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101 Ways to Build Enrollment in Your Early Childhood Program
Easy-to-use money-saving ideas that can make building enrollment less of a chore and more of a pleasure.
250 Management Success Stories
Child Care Center Directors share their success stories. This collection has been reprinted from Child Care Information Exchange.
A Great Place to Work: Improving Conditions for Staff in Young Children’s Programs
This resource from NAEYC helps define what our problems may be and points the way toward solutions for staff and supervisor.
A Guide for Providers
This guidebook from the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome is intended to help providers tackle the challenges they face and provide the best care to the children who rely on them. It also allows providers an opportunity to assist parents with questions they may have regarding their child’s development and educate them about difficult topics such as child abuse and shaken baby syndrome.
A Way of Knowing: A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom-based Assessment in Young Children
Provides methods for observing and recording children’s behavior, analyzing the data obtained, and utilizing the results of these analyses to plan subsequent work with children.ABC’s of Clean Healthy Kids: Germ Free!
Fact sheets, posters and activities are included in this booklet to emphasize cleanliness and safety when handling food. It also includes shopping and storage solutions.
ABC’s of Safe and Healthy Child Care
This handbook is to help child care providers reduce sickness, injury, and other health problems in their child care facility.
Advocates in Action: Making a Difference for Young Children
Offers guidance on influencing policy and practice, teaching the fundamentals of effective advocacy as well as suggesting concrete strategies.
As I Am
A project done by the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families confirmed that there was a growing need to highlight mental health in the preschool classroom. This curriculum offers some new ideas and approaches to building mental health into early childhood classrooms.
Avoiding Burnout: Strategies for Managing Time, Space, and People in Early Childhood Education
The author draws on the successful experiences of individuals in the early education profession and organized them to cover: Job Burnout, Self Assessment, Managing Time, Managing Space, and Managing People.
Baby and Child Emergency First-Aid Handbook: Simple Step-By-Step Instructions for the Most Common Childhood Emergencies
Illustrated instructions in large print show and tell, step-by-step, what to do in an emergency and how to do it.
Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards
The manual of health and safety guidelines is designed to help a provider control and recognize infectious diseases, improve nutrition, and deal with special needs.
The Child Care Center Management Guide
This guide provides information needed for directing a child care program. Features information on budgeting, insurance, health topics, legal concerns, and disaster preparedness.
The Child Development Associate Assessment System and Competency Standards for Preschool Caregivers in Center-Based Programs
This book includes the eligibility and documentation collection requirements for candidates working in a center-based program with children ages 3-5 years old.
The Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program
Provides detailed information about the assessment processes for center-based, family child care, and home visitor personnel who meet the education and experience requirements before applying for assessment.
The Complete Book of Forms for Managing the Early Childhood Program
Includes reproducible forms to help in administration – licensing, registration, fiscal management, child & family involvement, and more.
Congregation and Child Care: A self-study
Designed to help improve the relationship between early childhood programs and churches/synagogues that house or sponsor early childhood programs.
Considering Children’s Art
For art to take its proper place in children’s education, teachers need to learn how to look at children’s art. This book shows us how to have rich, informative interactions with children about their art.
Developing and Administrating a Child Care Center
A comprehensive, how-to-do manual on start-up and operating a child care center.
Do’s and Don’ts of Parent Involvement
A guide for filling the void that keeps parents from becoming motivated and involved. Includes step-by-step guidelines for forming and managing parent groups, along with activities and sample tools – letters, memos, surveys, and more.
Early Learning Content Standards
Ohio’s Early Learning Content Standards provide the guidance required to help children enter kindergarten. These standards describe the knowledge and skills that serve as a foundation for early learning experiences.
Games Trainers Play: Experimental Learning
Includes activities on motivation, communication, listening and self- concept. Also includes icebreakers and games that encourage creative problem solving.
Getting Men Involved
If you would like to enrich your program by involving fathers and other men, this guide by father and educator James Levine offers everything you need to know.
Guide for Establishing and Operating Day Care Centers for Young Children
Written by a specialist who set up many child care centers, this guide is based on the assumption that wherever and whenever young children are brought together in groups for a part of the day, certain conditions must prevail if the experience is to be beneficial to the children and their parents.
Guide to Developing Community-Based Family Support Programs
Human services are often limited in reaching families in need, as a result family-support programs are emerging all over the country. Knowing the questions to consider and learning from others’ experiences are the most promising ways that family support programs can meet the needs of today’s parents and children.
Head Start and Child Care: Partnerships Not Competitors
This manual describes new, different, and creative ways for Head Start and child care professionals to work together so that the strengths and talents of both systems are maximized.
Healthy Young Children: A Manual for Programs
This basic manual is used to promote and protect the health and safety of children, staff, and families. It includes “suggested activities” for each chapter to support its use in staff training and student courses.
