Shelley Saltis, Early Childhood Education Inspiration

Early Childhood Education Inspiration; development, activities, mental health, reggio inspo, rescour 07/17/2020

Considerations for Developmental Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic ZERO TO THREE offers the following recommendations related to mental health and relationships to layer on top of CDC Guidelines to ensure that the developmental needs of babies and families are a part of state re-opening plans. 06/22/2020

Family Child Care Contracts & Policies - 4rd Edition - Tom Copeland's Taking Care of Business

Nice opportunity for Family Child Care Providers from CTAEYC: (Link at the bottom)

"Tom is a licensed attorney and has presented hundreds of business workshops for family child care providers across the country. He answers thousands of calls and emails each year to help providers, tax professionals and trainers understand complex business and tax issues.

Join us for one, or all, of the workshops to gain a deeper understanding of the business side of family child care. Participants that attend all three workshops will receive a free copy of Tom Copeland's book, "Family Child Care Contracts & Policies, Fourth Edition".

Below are the dates and topics for this virtual series. Please use the link to register in advance for the Zoom meeting; a confirmation email and direct link to the meeting will be sent to you upon registration.
Saturday, June 27 (9:30a-11:30a): "Coming to Terms: How to Effectively Use Contracts and Policies". Register HERE.
Saturday, July 25 (9:30a-11:30a): "Marketing Your Business". Register HERE.
Saturday, August 15 (9:30a-11:30a): "How to Raise Your Rates". Register HERE.

This series is presented at no cost to participants, made possible by grant funding through the Office of Early Childhood. " Family Child Care Contracts & Policies offers many tips on how to resolve conflicts with parents. 05/08/2020

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Greetings, CTAEYC Members!

We hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

The U.S. House of Representatives is working on a Phase 4 COVID Package, and they hope to release it soon - even as early as Friday, May 8th.

It is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT for Congress to include funding to save child care! Please take the following action steps below:

- Call your U.S. Representative: MomsRising has a call in number live for people to call in to the Representative to urge them to prioritize child care in the next package. People can text "CARE" to 747-464 or call 1-888-523-8974.

Social Shares:

to support families in getting back to work, but many providers are in danger of closing. Our elected leaders can fix this! ☎️your U.S. Representative TODAY and tell them to ASAP by texting "CARE" to 747-464 or calling 1-888-523-8974.

Call your Representative TODAY by texting "CARE" to 747-464 to tell them parents and caregivers CAN'T get back to work without - it's time to NOW!

Rep. John Larson (1st District, CT) CT Office Contact: Lisa Perrone - [email protected] (860) 278-8888
FB: .JohnLarson

Rep. Joe Courtney (2nd District, CT) CT Office Contact: Emma King - [email protected] 860-886-0139

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (3rd District, CT) CT Office Contact: Allison Dodge - [email protected] 203-562-3718

Rep. Jim Himes (4th District, CT) CT Office Contact: Will Haskell - [email protected] 203-333-6600

Rep. Johana Hayes (5th District, CT) CT Office Contact: Kayla Briere, [email protected]. 860-223-8412

- Submit a Letter to the Editor Tool: As folks know, letters to the editor in your local paper are an incredibly powerful way to make sure our elected leaders get the message, so let's flood the Sunday papers this weekend! This page is easy to use and connects you to your local papers. It includes sample letters that can be copy and pasted (for folks who are in a hurry), but we highly encourage folks to write their own or edit letters to be more personalized. Here is the link: https://action. CovidECELTE/

- Tweet your member of Congress today: Our elected officials are inundated with information right now, but we need them to really sit up and pay attention to our child care needs before it is too late. One way to do that is for you to share your child care story/situation with them directly. You can find their Twitter handles here: http://www. and use so we can find you on Twitter.

Thank you so much for everything you do, and for your support of our amazing community. Stay safe, stay healthy!
-CTAEYC Board and Association Staff

CTAEYC | 203-439-2096 | [email protected] | Learn who we are, what we stand for, and where we have grown from. Our mission, facts, and history can be found on this page.


