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Kindergarten Registration has begun across Idaho. You can help remind families and pass along these excellent resources from Lee Pesky Learning Center to help prepare their child for the school days ahead!

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Using real-world examples from classrooms in Idaho and incorporating lessons learned from currently practicing teachers we will share a toolkit for supporting high-quality outdoor classrooms.

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Celebrating holidays in early childhood programs can bring joy to children, staff and families and can strengthen relationships between programs and the families they serve, but it can also be an unintentional way of excluding some families. We want to encourage children to see how they are the same and different from their peers. One way to begin this process might be to introduce books about different holidays celebrated around the world during these winter months.

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Do you have the skills and education to help Idaho’s Early Childhood Workforce gain professional recognition through obtaining a Child Development Associates (CDA) Credential? If you have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field and a passion for professionalizing the early education field, you might have everything you need to observe and verify CDA candidates though the Council.

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We’re living through unprecedented and challenging times and it’s more important than ever to practice gratitude. Teaching and practicing gratitude in children at a young age can help them grow up to be happier adults. Read more about strategies that can help inspire gratitude.

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Safe, Appropriate, and Engaging Outdoor Environments
Date: Saturday, August 29th
Time: 9-11 AM (PT) 10-12 PM (MT)
*You MUST pre-register to attend as there are limited spots available.

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Fostering Social Emotional Competence with Julie Fodor, PhD., Director of Center on Disabilities and Human Development. *You MUST pre-register to attend as there are limited spots available.

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The simplest of activities can promote stimulation and growth as children explore their world.

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"After several years as a preschool teacher, I became tired of saying 'No,' so I decided to create a Yes! environment."

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Effective, engaging interactions and environments form the foundation for all learning in early childhood settings.