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Storytelling supports children's language and literacy skills, social and emotional development, creativity and its fundamentally human nature. We tell stories to share information, impart wisdom and keep loved ones informed about our days. Early Childhood Educators can take advantage of children’s love of hearing stories and a desire to tell stories and use storytelling to promote children’s cognitive and literacy development.

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Starting July 1st, 2022, incentive eligible providers have the opportunity to apply for additional training scholarships beyond their $200 normal scholarship budget for a variety of professional development!

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IdahoSTARS badges recognize your expertise in early childhood education. Earn points through certification, training, Targeted Technical Assistance (TTA), employment history, and/or coaching cycles. Application is open from October 1st, 2022 until June 15th, 2023.

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Do you enjoy an IdahoSTARS program? Do you have an idea about how to make our work better? We want to hear from you!

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Muchos niños necesitan estructura en su día, y necesitan algunas reglas a seguir. Cuando el juego es simplemente un "gratis para todos" sin rutinas o pautas para que los niños las sigan, a menudo se angustian y actúan mal. Cuando llegan a este punto, las consecuencias para ambos pueden ser bastante terribles.

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Many children need structure in their day, and need some rules to follow. When play is simply a “free for all” without routines or guidelines for children to follow, they often times become distressed and act out. When they reach this point, the consequences for both caregiver and child can be terrible.

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Es beneficioso para l@s adult@s y niñ@s salir al aire libre y disfrutar del aire fresco y el calor del sol del verano. El juego activo al aire libre fomenta un peso corporal saludable, unos huesos fuertes y el desarrollo muscular. También hay oportunidades para el desarrollo social y emocional. Las actividades al aire libre aumentan la oportunidad de establecer relaciones con los demás. Estar activo al aire libre puede ayudar al/la niño/a a reducir la ansiedad y la irritabilidad, lo que ayudará a reducir los comportamientos desafiantes en el interior.

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Our IdahoSTARS health consultant shares summer safety information for children, including water safety, sun protection, air quality considerations, playground safety, transportation (hot car safety), and hydration.

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Applications for FALL higher education grants are open NOW!

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Eligible child care programs receive a grant paid monthly to child care programs to temporarily increase the wages of eligible child care staff.