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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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 articles 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

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
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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
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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.
Source:
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
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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.
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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
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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
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STARNET: Early Childhood
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Supporting Young Children's Friendships

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

Pyramid Model Overview

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NCPMI
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Managing Problem Behavior at Home

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Child Mind Institute
Sp Title:
Cómo manejar los comportamientos problemáticos en el hogar
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit

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Autism Speaks
Sp Title:
Manual de conductas desafiante
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Challenging Behaviors

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Zero to Three
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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

Challenging Behavior in Young Children

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Pearson Education
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
Sp Title:
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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Sp Title:
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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Source:
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
Sp Title:
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
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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.
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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

The Distance Learning Toolbox Families Wish They Had

Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

Inclusion brochure

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Illinois State Board of Education
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

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

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New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

Teacher Center Fundamentals Training

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Google for Education
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

Understanding Inclusion Modules

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Early Choices
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

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

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Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

CONNECT Module: Foundations of Inclusion

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Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
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Inclusive Practices and Remote Learning

#ALL IN: 18 Ways to Create Inclusive Virtual Classrooms

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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

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Center on Technology and Disability

The Tools of Encouragement

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The International Child and Youth Care Network

Kids for Trees

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Investigations

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Eastern Connecticut State University

Temperament Traits

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Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Developing Social Skills

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National Network for Child Care's Connections

Lead

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Proteja a Su Familia Contra el Plomo en el Hogar

Integrated Pest Management in Childcare

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Discover the Forest

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U.S. Forest Service

Everyday Steps to Reading and Writing

Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

Learning to Write and Draw

Source:
Zero to Three
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

The Alphabetic Principle

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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

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

Milestones of Early Literacy Development

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Reach Out and Read Texas
Sp Title:
Indicadores del Desarrollo Inicial de la Lectoescritura
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Helping Young Children Get Ready to Read

Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness

Source:
Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness

Homeless Education

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Illinois State Board of Education

Accreditation

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

13 Tips for Starting Preschool

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

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

Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

12 Ways to Help Children Say Goodbye

Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The Not-So-Magic Word

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Why Read Informational Books?

Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Transitions to Kindergarten

Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms

Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

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
Source:
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
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50380

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.
Source:
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
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Appears On:
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.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Appears On:
Developmentally Appropriate Practice

DAP with Preschoolers, Ages 3-5

This provides information and resources for Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) with Preschoolers.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Appears On:
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
Source:
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
Source:
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.
Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Appears On:
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.
Source:
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
Source:
Center for Parent Information and Resources
Sp Title:
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
Source:
Center for Parent Information and Resources

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?

Source:
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

Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Appears On:
Developmentally Appropriate Practice 101

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Position Statement

Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Sp Title:
Declaración de Posición sobre las Prácticas Apropiadas al Desarrollo (PDF)
Appears On:
Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Developmentally Appropriate Practice 101

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.
Source:
Reading Rockets
Sp Title:
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

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

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,

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

Museums: Hands-on and More!

Source:
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Learning Through Water Play

Source:
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

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

Talks on Tuesdays

Source:
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 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
Source:
NRC Kids
Sp Title:
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.
Source:
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.
Source:
Center on the Developing Child (Harvard University)
Sp Title:
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
Source:
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
Source:
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
Source:
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
Source:
University of California Television

Back to School–Making and Tinkering With STEM Webinar

Source:
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
Source:
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
Source:
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,
Source:
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
Source:
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
Source:
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.
Source:
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
Source:
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
Source:
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
Source:
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
Source:
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,
Source:
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
Source:
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 four minute video discusses how adults can help their children learn by joining in on play and asking questions.
Source:
Zero to Three
Appears On:
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 StartZ

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 ToddlersZ

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.

