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What Does it Mean to use Ongoing Assessment to Individualize Instruction in Early Childhood? Using ongoing child assessment to individualize instruction is considered a best practice in early childhood education1 and is a requirement in the Head Start Performance Standards.2 Teachers who use ongoing assessment to individualize instruction may reduce the school readiness gap for children at risk, deliver more effective instruction, and have students who achieve better outcomes. Document
What has happened to play? Current educational mandates are creating alarming changes in early childhood settings. More and more direct teaching of academic skills is being required at younger and younger ages. Some districts are now expecting four-year-olds to be reading before they enter Kindergarten. Increased testing is demanded to gauge mastery of required skills and teachers are blamed if their young students fail to achieve these ?benchmarks?. In this thought-provoking, research-based article, Diane Levin urges all educators who understand the vital role of play in the lives of young children to take action toward restoring play as a central part of childhood. Document
What is Autism? This info module examines key characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and strategies for successful inclusion in early care and education programs. Info Module
What Is Big Body Play and Why Is It Important? Big body play supports children?s physical development but it also supports the development of children?s social awareness, emotional thinking, and language skills. Document
What is Challenging Behavior Challenging behavior is categorized as either externalizing or internalizing behaviors. Both externalizing and internalizing behaviors can present challenges when the behaviors interfere with the child’s learning or the learning of peers. Tipsheet
What is Happening to Fine Motor Development? In recent years a growing number of children are ?arriving at school lacking in basic fine motor skills.? This is a huge problem because if the young student does not have the finger strength and coordination to hold a pencil, for example, they will struggle to master current kindergarten requirements. Like large motor development, fine motor skills develop progressively, beginning in the earliest years of childhood. Young children who spend too much time ?swiping and tapping? electronic devices, instead of playing with manipulative toys or coloring with crayons, struggle with poor hand control and weak pencil grip in school. This article will help educators and family members to consider a return to the time-tested play materials of childhood?blocks, play dough, beads, and crayons?to best prepare children for school. Website
What is Happening to Fine Motor Development? In recent years a growing number of children are ?arriving at school lacking in basic fine motor skills.? This is a huge problem because if the young student does not have the finger strength and coordination to hold a pencil, for example, they will struggle to master current kindergarten requirements. Like large motor development, fine motor skills develop progressively, beginning in the earliest years of childhood. Young children who spend too much time ?swiping and tapping? electronic devices, instead of playing with manipulative toys or coloring with crayons, struggle with poor hand control and weak pencil grip in school. This article will help educators and family members to consider a return to the time-tested play materials of childhood?blocks, play dough, beads, and crayons?to best prepare children for school. Document
What Is Lost When Kindergarten Gets More Academic Have you noticed that schools seem to expect more of their youngest students academically, while giving them less time to spend in self-directed and creative play? This January 2016 article summarizes changes around how kids are learning and what they?re learning from a recent national research study. Document
What is Stress, Burnout and Depression?      This info module highlights the impact of stress, burnout and depression of early care and education professionals on quality child care. Included are the signs, symptoms of stress, burnout and depression and some basic self-care strategies. Info Module
What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? How the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to early care and education programs. Tipsheet