Early Childhood Education: Resources for Enhancing Early Development
The context in which early childhood development occurs is greatly influenced by environment, personality and individual experiences. Explore the Web resources in this section to create an individualized plan for your child or student.
- Stages of development allow parents and teachers to measure a child’s progress in the following areas: language, cognitive, gross motor, fine motor and social skills.
- Look for forums, e-mail groups and blogs where you can talk about your concerns and discuss milestones with other parents and professionals.
Family involvement in early childhood education extends beyond parents and guardians. The sites in this section explore a range of ways to become involved with early child education from a family and community perspective.
- Reading stories to children about how families can participate in their education is one way to engage in a family involvement activity. The Harvard Family Research Project has a list of recommended children’s books about family involvement.
Use these early childhood math and technology resources to find information on teaching left-brain subjects to kids, including math and technology.
- Interactive online games like those found at Sesame Workshop can be functional and fun for preschoolers.
- When integrating technology into the curriculum, keep in mind age-appropriateness and how technology can be of use to your students.
Reading to preschoolers impacts their reading and vocabulary skills, and helps them gain a better understanding of the world around them. Promoting early childhood literacy is easy with Internet resources that jump-start kids’ interest in reading.
If you’re working with children who have special needs, whether as a parent or as a teacher, use this section to find valuable information on learning disabilities in early childhood.
- The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees that all students with disabilities receive a free public school education designed to meet their special needs. Find out more about IDEA and who qualifies at the National Resource Center on ADIHD Web site.
- Under IDEA, parents of kids with special needs can work with educators to create an Individualized Education Program (IEP). An IEP helps to tailor the curriculum to each child’s ability level.
- For a list of helpful FAQs on special education laws, visit LD OnLine.
- For more information on learning disabilities, visit the findingDulcinea Learning Disabilities Web Guide.
Creating a classroom or space that is cooperative, exciting and educational for kids is at your fingertips with the Web resources on early childhood classroom activities recommended below.
Find the best places to start a career in early childhood education or enhance your skills in this profession with resources on professional development for early childhood educators.
- When exploring the requirements for becoming a preschool educator, be mindful that different states have different licensing requirements. Some states require a bachelor’s degree, while others require an associate’s degree or a special certificate.
- An alternative to obtaining a degree in early childhood education is to become certified. The Council for Professional Recognition administers the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program. The program provides a common type of certification for early childhood education professionals based on their performance.