Three Ways to Engage and Empower Families

Family engagement. There’s a term worth unpacking and then unpacking some more! At its most basic level in early childhood education, family engagement is about the ways teachers and programs communicate to and with families. Deeper, more robust family engagement is about the centering of families as they are and… Read More

Three Strategies to Welcome Infants, Toddlers, and Two-Year-Olds to Your Program

This is the time of year that many people think about as the “back-to-school” season, but we know that the “back-to-school” season looks different for our youngest learners. The Creative Curriculum® currently offers guidance for the first six weeks of school for teachers of preschool and kindergarten classrooms, but how… Read More

Implementation Science and You

Last May, I was chatting with a friend (Dr. L) about the photos of her garden I had seen posted on social media. To say her garden looked amazing would be an understatement. It was green and lush and full of herbs and vegetables and fruits that even through a… Read More

The Family Way to Reading & School Readiness

Reading and school readiness: these are two topics that get early childhood professionals chattering. Reading on its own is fodder for robust conversations. Folks discuss the importance of everything from pre-reading skills development to “the science of reading” and do so with conviction. If and when you add school readiness… Read More

Join Us at the 2021 National Head Start Conference

The world has changed in so many ways since the inception of Head Start over 50 years ago, but what’s remained constant is your unwavering commitment to showing up each and every day for the children and families in your community in all the ways they need most. For that,… Read More

Data Quality: As Good as You Make It

Data quality in early childhood education (ECE) is not a new topic. If you’re like me and you’ve been in the field for several decades, you have had conversations about ECE data quality many times. Like me, you’ve probably been involved in efforts such as “quality initiatives,” “quality campaigns,” and… Read More

All Means Each: A Look at Universal Design for Learning in Early Childhood Education

Some years ago, I studied for my early childhood education degree in a program that offered an opportunity for students to earn credits in general early childhood and early childhood special education coursework at the same time. I was excited about this program design because I was finally able to… Read More

Groundhogs and Paper Airplanes: Creating Deeper Learning Experiences

Groundhogs Last week, my five-year-old said, “Mama, next week if the groundhog sees her shadow, it will mean more winter and if she doesn’t see her shadow it means more springtime.” I asked, “How do you know that?” She said, “I learned it in school, silly. My teacher told me… Read More

Responsive Relationships: Great for You and for Them

When I became a kindergarten teacher almost twenty years ago, one of the first things I learned (from the woman who would continue to mentor me throughout my teaching practice) was to always get down on the same level as the children. During centers, sit at a table with children. Read More

Using Feedback to Build Community

I recently joined a colleague in recording a session for the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference. It was called “Don’t Worry. I’m Saving My Hugs for You,” and in it, we focused on what it means to build community with young children. The Creative Curriculum®,… Read More