Despite the shaky economic times we are living in, the early childhood field is finally being taken seriously and it feels like a significant shift is underway. I’m excited about all the opportunities before us, yet a bit uneasy at the same time. The position promoted by some seems to be that implementing more standards and quality rating systems is all that is […]
Mentoring and coaching are well established professional development strategies. These relationship-based strategies are often used in conjunction with traditional instructional practices. Most research in this area, however, has focused on the use of mentoring or coaching with teachers to improve teaching practices. This evaluation study conducted for the Ontario Government was designed to determine the extent to […]
Social media is all the rage. Your board members and front office staff are all atwitter about Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The parents want an online group to connect with other parents and hear about classroom news. Your staff members want a blog or an email newsletter instead of print to connect with each other and the parents. Expectations are high. What are you doing […]
There is general agreement that the effectiveness of early childhood teachers impacts the learning and developmental outcomes of young children. What determines teaching effectiveness, however, is the subject of much heated debate. Do early educators need a degree to be effective? Is there a difference in efficacy between teachers with an associate or baccalaureate degree? Does a […]
As the early childhood field continues to evolve and improve the quality of services available to children and families, there is a growing understanding that the needs of each child must be met in order to achieve the desired outcomes for all children. At the national and state level, early childhood leaders committed to providing high-quality services struggle with integrating the concepts of linguistic […]
Organizational theorists refer to the unique atmosphere that characterizes each setting as its organizational climate. Organizational climate is made up of the collective perceptions, attitudes, beliefs, and values of the individuals in a work setting. In other words, it is the global perception of the quality of work life in an organization. While several studies have explored […]
As a director, teachers probably come to you from time to time with developmental concerns about the children in their classrooms. How you handle these situations is important and can even impact the future of the children. Here is an example of what Caroline, a preschool teacher, shared with her director about one of her students, two and-a-half-year-old Branden.
Children’s experiences in early childhood programs can impact their developmental outcomes. While some high-quality programs promote children’s success in school and life, the majority of child care programs are of minimal to adequate quality. A recent study conducted by researchers at the Urban Institute explored the seemingly simple question, why is there so much variation in program quality? The […]
If you’ve visited many other early childhood programs, you know that each has its own distinct personality. Some seem to exude warmth and sunlight from the moment you walk in the door. The director and teachers are spirited and energetic. They radiate a sense of confidence and enthusiasm about their work. When they interact with children, families, and each other, they are warmhearted and supportive. […]
Children fall all the time; it’s part of the pathway to exploration and learning about the world around them. Yet there are times when you and your staff need to be concerned because a fall can also result in a concussion or a serious head injury. When it comes to serious head injury, the first line of defense is prevention.