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Understanding STEAM and how children use it This document from the National Center on Early Childhood, Learning and Teaching provides an interactive learning experience and is intended as a professional development resource to help supervisors, coordinators, managers, and education staff* understand how young children engage with STEAM concepts and ideas. This document will also help adults identify strategies for exploring and developing STEAM in early learning settings. Document
Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development This June 2015 brief from the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides basic information about brain development and the effects of abuse and neglect on that development. It is meant to help professionals understand the emotional, mental, and behavioral impact of early abuse and neglect on children who come to the attention of the child welfare system. Document
Understanding the positive developmental impact of travel "Family holidays are a memorable experience, but did you know they’re also full of developmental opportunities for children as they grow up?" Here is a guide created by We Love Holidays, Ltd. The guide looks "at why travel can be fantastic for kids and provide advice for making the most out of the time you get to travel as a family. Spending time outdoors, learning new skills, experiencing different cultures, exploring the history of different places—there are so many benefits to family travel. This guide is a must-read for any parent looking to understand the impact of travel on childhood development." Website
Update on COVID-19 Infections and Vaccines "Two years into the global pandemic, Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care programs continue to protect children, families, and staff. This webinar from the Office of Head Start National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety explores the latest COVID-19 information for programs that provide comprehensive services in center-based, home-based, and family child care settings. This webinar was broadcast on Feb. 16, 2022." Document
Use Visual Strategies for Autism Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and lots of other students with behavior or communication challenges tend to be visual learners. They understand what they see better than what they hear. Therefore, they benefit significantly from the use of Visual Strategies. Deciding when and how to use pictures and other visual supports is the key. This website gives valuable information for speech pathologists, educators, parents, and therapists on how and when to use visual strategies. Website
Using Books to Teach Your Child about Natural Disasters Natural disasters can be scary topics for young children, but reading together about these events is a great and less-frightening way to discuss them. It also allows for great conversations about what to do if a natural disaster occurs. Website
Valuing Diversity: Developing a Deeper Understanding of All Young Children's Behavior Here is an article written by Barbara Kaiser and Judy Rasminsky for Teaching Young Children magazine, "Everything we think, say, and do is processed through our own cultural backgrounds. But because culture is absorbed and passed down from generation to generation rather than explicitly taught, we’re seldom aware of it. Culture shapes not only our values and beliefs, but also our gender roles, family structures, languages, dress, food, etiquette, approaches to disabilities, child-rearing practices, and even our expectations for children’s behavior. In this way, culture creates diversity." Document
Videos on Early Childhood Development - Pathways Free videos! These are from the Pathways Foundation website, which "Provide free tools to maximize all children's motor, sensory, and communication development." Their videos are in English and in Spanish- short videos of typical and atypical motor development that can help parents and teachers be alert to motor issues, as well as videos about strategies to support infant motor development.  Website
Walking to Joy: Using Our Values as Our Map An article posted on the National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC website, written by Kim Lee Ripley about finding JOY during the pandemic. Website
Waqtiyo wax lagu Baro Ilmaha Guriga (Teaching Moments with Babies at Home) Podcast-kan waxaan kaga hadlaynaa sida waalidiinta/daryeelayaashu ay u bilaabi karaan inay caruurtooda wax ku baraan guriga, sida daqiiqad kasta oo ay la qaataan ubadku u tahay waqti waxbarid, waxqabadyada waalidiintu kula samayn karaan caruurtooda guriga, iyo dhammaan faa'iidooyinka korriinka ee baritaanka dhallaanka.  In this podcast we are discussing how parents or caregivers can start educating their little ones at home, how every moment spent with a child is a teaching moment, activities parents can do with their little ones at home, and over all developmental benefits teaching babies.  Podcast