Resources to empower
School readiness focuses on a young child’s social, cognitive, physical, and emotional development to ensure a successful transition into school. Children in this range need a strong developmental foundation from birth to 36 months of age. They will learn age-appropriate interaction with the environment and others.
The Countywide Vision is a community-based effort to create a county where residents and investors can prosper and achieve well-being. The Countywide Vision website includes the Countywide Vision statement, information on progress being made to achieve the Vision, and resources to help everyone participate in the Vision effort.
This document provides interactive literacy activities designed for parents to use with their child at home.
Students can engage in early literacy learning in this fun and engaging game-based platform that is accessible on-line or as an app download. These fun activities support the development of print concept, phonemic awareness, phonics, and word recognition
First Things First provides parents with information and resources on child development, health and safety, quality child care, and school readiness.
First Things First provides a Parent Kit to help parents support the healthy development of their baby, toddler or preschooler.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides information and links related to preschool nutrition.
Recommendations for parents to help their children develop learning and thinking skills.
Low-income families often face many barriers to providing high-quality early childhood education to their children. There are a number of research-based strategies to bolster parent engagement in ways that improve child outcomes.
Former teacher and current mother blogs about an ideal toddler's schedule, including a detailed schedule of activities.
This article benchmarks a series of milestones for a typical four-year-old.
This one-page document provides specific recommendations and examples on how parents/adults should play and communicate with children from birth to age two and older to support early development.
This blog shares 10 tips to help teach children how to be independent with self help skills and everyday routines.
This article details parenting best-practices to support toddlers' developing skills.
This article describes how establishing daily routines can lead to independence and autonomy.
This one-page document provides parents, family members, and educators with ten concrete ways to promote and develop child communication.
The Carolina Abecedarian Project randomly assigned infants born between 1972 and 1977 to either the early educational intervention group or the control group. Children in the experimental group received full-time, high-quality educational intervention in a childcare setting from infancy through age 5.
This webpage details the importance of early childhood math skills, and provides benchmarks for early childhood educators regarding math education.
This 220-page resource highlights the connections that the nine domains of the preschool learning foundations have with the content of these other important resources: California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations, California Content Standards, The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Head Start Child Development & Early Learning Framework.
An introduction to Universal Design for Learning to support diverse students.
This is a list of 10 developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) to improve teaching and learning. An infographic with the strategies is included.
This article by Claudio Sanchez reviews the research on early childhood education. The findings show that kids who attend public preschool programs are better prepared for kindergarten than kids who don't.
This is a video library of teachers’ best practices in Common Core teaching and evidence based instructional practices that spans all subject areas and grade levels.
A brief online teacher course for the foundational skills of early numeracy.
Resources specifically for early learners and the development of early numeracy and counting and cardinality skills.
DREME TE advances research in early mathematics. They also provide teacher professional development units, family math strategies and activities, resources and publications for early math.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics provides an overview of supporting research as to why mathematics is important for early childhood learners.
Math instruction for early childhood learners can be playful and fun - not necessarily comprised of flashcards or worksheets. Teachers can highlight features of children's play that are mathematical, as well as creating math activities that are playful.