Mondays with ME: Employed and At-Home Mothers (1/26/15)



Stay at home mom or working mom guest Dr. Deborah Kahn's book“As moms, most of us give a lot of thought to deciding to be employed or to be a stay at home mom. We may seek input from family, friends and books, even as pervasive media images of “having it all” also seep into our thinking. But what is known about the effects of a mother’s employment status on her children’s well-being and her own? Is there a “holy grail” of work status for mothers today? And, if not, what factors are most important in helping us make the best choice for us and our families? Dr. Deborah Kahn addressed these questions in her doctoral thesis and expanded the ideas in her recent book, The Roads Taken.You’ll want to chime in on her lively discussion with Marti & Erin about choosing to be a stay at home mom or a working mom in this Mom Enough show!” -ME


Mondays with ME: Building on Family Strengths (1/19/15)



family strengths guest Gene RoehkepartainFor decades, Search Institute has worked with communities around the world to build assets for promoting healthy youth development. Now Search Institute has turned their attention to “family assets,” attributes and practices that keep family relationships strong and individual family members strong and healthy.  Read more »

Cards for Hospitalized Kids: Community Service Event!

cards for hospitalized kidsCards for Hospitalized Kids (CFHK) is an internationally recognized charitable organization that spreads hope, joy & magic to hospitalized kids across America through uplifting, handmade cards. It distributes handmade cards to hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation. Over 40,000 kids in hospitals in all 50 states have received cards. We believe this is just the beginning. We hope you will get involved and help us brighten the days of as many hospitalized kids as possible.

How do you make a card?

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Career Crossings: 1/16/15

This edition of Career Crossings includes opportunities from FourSquare Preschool and Daycare (Lakeville, MN).foursquare logo Read more »

ECYD Program Newsletter: January 2015

Welcome to a new semester and a new year! Here’s the January 2015 Early Childhood and Youth Development Program Newsletter.If you are an ECYD student, please be sure to read through it as it includes program information. If you have any questions about details/events included in the newsletter, ask any of the ECYD instructors. Read more »

Welcome to Spring Semester 2015

Welcome back current students and welcome new students! Most classes begin on Monday, January 12. I’ve put together some of the information you might need below. Read more »

Career Crossings: 12/26/14

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This edition of Career Crossings includes Child Life opportunities from Mayo Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital (Rochester) and Director opportunities from Bright Horizons (Mounds View).

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Happy Holidays

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WINNER! The Welcoming Classroom Book


One winner was selected at random for the KEH Communications and Gryphon House Book Giveaway.


Thank you to all who entered and to KEH Communications for the wonderful donation!

Adventures in Eating Recipe #20 (Whole Wheat Pizza Crust)


Adventures in Eating: Let’s Bake Bread!

breadOne of the best ways to introduce children to new foods is to have them help make it. Baking bread is a good way to introduce children to whole wheat bread instead of white bread.

Bread in a Bag is a combination of both 100% whole wheat flour and white flour. When you are making the recipe with children, show them how the 100% whole wheat flour is darker than  white flour. Discuss that the 100% whole wheat flour has good things in it to help them grow.

Making Bread in a Bag is a fun activity for parents to do with children when it is too stormy to go outside or for a fun activity over holiday break. Teachers can also use the activity in their classroom if they have access to an oven. Read more »

Gryphon House Book GIVEAWAY!

In spirit of the season, it’s time for another giveaway! welcoming classroom

KEH Communications and Gryphon House are sponsoring this giveaway for the book The Welcoming Classroom: Building Strong Home-to-School Connections for Early Learning by Johnna Darragh Ernst, PhD. 

“The children in today’s early childhood classroom are more culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse than ever. As a teacher, your challenge is to partner with each family through recognizing their individual strengths, concerns, priorities, and resources.

In The Welcoming Classroom: Building Strong Home-to-School Connections for Early Learning, Dr. Johnna Darragh Ernst offers practical ideas for creating a welcoming atmosphere for families that will encourage them to participate in their children’s learning community. Read more »

Winner! Block Set Giveaway


One winner was selected at random for the Block Set Giveaway.

The lucky WINNER is Lorelei R!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you to all who entered and to Dr. Drew for the wonderful donation!

EC Courses @ DCTC, Spring 2015

Now is the time to get registered for Spring Semester Early Childhood Courses if you haven’t already. Visit THIS LINK to get all the details. Classes are filling so don’t delay…register today!!ECYD Ad

Pattern Block Mats

Have you used pattern blocks with children yet? Perhaps not because pattern blocks are often underutilized. They are a perfect manipulative activity to strengthen hand-eye coordination, color and shape differentiation, etc. Pattern blocks are also a wonderful math resource. They come in 6 colors and shapes – yellow hexagons, orange squares, red trapezoids, green triangles, blue rhombus and beige rhombus. Pattern blocks can be used with pattern cards/mats as an activity to learn spatial relations. One of my favorite places to access free pattern mats is PreKinders.

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Our December guest speaker is sponsoring this month’s giveaway. Dr. Drew has donated a B36 Starter Set, a value of $25. This set includes 36 blocks of kiln dried, North American beech; each block is 3″ x 2″ x 1/2″, with a beautiful natural grain.drewsblockslogo


Enter below for a chance to win.  Read more »

Child Life Position Openings

Thermayo-clinic-logoe is a .75 FTE (benefits eligible) position in the Emergency Department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The schedule would be 3 ten hour shifts per week and working every other (or potentially every third) weekend. Read more »

Guest Speaker: Dr. Drew’s Discovery Blocks


I’m honored to introduce December’s guest speaker - Walter F. Drew, EdD. drew confDr. Drew is a nationally known early childhood consultant whose workshops feature hands-on creative play with open-ended reusable resources. As founder of the Reusable Resource Association and the Institute for Self Active Education, he has pioneered the development of Reusable Resource Centers as community-building initiatives to provide creative materials for early childhood programs. He is also the creator of Dr. Drew’s Discovery Blocks. I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Dr. Drew this past summer at the NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development here in MN. I was immediately drawn to the block tower on display at his booth. After having a delightful conversation about 3-dimensional play, it was decided that Dr. Drew would be a future guest speaker on the blog. Read more »

Mondays with ME: Anxiety and Stress (12/8/14)



anxiety in children guest Dr. Elizabeth Reeve“Does your child stress out in new situations, lose sleep over upcoming tests or become upset when things don’t go as planned? Anxiety affects many children and adults and often runs in families. But there are helpful steps you can take to ease your child’s anxiety and teach skills your child can use to manage his or her own stress. If your child’s anxiety is serious enough to interfere with learning, relationships and life enjoyment, Read more »

Career Crossings: 12/5/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from Discovery Club, Primrose, PICA Head Start, and Bright Horizons. Read more »