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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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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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Changes to the Maryland Child Care Credential Program

We appreciate your cooperation during this time of transition.

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Coping with the Defiant Toddler

It is a toddler’s job to be defiant. This is the period in your child’s development when he or she begins to understand that they are separate from you and are naturally eager to seek out more independence and control over their world. The problem, of course, is that while their desire to be their own person is coming into full gear, toddlers have not yet mastered self-control. Read some tips on how to respond to your toddler’s defiant behavior.

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Playing, Laughing, and Learning in Preschool

As child care providers, it's easy to encourage children to sit down and play quietly. In an interesting article from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NEAYC), the author discusses the importance of laughter.

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Help Your Preschooler Gain Self-Control

Kindergarten teachers have expressed self control is an important part of school readiness. As a parent, how can you help teach your child this skill through your own actions.

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Supporting the Development of Creativity

The National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) recently shared an interesting article that focused on how different creative experiences support different parts of a child's development. It's important  to create a healthy balance that supports physical development, language and literacy, and social/emotional development.

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