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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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What You Need to Know About Developmental Delays

He hasn’t rolled over yet? Aren’t kids usually talking by now? People may not mean to be insensitive when they ask questions like these. But it can be upsetting to see other kids passing milestones before your child does.

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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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