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

Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old

Source:
Centers for Disease Control and PreventionCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Sp Title:
Vacunas recomendadas para niños, desde el nacimiento hasta los 6 años de edad

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

Dual Language Learners: Five Tips for Parents

Source:
TooSmall.org
Sp Title:
Ninos Que Aprenden en Dos Idiomas: Cinco Consejos para los Padres

Social Emotional Tips for Families of Infants

Source:
The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC)
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18150

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
Appears On:
Young Children’s Mental Health

Children’s Mental Health

This provides information on child development, symptoms and treatment for mental disorders, and treatment options for behavior problems.
Source:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Sp Title:
La Salud Mental de los Niños
Appears On:
Young Children’s Mental Health

International Children’s Digital Library

This online library provides links to free online children’s books from many cultures and in several languages.
Source:
International Children's Digital Library
Appears On:
18060

La biblioteca pre-escolar

This preschool library website contains activities and booklists in Spanish that can be shared with parents.
Source:
Story Place
Sp Title:
La biblioteca pre-escolar
Appears On:
Welcoming Latino Children and Families to Preschool Programs

Learning about Your Students’ Backgrounds

This explains how to create a welcoming environment, especially for diverse families. Learning some of their language, even if it’s
Source:
Colorin Colorado
Sp Title:
Informarse sobre los orígenes de sus estudiantes
Appears On:
Welcoming Latino Children and Families to Preschool Programs

How to Create a Welcoming Classroom Environment for ELLs

Learn how to create a welcoming classroom environment for your English language learners (ELLs) and immigrant students — and why
Source:
Colorin Colorado
Sp Title:
Cómo crear un aula acogedora
Appears On:
Welcoming Latino Children and Families to Preschool Programs

How to Reach Out to Parents of ELLs

This resource developed by Colorin Colorado lists ways to reach out to Hispanic parents to get them involved in their
Source:
Colorin Colorado
Sp Title:
Cómo acercarse a los padres de los estudiantes ELL
Appears On:
Welcoming Latino Children and Families to Preschool Programs

A Developmental Approach to Assessment of Young Children

Dr. Lilian Katz clarifies the main purposes for which children are typically assessed and discusses the relationship between assessment and
Source:
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Appears On:
Gathering Work Samples in Pre-K

Assessment Basics: From Observation to Instruction

This article advocates the use of developmentally appropriate assessment to support learning through the process of gathering information related to
Source:
University at Maine
Appears On:
Gathering Work Samples in Pre-K

Work Sampling System

This report describes the Work Sampling System as a means of documentation and evaluation as well as reporting.
Source:
FairTest
Appears On:
18017

Performance Assessment in Early Childhood Education: The Work Sampling System

Sam Meisels describes the Work Sampling System and explains how testing of young children can be used inappropriately, resulting in
Source:
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Appears On:
18017

Collecting and Using Work Samples

This five-minute video describes how to collect and use work samples to document children’s learning in the preschool classroom.
Source:
Head Start
Appears On:
Gathering Work Samples in Pre-K

Responding to Your Child’s Bite

Source:
The Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
Sp Title:
Maneras de tratarlas mordidas desu hijo

Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era

This clinical report provides pediatric health care providers with evidence-based information that can be used to support caregivers as they
Source:
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Appears On:
18156

The Immediate Impact of Different Types of Television on Young Children’s Executive Function

A research study found that preschool-aged children who watched fast-paced television cartoons did less well at self-regulation, working memory, and
Source:
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Appears On:
18156

Joint Guidance Brief on the Use of Technology with Young Children

This is a guidance brief on early learning and the use of technology to help families and early educators use
Source:
U.S. Departments of Human Services and Education
Appears On:
Screens and Young Children

Early Childhood, Media Use, and Development: Human Touch First and Foremost Zero to Three, 2018

Media use by young children, even those 2 years old and younger, continues to increase. It must be used appropriately
Source:
Zero to Three
Appears On:
18156

Children and Media Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

This article provides important tops for families to manage the ever-changing digital landscape.
Source:
HealthyChildren.org
Sp Title:
Los niños y la tecnología: consejos para los padres en la era digital
Appears On:
Screens and Young Children

Keeping Technology in Check: Mindful Technology Use DOs for Parents

This article provides guidelines for families that focus on things parents can do related to technology use in families.
Source:
HealthyChildren.org
Sp Title:
Consejos para los padres sobre el uso consciente de la tecnología
Appears On:
Screens and Young Children

What NOT to Do When Your Child Is Having a Tantrum

This article provides tips on responding to difficult toddler behavior
Source:
Child Mind Institute
Appears On:
Toddlers and Tantrums

