Administration & Program Development

Provide teachers and staff with the best classroom tools available. Kaplan offers kits, activity cards, guides, and books on technology and working with special needs children.

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Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers
Thrifty Teacher's Guide to Creative Learning Centers
Item: 88389
Status: In Stock
$29.95
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
Planning for Play
Item: 89711
Status: In Stock
$14.95
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: Defining and Providing Technical Assistance in Early Childhood Education
Nailing Jelly to the Wall: Defining and Providing Technical Assistance in Early Childhood Education
Item: 26126
Status: In Stock
$19.95
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.
Lead the Way: 24 Lessons in Leadership for After School Program Directors
Lead the Way: 24 Lessons in Leadership for After School Program Directors
Item: 27924
Status: In Stock
$9.95
"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.
The Best for Babies
The Best for Babies
Item: 28589
Status: In Stock
$12.95
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 »
Lose the Lecture: Engaging Approaches to Early Childhood Professional Learning
Lose the Lecture: Engaging Approaches to Early Childhood Professional Learning
Item: 30730
Status: In Stock
$29.95
Professional development is important, but early childhood professionals get just as bored, worn out, and disengaged from learning as their younger counterparts do. But while pre-K and K-12 classroom learning continues to evolve and improve, adult learners are often left by the wayside! There must be a better way. "Lose the Lecture" brings administrators, coaches, and facilitators a new approach to professional development and adult learning that focuses on the learners-how they think,… More »
Building on Whole Leadership
Building on Whole Leadership
Item: 30782
Status: In Stock
$29.95
In a complex and changing landscape of scare funding, high turnover rates, and differing view about priorities, the early childhood profession needs an anchor. The Whole Leadership Framework, developed by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, helps early childhood professionals inspire their staffs' collaboration, creativity, and ethical commitment. Learn how to: develop foundational leadership attributes and competencies, use both day-to-day management and long-range leadership skills,… More »
After the Crisis: Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope
After the Crisis: Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope
Item: 18268
Status: In Stock
$9.95
The literature-based activities in this book help children who have been through a trauma. With activities and exercises that can be used in conjunction with 50 children's books, teachers can use the discussion starters, writing activities, and art activities to promote children's ability to cope and heal. Addresses numerous crises that can affect a child, including earthquakes, epidemics and mass casualty incidents, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and major storms, shelter experiences, volcanic… More »
Preparing for Disaster
Preparing for Disaster
Item: 18269
Status: In Stock
$14.95
With forms, worksheets, staff-training workshops, and task lists, as well as helpful guidelines and insights, this groundbreaking guide is filled with practical advice for every program director. Learn how to create a Disaster Readiness Master Plan and implement it; train teachers and administrators how to react in a catastrophic event; educate parents about your disaster plan to reduce panic; create planned evacuation routes and notify local emergency management agencies of your plans; and complete… More »
Rating Observation Scale for Inspiring Environments
Rating Observation Scale for Inspiring Environments
Item: 18973
Status: In Stock
$19.95
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.
Catching Them At It
Catching Them At It
Item: 24479
Status: In Stock
$29.95
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.
Program Administration Scale - PAS
Program Administration Scale - PAS
Item: 24682
Status: In Stock
$25.95
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. 2nd Edition.
Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology for Early Childhood Education
Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology for Early Childhood Education
Item: 26117
Status: In Stock
$34.95
Feel confident and competent when it comes to choosing and implementing the most appropriate technology tools for your early childhood classroom!
