog post with tips for families to help with distance learning.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

Remote Teacher and Learning in Office 365 Education

This provides resources for accessing tools for classroom management and student engagement with Office 365 Education.

Working with a Paraprofessional During Remote Learning

This article provides information on how to work with a paraprofessional while teaching via remote learning. Suggestions for activities are
Source:
Medium
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

Inclusion brochure

This resource on inclusion in early childhood settings explains the benefits of inclusion, the defining features of inclusion and where/how
Source:
Illinois State Board of Education
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

How (Not) to Video-Conference with Five-Year-Olds

This blog article provides insight into video chatting with young children.
Source:
New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

Collaborating with Families to Complete Developmental Screenings in Blended and Remote Learning

This blog provides tips families that are participating in virtual developmental screenings.
Source:
New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

Teacher Center Fundamentals Training

This site provides information and links to get educator certification and take the Educator Level 1 course to gain proficiency
Source:
Google for Education
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

Smart Ways to Upgrade your Home Teaching Setup

This article provides tips for ways teachers can make temporary home teaching setups more inviting and conducive to learning.
Source:
Edutopia
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

Preschool During the Pandemic: Early Childhood Education in Extraordinary Times

This series shares the experiences of practitioners and families from across the country, illustrating how the fields of early education
Source:
ECTA Center
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

Understanding Inclusion Modules

This site provides access to the Understanding Inclusion series which contains 6 topics that explore key ideas about inclusion in
Source:
Early Choices
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

The Power of “How Are You?”: Teacher Check-Ins During Remote Learning

This article shares how to preserve interactions and relationships and ensure every student is connected during remote learning.
Source:
Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

CONNECT Module: Foundations of Inclusion

This is a free course to introduce the basics of inclusion and the rights and supports for children and teachers
Source:
Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

#ALL IN: 18 Ways to Create Inclusive Virtual Classrooms

This is a list of links to books and products available to promote inclusive schooling.
Source:
Paula Kluth
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

How to Support Refugee Students in the ELL Classroom

Learn how educators of refugees can support students' social-emotional health, academic instruction, and acclimation to a new life in the

Tips for Parents of Preschoolers

This provides tips to offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader.

Talk with Your Child’s Teacher

This offers questions and answers that can help you to get the most out of talking to your child's teacher

Think Like an Inventor

This shares four ways to encourage creativity in young children. Fostering a creative spirit will give your child experience identifying

Reading with Dad

This is a list of books that celebrate fathers and the many reasons they are special. Selections include a number

Facing the Screen Dilemma: Young Children, Technology and Early Education

This shares concerns about the escalating mis-use and overuse of screen technologies in the lives of even the very young.

Healthy Kids in a Digital World: Preschoolers

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood website provides information that helps create commercial-free time and space for kids.

Zero to eight: Children’s media use in America

This report provides publicly accessible, reliable data about media use among children ages 0 to 8, to help inform the

Teaching Someone to Handle a Book

This is a resource for families that teaches and gives ideas of how to teach children to handle a book.

Early STEM Learning

This page provides links to resources and videos to support young learners with disabilities in building STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,
Source:
Center on Technology and Disability

The Tools of Encouragement

This article presents the attitudes, language, and strategies necessary for effective encouragement, a key to success for motivating low-achieving or
Source:
The International Child and Youth Care Network

Kids for Trees

This site provides links to lessons, videos and resources for teaching about trees.
Source:
Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Screen Use for Children Under 3: Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Sense

This page provides links to two recorded webinars regarding screen use for children under 3. Handouts from the webinar are

Early Milestones

This is an interactive website for understanding developmental milestones of children from birth to five.
Source:
Early Milestones

Infant Physical Development: Fine Motor Skills

This document provides information on fine motor skills for infants, including activities and strategies for development.

Supporting English Language Learners in the Preschool Classroom

This 7-minute video by Dr. Ann Anderberg stresses the importance of continuing to support first language development in children, and
Source:
Eastern Connecticut State University

Supporting Mathematical Development in Young Children

This page provides links to a series of videos that describe children’s early mathematical development and provide examples of how
Source:
Eastern Connecticut State University

Guiding Young Children’s Behavior – Videos

This page provides information and links to an interactive training curriculum that provides current and future early childhood professionals with
Source:
Eastern Connecticut State University

Investigations

This page provides information and a link to videos regarding Investigations curriculum which is centered around engaging projects - called
Source:
Eastern Connecticut State University

Supporting Children’s Learning in Dramatic Play Centers

This page provides links to a series of videos showing examples of dramatic play centers being implemented in preschool classrooms

Supporting Physical Development in Infants and Toddlers

This 3-minute video provides tips for promoting physical development in infants and toddlers. Also included is a printable tip-sheet for

Supporting Thinking in Infants and Toddlers Through Active Music and Play Experiences

This page provides a link to a 2-minute video that provides an example of supporting a child's physical and cognitive

Temperament Traits

This table provides definitions and examples of temperament traits in young children. Comparisons with adult traits are also provided.
Source:
Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Creating Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behavior

This document is the Routine Based Support Guide which was developed to assist teachers in problem-solving a plan to support

Early Learning Primer: Initiatives from Preschool to Third Grade

This 2018 policy guide is meant to serve as a reference for policymakers and their staffs on the most common

State Characteristics: Kindergarten

This resource provides information and links for 50-State Comparisons of K-3 policies, showing how all states approach specific policies, or
Source:
Education Commission of the States

State Kindergarten Policies: Illinois

This page provides links to view individual state profiles on state k-3 policies or view 50-State Comparisons on each data
Source:
Education Commission of the States

Preschool Reading

This page provides resources for teaching reading to preschool children. Resources include printable worksheets, online games, guided lessons, lesson plans

Counting with Marshmallows and Licorice

This activity helps students count using tens and ones in a "yummy" way. The activity should work well with young

20 Tips for Developing Positive Relationships With Parents

This article provides twenty tips for improving connections with parents and families.