Disciplining Your Toddler

Here are suggestions for setting limits that will help prevent future discipline problems.
Source:
KidsHealth
Sp Title:
Poner límites a los más pequeños
Appears On:
Toddlers and Tantrums

A Temper, A Tantrum

This publication explains that understanding why tantrums happen and knowing how to respond helps parents reduce the number and intensity
Source:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Appears On:
Toddlers and Tantrums

Understanding Children: Disciplining Your Toddler

This resource explains that disciplining a toddler isn’t easy, but understanding the reasons for the behavior and keeping your goals
Source:
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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18144

Understanding Children: Temper Tantrums

This parent resource helps parents understand the causes of temper tantrums and ways to plan ahead to help prevent them.
Source:
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Appears On:
18144

Dealing with Temper Tantrums

Two-year-olds may express their frustration or anger with a tantrum. This tip sheet explains how parents can prevent and diffuse
Source:
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Appears On:
Toddlers and Tantrums

Challenging Behavior Resource Guide

This topical guide will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources.
Source:
Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
Sp Title:
Comportamientos difíciles (Guías tópica)
Appears On:
Toddlers and Tantrums and Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

The Combine Project: An Experience in a Dual-Language Classroom

This article, by Rebecca Wilson, describes what happened when a bilingual kindergarten class in West Liberty, Iowa, investigated a combine.
Source:
Early Childhood Research and Practice
Sp Title:
The Combine Project: An Experience in a Dual-Language Classroom
Appears On:
Supporting the Literacy Development of Diverse Language Learners in Early Childhood Classrooms

What Does Research Tell Us About Teaching Reading to English Language Learners?

This article provides a synthesis of research, and provides information on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension in young
Source:
Reading Rockets
Appears On:
Supporting the Literacy Development of Diverse Language Learners in Early Childhood Classrooms

Help! Kit for Grades Pre-K – 6

This kit for primary teachers can be downloaded from the web. It includes ideas for recommended teaching strategies, lesson plans,
Source:
ESCORT
Appears On:
18047

Early Literacy Instruction for ELLs

These resources provide guidance on how to build a foundation for literacy development as well as guidance on using a
Source:
Colorin Colorado
Sp Title:
Alfabetización temprana: Preescolar y jardín de infantes
Appears On:
Supporting the Literacy Development of Diverse Language Learners in Early Childhood Classrooms

Supporting Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood

This topical guide on supporting dual language learners in early childhood will introduce you to important books, videos, and information
Source:
Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
Sp Title:
El apoyo de niños que aprenden en dos idiomas
Appears On:
Supporting the Literacy Development of Diverse Language Learners in Early Childhood Classrooms

Supporting Social-Emotional Development

This webinar series, featuring short instructional videos, addresses positive relationships, modeling empathy, and the importance of social-emotional and cognitive development.
Source:
Teaching Strategies
Appears On:
Supporting Children's Social Development: Strategies for Parents and Caregivers

Social Development in 3-5 Year Olds

Preschoolers are learning sophisticated ways to relate to others. This article provides information on social development, including empathy, imagination, and
Source:
Scholastic
Appears On:
Supporting Children's Social Development: Strategies for Parents and Caregivers

Fostering Healthy Social & Emotional Development in Young Children

These tips, which are organized by age, are intended to help early childhood caregivers support children’s social and emotional development.
Source:
U.S. Department of Education
Appears On:
Supporting Children's Social Development: Strategies for Parents and Caregivers

Making Friends and Getting Along with Peers

This chapter from the book From Neurons to Neighborhoods discusses how establishing relationships with peers is a major developmental task that is
Source:
The National Academies Press
Appears On:
Supporting Young Children's Friendships

Promoting Positive Peer Social Interactions

This brief discusses the importance of successful social interactions to promote positive social and emotional development in children.
Source:
The Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
Appears On:
Supporting Children's Social Development: Strategies for Parents and Caregivers

Parents’ Guide to Language Delays and Speech Disorders in Children

This site provides information on speech and language milestones, risk factors, and describes the benefits of early intervention speech therapy.
Source:
Baylor University
Appears On:
Speech Development and Delays

Important Speech Milestones

This article helps parents know what to expect based on their child’s age (0 to 3).

