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  • Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers - Paperback
    Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers - Paperback
    $29.95
    • Item Number: 88389
    • In Stock
    It's a common dilemma in early childhood classrooms: How to provide new, interesting experiences on a shoestring budget. This book offers low-cost ideas for gathering and creating rich explorations in learning centers by vividly describing the unique ways teachers can use found and recyclable materials to encourage cognitive development and creative exploration in young children. In addition to photographic examples, the book offers tips on how to source, select, and integrate materials into a center;… More »
  • Planning for Play - Paperback
    Planning for Play - Paperback
    $14.95
    • Item Number: 89711
    • In Stock
    Play is learning! But play in the early years is endangered by the emphasis on push-down academics, mounting parental expectations, and pressures on early childhood teachers to prepare young children for the rigors of kindergarten and beyond. With all of that, gains made by play experiences, including readiness skills and social-emotional development, have fallen away. Young children learn best through play. This book helps educators understand the different types of play and the rich opportunities… More »
  • Nailing Jelly to the Wall - Paperback
    Nailing Jelly to the Wall - Paperback
    $19.95
    • Item Number: 26126
    • In Stock
    For experts in the field of early care and education, defining and providing technical assistance can be as difficult as nailing jelly to the wall. Learn to effectively coach, mentor, and train early childhood teachers and administrators with guided experiences, strategies, and activities to provide technical assistance in specific program areas like parent involvement, science, outdoor play, music. and art. 144 pages. Paperback.
  • Caring For Our Children, Fourth Edition - Paperback
    Caring For Our Children, Fourth Edition - Paperback
    $71.95
    • Item Number: 99279
    • In Stock
    The fourth edition contains guidelines on the development and evaluation of health and safety of children in early care and education settings. Includes 10 chapters of more than 650 standards with supplemental information, forms and tools, and revised and updated topics on environmental health, infectious diseases, and nutrition. Topics include: staffing; program activities for healthy development, health promotion and protection; nutrition and food service; facilities, supplies, equipment, and… More »
  • Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior - Paperback
    Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior - Paperback
    $34.95
    • Item Number: 92092
    • In Stock
    Create responsive environments where young children thrive. When teachers create environments that teach skills rather than punish individual actions, they reduce behavior problems and nurture the growth of all learners. This book expertly guides early childhood teachers to analyze their classroom elements, routines, and responses to children. Much like gardeners who adjust soil, water, or fertilizer to help flowers bloom, educators of young children must look beyond challenging behaviors to what… More »
  • Program Administration Scale (PAS)
    Program Administration Scale (PAS)
    $24.95
    • Item Number: 24682
    • Temporarily Out of Stock
    Using a 7-point rating scale (inadequate to excellent), this easy-to-use instrument assesses 25 items grouped into 10 categories: human resources development, personnel cost and allocation, center operations, child assessment, fiscal management, program planning and evaluation, family partnerships, marketing and public relations, technology, and staff qualifications.
  • The Best for Babies - Paperback
    The Best for Babies - Paperback
    $12.95
    • Item Number: 28589
    • In Stock
    Caregiver-child interactions are critically important in promoting cognitive, language, and social-emotional learning in young children. With examples and detailed explanations, "The Best for Babies" illuminates the behaviors and interactions that teachers or care providers should provide for the children in their care. The book offers an easy-to-use checklist to assess each teacher-child interpersonal relationship and the ways caregivers offer learning and living experiences for young… More »
  • Catching Them At It
    Catching Them At It
    $29.95
    • Item Number: 24479
    • In Stock
    This book will take educators step by step through the process of managing assessment. It explains the terminology involved, shows how to turn 'observation' into 'assessment' and outlines how to manage and interpret all the information gathered. An essential book for all early childhood educators. 128 pages.
  • Blueprint for Action (3rd Edition) - Paperback
    Blueprint for Action (3rd Edition) - Paperback
    $45.00
    • Item Number: 63407
    • In Stock
    Blueprint for Action provides a framework for understanding the dynamics of organizational change in early care and education settings. It helps administrators move beyond a "quick fix" notion of center improvement by serving as a guide for organizational analysis and action. Woven throughout the text are numerous vignettes connecting the concepts to real-life situations experienced by early childhood administrators. Included are 26 assessment tools and 12 worksheets that directors can… More »
  • Lead the Way: 24 Lessons in Leadership for After School Program Directors
    Lead the Way: 24 Lessons in Leadership for After School Program Directors
    $9.95
    • Item Number: 27924
    • In Stock
    "Lead the Way" provides short, self-guided overviews that both aspiring and practicing after school professionals need to thrive in their roles. The 24 fundamental insights and strategies can be used as professional development topics with after school program staff, laying the foundation for the program to recruit, retain, and grown effective leaders. Paperback. 120 pages.
  • Through a Child's Eyes - Paperback
    Through a Child's Eyes - Paperback
    $34.95
    • Item Number: 92826
    • In Stock
    When was the last time you got down on your hands and knees to see your classroom from a child's height? Research shows that effective early childhood classroom design begins from the ground up. Classroom design is a crucial component of an effective learning environment. This book brings a new approach to classroom design that begins and ends with the child's viewpoint. Each chapter details how the classroom environment influences children's learning, and the authors provide specific examples of… More »
  • Rating Observation Scale for Inspiring Environments
    Rating Observation Scale for Inspiring Environments
    $19.95
    • Item Number: 18973
    • In Stock
    Looking through an aesthetic lens of nature, color, furnishings, textures, displays, lighting, and focal points, educators will learn to determine a classroom's level of aesthetic beauty. ROSIE then provides images and examples to assist in turning learning spaces into inspirational environments in which children can grow and learn.