Developing Social Skills

This article provides 3 ways to help encourage positive behavior in young children. Examples are included.
Source:
National Network for Child Care's Connections

Lead

This website provides general information and safety information, along with resources regarding lead.
Source:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Sp Title:
Proteja a Su Familia Contra el Plomo en el Hogar

Integrated Pest Management in Childcare

This website provides general information and safety information, along with resources regarding the use of pesticides.
Source:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Play It Safe: Reduce Your Child’s Chances of Pesticide Poisoning

This provides information information regarding pesticide poisoning and how to poison-proof your home.
Source:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Read the Label First!

This document provides information to help prevent children from coming into contact with many common household products such as cleaners
Source:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Town square: On your own, but not alone

This site connects family child care professionals to a wealth of free resources, including tip sheets, activities, templates, links, and

Science Explorer: At Home Science

This is a list of links to a variety of science activities for young children.

Challenging Common Myths About Young English Language Learners

This page provides a link to an article by Linda Espinosa, former Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University

PreK-3rd:Putting Full-Day Kindergarten in the Middle

This page provides a link to the document: Policy to Action Brief, PreK-3rd: Putting Full-Day Kindergarten in the Middle, which

New ESSA Guidance Highlights What States and Districts Can Do to Expand Opportunities for Youngest Learners

This article addresses the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) non-regulatory guidance for early learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act

Discover MyPlate: Teachers Guide

This teacher's guide includes six standards-based, inquiry-led, student-centered and teacher approved nutrition lessons for kindergarten.
Source:
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables

This kit is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits -
Source:
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Discover the Forest

This provides links to information and activities to help young children learn about nature.
Source:
U.S. Forest Service

Setting Limits with Young Children

This articles provides parents with steps to follow to help set limits on children's behavior in order to help them

Talk, sing, read, write, play

This 14-minute video demonstrates how all family members and the public library can help prepare young children to be readers
Source:
Hennepin County Library

A Step by Step Guide for Cooking with Children

This article provides tips for cooking with children.

Pregnancy and Child Care in 20 Languages

This page provides links to a variety of pregnancy health resources translated into multiple languages.

Baby’s Temperament

This article addresses baby's temperament and how a baby’s temperamental traits will influence the way caregivers interact with them. The

Baby Ages & Stages 0-12 months

This article addresses the most common questions and concerns that arise during the first months of life.

Toddler Ages & Stages 1-3 years

This page provides information and links to articles regarding development in the toddler years.

Toilet Training

This page provides a list of links for information regarding toilet training.

Early Literacy: Connecting Letters and Sounds

This article explains how to reinforce the connection between letters and sounds with interesting activities all around the classroom.
Source:
Scholastic
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

Helping Young Children Develop Strong Writing Skills

This article provides some reasons why writing is an important skill for people of all ages, as well as a
Source:
Colorín Colorado
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

Everyday Steps to Reading and Writing

This article shares how young children can learn about literacy through everyday activities at home
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Appears On:
Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

How to Build a Strong Foundation for Your Child’s Language Skills

This article explains how building early language skills is the foundation upon which later language skills can grow and develop.
Source:
The Hanen Centre
Appears On:
Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

How Parents and Families Support Phonological Awareness

This document provides information for how families can support building phonological awareness in young children. Phonological awareness involves the sounds

How Parents and Families Support Oral Language and Vocabulary

This document provides information on how to support baby, toddler and preschooler's oral language and vocabulary development.
Source:
Head Start
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

Planned Language Approach: Alphabet Knowledge and Early Writing

This provides resources and links to articles related to the development of alphabet knowledge in young children, as well as
Source:
Head Start
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

Learning to Write and Draw

This describes the developmental stages of writing for young children, including what to do to encourage art and writing skills.
Source:
Zero to Three
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

The Alphabetic Principle

This article reviews explains how children's knowledge of letter names and shapes is a strong predictor of their success in
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Reading Rockets
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

So Much More than the ABCs: The Early Phases of Reading and Writing

This site provides information and a link to purchase a book for teachers and families to use to support young
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

Home Literacy Environment Checklist

This document is a self-assessment checklist for parents to use to determine the extent of literacy supportive elements within the
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Get Ready to Read
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La lectoescritura en el hogar Lista de verificación
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

Early Reading and Writing Development

This provides information regarding early reading and writing development, including what parents can do to help their children.
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Get Ready to Read
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

Milestones of Early Literacy Development

This document provides developmental milestones from birth to age 5 for early literacy development.
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Reach Out and Read Texas
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Indicadores del Desarrollo Inicial de la Lectoescritura
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

AAP Recommends No Fruit Juice for Children Under 1 Year

This provides information and the AAP policy statement regarding the recommendation of no fruit juice for children under 1 year.
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HealthyChildren.org
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La American Academy of Pediatrics recomienda que los niños menores de 1 año de edad NO tomen jugo de fruta

Developmentally Appropriate Practice in the Age of Testing

This article outlines key principles for preK–3rd grade for developmentally appropriate practice in the age of testing.

