Content tagged "child care early learning"

Planning a Successful Block Center in Child Care

Child Care Updated: November 24, 2015

Blocks are great for every child care classroom. They come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Children in child care can use blocks to...

Finding Inexpensive Toys for a Child Care Program

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

All child care providers should offer children a variety of age-appropriate learning activities that help them practice important skills. But you don't have...

Children Need Social and Emotional Skills for School Success

Child and Family Learning Network Updated: September 29, 2015

Being ready for kindergarten is more than just learning letters and numbers. Child care providers support school readiness by helping young children learn...

Early Learning and School Readiness in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 16, 2015

Young children in child care are always growing, developing, thinking and learning. We now know that the first few years of life are extremely important for...

Basic Math Skills in Child Care: Creating Patterns and Arranging Objects in Order

Child Care Updated: September 10, 2015

Ordering, sequencing, and patterning are important foundational skills for mathematics. Child care providers can build young children's early math skills by...

Hands-On Activities for Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 09, 2015

Welcome to the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care Database of Hands-On Activities. Here you will find hundreds of hands-on, ready-to-do activities...

How do I choose music that is appropriate for the children in my child care program?

Child Care Updated: August 14, 2012

Music is an important addition to any early childhood program. Participating in music teaches children a variety of skills, includingCreating music is also...

I've heard the phrase "process over product" to describe art activities. What does this phrase mean, and how can child care providers tell whether an art activity is process-focused or product-focused?

Child Care Updated: November 08, 2011

Young children love to create art, but they tend to focus much more on the process of creating and are not as interested in the finished product. It's...

Why is creative art an important part of the child care curriculum?

Child Care Updated: July 15, 2011

By engaging in art activities, children practice a variety of skills and progress in all areas of development. Creative art helps children grow in physical,...

What does "developmentally appropriate practice" mean?

Child Care Updated: September 13, 2010

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