Innovations in Early Childhood Education

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Photos from ZERO TO THREE's post 04/18/2021

Great suggestions to manage screen time with young children from ZERO TO THREE .

Photos from Mum Junkie's post 04/03/2021

Happy Friday! 🎉😂🎉


We are so excited about this new resource. Sesame Street has been a model for how to have hard conversations with children for decades - we look forward to following along once again.

As part of our ongoing commitment to racial justice, we are pleased to share new resources to support families in talking to their children about race and racism. #ComingTogether 03/20/2021

Celebrating Differences: Antiracist Parenting Right From the Start

As early childhood professionals, these are conversations we can have early. Parents wonder how to raise children who will stand up against racism. We begin that conversation here.


Some timely guidance as more children return to school. ❤

📌Tip of the day w/ @dr.siggie
•School drop off can be a source of anxiety for both you and your child. It’s a transition that can evoke feelings of fear, uncertainty and security.

Since all these feelings are natural and ok to feel 😉 it’s best to address them head on.

➡️ “Who takes care of you at home? I do 🙂 And at school, your teacher takes care of you 🙂 If you’re feeling thirsty your teacher will give you water… if you’re feeling sad, your teacher can give you a hug.”

✅ Because what your child is actually concerned about is who will take care of them and provide them security in your absence. Only when they feel a sense of security and safety can they start to think about other things… who they will play with, what will they do in school, etc.

➡️ “You might cry and miss me when we say goodbye. That’s ok. That’s because we love each other. I will miss you too. And I will remind you, I’ll be back to pick you up after school.”

You can also add ➡️ “When you’re done crying, what do you think you’ll do? Play with the…”

I know it’s so hard to see your child upset, but do your best to keep YOUR emotions of fear or anxiety out of it ❤️
You’re calm, compassionate and confident.

Save this for when you need to refer back to it 🙂


Your work with young children has lifelong impact!

It’s never too late to make things better, but in the long run you’re always better off having the best health-promoting experiences as early as possible. Listen to #TheBrainArchitects to learn why #early in #childdevelopment is so important. 02/16/2021 Five Things Parents of Babies Get Judged For (But Science Has Their Backs) — Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

This is a reassuring article from Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. 😊 This article originally appeared on and was written by Dr. Tina Payne Bryson. You know the look. The one you get when someone sees you doing something with your baby they think you shouldn’t. I’m a mom of three who’s written several books about parenting, and even I can feel insecure (...


This looks like a great resource.

𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸’𝘀 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗪𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆!

The free resource we’ve selected for you this week is an Ed.Flicks Training Videos on Demand Clip called Children and Stress.

The only way to receive this exclusive free content is by subscribing to the Free Exchange Press Resource email list, so please help us spread the word to your colleagues and staff to sign up for this resource list. Click the link and subscribe to see this helpful video: 02/09/2021

Screens and Parenting: Managing "Technoference" in a Digital World

Balancing screen time is a struggle for many right now. Here are some ideas to manage from ZERO TO THREE How is your screen use impacting your relationship with your little one?


Repetition is critical for young children!

Do you know that feeling you get when you accomplish something or master a task? That's part of our complex #motivation systems! Why are some people more motivated to participate in their community or more likely to persevere in the face of setbacks? Read our InBrief to understand the mechanisms in the brain that develop in childhood and build the foundation for later complex behavior.


Some Monday morning motivation from our friends at Savannah Chatham CASA ❤ 01/18/2021

Do’s and Don’ts for Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Young Children — Ijumaa Jordan Consulting

These are evergreen! originally posted January 8, 2018


In this time when so many adults are worried about children falling behind in academics, remember that play is key to learning. Lots and lots of play! 🤸‍♂️🤸‍♀️🤸‍♂️ @exchangepress


Great tips for any season from ZERO TO THREE! 🍂

As we near the holidays where food is often front and center, it's important to remember that picky eating is more of a typical milestone than a challenging behavior.

Try these tips to make mealtime less of a fuss.
Learn more: 11/20/2020

Mask Up! Talking to Young Children about Wearing Masks

So important right now! 😷❤😷 While wearing masks is something new for all of us, toddlers and preschoolers respond well to the safety and security of daily routines.


