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The School-Ready Child

Zero-to-Three offers a colorful infographic, entitled “The School-Ready Child” (o “Listos para la escuela” en español). In it the authors describe the reasons why getting ready for school begins in early childhood and the need for public policies that “focus on the healthy development of babies and toddlers as an essential part of preparing children for success.” They outline five important features of the school-ready child:

1. It’s all about relationships.
2. Everyday experiences shape early learning.
3. The importance of emotions.
4. The importance of play.
5. What a school-ready child looks like.

It’s a great reminder of the value of early intervention. EI providers support families as they support their young children to be successful in school and beyond.

This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit this resource in the Neighborhood here.

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Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth

8635094676?profile=RESIZE_400xHere’s another great parenting resource from our friends at Zero to Three: Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth. The booklet is available in both English and Spanish (see below) and describes four important skill areas to support children in becoming “eager learners”:

* Language and Literacy Skills

* Thinking Skills

* Self-Control or “the ability to express and manage emotions in appropriate ways”

* Self-Confidence

This resource stresses the concept that “children learn best through their everyday experiences with the people they love and trust, and when the learning is fun.” It also provides families with specific strategies targeted to the first, second, and third years of life. The message of Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth wraps up with some things for parents to think about, like reducing screen time and how our beliefs and values shape what we teach our children. Give it a read and let us know in the comments below what you thought.

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All About Young Children

Have you discovered the California Department of Education’s website All About Young Children?

black and white childhood memoriesIt’s filled with “information for families on children’s early development,” across five different topics, at five age levels, and in eight different languages! The site provides information in various combinations of language, age, and topic, including social-emotional development, language development and literacy, number sense, physical development, and approaches to learning.

Each topic is described in detail and illustrated through videos in English, Hmong, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and two dialects of Chinese. Individual pages can also be downloaded in pdf format to share with families who may not have easy access to the Internet.  Take a quick look at the pdf pages on social-emotional development in English by clicking on an age group below:

What a great resource to share with families in their own language!

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