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Upping Their Game

Question: I’m a new director at a private child care center, and I really want my staff to get on board with raising the quality we are providing children and families. Some of the staff has been there...

Learning Language Learners

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Question: I’m a Head Start teacher, and my class this year has more children than ever who don’t speak much or any English. It's hard for them to learn the rules or even…

Child Care By Any Other Name

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Question: Can you explain the difference between daycares, child development centers, and preschools? People use all these different terms when they ask what I’m planning…

Best Laid Plans

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Question: I’m a toddler teacher and my director has been talking about how I need to do lesson plans for my kids. My center doesn’t have a particular curriculum we have…

Anxiety and Bleach

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Question: My two-year-old son is getting ready to start child care, and my friends have told me he needs to stop using his pacifier because it won’t be allowed in the classroom.…

Early Intervention Worries

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Question: My child’s teacher gave me a form the other day asking permission to get her evaluated for speech delays. I know my daughter is shy and doesn’t talk much in…

Ready for Kindergarten Readiness?

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Question: I’m the parent of a 4-year-old, and I keep getting questions from my friends and family about what I’m doing to get her “ready for kindergarten.” I’ve…

Whether the Weather

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Question: My director is always bugging me to take my kids outside, even when it’s cold or wet. I don’t mind that much myself, but as soon as they get out there they get…

Intentionality

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Intentionality Question: I am a director at a large center, and some of my teachers are showing signs of burn out. They seem uninterested in their jobs, and are not receptive…

Family Child Care Homes

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Question: Ever since I had my first child, I’ve been taking care of my kids and some friends’ kids while they are at work. I’m a stay-at-home mom with a big basement…

Inclusion and Special Needs

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Special Needs & Inclusion - February 13th, 2017 Question: It seems like every year I have more kids with “special needs” in my room. They can be really hard to deal…

The Art of Art

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Question: My consultants keep talking about “child-directed art” and how I don’t have enough of it to satisfy ECERS requirements. What exactly is the difference between…

Down in the Dumps

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Down in the Dumps - February 3rd, 2017 Question: My center is going through rating scales, and my consultant keeps talking to me about how I need more materials in my 2-year-old…

Why Ask Why?

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Why Ask Why? - February 8th, 2017 Question: I’m a pre-K teacher, and my director keeps telling me I need to “interact more” and “talk more” with my kids. I love…