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Cognitive Development Activities For Preschoolers

Cognitive Development in Preschoolers During preschool, a child’s brain is rapidly developing, and the more opportunities children have to think and explore, the better! Simple, everyday activities and interactions that focus on “brain work” are vital to a child’s cognitive development. Cognitive development refers specifically to the ability to learn, think, and problem solve. For …

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Increasing Access to High Quality Early Learning, Together

High Quality, County-Wide Enrollment is now open for Quality Start San Bernardino County (QSSB) for the 2022/2023 program year! QSSB is a countywide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) built to support the high quality efforts of those providing care, education, and school readiness programs for children ages zero to five. Early childhood educators understand …

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Creating a Routine To Care For Infants / Quality Start

How To Build A Successful Infant Caregiver Routine Caregiving routines are built-in opportunities for connection between a child and a caregiver. Multiple times throughout the day an infant will be fed, changed, settled in for naps, and cleaned up and it is in these everyday occurrences that caregivers can build a nurturing relationship founded in …

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Creating a Lesson Plan

How to Create a Lesson Plan Lesson planning is essential to creating a classroom that is organized, developmentally appropriate, and supportive. For some, lesson planning can feel like a stressful or intimidating task considering the time and focus it takes. Here, we’ve broken the elements of planning down into manageable steps so that you can …

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Infant and Toddler Learning Foundations

Early Development Learning Foundations The California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations are an in-depth, research and evidence backed explanation of the way infants and toddlers develop in the first three years of life and how that translates to high-quality classrooms. The Infant Toddler Learning Foundations explains development through four inter-connected domains, or specified areas of …

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Working With Challenging Behaviors- Quality Start

Working With Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Children naturally engage in challenging behaviors in early childhood, it is a part of their proper development. In their early years, toddlers experience a growing desire to separate from parents and caregivers and to initiate new-found independence. They test imposed limits, and yet have limited skills to communicate …

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Inspiring joyful learning with Developmentally Appropriate Practice

In crafting early learning practices for young children, attention to moments that inspire joyful learning are critical to maximizing the experience and helping children reach their full potential. This is the focus of an updated Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) guide published by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). What is DAP? …

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4 Tips for Teaching Children About Diversity and Inclusion

4 Tips for Teaching Children About Diversity & Inclusion In a world of people from diverse backgrounds, it’s important to teach children from an early age about respecting and uplifting different cultures. Figuring out where and how to start that conversation may be challenging. In this article, we will offer four tips for building cultural …

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