Science Concepts Young Children Learn Through Water Play

This document provides information and guidance for teaching science through water play. Included is how to guide the learning process,

Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness

This site provides information, resources and research homelessness and includes interactive data tools.
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Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness

Illinois Poison Center

This provides information and treatment advice on potentially harmful substances. Resources include a telephone helpline and links to receive a

Illinois Birth to Five Program Standards

This document is the Illinois birth to five program standards and quality indicators.
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Illinois State Board of Education

Transition Prekindergarten to Kindergarten, Suggestions for Transition Plan

This document provides ideas to implement throughout the school year to include in a child's plan to transition from preschool
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Illinois State Board of Education

Serving English Language Learners in Preschool Programs in Illinois FAQs: Public School Districts 23 Ill. Adm. Code Part 228

This is a question and answer document regarding serving English language learners in preschool programs in Illinois public school districts.
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Illinois State Board of Education

Initial Evaluations for Special Education and Related Services for Children Ages 3 through 5

This document is a memo and related questions and answers regarding the role and responsibilities of local education agencies (LEAs)
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Illinois State Board of Education

Early Intervention to Early Childhood Transition: Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question and answer document regarding the transition from early intervention to early childhood services in Illinois.
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Illinois State Board of Education

Homeless Education

This page provides links to information on homelessness, including current issues, funding, legislation and policy, reports and statistics, school and
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Illinois State Board of Education

Training and Workshop Materials on The Education Rights of Children Experiencing Homelessness

This site provides links to training and workshop materials on the education rights of children experiencing homelessness.
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Illinois State Board of Education

Illinois K-12 Learning Standards

This site provides links to the Illinois Learning Standards. The Illinois Learning Standards establish expectations for what all students should
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Illinois State Board of Education

Resources for Supporting Preschool English Language Learners

This page provides resources for parents/ guardians, teachers, and administrators to utilize for English Learners in early childhood.​
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Illinois State Board of Education

Preschool for All Children Age 3 to 5 Years

This page provides information and links for Specific requirements of implementing the Preschool for All grant.
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Illinois State Board of Education

Maker Monday: Forky Knifey Family

This lesson plan is for an activity to build characters from utensils.

Raising Bilingual Children

This pamphlet aims to answer common questions regarding raising bilingual children.

Mama Lisa’s World: Children’s Songs and Nursery Rhymes

This site provides links to songs and rhymes from different continents.
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Mama Lisa's World

Separation Anxiety

This article provides information on the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for separation anxiety.

Children’s Nutrition: 10 Tips for Picky Eaters

This article provides strategies to avoid power struggles and help picky eaters eat a balanced diet.

Temper Tantrums: How to Keep the Peace

This article provides tips on how to respond to temper tantrums — and what you can do to prevent them.

Helping Children Cope with Loss

This page provides information for parents, educators and others who may help a child overcome loss.
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Mental Health Association

Dental Activities

This page provides links to lesson plans and activity sheets intended to help start building good oral health habits in
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Mouth Healthy

Accreditation

This site provides information and links to resources for NAEYC Accredidation. Accredidation is intended to equip early childhood programs with
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

13 Tips for Starting Preschool

This article provides tips to help with the transition to preschool. Tips to support both parents an children are provided.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

“I Helped Mama Too!” Cooking With a Tiny Helper

This page provides ten tips to use in the classroom and at home while cooking with a toddler.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

11 Ways to Help Children Say Goodbye

This article provides tips on how to support young children's transition into the classroom.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Understanding and Responding to Children Who Bite

This article provides information regarding the reasons young children bite and includes ideas and strategies for responding appropriately.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

What Does a High-Quality Preschool Program Look Like?

This article provides an overview of six areas for teachers to focus on to help children learn best.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The Not-So-Magic Word

This article provides information on teaching politeness to young children.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Why Read Informational Books?

This is an excerpt from the book: So Much More than the ABCs: The Early Phases of Reading and Writing
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Transitions to Kindergarten

This article provides tips to help children prepare for the transition to kindergarten. Ideas for children who will move to
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms

This article addresses the impact of trauma on attachment and the brain, expressions of trauma in early childhood settings, and
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

This page provides information and resources regarding the Developmentally Appropriate Practice framework. This framework is grounded both in the research
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Early Childhood Inclusion: A Joint Position Statement of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

This is a joint position statement of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

Early Childhood Mathematics: Promoting Good Beginnings

This is a joint position statement of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity (full-text online)

This is a digital book that summarizes the literature on learning and teaching mathematics for young children.
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National Academies Press

Everyday Literacy: One Family Home

This digital book chapter addresses preparing children for reading instruction in the early grades. It is best that they be
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National Academies Press

Tipping the Balance of Autism Risk: Potential Mechanisms Linking Pesticides and Autism

This is a research article that examines shared mechanisms between autism pathophysiology and the effects of pesticide exposures, focusing on
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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Understand Measurable Attributes of Objects and the Units, Systems, and Processes of Measurement

This page provides the mathematics standards presented by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics for grades preschool through 12th
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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Pre-K–2 Numbers and Operations

This provides the standards and positions as outlined by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Starting Early with English Language Learners: First Lessons from Illinois

This policy paper takes a deep look at how Illinois came to see a need for new policies for its

Tips to Reduce Screen Time

This site provides tips to reduce screen time in children.