10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Childhood apraxia of speech is a disorder of the nervous system that affects the ability to sequence and say sounds,
Source:
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Appears On:
Speech Development and Delays

Typical Speech and Language Development

Parents and teachers can learn more about speech development, including social language and the effects of learning more than one
Source:
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Appears On:
Speech Development and Delays

Language Delay

This explains that simple speech delays are sometimes temporary in children. They may resolve on their own or with a
Source:
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Sp Title:
Retrasos del lenguaje en los niños pequeños
Appears On:
Speech Development and Delays

Delayed Speech or Language Development

How long should parents wait if they are concerned about a child’s speech or language development? KidsHealth suggests an early
Source:
KidsHealth
Sp Title:
Retraso en el desarrollo del habla o del lenguaje
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Speech Development and Delays

School-Home Links/Book Links

Using the Library and Writing about Books Retelling Stories through Drawing Draw in Response and Answer Questions Following Directions by
Source:
Home U.S. Department of Education

Siblings of Children with Chronic Illnesses or Disabilities

Siblings are essential members in a family and need support adjusting to a child’s disability or illness. This resource highlights

Involving Siblings in Early Intervention

Siblings are an important part of a child’s family and Early Intervention (EI) is a family-centered program. This one-page tip
Source:
Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
Sp Title:
La participación de los hermanos en la intervención temprana
Appears On:
Dual Language Learners and Sibling Relationships

Sibling Rivalry

This article includes reasons that children fight and ways to help promote peace.
Source:
KidsHealth
Appears On:
Sibling Relationships

Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling

Adjusting to a new sibling can be made a little easier when parents consider the older child in the transition.
Source:
KidsHealth
Appears On:
Sibling Relationships

Understanding Sibling Rivalry

This fact sheet includes suggestions for parents on helping children learn to get along with brothers and sisters.
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Ohio State University
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New Baby Sibling

This website discusses how to prepare an older child for the arrival of a new brother or sister.
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Mott Children’s Hospital
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Sibling Relationships

What Is Sibling Rivalry?

This website includes the reasons for sibling rivalry as well as tips and resources that parents can use to teach
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Mott Children’s Hospital
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Sibling Relationships

The Contribution of Documentation to the Quality of Early Childhood Education

This article describes why documentation is important in early childhood education.
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Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
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Gathering Work Samples in Pre-K

The Project Approach (website)

This website is dedicated to providing information about the Project Approach. It offers theory, structure, and examples of the Project
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The Project Approach .org
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The Project Approach: Display and Documentation Techniques and Doing Projects at Home

Your Child’s Weight

This article covers topics such as growth and puberty, body mass index, under and overweight, and the role genes play.
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KidsHealth
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El peso de su hijo
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Preschoolers' Nutrition and Fitness

How Should I Deal with a Picky Eater?

This Q&A website explains what parents can do when their child is a selective eater.
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KidsHealth
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Preschoolers' Nutrition and Fitness

Motor Development

This parent guide includes a list of motor development milestones.
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University of Pittsburgh
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Preschoolers' Nutrition and Fitness

Feeling Hungry? Satisfying Books about Food for Young Children

This reviews a selection of books for young children on food topics, such as eating vegetables and foods for special

Life Stages: Kids

This website provides games, activities, songs, and videos that encourage a healthy lifestyle for young children.
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My Plate: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Ask & Answer: Phonological Awareness

This module helps to answer the questions: What is phonological awareness? Why is it important? How should it be taught?
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National Center on Improving Literacy
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Phonological Awareness in Young Children

Phonological Awareness: What It Is and How It Works

Phonological awareness is a skill that allows kids to recognize and work with the sounds of spoken language. This article

Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

This article describes difficulties in phonological awareness from three perspectives: the child, the parent, and the teacher. It also offers
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Reading Rockets
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Phonological Awareness in Young Children

The Music Center in Child Care

The Extension website says activities in a music center can support children’s development across several different domains.
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Extension Alliance for Better Child Care
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Music for Preschool Children

Learning with Musical Instruments

This resource explains what skills children develop when using instruments. It also provides tips for adults to maximize child learning.

