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“ ‘How would another teacher handle this situation?’ is one of the hardest questions to answer. It’s also one of the most frequently asked. For teachers working with DLLs [dual language learners], answers to this question are especially rare. There is a national shortage of bilingual teachers, ESL support staff, and other linguistic resources. And since there are not enough teachers and not enough hours dedicated to the 4.5 millions DLLs in the country, observations of other teachers and learning from them often take a backseat.

“Recent videos produced by Teaching At The Beginning, a nonprofit organization that supports educators of young DLLs, are attempting to overcome these limits.”

“Approximately 100 children are featured in the videos. All the children, between 3–5 years old, are shown interacting with one of the three teachers or with one another. Some of the highlights from the videos include Chinese students teaching a monolingual teacher words from their native language, Spanish-speaking students reading and singing “Five Little Monkeys” while using a toy phone, and parents writing letters — in their home languages — to children who later opens them during class time.”

 

From “The Young Dual Language Learner Video Series: A Peek into High-Quality Early Childhood Education for DLLs,” New America’s EdCentral Blog, July 28, 2016

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Image: Screenshot of Mass.gov website.

Image: Screenshot of Mass.gov website.

 

Looking for ways to keep children healthy and safe in early education and care settings?

Check out the webpage “Health and Safety in Child Care” on the website of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

DPH has collected links to information on a sweeping range of topics, including nutrition, physical activity, asthma, and the flu — as well as on hand washing, immunizations, and how to prepare for emergencies.

Click around the site and you’ll also find:

• a weather chart for safe outdoor play on hot and cold days

• information on preschool vision screening

• the pyramid model of social and emotional health

• information about diabetes and epilepsy, and

• the Department of Early Education and Care’s statement on cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting

There’s even information that can be shared with families.

So check out these resources and keep child care healthy and safe.

 

 

 

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“Early educators do more than care for young children. We are constantly stimulating children’s brains and children’s thinking in a way that helps build the foundations for what eventually becomes the roots of language, science and technology and mathematics and engineering.” (more…)

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Image Source: ReadyNation's Flickr page

Image Source: ReadyNation’s Flickr page

 

Last week, New York City hosted the 2015 Global Business Summit on Early Childhood Investments.

The summit was “a major gathering of 200+ business people, policymakers, and experts designed to showcase how the private sector is leading the way in advancing early childhood development around the world.”

The event was held by ReadyNation, an organization of business leaders who work to “strengthen business through better policies for children and youth.”

The goal of the summit was to “inspire and equip executives to take actions that expand support for young children at all levels.” Among the themes was a focus on “new evidence that establishes early childhood as the foundation for a culture of health and international leadership for early childhood.”

Chris Martes, president and CEO of Strategies for Children, attended the event and said, “The summit clearly shows how excited our business leaders are about investing in young children. Business leaders understand that high-quality early education and care programs help to produce the labor force of the future.” (more…)

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We pulled a quote from this video last year, but it’s also well worth watching.

FIND (Filming Interaction to Nurture Development) is a simple, powerful way to help caregivers see their best interactions with children on film.

As this YouTube video’s caption explains: “At Children’s Home Society of Washington, social service providers are using video clips of parents interacting with their young children to help the parents identify their own strengths and learn which interactions best promote healthy development. Created in partnership with researchers at the University of Oregon and Oregon Social Learning Center, this intervention supports positive interactions in young families facing adversity and models an innovative co-creation and testing process for science-based strategies.”

The video was posted by Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child.

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Drawing on work done by Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, this video explains how resilience develops in children.

At just over two-and-a-half minutes long, the video is short enough to be used in talks or shared on social media.

It was posted by the FrameWorks Institute, a nonprofit organization that advances “the nonprofit sector’s communications capacity.”

 

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“The majority of my students this year have attended preschool. And I have not had a classroom like this — ever.”

Lori Shabazz, the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teaching Award winner in 2014 and a kindergarten teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Alexandria, VA., where U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Learning Libby Doggett recently visited.

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