Speech and Language Developmental Milestones

This site provides information on how speech and language develops, the milestones for speech and language development, the difference between
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National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
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Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders)

This provides information and resources regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Included is information on signs/symptoms, causes/risk factors, diagnosis steps, treatments

Observing, Documenting, and Assessing Children’s Development and Learning

This provides practices for observation, documentation, and assessment that are developmentally appropriate for children from birth through the primary grades.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Treatment of Children with Mental Illness

This provides information regarding children mental health including when to seek help, treatment options, working with the school and other

Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators

This document provides an introduction and a list of the 6 Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators. Recommendations
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Recommendations for Higher Education and Adult Development

This is a list of 4 recommendations for higher education and adult development regarding Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) with Preschoolers.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice

DAP with Preschoolers, Ages 3-5

This provides information and resources for Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) with Preschoolers.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Early Childhood Science Education

This is a position statement by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). These are basic abilities for science learning that
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National Science Teaching Association

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: 2015

This is links to yearly lists of books that were selected as outstanding children's science trade books. Reading science trade
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National Science Teaching Association

Principles of Child Development and Learning and Implications that Inform Practice

This is a list of nine principles and their implications for early childhood education professional practice.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Parent Information Videos/Training

This provides resources and videos for parents regarding talking with school staff, information regarding special education (multi-lingual), attending an IEP

Assistive Technology for Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children with Disabilities

This information sheet is a question and answer document regarding assistive technology for infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities.
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Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers

About Specific Disabilities

This provides links to brief, but detailed fact sheets on specific disabilities. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its
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Center for Parent Information and Resources
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Información en Español sobre Discapacidades Específicas

Autism

This site provides a link to the Autism Navigator which is a unique collection of web-based tools and courses that
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Center for Parent Information and Resources

How to Handle Preschool Bullies

This article addresses how to identify and address bullying at daycare or preschool.

Cat in the Hat: A House Just Right for Me!

This is a lesson plan for a play activity that offers a fun way to practice measurement skills by building

Family Diversity

This is a lesson plan regarding family diversity. Use this activity with a group of children (like an organized playgroup)

Conflict Resolution

This is a lesson plan for imaginary play which is a fun and safe way to help children prepare for

Approaches to Learning

This page provides links to information and resources for caring and educating 5 year olds.

Body Part Awareness

This is a description of a physical activity to help children understand body part names and locations.

Mulberry Hide and Seek

This is a description of a physical activity to have children practice body and space awareness. Listening skills are also

Follow the Leader (variation)

This is a description of a physical activity to give children the opportunity to move in different directions and pathways

Over, Under, Around, and Through

This is a description of a physical activity to explore a variety of traveling skills while helping children to understand

Getting Started with Traveling

This is a description of a physical activity to introduce the basic traveling skills of walking, marching, galloping, and skipping

Rolling a Ball to a Target

This is a description of a physical activity to teach young children the proper techniques for rolling a ball.

Jump the River

This is a description of a physical activity to give children the opportunity to practice the skills of jumping and

Carpet Space Sit

This is a description of a physical activity to help children understand self space so they can move safely through

Shadow Tag

This is a description of a physical activity to allow young children the opportunity to explore the skills of chasing

Snowball throw

This is a description of a physical activity to give children the opportunity to learn and practice the overhand throw

Bowling

This is a description of a physical activity to have students practice the underhand motion of bowling.

Pathway Movement

This is a description of a physical activity to assist young children in identifying pathways and to explore movement along

Hot Hoops

This is a description of a physical activity to work on jumping and landing skills and cooperation.

Rainbow Fish to the Rescue

This is a description of a physical activity to foster space awareness and cooperation skills.

Pathway Dribble

This is a description of a physical activity to help Pre-K children learn to work together and use appropriate social

Buggy Rides

This is a description of a physical activity to help Pre-K children learn to work together and use appropriate social

Creative Play with Number Rhymes

This is a description of a physical activity to give children the opportunity to practice the skills of jumping and

Directions

This is a description of a physical activity to explore walking in different directions and observe changes in tempos.

Rhythmic Ribbons

This is a description of a physical activity to practice various locomotor skills and to provide children with the opportunity

Which DAP Resource Is for Me?

This provides information on the wide range of resources on developmentally appropriate practices available through NAEYC.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice 101

DAP in the Time of COVID: Questions to Consider

This provides a link to a set of questions and considerations designed to help educators and administrators think through options,
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice 101

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Position Statement

This is a position statement document on developmentally appropriate practices in educating children birth to 8 years old.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Declaración de Posición sobre las Prácticas Apropiadas al Desarrollo (PDF)
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Developmentally Appropriate Practice 101

Family Participation and Involvement in Early Head Start Home Visiting Services: Relations with Longitudinal Outcomes

This is a research paper addressing home visiting in Early Head Start programs and the experiences and outcomes for families.

The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development

This article addresses the importance of pretend play in early childhood settings.

“I Want It—Now!” How Children Learn Self-Control

This article addresses how parents can help shape children’s emotion regulation. Three key factors for regulation are provided.

