The Power of Early Childhood Teaching

Guest Blogger/ January 25, 2024/ Uncategorized

Imagine a world where personal interactions are positive, we respect one another’s opinions, and we have civil conversation. Imagine yourself, as a teacher of young children, impacting the change that is possible. THAT IS THE POWER OF EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHING. WHAT YOU DO MATTERS. IT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD! Research over the last 20 years has revealed that young children

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Winter Reading List

Guest Blogger/ January 5, 2024/ Good to Know

Winter is here with its chill and a sense of renewal, halfway through the school year with anticipation of longer, warmer days. These books are perfect to enjoy while appreciating the beauty and calm of winter. This may be my most favorite nearly wordless book. As a Caldecott Medal winner in 2018, the illustrations tell the parallel tale of a

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Autumn Reading List

Guest Blogger/ October 25, 2023/ Good to Know

Autumn is here, along with a new school year. As we come into new routines in our classrooms, learn about new students and families, I chose these favorite back-to-school books. Getting to know the names of classmates, the change in color of falling leaves, our school community, the family table, and nocturnal animals are all relevant topics to touch on

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A Day in Family Child Care

Guest Blogger/ October 10, 2023/ Uncategorized

While the majority of VAAEYC members work in programs and centers, there is a segment of our membership that we represent that is often overlooked, Family Child Care. Many of these programs started in homes of care givers that were already caring for their own children, or extended family and neighbors’ children. These licensed programs are run and staffed by

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Unlocking Your Potential in Early Childhood Education with the Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™

Guest Blogger/ August 30, 2023/ Uncategorized

If you’re part of VAAEYC (Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children), you’re likely driven by a passion for working with young children and making a positive impact on their lives. The Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™ could be the key to advancing your career in early childhood education (ECE). The Council for Professional Recognition, a global leader in

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VAAEYC Summer Reading

Guest Blogger/ July 20, 2023/ Uncategorized

As summer reading goes, I find myself looking towards the children’s literature on my bookshelves and revisiting some of the books that I recently purchased to help diversify and update our preschool library.  We often hold onto books forever, it seems, but when we think of what we are reading and sharing with young children, we must provide room for

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