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Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs (3rd ed.)

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The third edition of Caring for Our Children contains updated guidelines on the development and evaluation of the health and safety of children in all types of early care and education settings. Covers health promotion, nutrition and food service, infectious diseases, program activities for health development, and more. Includes a new section on preventing childhood obesity. 

Issued jointly by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, and National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. 

 

A World of Difference: Readings on Teaching Young Children in a Diverse Society

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How do we work with young children and their families in ways that are truly responsive to their differences and effective in combating bias? Over the years NAEYC has played a leading role in addressing this question and publishing significant works in the area of anti-bias, culturally responsive education. Now we offer this collection of readings—from Young Children, NAEYC books, and other respected publications. They reflect the strong, continuing current of thoughtful work on teaching young children in a diverse society. Collectively they provide the current knowledge base as well as thought-provoking discussion on a wide range of issues—culture, language, religion, inclusion, socio-economic status, and more—with emphasis on building respect and understanding. Useful both as an independent resource or as collected readings to accompany other course materials.

Art: Basic for Young Children

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Full of examples of how art can instill confidence, communication, and creativity in young children by increasing sensitivity to the physical environment, offering new ways to express feelings, and enhancing awareness of individuality. Includes a practical overview of possible materials ranging from finger paint to plaster and outlines exciting project ideas for fostering creativity.

 

Spotlight on Young Children and Language

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New edition now available! Language is central to children’s development on all fronts. Research confirms that a rich language environment in the early years is key to children’s success in many areas. Yet many children lack such language learning opportunities, unless they find them in their early childhood program. The engaging, research-based articles in this book describe powerful ways to promote oral language throughout the early childhood curriculum. This beautifully produced resource also includes a list of top resources in the area and carefully designed questions and activities to aid students and other readers in reflecting on the articles.

Teaching Young Children in Violent Times: Building a Peaceable Classroom (2d ed.)

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The second edition of this highly acclaimed book is a must for early childhood educators, parents, and policy makers. It helps teachers create a Peaceable Classroom where children learn peaceful alternatives to the violent behaviors modeled for them in society. This extensively revised and updated edition features new material for a post-September 11th world, including a new chapter on helping children deal with violence in the news. An essential resource for anyone who works with children. Copublished with Educators for Social Responsibility.

You, Me, and the ABCs: 100 Ready-for-Reading Activities for Kids and Their Favorite Grown-Ups

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Using everyday activities and household items, the book helps caregivers create literacy-rich experiences for pre-readers. Written to be shared between an eager new reader and their favorite grown-up, the book emphasizes simple, multi-sensory games, recipes, conversations, and actions to help a child learn to recognize, pronounce, and write the alphabet. Created by renowned children’s book author and educator Michael J. Rosen, the book offers proven ways to engage eager readers in activities that are adaptable to most situations, needs, and environments. From the Ohio Children's Foundation. 

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DAP Basics Kit for Preschool Educators

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Professional Development Library

This kit is perfect for programs that are building a professional development library. Included in the kit are resources to help teaching staff enhance their understanding and application of developmentally appropriate practice, or DAP. Some of the books and the DVD focus on the pedagogy—how to provide high-quality early childhood education to young children. The kit also includes books focused on the content--what areas of study should be included in a high-quality program in which staff facilitate children's learning through developmentally appropriate practice. 

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A $300 value if purchased separately.

Leadership in Action: How Effective Directors Get Things Done

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This practical book explores the subtle and important distinction between leadership as a role and leadership as a set of skills and competencies that can be supported and nurtured at all levels of the organization. It will help you assess your unique leadership style; understand the values and beliefs that shape leadership behavior; increase interpersonal understanding among staff; increase shared commitment to the center's goals; make action plans that get implemented; solve organizational issues in a collegial and non-confrontational way; and plan for your successor. From New Horizons.

Basics of Assessment: A Primer for Early Childhood Professionals

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Assessment of children's abilities and knowledge, their approaches to learning, and their strengths, needs, and interests is expected in most early childhood programs. However, many early childhood educators are unsure of how to assess young children's development and learning. This reader-friendly book will help increase understanding of child assessment, including its specialized and often confusing vocabulary. Focusing on children's development and learning, the authors provide an overview of basic assessment concepts. Speaking a shared language of assessment will help early childhood professionals communicate better with other teachers, specialists, administrators, and families.

Preparing Early Childhood Professionals: NAEYC's Standards for Programs

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Offers NAEYC’s current standards for higher education programs seeking NCATE accreditation at the Initial Licensure (four- and five-year) and Advanced (master’s and doctorate) levels, and for Associate-degree programs. Also includes standards material from the Council for Exceptional Children/Division for Early Childhood (CEC/DEC) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Commentary from participants helps bring the standards alive.

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