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Washington County Gives 2016!

On Tuesday, May 3, Washington County Gives will host 24 hours of giving - an on-line "give-a-thon" for participating non-profit agencies. On this day, we ask you to support APPLES for Children with your donations. Today, we ask you to spread the word about Washington County Gives.  Like us on Facebook, forward this email, or both!

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Preparing for The Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.  Celebrate this year on April 10th-16th.  Need some ideas on how to celebrate in your classroom or at home?

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Early Intervention (EI): Supporting infants and toddlers

At some point almost all early educators work with a child who receives or needs early intervention (EI) services. Early intervention consists of services and supports designed to help children who have a developmental delay or special need, and their families. Through collaboration with families and related service providers, supportive practices for infants and toddlers who receive EI services can be implemented within existing routines and across environments.

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APPLES I-Care Newsletter

Delivered directly to your inbox! Get news and information on the early childhood field, professional development opportunities, community events in your area, plus contests and giveaways. Subscribe to the APPLES I-Care weekly e-newsletter.

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The Marshmallow Test: What It Tells Us About Kids With ADHD and Self-Control

Research shows that self-control is learned best through play and physical activity. Playing games promotes self-control, especially games where children have to listen to the rules, pay attention when the rules change and not act on autopilot. Two great examples are Simon Says and Red Light/Green Light.

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Time to Sign up for the 3rd Annual Early Childhood Connections Conference at Garrett College

Our very own Megan Ganoe, APPLES Quality Enhancement Manager, will be presenting Preschool Math from the Dollar Store. This is a training and networking day for anyone who touches the life of a child.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Will you spoil your baby if you pick it up each time it cries?

New research points to cuddled children growing up to be healthier, less depressed, kinder, more empathetic, and more productive adults.

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March Classes offered by APPLES!

Join us for our March Classes: Discover STEM, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Medication Administration Training, Computer Literacy for Child Care Providers, Car Seat Safety, Parent Handbook, Maryland EXCELS: Next Steps, Toilet Training, and Supporting STEM Through Play.

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How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. In this video, Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer.

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Mental Health Begins in Early Childhood

Science tells us that the foundations of sound mental health are built early in life. Early experiences—including children’s relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, and peers—interact with genes to shape the architecture of the developing brain. Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child’s capacities for learning and relating to others, with lifelong implications.

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