Position Statement on Early Childhood Education

Music is a natural and important part of young children’s growth and development. The National Association for Music Education explains
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National Association for Music Education
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Music for Preschool Children

When I’m 3, where will I be? A Family’s Transition Workbook

This workbook was developed by parents, early intervention, and early childhood personnel to provide information as you approach your child’s
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The Illinois Transition Guidance Committee
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Cuando tenga 3 años, ¿en dónde estaré?
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Moving from Early Intervention to PreK: What Parents and Caregivers Want to Know

Transition at Age 3 : Leaving the Early Intervention Program

This tip sheet discusses the steps involved in a successful transition out of the early intervention system.
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Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
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La transición a los 3 años de edad. La finalización de los servicios del Programa de Intervención Temprana
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Early Intervention and Moving from Early Intervention to PreK: What Parents and Caregivers Want to Know

Transition Is More Than a Change in Services: The Need for a Multicultural Perspective

This report by the University of Illinois discusses the transition from Early Intervention services to preschool services, which presents many
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Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
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Early School Transitions and the Social Behavior of Children with Disabilities: Selected Findings from the Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study

This national study examines the characteristics of children receiving preschool special education, the services they receive, their transitions across educational
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Institute of Education Sciences
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Raising a Fit Preschooler

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KidsHealth
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Things to Do While You’re Waiting: Get Physical

Musical Hoops

This is a description of a physical activity to help children gain a better understanding of self space in terms
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PE Central
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Things to Do While You’re Waiting: Get Physical

The Power of Play – How Fun and Games Help Children Thrive

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HealthyChildren.org
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El poder del juego: cómo la diversión y los juegos ayudan a los niños a prosperar
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Time to Play, Time to Dream: Unscheduling Your Child

KIDS: Every Illinois Child Ready for Kindergarten

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Illinois State Board of Education
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Academic Redshirting

Colds

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KidsHealth
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Resfriados
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Too Sick to Go to Child Care?

MyPlate Food Guide

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KidsHealth
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'Mi plato': Guía nutricional
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Eating Right = Healthy Children

Moving Our Bodies

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Sesame Street in Communities
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Eating Right = Healthy Children

Making the Vaccine Decision: Facts about Vaccine Safety

This page provides places to find trustworthy, science-based information about the safety of vaccines.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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Immunizations: A Guide for Parents

Loose parts: Adding quality to the outdoor environment

Open-ended materials—loose parts—on the playground can provide children with never ending ways to transform things into whatever they can mentally
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Texas Child Care Quarterly
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Toys from Throwaways: Let’s Recycle!

Loose parts: What does this mean?

This provides a description and ideas for adding and using loose parts for activities in a child care program.
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PennState Extension
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Toys from Throwaways: Let’s Recycle! and Say Yes to the Mess! Play with Rocks

Play and Children’s Learning

The latest research on play, play based learning, and ideas to share with families.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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Age-Appropriate Play for Young Children

Toddler Reading Time

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KidsHealth
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La hora de lectura para niños pequeños
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Read with Your Toddler!

Teaching Sequence

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Reading Rockets
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Enseñanza de las secuencias
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Time for Preschoolers: Duration

Use Positive Words

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Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behavior
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Say What You Mean! Talking Straight to Children

Rules and Limits “Laying down the law” with your children

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University of Pittsburgh
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Say What You Mean! Talking Straight to Children

Respect for Parents

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Scholastic
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Connecting with Parents: “But He Doesn’t Do That at Home!”

Toddlers: Learning by Playing

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KidsHealth
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Play With Your Toddler—Indoors

Creativity in Young Children

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University of Missouri Extension
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Things to Do While You’re Waiting: Art Is All Around

Preschool Lesson Plans for Physical Education

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PE Central
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Building Endurance: Let's Get Physical!

MyActivity Pyramid for Kids

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University of Missouri Extension
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Building Endurance: Let's Get Physical!

