In the beginning…
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QUALITY CHILD CARE AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
Current research details how a child’s earliest experiences and relationships affect the way his/her brain is organized. During these crucial early years of life, the brain is forming connections that may determine a lifetime of skills and potentials. Quality care of young children is key. Some of the findings confirm what parents and caregivers already know – that how the children are raised has an enormous impact on their emotional well-being, intellectual level and skills for success.
- Zero to Three – The Nation’s Leading Resource on the First Years of Life
- Investing in Our Children: What We Know and Don’t Know About the Costs and Benefits of Early Childhood Interventions
Studies indicate that well trained child care providers offer higher quality child care services and those will little to no training. Contact Community Connection for Child Care to help with child development training, professional development, working with children with special needs and marketing your program.
- Working with School Age
- Parent Checklist for School-Age Recreation Programs. Please download the attached parent checklist.
- Things to consider before leaving your child home alone….. click here.
Play: An essential component of high quality early learning programs
A generation ago, kindergarten was supposed to get kids ready for school. But now everyone is talking about the importance of “school readiness” before kids get to kindergarten. That’s why many parents, anxious for their children to succeed in school, want early care and education programs to have children sit at tables using work sheets, drills, and flash cards to learn letters and numbers and even starting to read, add, and subtract. But preschoolers learn differently from school-age children: play is essential to early learning.
Play is the main way children learn and develop ideas about the world. It helps them build the skills necessary for critical thinking and leadership. It’s how they learn to problem solve and to feel good about their ability to learn. Children learn the most from play when they have skilled teachers who are well-trained in understanding how play contributes to learning.
Most child development experts agree that play is an essential part of a high-quality early learning program. Play is not a break from learning—it’s the way young children learn.
Learn More about the importance of play
Welcome to the Parent Toolbox a series of informative podcasts designed to give you the tools to be a better parent, grandparent or child care provider. The Parent Toolbox is sponsored by the CCCC Foundation. You can listen to these podcasts several different ways. You listen to them now on your computer, you can download them and listen to them on your computer any time you want, or you can save them to you IPod and listen to them whenever and wherever you like.This series covers a variety of topics, just click on the topic to access the podcast or handout.
- Child Care Resources in Kern County
- Quality Child Care
- Child Behavior and Positive Discipline
- School Readiness
- What to do when there is nothing to do.
- Children’s Health
- Child Nutrition and Obesity Prevention
- Physical Fitness and Recreation and Obesity Prevention
The CCCC Foundation wishes to thank the following people for their help and expertise in developing and recording these podcasts.
- Tammy Burns, Early Childhood Council of Kern
- Candy Coats, Henrietta Weill Child Guidance Clinic
- Lisa Duncan-Purcell, Community Connection for Child Care
- Mary Beth Garrison, Consultant
- Dr. Claudia Jonas, Kern County Department of Public Health
- Jason Krause, Community Connection for Child Care
- Linda Maxwell Mack, Henrietta Weill Child Guidance Clinic
- Terry McCormick, City of Bakersfield Recreation and Parks
- Brian Puckett and John Lenko, Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office
- Lezley Pumphrey, Proforma
This project was funded through the Weingart-KCF Fund of the Kern Community Foundation. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kern County by encouraging philanthropy, providing services to the donors, and assisting those who serve to meet the needs of the community.
The Parent Toolbox – a timely, valuable and convenient way to help you become the parent you want to be.