  • The Portfolio Book: A Step-by-Step Guide for Teachers
    The Portfolio Book: A Step-by-Step Guide for Teachers
    $19.95
    • Item Number: 43785
    • In Stock
    This award-winning 10-step guide lets you work with portfolio assessment at a comfortable pace, breaking the process down into easy-to-manage steps. 192 pages.
  • 100 Ideas to Market Your Childcare Business
    100 Ideas to Market Your Childcare Business
    $12.95
    $6.95
    • Item Number: 84562
    • In Stock
    The book consists of 100 ideas that administrators of early learning programs and centers can use to fit their own unique situation. Ideas range from simple to complex. They vary in budget and knowledge requirements, making it a tool for both family childcare and center-based programs.
  • Simple Steps: Developmental Activities for Infants, Toddlers, and Two-Year Olds
    Simple Steps: Developmental Activities for Infants, Toddlers, and Two-Year Olds
    $24.95
    • Item Number: 96430
    • In Stock
    Open the door to teaching infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds successfully with these 300 activities linked to the latest development in child development. Observe what your children are already doing, then give them varied opportunities to develop at their own pace. This book outlines a typical development sequence in ten domains: social/emotional, fine motor, gross motor, language, cognitive, sensory, nature, music and movement, creativity, and dramatic play. Chapters on appropriate curriculum… More »
  • Business Administration Scale - Paperback
    Business Administration Scale - Paperback
    $24.95
    • Item Number: 18356P
    • In Stock
    The BAS for Family Child Care is the first valid and reliable tool for measuring and improving the overall quality of business and professional practices in family child care settings. It is applicable for multiple uses, including program self-improvement, technical assistance and monitoring, training, research and evaluation, and public awareness. The BAS for Family Child Care is designed to complement the widely used Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale®-Revised (FCCERS-R), page 9. When… More »
  • The Weekly Curriculum
    The Weekly Curriculum
    $29.95
    • Item Number: 61230
    • In Stock
    With 52 weekly plans, this book makes it easy to come up with appropriate learning experiences that children will love. This essential classroom resource covers every topic and other things that you probably never thought of. 384 pages.
  • The Practical Guide to Quality Child Care
    The Practical Guide to Quality Child Care
    $24.95
    • Item Number: 47289
    • In Stock
    This uniquely comprehensive manual is a clear, easy-to-read handbook that provides specific guidelines for virtually every aspect of early childhood administration. Contents include: sample criteria, procedures for program development, schedules, applications, and evaluation forms. An invaluable tool for every child care facility manager.
  • Solutions for Early Childhood Directors
    Solutions for Early Childhood Directors
    $29.95
    • Item Number: 47288
    • In Stock
    Provides real-world answers for directors who work in the field of early childhood education. Addresses key issues such as training staff, handling discipline, dealing with parents, and creating partnerships in the community. For anyone who is a director or wishes to someday become a director, this book is the ultimate "can't-do-without-it" survival kit.
  • Child/Home Early Language and Literacy Observation (CHELLO) Set
    Child/Home Early Language and Literacy Observation (CHELLO) Set
    $55.00
    • Item Number: 29076
    • In Stock
    Birth - 5 years. The CHELLO is the only observation tool designed to rate the early literacy environment in home-based child care settings. A reliable, field-tested tool derived from the bestselling, classroom-focused ELLCO, CHELLO assesses environments that include children of different ages, from birth to 5 years. Use CHELLO to develop accurate profiles of materials and practices in family/group child care settings, help providers improve their literacy supports and interactions with children,… More »
  • User's Guide to the Child/Home Early Language and Literacy Observation Tool
    User's Guide to the Child/Home Early Language and Literacy Observation Tool
    $30.00
    • Item Number: 29062
    • In Stock
    Birth - 5 years. This User's Guide will help professionals administer the CHELLO, a reliable, field-tested observation tool for assessing the early literacy environment in home-based child care settings. The guide contains explicit instructions on conducting the observation, photographs that illustrate successful and unsuccessful environments, practical strategies to support literacy development in home-based settings, and information about the psychometric properties of CHELLO. This manual is… More »
  • Child/Home Early Language and Literacy Observation Tool (CHELLO)
    Child/Home Early Language and Literacy Observation Tool (CHELLO)
    $25.00
    • Item Number: 29061
    • In Stock
    Developed by the nationally respected expert who helped establish Reading First and Early Reading First, CHELLO is the only observation tool specifically designed to rate the early literacy environment in home-based child care settings. A reliable, field-tested tool derived from the bestselling, classroom-focused ELLCO, CHELLO has been carefully tailored to assess environments that include children of all different ages, from birth to 5 years. Administrators, program directors, and researchers will… More »
  • Thinking Critically About Environments for Young Children - Paperback
    Thinking Critically About Environments for Young Children - Paperback
    $49.95
    • Item Number: 28616
    • In Stock
    This comprehensive book will help early childhood practitioners consider the "why" and "how" of setting up classrooms and other learning spaces to create environments that are most conducive to child development. Using a practice-based focus and a researcher lens, the contributors consider the ways in which environments for children enhance or diminish educational experiences, how social constructs about what is good for children influence environmental design, and what practitioners… More »
  • Principal Matters
    Principal Matters
    $19.95
    • Item Number: 26777
    • In Stock
    101 Tips for creating collaborative relationships between after-school programs and school leaders. Despite the day-to-day accomplishments that can be enjoyed by after-school program directors and staff members, there often can be an equal number of challenges. One key to clearing these daily hurdles is by building bridges between your after-school program leader and the school principal. Author Paul Young provides suggestions in 10 areas, including tips that enhance student learning, tips that… More »

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