Happy Friday! 💃

#FunFriday! We all could use a little fun. Even if it's just a minute, or two minutes, or an hour, just dancing! It can make you feel good & help your child build #ExecutiveFunction skills. What's on your playlist? 💃🎶🕺

Read more of our Activities Guide: Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence: 11/12/2020

The Importance of Caring for Yourself During Periods of Military-Related Stress

On Veteran's Day, we honor those who serve our country and we are also thankful for those meeting the unique needs of our military families. You are such an important part of our community! 🇺🇲 Tips for parents to learn how to balance their own needs with those of their infants and toddlers. 11/11/2020

Babies on the Homefront

🇺🇲❤🇺🇲 Babies on the Homefront provides military and veteran parents ideas for enhancing everyday moments with their baby or toddler. Parents will find lots of material to add to their toolbox of strategies, including: Behavior Tips—Ideas for handling those tougher parenting moments like tantrums, or tho... 10/27/2020

Power of Play: Building Skills and Having Fun

Play is important for building social skills and early literacy and math skills, too! This video from ZERO TO THREE explains how. Learn how to nurture your baby's development through the power of play. From Magic of Everyday Moments — Series 1.


Self-care matters! Caring for ourselves helps us be present for the children in our care. How are you taking care of YOU this week? 10/20/2020

How to Maslow Before Bloom, All Day Long

A fantastic resource from Edutopia for those working with pre-K and elementary age students. Morning meetings are a good place to start, but what you really need is a toolkit of strategies to meet your students’ social and emotional needs all day long. 10/19/2020

Mindfulness for Parents

These are great ideas from ZERO TO THREE for parents and for teachers! Is Parenting Stressful? Ask a Parent. 10/14/2020

COVID-19 is Unveiling the Child Care Crisis Moms Knew Existed

The childcare crisis impacts all levels of society. How are you coping? What do you hope for the future? As parents grapple with remote learning and whether it's safe to send kids back to school, we need to address the elephant in the room: unaffordable child care. 10/13/2020 - The Pedagogy of Care

"Each moment of caring for a child holds all the essential components of teaching such as observing, listening, scaffolding, and reciprocity. What would our practice look like if we lifted up the mundane tasks of caring to be valued as educational?" Another wonderful post from our friends at Community Playthings The Pedagogy of Care 10/09/2020

Use Fall Sensory Bins to Increase Language in Play

Fall is here! Here's a great idea for children! 🍂 This article will teach you how to make a sensory bin, and will also give you specific ideas for how to use this to target language skills, social skills, and creative play all at home for under $11. 10/08/2020

Evolution of the Brain and the Science of Stress with Dr. Stuart Shanker - Pre K Teach and Play

This looks like a great listen for your commute! When I talked with Dr. Susan Hopkins for Episode 46 of the Pre-K Teach and Play podcast, we explored what the term “self-regulation” really means. In this bonus episode with the incredible Dr. Stuart Shanker, we go even deeper.   For example, did you know that at one time there were 447 differe...

[10/01/20]   We love these concrete strategies from ZERO TO THREE


We love this infographic from @nimhgov. Stress is a normal response to challenges - the way we handle it makes the difference. Remember to take care of you! 09/29/2020

Risk Assessment is a Skill that Requires Time to Learn — 1000 Hours Outside

"In other words, to be able to assess risk you have to be able to accurately two separate things. First, you must be able to determine the worst possible outcome. Secondly, you need to have an idea of how likely that particular outcome is." Childhood is the time to build this risk assessment skill set. Kids need ample time to explore and adequately learn both components of risk. 09/26/2020

22 Ways to Practice Emotional Self-Care and Letting Go

Happy Friday! Don't forget to take care of you! “Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to 09/24/2020

Mask Up! Talking to Young Children about Wearing Masks

"While wearing masks is something new for all of us, toddlers and preschoolers respond well to the safety and security of daily routines." Good ideas from ZERO TO THREE. While wearing masks is something new for all of us, toddlers and preschoolers respond well to the safety and security of daily routines. 09/22/2020

Is It A Dog Or Is It Fido? How Babies’ Brains Create Language Categories

"At one-year-old, we expect babies to be saying a word for “mama” and “dada” and at least one other word. ... Yet even when they only say a few words, kids are storing massive amounts of language information." A great read from ZERO TO THREE New research shows that the way parents name objects impacts how babies encode those objects in their memory.


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Happy Friday!

👶🏾👧🏾 Toddler Tuesday w/ @emilex718
Watch the toddler in the middle 😂😂😂‼️. 09/15/2020

Trauma is ‘Written Into Our Bodies’—but Educators Can Help

"Educators can deliver the daily doses of healing interactions that truly are the antidote to toxic stress. And just as the science shows that it’s the cumulative dose of early adversity that’s most harmful, it also shows that the cumulative dose of healing nurturing interactions is most healing." This is a must-read interview from Edutopia with Dr. Burke Harris! Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first surgeon general, on the impact of multigenerational adversity, SEL in the classroom, and the transformational powers of meditation.


Happy Friday! We love this idea! ❤