To Prevent Misbehavior

This page provides links to 2 resources on addressing children's misbehavior.

Improving Family Engagement in Early Childhood Education Through Technology

This policy brief describes both the barriers that hinder family engagement and the ways in which technology may afford new

The Development of Phonological Skills

This article identifies the milestones for acquiring phonological skills. Basic listening skills and "word awareness" are critical precursors to phonological

Oral Language: Expanding Your Child’s Vocabulary

This article has information regarding helping expand a child's vocabulary. Information and simple activities to do at home to get

Phonemic Activities for the Preschool or Elementary Classroom

This page provides eight lesson plans for activities that stimulate phonemic awareness in preschool and elementary school children to help

Print Awareness: An Introduction

This provides introduction to print awareness for young children. Children with print awareness can begin to understand that written language

Reading Tips for Parents of Babies

This provides information regarding reading to your baby. Tips are offered for fun ways to help your child become a

Reading Tips for Parents of Preschoolers

This provides tips for fun ways to help your child become a happy and confident reader.
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Reading Rockets
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Conseos para padres de niños en preescolar/pre-kindergarten

Reading Tips for Parents of Toddlers

This offers tips for some fun ways to help your child become a happy and confident reader. Being a toddler

Repeated Interactive Read-Alouds in Preschool and Kindergarten

This article describes in detail a technique for a three-step interactive read aloud using sophisticated storybooks.

Tips for Teaching Your Child About Phonemes

This article provides simple at-home activities to use to help children understand the connection between the letters of the alphabet

Young Children’s Oral Language Development

This article presents an overview of the process and mechanics of language development, along with implications for practice.

Nonfiction for Kids

This provides resources to help find great nonfiction picture books and offer tips on how to get the most out

Alphabet Matching

This provides information, videos and resources for teaching the alphabet. Teachers can help young students develop the understanding that there

Blending and Segmenting Games

This page provides information, videos and activities for promoting blending and segmenting in young children.

Spelling: In Depth

This article aims to educate about the different stages young children go through in developing their spelling skills and how

Print Awareness

This provides resources and information on print awareness (also called concepts of print) which is the understanding that print carries

Science in Early Care and Education: Research-to-Policy Resources

This document is a resource list that identifies resources from 2010 to 2017 that highlight resources on science in early

Subitizing: What Is It? Why Teach It?

This article provides an overview of mathematics concept of subitizing (instantly seeing how many) and the implications for teaching.

Social-Emotional Development in the First Three Years: Establishing the Foundations

This link downloads an issue brief that is one of a series of briefs that addresses the need for research,

Little Kids At Home

This page provides links for information regarding a variety of home safety issues.

Safe Medicine Storage: A Look at the Disconnect Between Parent Knowledge and Behavior

This document is a report on safe medicine storage and addresses the disconnect between parent knowledge and behavior.

Time to Rhyme

This article shares how nursery rhymes help children learn to read.

Let’s Investigate!

This article explains how to spark a child's interest in science with seven steps to successful studies.

Making $ense Out of Cents

In this article, Francie Alexander teaches how to talk to children about money.

All Around Your Town

This article shares how to plan field trips that are close to home, cost little, and instill civic pride.

The Importance of Pretend Play

This article explains how imagination-driven play builds a young child's developmental skills.

Play to Your Child’s Passions

This article shares how accepting and supporting children's interests leads to their happiness.

Count Down to Kindergarten

This provides a link to parent-tested resources for preparing your child for the transition kindergarten.

Ages & Stages: How children develop self-concept

This is a guide to help children develop self-concept and is presented by developmental stages. Being sensitive and responsive to

Collaborate and Create Rhymes!

This is information on how to collaborate and create rhymes. Through rhymes, children learn to work together as they enjoy

How Children Learn to Spell

This provides a comprehensive strategy for teaching children to spell, incorporating visual memory and spelling memory, pre-communicative writing, and multiple

My Manipulative Story: How I Introduced the Geoboard in My Classroom

This is a step by step guide to setting up GeoBoard in a classroom. Focus grades are PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5,

How You Can Help Children Solve Problems

This article provides information for early childhood settings on offering opportunities for children to grow in their problem-solving abilities.

Problem Solving in Action

This shares the importance and how to facilitate problem-solving opportunities for young children and is presented by developmental age. Toddlers

Three Kinds of Language

This identifies the elements of language. Learning how to talk and communicate is a complex process. Find out what the

Recycled Big Blocks

This is a lesson plan for an activity where boxes become blocks so children can design and paint their homemade

Sand Constructions

This is a lesson plan for an activity where children’s sand environments become fascinating sources for skill building

Searching for Shapes

This is a lesson plan for an activity where children explore the shapes all around them.

Move Like the Wind!

This is a lesson plan for an activity where children do dance moves to help them move like the wind.

Let’s Make Sensory Books

This is a lesson plan for an activity where children will develop sensory awareness, as well as creative-thinking skills, as

A Look at Life Cycles

This is an activity to Illustrate an apple tree's growth by having students work as a team to create a

Reading Our Neighborhood

This is a lesson plan for an activity where children will learn to recognize and read different forms of environmental

SchoolHouse Connection

This website is focused on working to overcome homelessness through education. Information provided includes strategic advocacy and practical assistance in

Schoolhouse Connection Early Childhood

This page provides information and links to resources regarding homelessness in early childhood.

