Podcast: Inclusion Matters

Inclusion Matters is a podcast produced by CICC. Early childhood experts discuss a wide array of important topics for early childhood professionals.

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Children's Theatre Company: Using Storytelling to Enhance Development – Part 2

Children's Theatre Company: Using Storytelling to Enhance Development – Part 2

In part two of our podcast on storytelling, Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel welcome Maria Asp and Laura Mann Hill. They share information about the Early Bridges program and the research they have done with the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota to track the growth of literacy skills, social emotional skills, language usage, and play. Their enthusiasm for helping children learn to tell their own stories will fill you with joy!

(Length: 13:40)
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Children's Theatre Company: Using Storytelling to Enhance Development – Part 1

Children's Theatre Company: Using Storytelling to Enhance Development – Part 1

Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel welcome special guests from the Children's Theatre, Maria Asp, Neighborhood Bridging Director and Laura Mann Hill, Early Bridges Manager. In Part 1 of the three part series they share about their Early Bridges program It is an early childhood literacy program that uses storytelling and creative drama to promote language development and school readiness skills. Children may start with small steps in telling their own stories but with support, they become amazing storytellers!

(Length: 13:57)
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Stress, Burnout and Depression in Early Care and Education: The Importance of Self-Care - Part 3 in a series

Stress, Burnout and Depression in Early Care and Education: The Importance of Self-Care - Part 3 in a series

Being proactive and intentional about creating a plan for self-care is an important aspect of prevention and management of stress, burnout and depression. During this podcast, Cindy Croft, Priscilla Weigel and Dea Anderson discuss self-care strategies and where to seek help when self-care is not enough.

(Length: 15:07)
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Stress, Burnout and Depression in Early Care and Education: Signs and Symptoms - Part 2 in a series

Stress, Burnout and Depression in Early Care and Education: Signs and Symptoms - Part 2 in a series

Cindy Croft, Priscilla Weigel and Dea Anderson discuss the specific signs and symptoms of stress, burnout and depression. Also discussed is the importance of self-awareness for early care and education professionals.

(Length: 12:52)
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Stress, Burnout and Depression in Early Care and Education: Definitions and Impact - Part 1 in a series

Stress, Burnout and Depression in Early Care and Education: Definitions and Impact - Part 1 in a series

The results of a 2007 study, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), showed that the highest level of depression among various occupations was reported by individuals in caregiving professions. This includes the field of early care and education. In this podcast, Cindy Croft, Priscilla Weigel and Dea Anderson discuss the definitions and impact of stress, burnout and depression in early care and education.

(Length: 10:46)
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The Ins and Outs of the Special Needs Rate from an Expert - Part 3 in a series

The Ins and Outs of the Special Needs Rate from an Expert - Part 3 in a series

Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel welcome special guest Nicole Frethem, Policy Specialist with the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program at the MN Department of Human Services to discuss the Child Care Assistance Program. Nicole shares important information about the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and how its subsidies aid families in accessing quality child care. Both families and child care programs should know what the eligibility is, how you begin the process, and why it can help offset financial costs.

(Length: 13:06)
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