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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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February Classes offered by APPLES!

Join us for our February classes! You must pre-register for all classes on our website,, or by calling the APPLES office at 301-733-0000.

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6 Ways to Support Preschooler's Social–Emotional Learning at Home and in School

High quality social-emotional learning (SEL) curricula have been shown to improve children’s social and emotional competencies significantly — and these are key contributors to kindergarten readiness. But implementing a curriculum is not the only way that preschool teachers and parents can support children’s SEL. Every adult who regularly interacts with your child has the opportunity to contribute to her SEL in a variety of ways.

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What Trouble With Emotion Looks Like

When kids have trouble managing their emotions, it can show up in different ways. Some might be unable to put the brakes on their feelings when they’re angry or stressed about something. Others might struggle to get revved up to do something when they’re feeling bored.

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Exposure to Trauma has a profound impact on cognitive development and academic outcomes

Exposure to trauma has a profound impact on cognitive development and academic outcomes, and schools and teachers are woefully unprepared to contend with these realities. Children dealing with traumatic situations should not been seen as pathological, he argued. Instead, educators need to recognize the resilience they are showing already. The instruments and surveys that have been used to measure social-emotional skills such as persistence and grit have not taken into account these factors.

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HCC offering 90 hours of child care training in partnership with Howard Community College

HCC is offering 90 hours of childcare training in partnership with Howard Community College through continuing education. To meet the current educational requirements for certification as a care teacher, you must have a high school diploma or an approved certificate of high school equivalency, and have successfully completed two 45-hour courses (1 course in Curriculum and 1 course in Child Development).

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Emergency Prep in Child Care offered by Hagerstown Community College!

This training is designed for child care center staff, family child care providers, and informal providers. Successful completion requires a written emergency plan for center room, program, family child care program, or informal program. This training will build upon basic child care licensing requirements and address additional areas of concern that are now in the forefront of emergency preparedness planning.

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