EFL / ESOL / ESL Songs and Activities: Song Lyrics for Teaching English as a Second Language

This page provides links to songs and lyrics that teach conversational English and English vocabulary.
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Songs for Teaching

Standing on the Sidewalk

This page provides lyrics for a children's song/chant to develop fine and gross motor skills and language skills.

Apples and Bananas (Traditional Song Lyrics)

This page provides lyrics and a link to listen to the song Apples and Bananas

Safety with a Strange Dog

This page provides lyrics and a link to listen to a song about how to act around an unfamiliar dog.

Songs for Learning New Languages

This page provides links to songs to help teach new languages (Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Latin). Song lyrics, sound
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Songs for Teaching

Dramatic Possibilities With Chants

This page is an excerpt from the book All Together Now: 200 of Sonja Dunn's Best Chants and presents to

Chanting: A Springboard into Learning

This page explains how to use chants for teaching. This is an excerpt from All Together Now: 200 of Sonja

Songs for Children with Special Needs

This is a list of songs for reinforcing good behavior, staying active, assisting with transitions, encouragement, dance therapy, sign language,
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Songs for Teaching

Understanding the Roles of Early Education and Child Care Providers in Community-Wide Bullying Prevention Efforts

This resource is tailored for Early Education and Child Care Providers as a guide to the StopBullying.gov training module.

Growing and Graphing

This is a lesson for measuring heights in a non-standard, age-appropriate way, such as by using building blocks instead of

Learning Through Water Play

This shares the benefits and ideas ideas for safe, fun and educational water play.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Movement and Circle Games

Activities for helping children demonstrate an awareness of music as a part of daily life, develop kinesthetic pattern recall, develop spatial awareness, engage in

How Many Bears on the Bed?

Use a School Readiness Activity to provide early mathematical thinking experiences for preschool children that will prepare them to do

Sharing Presents Equally

Use a School Readiness Activity to provide early mathematics thinking experiences for preschool children that will prepare them to do

Video Playlist: Best Practices in Early Childhood Education

This provides links to a video series focused on early literacy, dual language learners, science, math, social-emotional learning, and strategies

Dual Language Learners: Developing Literacy Skills

This 4-minute video provides information on how dual language preschool children can develop expressive and receptive language skills.

Emotional Check-Ins

This 2-minute video addresses using emotional check-ins to help preschool children identify and share feelings.

Identifying Feelings

This 5-minute video provides information on how preschool children can identify the emotions of fictional characters.

Students Building Literacy Skills through Storytelling

This 4-minute video provides information on how preschool children's literacy skills can be built by telling stories through pictures and

Daily Sign-In Sheets

This 2 minute video addresses the benefits of daily sign in sheets for early literacy skills, including adaptations to support

Frontloading for English Language Learners

This short video educates teachers on pre-teaching and exploring new vocabulary for English-Language Learners. Supporting materials are included for learning.

Hands-On Science with Squishy Circuits

In a demo at TED U, AnnMarie Thomas shows how two different kinds of homemade play dough can be used

How Stress and Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

This is a TedTalk video where pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents

Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness: CCDF State Guide

This guide is intended to assist states in utilizing their CCDF state plan (“CCDF Plan”) as a vehicle for improving

Self-Assessment Tool for Early Childhood Programs Serving Families Experiencing Homelessness

This provides a link to the Self-Assessment Tool which is designed for child care, Head Start and Early Head Start,

Talks on Tuesdays

This provides links to Talks on Tuesdays which are free, live webinars held from noon to 1pm EST on the
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Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center

Voices for Illinois Children

Voices for Illinois Children is a statewide, nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy organization that is committed to building better lives for children.

WICHealth

This website allows access to nutrition education and WIC (Women and Infant Children) benefit information.

Screen Free Moments: Promoting Healthy Habits

This 7-minute video shows a few simple ways to limit or even eventually eliminate screen time in your family child
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NRC Kids
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Momentos Sin Pantalla: Promover Hábitos Saludables

Smartphones, Tablets, and Screen Time – Oh My!

This 3 minute podcast discusses a variety of features to look for when choosing developmentally appropriate apps for young children.
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StARNET: Early Childhood

The Impact of Early Adversity on Children’s Development

This 4-minute video from The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, is an edition of the InBrief series.
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Center on the Developing Child (Harvard University)
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El Impacto de la Adversidad Temprana en el Desarrollo de los Niños: Video

Baby Milestones: Motor Development

In this video, Pediatrician Lisa Shulman shows the motor milestones expected in typically developing babies, from head control to walking
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Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Infants Cognitive Development

This video is one in a series that provides information on infant development. The focus of this video is cognitive

The Benefits of Mud Play: Why Playing in the Mud is More Than Just Fun!