Education Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois

This guide is for parents, teachers, administrators, and others to help them learn about the educational rights of children who
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Illinois State Board of Education
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Recursos Español: Guía para los Padres
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Moving from Early Intervention to PreK: What Parents and Caregivers Want to Know

Transitions in Early Intervention

This resource guide provides a list of books and DVDs that are available for checkout to Illinois residents, along with
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Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
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Moving from Early Intervention to PreK: What Parents and Caregivers Want to Know

Safety and Prevention: Immunizations

This family-friendly resource lists the Immunization Schedule and many articles about specific vaccines for children.
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Healthy Children.org (from the American Academy of Pediatrics)
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Seguridad y Prevención: Inmunizaciones
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Immunizations: What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know

Vaccines for Your Children

This CDC page for parents outlines why to vaccinate, explains the vaccine schedule by age, lists preventable diseases, and gives
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Centers on Disease Control (CDC)
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Vacunas para sus hijos
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Immunizations: What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know

Illinois Department of Public Health

This organization is dedicated to improving the health and safety of people in Illinois.
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Healthy Sleep Habits: How Many Hours Does Your Child Need?

This provides information for parents regarding how many hours of sleep are recommended for their child from infancy to the

Children and Sleep

This website provides information regarding the importance of sleep for children, tips to help children get a full night's sleep
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Sleep Foundation
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ZZZs, Please! Bedtime for Preschoolers

Child Sleep: Put Preschool Bedtime Problems to Rest

This website provides strategies to put the most common bedtime problems to rest.
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Mayo Clinic
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ZZZs, Please! Bedtime for Preschoolers

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

What can be done at school to help a traumatized child? This online publication includes descriptions of the effects and
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National Child Traumatic Stress Network
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Supporting Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Children, Violence and Trauma

The ACT program helps build safe and strong families.
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American Psychological Association
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Safe from the Start: Taking Action on Children Exposed to Violence

This publication describes an action plan that outlines principles for preventing and reducing the negative impact of the exposure to
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U.S. Department of Justice
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Supporting Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

How to Support a Child Who Has Witnessed Violence: For Caregivers

This brief list suggests some ways that care providers can help support children who have witnessed violence.
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Child Witness to Violence Project
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Supporting Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals

This factsheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway discusses the extent of the overlap between domestic violence and child welfare,
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Promoting Protective Factors for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Guide for Practitioners

This factsheet presents information from a review of current research linking protective factors to well-being for children exposed to domestic
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Supporting Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Providing Trauma-Informed Supports

This blog post provides information on the impact of trauma on young children and strategies that caregivers can use to
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Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
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La provisión de apoyos con información sobre el trauma
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Supporting Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Voices for Illinois Children

This is a statewide, nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy organization that is committed to building better lives for children. Information is provided
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Illinois Organizations

University of Illinois Extension

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Illinois Organizations

STARNET (Support and Technical Assistance Regionally)

This site provides a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young
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Illinois Organizations

SIDS of Illinois

This website is dedicated to supporting family members and others who have been touched by the tragedy of Sudden Infant
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Illinois Organizations

Prevent Child Abuse Illinois

This site provides information on prevention education and public awareness, community outreach, public policy advocacy, and promotion of effective child
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Illinois Organizations

Parents Anonymous

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Illinois Organizations

Parenting 24/7

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Illinois Organizations

Ounce of Prevention Fund

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Illinois Organizations

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Illinois

This website provides information regarding NAMI in Illinois. Links for virtual support groups, crisis information, education, advocacy and resources are
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Illinois Organizations

ISBE Early Childhood Special Education Services

This provides information and resources for special education services, child identification, and families.

Injury Free Coalition for Kids

This provides information and links to local injury free coalitions. All of the sites are independent, physician led programs driven
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Illinois Organizations

Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative (ISTAC)

Is now a part of the Illinois Multi-Tiered System of Supports Network (IL MTSS-N)
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Illinois Organizations

Illinois State Board of Education

This provides information for educators, families and stakeholders regarding education in the state of Illinois.
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Illinois Organizations

Illinois PTA

This is the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) who works to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering
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Illinois Organizations

Illinois Parents as Teachers

The Parents as Teachers program is an evidence-based early childhood home visiting framework that builds strong communities, thriving families and