Principal Matters
Principal Matters
Item: 26777
Status: In Stock
$19.95
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 »
Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter
Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter
Item: 33460
Status: In Stock
$19.95
No education professional wants to think about an active shooter on campus. Recent tragic events illustrate a clear and imminent need to prepare educators for these threats. Public institutions are required by law to follow rules and regulations to train for emergency responses, and several states have enacted or are considering enacting regulations specific to early childhood programs. "Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter," the first book in the new Preparing for the Unexpected… More »
Building on Emergent Curriculum: The Power of Play for School Readiness
Building on Emergent Curriculum: The Power of Play for School Readiness
Item: 33463
Status: In Stock
$24.95
Children are expected to read, write, count, and sit still at younger and younger ages. As these unrealistic expectations mount, family members and teachers alike continue to believe that these activities will prepare young children for school. But there is a better way one that helps children build school readiness through developmentally appropriate activities. Best of all? The children can have fun! Building on Emergent Curriculum guides preschool teachers to tap into young children's natural… More »
Provoking Curiosity: Student-Led STEAM Learning for Pre-K to Third Grade
Provoking Curiosity: Student-Led STEAM Learning for Pre-K to Third Grade
Item: 33471
Status: In Stock
$29.95
Sure, you know that children learn best through hands-on explorations. How does that work in a real classroom? With jam-packed days and mounting expectations, you're pressed for time and pushed to follow standards-based curricula. It's no wonder you struggle to incorporate STEAM activites each day. Provoking Curiosity brings new and easy-to-execute STEAM learning experiences that encourage children to think, explore, and wonder. Each exploration builds on core ideas in the STEAM disciplines, develops… More »
Build Your Dream Team: How to Recruit, Train, and Retain Early Childhood Staff
Build Your Dream Team: How to Recruit, Train, and Retain Early Childhood Staff
Item: 33472
Status: In Stock
$21.95
Finding the right people to staff your center is challenging! Have you ever hired someone you thought was perfect, only to have her leave after a few months? Have you filled a position with a "warm body" to maintain the adult-child ratio because you couldn't find a more qualified candidate? Recruiting is an ongoing process that requires reflection, dedication, and importantly, a solid plan. But the plan isn't always easy to craft, especially when you're understaffed! "Build Your Dream… More »
Wired Differently: A Teacher's Guide to Understanding Sensory Processing Challenges
Wired Differently: A Teacher's Guide to Understanding Sensory Processing Challenges
Item: 34584
Status: In Stock
$24.95
Preschool is a time of wonder when curiosity, development, and learning intersect. While the new sights, routines, and experiences can make preschool exhilarating, what about children who struggle? Perhaps they exhibit odd behaviors: chewing on clothing, covering their ears, avoiding certain textures, refusing to sit with peers, screaming when frustrated, hitting, kicking, or biting. "Wired Differently" will help you to decode what may seem like every day challenging behaviors. It's possible… More »
Adventures in Risky Play: What is Your Yes?
Adventures in Risky Play: What is Your Yes?
Item: 34900
Status: In Stock
$34.00
"Adventures in Risky Play: What is Your Yes?" goes to the heart of risk-taking and children. As educators working with young children, we all have boundaries and feelings around what risky play is allowed. Rusty Keeler invites us to examine the cage of boundaries that we have created for ourselves and our children. He challenges us to rattle our cage and discover where the lines are movable. In our role as educators and caretakers, when we allow children to play and confront risk on their… More »
The Weekly Curriculum: 52 Complete Preschool Themes
The Weekly Curriculum: 52 Complete Preschool Themes
Item: 61230
Status: In Stock
$29.95
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.
Loose Parts Learning in K-3 Classrooms
Loose Parts Learning in K-3 Classrooms
Item: 36913
Status: In Stock
$34.95
Loose parts. You have heard the term, probably in the context of promoting engaging play with open-ended, natural, and manufactured materials that can be manipulated with limitless possibilities. In this book, discover how a loose-parts mindset promotes active learning in the early elementary classroom, enhancing curriculum and ensuring connection to state standards. Offering inspiration and guidance on developing, applying, and teaching a loose-parts mindset, the authors break down common myths… More »
The Portfolio Book: A Step-by-Step Guide for Teachers
The Portfolio Book: A Step-by-Step Guide for Teachers
Item: 43785
Status: In Stock
$19.95
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.
E-LAP™ Early Learning Activity Cards
E-LAP™ Early Learning Activity Cards
Item: 4633
Status: In Stock
$79.95
Set of 414 sequenced cards correlate with E-LAP™ domains and supply teaching procedures, developmental objectives, and suggested activities for expanding emerging skills. Cards are ideal for sending home with children who need additional skill practice.