America's Child Care Crisis: Rethinking an Essential Business
The child-care industry—essential to American families and to the American economy—is at risk of complete collapse. Before COVID-19 struck, the child-care industry faced funding issues and staffing dilemmas, while families struggled to find—or simply afford—quality child care. The reality is that COVID-19 has only exacerbated the challenges of the already-fragile child-care ecosystem. America’s Child-Care Crisis takes a hard look at the current state of the industry and explores how to save this critical service by:
Building on Emergent Curriculum: The Power of Play for School Readiness
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 inclination for play to build their skills, promote their development, and, ultimately, prepare them for elementary school. Learn: - why traditional theme-based units don't work, - what school readiness really looks like, - how to recognize and capitalize on the many teachable moments that arise during play, and - ways to train teachers and involve families in emergent curriculum. Play and learning aren't mutually exclusive. Building on Emergent Curriculum will help readers give preschoolers a solid foundation for elementary school while they do what children do best: play!
Does My Child Have a Developmental Delay?: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents on Early Intervention
Parents can easily be confused when they suspect that their child may have a developmental delay. The family members can have many questions about the process of seeking special education support, and they often feel isolated from friends and family when they attempt to make the best decisions for their child. Does My Child Have a Developmental Delay?: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents on Early Intervention is a guide for families on how to navigate the early intervention process. The book also includes personal stories of families that have experienced the early intervention process with their own children.
The Beginnings of School Readiness: Foundations of the Infant and Toddler Classrooms
Many families and educators are concerned with the school readiness skills that children acquire in preschool; however, they do not realize that these skills begin to develop during the infant and toddler years. Infant and toddler caregivers need to recognize the importance of a high-quality infant and toddler learning environment and learn how they can support children while they acquire essential skills for future success.
Sticky Situations: Case Studies in Early Childhood Program Management
Being the director of an early childhood education program not only includes knowing about child development and developmentally appropriate curriculum, but it also requires a director to supervise staff, manage the facility, create budgets, and implement policies to manage a business. Sticky Situations is a collection of case studies to help early childhood educators walk through management scenarios and brainstorm the best way to solve typical childcare program problems. Each case study addresses a situation that a director may encounter in an early childhood program. The case study also includes reminders about best practices for the field of early childhood education, one possible method for addressing the situation, and discussion questions to evaluate the way that the situation was resolved. This is a fabulous tool for current program directors or those in training programs for early childhood management.
Finding Quality Early Childcare
Finding Quality Early Childcare: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents about What Matters Most is a tool for parents to use in selecting a quality childcare provider that best meets the needs of their family. This book reviews foundational elements of childcare, such as health and safety features, while explaining educational strategies, including styles of teaching and daily classroom activities. Finding Quality Early Childcare also covers types of specialized childcare, such as infant care and care for children with special needs, reviews transitional kindergarten, and discusses when children are ready to transition from preschool to kindergarten.