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Healthy Sexuality Development: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators and Families

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Children learn about sexuality the same way they learn about everything else--through words, actions, interactions, and relationships. Families are children's primary teachers about sexuality development, but early childhood teachers and directors also support children's healthy sexuality development as they interact with children, work with families, and plan programs. This book provides key information to both early childhood educators and family members about what is typical in young children and how to support them in this early and inquisitive stage.

Finding Our Way: The Future of American Early Care and Education

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This comprehensive and far-reaching analysis of the principles and practices of early care and education in the United States and Europe informs policymakers and center directors about the vital role high-quality teachers play in a child's later educational achievements and future success. The author describes the very high costs of child care in the United States, most of which is paid for by parents, and shows how greater government support in other countries makes teachers' pay higher, the child care centers better, and the burden on the parents lighter. From Zero to Three.

Social and Emotional Development: Connecting Science and Practice in Early Childhood Settings

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We know that holding babies while feeding them is important, and that games like ?Simon Says? are not just for fun. But why are these practices in the social and emotional domains so important for children?s learning and development? And how can we explain our choices to parents, administrators, and even policy makers? With accessible language and numerous examples, this book answers these questions by examining the rationale and research base for best practices. Topics include attachment and exploration, friendship, impulse control, problem-solving, and state early learning standards. From Redleaf Press. Past Comprehensive Member Benefit.

Developmental Screening in Early Childhood: A Guide (5th ed.)

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This fifth edition covers the basics of screening used to identify which children may have learning problems or disabilities. Offers advice for selecting an appropriate screening instrument and for setting up a screening program. Contains reviews of current developmental screens, plus an entirely new annotated bibliography. For the first time, it includes sections on screening for social-emotional/behavioral concerns and screening individual areas of development.

A Parent's Guide to Preschool

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What is my child actually learning in preschool? What can I do to help? This illustrated booklet answers the questions many parents ask and shows how parents and teachers can work together to help children acquire the skills, attitudes, and habits to do well in school and throughout life. From Teaching Strategies.

Our Program for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos: A Parent's Guide

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This illustrated booklet shows parents how warm and responsive care?at home and in child care?helps shape the future development of infants, toddlers, and twos and their ability to learn. This edition includes information about the building blocks of language, literacy, math, and science. Also available in Spanish (#745S). From Teaching Strategies.

Family-Friendly Communication for Early Childhood Programs

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This resource offers 93 brief messages for parents on topics ranging from biting to developing children?s literacy--all ready for teachers to tailor to their individual programs? needs or to use as is to strengthen communication between programs and families. Each message can also be adapted for newsletters, family packets, parent-teacher conferences, bulletin boards, or parent handouts. Includes dozens of innovative strategies for bringing parents on board in your program.

From Parents to Partners: Building a Family-Centered Early Childhood Program

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Parent partnerships are an essential factor in every successful early childhood program, and communication is key to developing them. How can you use familiar elements such as newsletters, bulletin boards, parent conferences, and special events most effectively? The answers may surprise you! This comprehensive guide describes proven communication strategies to encourage the involvement of family members. Interactive, hands-on exercises allow you to adapt the principles and practices presented to your program and are uniquely designed to include the whole family unit?not just the parents?as partners both at home and in your setting. Copublished with Redleaf. Past Comprehensive Member Benefit.

The Art of Leadership: Managing Early Childhood Organizations

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A must-have resource for effective management of early childhood programs! This hands-on guide for child care administrators includes over 90 articles by recognized experts on child care administration, as well as practical ideas from over 200 of our nation?s most successful directors. From Child Care Exchange.

Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator: Using the NAEYC Code (2005 Code ed.)

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With updated language and references to the 2005 revision of the Code of Ethical Conduct, this book, like the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct, seeks to inform, not prescribe, answers to tough questions that teachers face as they work with children, families, and colleagues. To help us all become well acquainted with the Code and use it in our professional lives, Stephanie Feeney and Nancy Freeman present a useful framework as well as helpful examples and questions to clarify key points about ethical conduct and to stimulate reflection and discussion on the critical issues that confront us all.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT COMPANION RESOURCE, TEACHING THE NAEYC CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT: A resource for adapting the NAEYC ethics-related book, Teaching the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct: Activity Sourcebook, so that it is aligned with the 2005 Code revision, is available online (http://www.naeyc.org/pubs/pdf/ethicsbooks.pdf). This resource will assist program administrators, higher education faculty, trainers, and early childhood practitioners in using the book for program implementation and professional development sessions regarding ethics and early childhood education.

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