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How to Teach Children to Appropriately Gain Your Attention

It is difficult to have a conversation with someone if you do not have their attention-this is true for both children and adults. The ability to successfully capture someone’s attention is a fundamental social skill and provides the foundation for future success in social settings and relationships. Read more on how to effectively teach your children to gain your attention.

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Need help developing the brain of a toddler or infant? There's an app for that!

Know a parent who needs help developing the brain of an infant or toddler? There’s a free app for that. It’s called Vroom, and it’s the brainchild of a team of scientists working with the Bezos Family Foundation, founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Vroom is more than just a piece of software. The app is part of a larger Vroom effort to offer parents simple ideas to make better use of their time with their child.

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Holidays: Celebrating Diversity And Meeting Children's Developmental Needs.

Talking and thinking about holidays in early childhood programs today is a "hot topic." There is an increasing diversity of children, families and staff who make up our programs. Each may have different ideas of how to celebrate holidays. As educators, we also have the responsibility to meet both the intellectual and social needs of the children we work with. How we meet those needs also applies to how we include holidays in our curriculum.

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January Classes!

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

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1, 2, 3 MAGIC!

Who's in charge at your house? Disciplining a child can be a overwhelming task, so think of yourself as a wild animal trainer, and choose a gentle method of disciplining your child and repeat it until it works. 1, 2, 3 Magic Program was developed by Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D., a registered clinical psychologist.

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How to Get Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling

Have you ever said these words? “I’m trying not to yell…I really am.  But, it seems like that is the only way I can get my kids to listen to me.  Just don’t know what to do.  Help!”  This website contains an hour long webinar by Amy McCready from Positive Parenting Solutions, and is full of information on exactly WHY your children don’t listen and WHAT you can do about it.

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The Raising of America through Early Childhood Education

The Raising of America is an ambitious documentary series and public engagement campaign that seeks to reframe the way we look at early child health and development. It illustrates how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous and equitable nation.

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Come out and show your support for APPLES

Ten Thousand Villages in Hagerstown, MD is hosting a holiday shopping fundraiser to benefit APPLES for Children, Inc. Western Maryland’s Child Care Resource & Referral Center.

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December Classes at APPLES

Join us for our December classes: MSDE Accreditation Orientation and Including all Children and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Changes to the Maryland Child Care Credential Program

We appreciate your cooperation during this time of transition.

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