Trouble Getting Your Preschooler to Eat Her Vegetables?

A recent study reported in the Atlantic carries the headline, “Study of the Day: How to Make Kids Eat the Vegetables They Hate.”  The conclusion of the article was, “Low-fat dips can help children accept bitter food like broccoli or Brussels sprouts.”  But that only tells part of the story.  The real takeaway from this study as that each child is unique and parents and caregivers should be sensitive to that fact and not seek an easy “fix” to problems by simply scanning the headlines of “science news reporting.”

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Professional Development for Early Childhood Professionals – Free Resources from NAEYC

Library ShelfUnless your preschool program is merely glorified babysitting, ongoing professional development and staff training is a must if a center is going to provide quality care.  Preschool teachers, as well as directors and other staff members are professionals.  As such, they need to maintain a knowledge of the latest research and be able to implement it in the classroom.  New research is available all the time and as professionals in the field of early childhood education, it’s important to not only know what the latest research says, but what actions to take so that children receive the best care and education possible.

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New State Preschool Quality Ratings for Michigan

Flickr/gsi-rOn September 26, 2011, announced a new preschool quality ratings system for all regulated centers and providers in Michigan.  The rating system begins in October, 2011 and will place providers into levels based upon their completion of certain steps and programs.

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Are You in Danger of Preschool Teacher Burnout?

ExhaustedTeacher Burnout is a Serious Problem

The risk of burnout among preschool teachers, aides, and other early-childhood educators is not only real, but it is high.  Often times working long hours without breaks with little adult interaction takes its toll.   Add to this the fact that early-childhood educators are often poorly compensated and you have a recipe for disaster.  Many bright, energetic and extremely talented early-childhood educators leave teaching all together and pursue other career options.

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