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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
Simple Steps outlines a typical development sequence in 10 domains: social/emotional, fine motor, gross motor, language, cognitive, sensory, nature, music and movement, creativity, and dramatic play. The 300 activities offer children the opportunity to practice new skills in a developmentally appropriate way.
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.
Stacie Goffin presents a leadership manifesto to the field of early childhood education: It should step forward as an agent for change by assuming responsibility for the competent practice of its practitioners and for facilitating positive results for children and their learning. As a field of practice, ECE should formally organize as a profession to realize consistency in practice across sites and program types. Goffin challenges the field to develop fieldwide leadership and diminish its reliance… More »
Military kids face many unique stressors and difficult transitions related to deployment, relocation, separation from loved ones, and changes in family structure. Based on the current research and best practices in child development and early education, this book provides purposeful information and theory-based strategies so you can offer the best support possible. 200 pages.
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 »
A research-based framework for strengthening professional development. Includes web-based video clips to enhance training sessions and show teachers the "how" of high-quality math instruction to ensure better math teaching and higher student achievement. Paperback. 248 pages.
A positive, strengths-based leadership system is the key to transforming the quality of early childhood programs. Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership lays out strategies designed to support program leaders in finding new ways to reduce the levels of stress on themselves and their staff, and move into a unified, engaging system for leading with passion, intention, and purpose. Author Susan MacDonald's goal is to take leaders past their challenges with a vision of new possibilities so they can ensure… More »
A beginner's guide to bringing the famously child-centered practices of the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy to American classrooms! This groundbreaking resource presents tools that allow teachers to transform their classrooms by including the organization of time and space, documentation of children's work, observation and questioning, and attention to children's environments. This workbook also contains interactive activities for individual or group reflection. Paperback. 240 pages.
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 »
This new revised edition features over 350 all-new activities with over 750 activities in all. A must-have for all preschool teachers. Includes activities for every area of the curriculum, including language and literacy, math, science, dramatic play, and movement and music. The focus on concepts and skills provides a flexible format to strengthen skill areas for one child or the entire group. 512 pages. By Pam Schiller and Joan Rosanno.
"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.
Each chapter in this curriculum framework includes a conceptual overview followed by classroom stories and vibrant photos to illustrate the concepts. You will learn to create materials and a classroom culture reflecting your values; teach through observation, reflection, inquiry and action; and encourage children to represent their learning in multiple ways, including songs, stories, and drama. Paperback. 272 pages.
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.
Each encyclopedia is filled with a comprehensive collection of teacher-tested activities for children that will encourage learning through play. Created by teachers for teachers! Includes Art & Craft, Circle Time, Science, Theme, Learning Center, Transition, Monthly, Math and Lesson Plans.
During the past 10 years there has been a tremendous interest among early childhood educators and parents in the innovative approaches to teaching pioneered in the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the Reggio Approach! Teachers, especially those in early childhood, teacher educators, policy makers, administrators, and parents will find it invaluable.