High-quality child care produces a stimulating, secure and loving atmosphere for the little one.

Focusing on children's wellbeing and ecological exposures in child care centers is Essential for several reasons: Since they display exploratory behaviors that put them in direct contact with contaminated surfaces, they're more likely to be vulnerable to some contaminants found. They're also less developed immunologically, physiologically, and neurologically and are more prone to the negative effects of toxins and chemicals. Children spend a whole lot of time in child care settings. Many babies and young children spend as many as 50 hours each week, in child care.

Nationally, 13 million children, or 65 percent of U.S. kids, spend some part of the afternoon in child care and at California alone, roughly 1.1 million children five decades or younger attend child care. In this exact same condition, many adults might also be subjected as roughly 146,000 employees work 40 hours or more a week child care centers. Child care environments include substances which may be harmful for kids. Recent studies suggest that lots of child care environments might contain pesticides, allergens, volatile organic compounds from cleaning agents and sanitizers, and other contaminants which may be toxic to children's wellbeing.

Nevertheless, little is understood about what environmental and chemical exposures they might be getting in these configurations. To fill this gap, we quantified. Outcomes of the study were reported on the California Air Resources Board. Our findings help inform policies to lower accidents to children, encourage training and workshops to educate child care providers about methods to lower children's environmental exposures (ex. Using integrated pest management to decrease pesticide usage ), and search for future research.

Washing Your Baby’s Clothes
Washing Your Baby’s Clothes
Washing Your Baby’s Clothes – How to do it Rightly
Washing Dishes
Washing Dishes
Cleaning up after oneself is an important life skill
Make a Bed
Make a Bed
It might be a dying art, but learning how to make a bed is a valuable skill.
Sweep a Floor
Sweep a Floor
Give a kid a broom, and you are likely to see dirt flipping everywhere except in a pile.
Mop a Floor
Mop a Floor
Be sure to give them instructions on how to mop different floor types you may have in your home.

Strategies for Supporting Focus and Development in the Classroom [Webinar]

In this session, we were joined by Prerna Richards, Coach, Consultant, and Founder of Together We Grow.  Prerna dove into how children learn to focus and progress through development while...

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In this session, we were joined by Prerna Richards, Coach, Consultant, and Founder of Together We Grow.  Prerna dove into how children learn to focus and progress through development while...

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In this session, we were joined by Prerna Richards, Coach, Consultant, and Founder of Together We Grow.  Prerna dove into how children learn to focus and progress through development while touching on some practical strategies for supporting focus, improved attention, self-control, and impulse control in young children.

🎤Our Special Guest!

Prerna Richards

Prerna Richards is a coach, consultant, trainer, and international speaker. She has been in the early childhood education field for the past 35 years. She started her consulting business 2 1/2 years ago called Together We Grow to provide professional development, coaching, and consulting for educators and individual families. Her educational philosophy is grounded in a play-based approach along with a strong social-emotional foundation. She is the winner of Susan Hargrave’s trainer of the year award from TXAEYC in 2020.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes Prerna

  • Everything starts with breathing! 
  • When trying to build a longer attention span, try using the CAT method. C= Curious — you want to pearl the children’s interest. A = Anticipation — you want to change what they might anticipate will happen. T = Time-Sensitive — understand your time frame is small. 
  • The brain isn’t functioning properly when neurons aren’t being created, so children who spend a lot of time on screens aren’t creating those reactions in their brains. 
  • Take brain breaks! It doesn’t matter how long, take a couple of minutes to focus on breathing, or looking for three things the same color. It will bring you back to your center. 
  • Some tips to help strengthen children’s attention and focus are to give them fine motor activities, explore their senses, hand-eye coordination activities, and feet-eye coordination games. Let children play with loose parts as it will stimulate the brain, and let them get into the mud! 
  • When children engage in more than 3 senses it activates the brain.
  • Understand the vocabulary you use and help the children understand.  An example is are you using a fidget toy or fidget tool? Using a different vocabulary takes away blame or guilt for the children. “I can see your body isn’t helping your brain learn. Should you calm your body so your brain can focus?”

✨Resources

  • [Blog] – Preschool Weather Activities That Kids Love 
  • [Podcast] – Improving Children’s Attention Spans through Play 
  • Connect with Prerna and check out her website 
  • Prerna’s Improving Focus and Attention pack and her Parent Pack.

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