This podcast from STARNET: Early Childhood explores the many benefits of providing opportunities for young children to engage in mud
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STARNET: Early Childhood

The Value of Process Art

This video highlights the value of process-art for young children while also exploring the difference between process-focused art experiences and
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STARNET: Early Childhood

The Needs of Dual Language Learners

This 59 minute video addresses patterns of typical/atypical bilingual acquisition in Latino and Korean English language learners that inform development
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University of California Television

Back to School–Making and Tinkering With STEM Webinar

This 48-minute video features Cate Heroman, the author of the NAEYC’s bestselling publication, Making and Tinkering With STEM. Tools and
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Understanding Sensory Processing

This 25-minute video by Jennifer Rosinia, occupational therapist, child development specialist and owner of Kid Links Unlimited, Inc., shares insights
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STARNET: Early Childhood

Transitions for Beginners

This 5-minute video podcast gives a couple of ideas and tips to help transitions run smoothly for both you and
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STARNET: Early Childhood

Getting Kids Involved: Creating Opportunities for Learning

This 12-minute video introduces and illustrates many ways that adaptations can be used to promote the active participation of infants,
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Puckett Institute

Using Visual Supports for All Children

This 6-minute video podcast explains the benefits of using visual supports in the classroom and provides a variety of examples
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STARNET: Early Childhood

Communication Milestones Infant to Two Years

This 7-minute video by Lisa Shulman, M.D., uses video of babies and toddlers to show the communication milestones expected in
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Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Seven Stages of Children’s Writing Development

This 4-minute video explains the seven stages of children’s writing and provides tips on encouraging writing through these stages.
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STARNET: Early Childhood

Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change

This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable
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Center on the Developing Child (Harvard University)
Sp Title:
La teoría del cambio para el desarrollo infantil: Crear capacidades en los adultos

Pathways to Literacy

This 4-minute video shares how everyday learning transforms the most ordinary activities and events of daily life, and fills them
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Puckett Institute

Experiences Build Brain Architecture

This 2-minute video is part one of a three-part series titled "Three Core Concepts in Early Development". The series depicts
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Center on the Developing Child (Harvard University)

Ready, Set, Read

This 3-minute video on shared reading shows simple but powerful ways to promote early literacy skills in 4 and 5
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Puckett Institute

Making Room for Literacy

This 5-minute video shows ways for making a home rich in early literacy learning experiences. This shows how books, posters,
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Puckett Institute

Let’s Go for a Walk

This 5-minute video shows how to go for a walk and observe our everyday world with young children. It's a
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STARNET: Early Childhood

Sleep

This provides information and resource links to help build and understanding of the role parents and caregivers play in building

Storytelling in the First Three Years

This parenting resource provides information regarding storytelling and tips for promoting storytelling in the first three years.

Everyday Fun with Science: Let’s Talk About STEM

This 4-minute video discusses how adults can help their children learn by joining in on play and asking questions. Infants
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Zero to Three
Sp Title:
Diversión diaria con la ciencia: Video hablemos sobre STEM
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Explore STEAM with Young Children

Cooperation

This parenting resource provides tips and examples on helping children learn to cooperate.

Tips on Nurturing Your Child’s Curiosity

This parenting resource provides information on nurturing a child's curiosity. The more curious a child is, the more he learns.

Tips on Helping Your Child Develop Confidence

This parenting resource provides information on how to help children develop the self-confidence they need for future success. Self-confidence is

Tips on Helping Your Child Build Relationships

This parenting resource provides information on how to help infants and toddlers develop strong relationships with the people in their

Teaching Your Child Discipline and Self-Control

This parenting resource provides developmental information regarding self-control. Self-control enables children to cooperate with others, to cope with frustration, and

Why do Toddlers Bite? Finding the Right Response

This parenting resource provides information to help understand the underlying cause of biting in toddlers. This will help you develop

Parenting Strategies for a Persistent Child

This parenting resource provides parenting tips to help the persistent child approach challenges in a more constructive way.

Feeding the Body and the Mind: Nurturing Healthy Eating Habits from the Start

This parenting resource is a podcast with Dr. Dan Kessler who has worked in this area of feeding difficulties in

Shh, Shh, It’s Okay: Coping With Crying in Babies and Toddlers

This is a podcast with Dr. Pam High who talks about how to cope with fussiness and crying in babies

Night-Night…or Not: Talking About Babies, Toddlers, and Sleep

This podcast, Dr. Jodi Mindell, describes what to expect around sleep in the first 3 years, how to encourage good

Early Experiences Count: How Emotional Development Unfolds Starting at Birth

This podcast, by Dr. Ross Thompson, describes how early emotional development unfolds and what parents can do to nurture their

“I Like Me!”: Developing Self-Esteem in the Early Years

This podcast, by Dr. Jeree Pawl, describes how young children develop self-esteem and how parents can nurture a strong, positive

Creating Healthy Connections: Nurturing Brain Development From Birth to Three

This podcast, by Dr. Alison Gopnik, vividly describes a number of compelling recent research studies that illustrate how very young

Our Families, Ourselves: How Our History Influences How We Raise Our Children

This podcast, by Dr. Dan Siegel, talks about how the way we are brought up influences the way we bring

Across the Generations: The Role of Grandparents in Young Children’s Lives

This podcast, by Dr. Barbara Bowman, talks about the important role that grandparents play in the lives of young children.

Daddy, Papi, Papa, or Baba: The Influence of Fathers on Young Children’s Development

This podcast by Dr. Kyle Pruett talks about the important and unique role fathers play in the lives of young

Sharing the Care: How Partnering with Your Child’s Caregiver Supports Healthy Development

This podcast by Dr. Jerlean Daniel, describes what quality child care looks like and how parents and child care providers

How to Support Your Child’s Communication Skills

This parenting resource provides strategies to help parents and caregivers support the development of communication skills in young children.

