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

Preschool teacher and student high-fiving over building with blocks.

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

Rainbow and clouds made out of puffy paint.

Make your own Puffy Paint with these simple ingredients.

Child with a plastic hard hat on and using a plastic wrench while his father watches him.

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

Four young girls sitting at a table with colored pencils. Two of the girls are watching one draw a picture.

For young children, there are four stages of drawing and writing that you may see as they go and develop.

Young girl playing outside with a giant bubble.

Make giant bubbles with the following ingredients.

Two child care providers with a group of children sitting in a circle.

Making it through circle time is often a challenge. Here are ways to ensure it's fun and successful for everyone!

Teacher sitting at a classroom table surrounded by young students as they pretend to serve food.

In a single day, young children experience many transitions. Transitions occur between activities or routines, and they can be a difficult time for both adults and children. But transitions are also powerful tools. They guide children gently through the day, provide special attention to individuals, and help children move from one area to another smoothly.

Child care provider helping a young child attach pieces together.

May is Mental Health Month! Infant mental health refers to how well a child develops socially and emotionally from birth to age 3. Understanding infant mental health is the key to preventing and treating the mental health problems of very young children and their families. It also helps guide the development of healthy social and emotional behaviors.

Child's finger pushing sand into a plastic container to make a block.

If you haven't played with kinetic sand yet, you are missing out on something really fun! There are a variety of reasons why kinetic sand is great for sensory play.