National Teacher Appreciation Week takes place in the United States every year during the first full week in May. The Art of Leadership book, Leading Early Childhood Organizations, makes the point that effective leaders do a lot of celebrating. (This year in particular might be an especially important time to celebrate teachers!)

Here’s a quote from the book:

“Heart-centered leaders are great celebrators. They rejoice in effort as much as achievement. They notice courage, kindness, commitment and celebrate those qualities often and exuberantly…

Work is done with a sense of purpose and dedication to something that transcends each individual. The satisfying feeling of contributing to the greater good flourishes. Now that is something truly worth celebrating!” 05/07/2020

There’s No Going Back: Child Care after COVID-19 | NAEYC If our economy is to recover, it will require a reimagined approach to financing and structuring the systems that support high-quality child care. 04/15/2020

Facilitating Meaningful Online Experiences With Young Children: Unexpected Challenges and Joyful Opportunities in Action,by Jacky Howell, M.A. - Early Childhood Webinars

Not sure if there is a fee but looks like a nice opportunity for the times we are in Join this timely webinar to learn how to create engaging, meaningful, and developmentally appropriate routines, rituals, traditions with children online during these challenging times. As early childhood educators, our personal interactions with children have always been rooted in the physical class...


Shelley Saltis, Early Childhood Education Consultant's cover photo 02/11/2020

‎That Early Childhood Nerd on Apple Podcasts

Im excited to give this a listen! ‎Education · 2020 02/09/2020

Toddlers Want to Help and We Should Let Them

Evidence shows that young children - toddlers who have the opportunity to help, which they innately want to do, they will continue for life If allowed to help, toddlers become great work partners later in childhood.

02/03/2020 01/29/2020

The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues Here is a new post from pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, author of a number of popular posts on this blog, including “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” as well as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “How s... 01/11/2020

10 Reasons to Appreciate a Daycare Teacher 1. They are not daycare workers, they are daycare teachers. Their lesson plan every day includes: how to share, how to have “nice hands” and “walking feet,” how to say plea…


Connecticut Office of Early Childhood

Great news for Connecticut's children! The Office of Early Childhood has been awarded a $27 million dollar grant to enhance early childhood development. Learn more at


I highly recommend this free training from The Office of Early Childhood.


Loose parts workshop... and its FREE!


Maplewood Outside School



"I love you" is so cute


Currently creating a workshop:

Stress in Early Childhood: Helping Children and their Teachers. A Holistic Approach to Managing Stress


This Very Real, Very Important Work The Children Need To Do

Every word Teacher Tom writes is worth the read.. We don't have a huge set of big wooden blocks, which is okay because we don't really have enough space for more and bes...





Do you let your kids scribble on walls or windows, put magnets on your fridge, or draw in the bathtub?

You will after you watch this!

via The Inspired Treehouse


Provocations and the learning environment in the visual arts in an emergent and inquiry-based curriculum (Birth-6 years)

Here is a wonderfully informative video on what a Provocation is and how to create them in your environment. Take a look!

This is "Provocations and the learning environment in the visual arts in an emergent and inquiry-based curriculum (Birth-6 years)" by NCCA on Vimeo, the…


Shelley Saltis, Early Childhood Education Consultant's cover photo


A good reminder when speaking to children, and especially when we are praising them, to say what we see, or to "mirror talk"

In their book, Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend their Learning, authors Amy Laura Dombro, Judy Jablon, and Charlotte Stetson write about the difficulty some teachers feel in knowing how to talk to children in the most effective ways. They quote one teacher who remarks that "It's so hard to break the habit of saying stuff like, 'You're doing a great job cleaning up, David.'"
The authors recommend that teachers consider using a strategy called mirror talk.
"Using mirror talk with a child," they write, "means simply reflecting back to the child what you see or hear him doing or saying. Consider what you could have said [in the situation with David]. You observe David cleaning up in the dramatic play area. Instead of general praise, you might say, 'You're making everything neat and tidy in here, David'...Mirror talk supports children's learning because it gives them specific, detailed information about what they are doing and saying...That, in turn, encourages them to repeat, practice, and build on the behaviors."





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