Helping Your Toddler Cope with Grief and Death

This parenting resource addresses how to answer a child's questions about death and how to support your child during time

Baby Brain Map

This is an interactive page where the user can click on a spot in the brain to reveal questions to

Tips on Helping Your Child Develop Empathy

This provides practical tips for caregivers to help infants and toddlers develop empathy and understand that others have different thoughts

Relationships: The Heart of Development and Learning

This learning module provides child care consultants with an understanding of how relationships contribute to and support development and learning

Language and Literacy

This article provides information for caregivers regarding how children develop early learning skills from birth to 12 months. These skills

Thinking Skills: 12-24 Months

This provides information for caregivers regarding how children develop early learning skills from 12 to 24 months, including Language &

Brain Development: Frequently Asked Questions

This page provides links to explore how the human brain grows from before birth to adulthood, and how the earliest

Little Kids, Big Questions: A Parenting Podcast Series From ZERO TO THREE™

This page provides links to podcasts that address some of the most common (and challenging) issues facing parents of babies

Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight

This article provides resources and information regarding what the research says about the impact of media on children under 3

Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs

This page provides information and a policy statement (PDF) on the inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood settings.
Source:
U.S. Department of Education
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Collaborative Care: Teaming to Support Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities

Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! Tip Sheets for Families, Caregivers and Early Learning Educators

This page provides links to various tip sheets to assist families, caregivers and early learning educators on the topics of
Source:
U.S. Department of Education
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Las ventajas de ser bilingüe: Información para maestros y cuidadores de bebes y niños pequeños

Match My Sounds

This article provides ideas for language-building activities that can be done with children to help build the skills needed to

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

This page provides detailed information on several activities that can help young children learn early reading skills.
Source:
U.S. Department of Education

Personal Safety for Children: a Guide for Parents

This pamphlet is designed to help caregivers talk to their children about how to protect themselves against abduction and exploitation.

Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old

This visual document provides information on the 2021 recommended immunizations for children from birth through 6 years old and vaccine-preventable
Source:
Centers for Disease Control and PreventionCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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Vacunas recomendadas para niños, desde el nacimiento hasta los 6 años de edad

5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return

This article provides information regarding "serve and return" which is the back and forth interaction between adults and children that
Source:
Center on the Developing Child (Harvard University)
Sp Title:
5 Pasos para el Desarrollo Mental Saque y Volea

Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement Video Series

The series of videos is designed to support efforts toward systemic and integrated engagement. Rooted in the Office of Head

Beyond “Use Your Words!”: How Babies Begin to Develop Self-Control in the First Three Years

This podcast by Dr. Brenda Jones Harden describes how young children develop self-control, starting even in the first year of

Dual Language Learners: Five Tips for Parents

This article provides tips for parents of English language learners. Current research is presented to address the different messages often
Source:
TooSmall.org
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Ninos Que Aprenden en Dos Idiomas: Cinco Consejos para los Padres

Early Math Resources for Teacher Educators – Online Modules

This page provides links to free learning modules designed to help prospective and practicing teachers of young children develop learning
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DREME TE

Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework Ages Birth to Five (2015)

This page provides an overview and links to resources for the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to

Head Start Program Performance Standards 2016

This page provides links to the Head Start Program Performance Standards.

Media Resources by HealthyChildren.org

This page provides a list of links for information on media use in young children.

Implementing the Project Approach in an Inclusive Classroom: A Teacher’s First Attempt With Project-Based Learning

This article shares the perspective of a teacher on how she implemented the project approach in her inclusive classroom in
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

This site is dedicated to educational equity and excellence for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Information, resources and education is

Social Emotional Tips for Families of Infants

This document provides tips for parents to support infant's social emotional health during dressing activities, meal time, play time, rest
Source:
The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC)
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18150

Women’s Health

This page provides links to information, research and resources regarding women's health needs.
Source:
MedLine Plus
Sp Title:
La Salud de las Mujeres

Getting Your Baby to Sleep

This resource provides tips to help babies and toddlers develop good sleep habits.

Turning On or Tuning Out: The Influence of Media on Young Children’s Development

In this podcast, Dr. Ellen Wartella talks about recent research on the impact of media on young children and how

Your Parenting Toolbox: 7 Tools for Setting Limits with Young Children

This short article provides strategies to use when young children are acting out.
Source:
Center for Children and Youth
Appears On:
Saying ‘No’ to Your Child

Setting Limits: Helping Children Learn Self-Regulation

This short article describes the benefits and challenges of setting limits with children. It offers do’s and don’ts and suggestions
Source:
PBS
Appears On:
Saying ‘No’ to Your Child

It’s Okay to Say No

This article discusses the importance of telling children “no” and how it ca help to build self-control.
Source:
Scholastic
Appears On:
Saying ‘No’ to Your Child

Discipline and Limit Setting

This page provides information on how caregivers can help young children develop self-control and self-regulation.
Source:
Zero to Three
Sp Title:
CERO A TRES: Recursos en español
Appears On:
Saying ‘No’ to Your Child

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Understanding infant mental health is the key to preventing and treating the mental health problems of very young children and
Source:
Zero to Three
Appears On:
Young Children’s Mental Health

Integrating Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation with the Pyramid Model

This policy brief provides an overview of early childhood mental health consultation, how it can support the implementation of the
Source:
National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations
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Young Children’s Mental Health