How Does It Feel? Child Care from a Parent’s Point of View
Talks about the interactions of staff and parents and provides both a theoretical and practical basis for re-looking at partnerships from another point of view – the parents’!
How to Work with Standards in the Early Childhood Classroom
This book offers teachers an overview of the standards movement; describes the status of standards in early education; presents the issues around the design and selection of standards; and provides practical strategies for effectively implementing standards with young children (preschool through the early primary grades).
Learning and Growing Together
The Head Start Bureau has joined together with the Center for Career Development in Early Care and Education to create this resource guide on collaborative efforts in early childhood training and career development.
Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children
This resource offers ways to arrange language-rich settings that expose children to books; provide experiences through outings, media, and errands; encourages understanding of speech sounds and rhyme; and more.
Let’s Go Outside: Designing the Early Childhood Playground
Written to help adults establish safe, effective outdoor play spaces, this resource covers developmental characteristics of young children, playground design, furnishings, and more.
Making a Career of It
The first comprehensive, national study documenting the crisis in training and career development. (Executive Summary also available.)
Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change
Provides an understanding of what change does to employees and what employees in transition can do to an organization, and how to minimize the distress and disruptions caused by change.
Managing Your Mouth
This easy-reading guide provides a prescription for mastering the many aspects of one-on-one communication in order to become more effective on and off the job.
Much More than the ABC’s: The Early Stages of Reading and Writing
The author offer suggestions on topics such as reading aloud with children, setting up a book corner and writing center, and introducing the alphabet in meaningful ways.
NAEYC Accreditation Criteria & Procedures
Improve your program with these standards, set by the early childhood professionals.
NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children Birth to 8
The specific work on children’s development and relevant teaching practices helps to describe both appropriate and inappropriate practices.
NAEYC Guide to Accreditation
Administrators will find step-by-step instructions on how to conduct a self-study and how to become accredited. Designed to improve quality of care & education received by young children.
NAEYC Quality in Child Care: What Does Research Tell Us?
We know that low-quality child care is not good and high quality is crucial for young children. But what is “High Quality” and how do you measure? Expert researchers explain what they are discovering about child care.
New Forms Kit For Early Childhood Programs
Over 200 forms for all of your record keeping needs. Includes enrollment, marketing, planning, and finance.
On-Target Marketing: Promotion Strategies for Child Care Centers
This is a collection of articles originally published in Child Care Information Exchange. The articles are about ideas child care centers can utilize to help market and promote their business.
Organizing Special Events and Conferences
This comprehensive and practical handbook is the first to reveal all the tricks and techniques of the professional event organizer.
Policy and Procedures for Early Childhood Director
An exhaustive collection of the polices you need to run your center effectively and efficiently. Policies are in a reproducible format.
The Potential of Mentoring: An Assessment of the California Early Childhood Mentor Teacher Program
This report focuses on California Early Childhood Mentor Teacher Program, the largest early childhood mentoring program in the country. Their growing goal is improving quality child care. (Executive Summary also available.)
Preparing Professionals as Child Development Associates: A Guide for Designing the Delivery of CDA Training
The purpose of this guide is to assist postsecondary education institutions and other organizations that have expertise in early childhood teacher preparation with developing and setting up successful CDA training programs for students who want to become CDAs.
The Right Fit: Recruiting, Selecting and Orienting Staff
Breaks down the recruitment, selection, and orientation process into manageable components and suggests techniques to help find teachers with the right fit.
The Right Stuff for Children Birth to 8M
Describes the play materials that are beneficial to children birth to age 8. Includes descriptions of what children are like at that age & how to enhance their motor, cognitive, and social skills.
Selecting Child Care for Your Baby
The curriculum guide to accompany the video includes everything you need to present a successful workshop.
Spreading the News: Sharing Stories of Early Childhood Education
Shows how to communicate the value of high-quality early childhood care & education to parents, other teachers, community members & legislators with everyday tools.
Starting and Operating a Child Care Center
Includes how to start and operate a child care center while building skills on budgeting and personnel management.
Taking on Turnover
An action guide for center-based child care teachers and directors on managing and reducing the increasingly serious problem of job turnover in the child care profession.
A booklet full of practical guidance on working warmly and respectfully with parents.
The Team Building Tool Kit
This problem-solving reference spells out guidelines and easy-to-grasp tips and tactics for both team leader and member. It shows how to manage the human factors and the nitty-gritty details that can hamper teamwork.
Time to Care: Redesigning Child Care to Promote Education, Support Families, and Build Communities
Guides readers through the problems facing the current child care system and outlines possible solutions.
The Visionary Director: A Handbook for Dreaming, Organizing, and Improvising in Your Center
This resource will inspire directors to shape their own vision beyond day-to-day terms and dream about the role their programs can play in reshaping their communities.
When Churches Mind the Children
A study of how children and churches are affected by each other.
Working Together for Children: Head Start and Child Care Partnerships
Tells how Head Start and Child Care Programs can work together to improve care for children.