Summer Time Means More Time To Play

Now that the kids are out of school, remember that play is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play as a family weaves the ties of love and connection that bind family members together. Make sure your child gets plenty of play time with their child care provider…

What Are “Quality” Early Childhood Programs?

Quality early childhood programs provide experiences that optimize each child’s development, learning and health, engage families and communities in partnerships and cultivate life-long learners and productive members of society. What does this mean for families? Early childhood programs refer to any program or service related to young children and families. While programs and services are…

5 Important Ways Fathers Impact Child Development

When it comes to parenting,  a mother’s love is important and special, but having an active father figure plays an equally important role in the healthy development of a child. Here are 5 important ways fathers impact child development: 1. Increase Intellect. An active father can help increase your child’s emotional intelligence and problem solving capabilities.…

What is Family Well-Being?

Family well-being includes the safety, health, and financial stability of all family members. Safe, healthy, and financially secure families are more likely to reach the goals they set for themselves and their children. Early childhood professionals can contribute to the well-being of families and their children by building strength based relationships that foster trust and…

Stay Involved

The work isn’t over when you find good care for your child. Building a strong relationship with your provider will help your child’s learning and development. Look for ways to exchange information about your child and have conversations about caregiving and your child’s learning. Here are some ways to be involved: Have meetings with your…

Health and Safety Issues to Consider

Quality child care providers make health and safety issues a top priority. Use the questions below as general guidelines, and contact Child Care Resources for more information. � Are diapering, sleeping, food preparation and play areas separate? � Are there clearly written sanitation procedures specific to each area? Are instructions posted about proper diapering and…

Reasons Why Outdoor Play Is Critical To Development

Unstructured outdoor play is essential for a variety of reasons, among them: Physical play increases overall fitness, builds healthier bodies, and helps prevent childhood obesity. Children need to develop large and small motor skills along with cardiovascular endurance. Time outdoors raises vitamin D levels, helping prevent future bone problems, diabetes, and heart disease and may…

The Benefits Of Playing

One of the most important gifts we can give our kids is time to play, both as a family or child care provider. Finding time to play with kids can be a challenge, but play isn’t optional. It’s essential. Play is considered so important to child development that it has been recognized by the United…

Three Tips On Motivating Young Children

What’s the best way to motivate children? The intrinsic motivation to learn about the world around us begins in infancy. This type of motivation can either be encouraged or suppressed by the experiences adults provide for children. Psychological research points to a set of promising approaches that parents and practitioners can use to promote positive…

Finding Quality Child Care

One of the most important decisions your family will ever make is choosing child care. Child Care Resources provides information, resources, and guidance to help you to make the best decision when choosing a child care program that meets the needs of your family. Finding the right program takes time, so start early. Different Types…

Books Build Better Brains

Nurturing from a loving parent or caregiver in the early years supports healthy brain development that forms the foundation for success later at school and in life – and one of the best ways of engaging with young children is through looking at books together. Even the youngest baby loves to be held close and…

Back Up Child Care

Even the best planned child care arrangements can be disrupted from time to time. Without emergency care, more commonly known as back-up care, working parents may be forced to stay home or bring their child to work with them. By planning ahead and knowing your options, you can be prepared to meet the unexpected. Back-up…

Serve And Return Interactions

Serve and return interactions shape brain architecture. When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words, or a hug, neural connections are built and strengthened in the child’s brain that support the development of communication and social skills. Much like a lively game of tennis, volleyball, or…

Brain Architecture

Early experiences affect the development of brain architecture, which provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. Just as a weak foundation compromises the quality and strength of a house, adverse experiences early in life can impair brain architecture, with negative effects lasting into adulthood. Brains are built over time, from the bottom…

A Child’s Capacity To Thrive

We know that attachments to their parents are primary, but young children can also benefit significantly from relationships with other responsive caregivers both within and outside the family. Close relationships with other nurturing and reliably available adults do not interfere with the strength of a young child’s primary relationship with his or her parents. In fact,…