ECYD Program Newsletter: December 2014

The snow is on the ground and that means that December is just about here. Here’s your link to the DECEMBER ECYD PROGRAM NEWSLETTER. It’s there that you’ll find information about the end of the semester events, community service opportunity, grades, important dates, and Practicum information.

Jack Frost 
by Helen Bayley Davis
Someone painted pictures on my Windowpane last night
Willow trees with trailing boughs And flowers, frosty white.
And lovely crystal butterflies; But when the morning sun
Touched them with its golden beams, They vanished one by one.

melted snowman
Melted Snowman Cookie Recipe

Message In A Backpack: NAEYC

NAEYC has a great feature titled Message In a Backpack (MIB). Teachers/providers are able to print and share copies of the pages with the families in their programs. I’ve included one below. Click on the image or visit the above link to view all past MIB issues.


Guest Speaker: CDA 2.0

November’s guest speaker is Brocklin Qualls from the Center for Professional Recognition. Brocklin and I met this past summer at an early childhood summit prior to the NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development (hosted in MN).

Brocklin Qualls, Dawn Braa, Dr. Valora Washington (CEO)

Brocklin Qualls, Dawn Braa, Dr. Valora Washington (CEO)

Brocklin is a seasoned educational leader with expertise in business development, strategic planning, program design, management, sales and professional development. As the Manager of Domestic and International Partnerships, he has created and managed major local, state, national and federal relationships with organizations and individuals responsible for assessing and credentialing early childhood teachers domestically and internationally. Read more »

Mondays with ME: Lessons of Strength & Hope (11/17/14)



explaining cancer to a child book by Brian LucasBrian and Betsy Lucas were a happy, successful couple with two very young daughters when a stunning medical diagnosis transformed life, as they knew it. Brian chronicled their 2-year saga of heartache and hope in his award-winning book, Here Comes the Sun: A Young Family’s Journey through CancerNow both Brian and Betsy join Marti & Erin for a moving and inspiring discussion of Read more »

Adventures in Eating Recipe #19 (Black Bean and Corn Salsa)

Nov 14 Bean Salsa

Adventures in Eating: Let the Celebrations Begin!

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<p>C:\Users\hedin007\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\B0Y8FO4U\MP900426612[1].jpgThe end of the year also means the beginning of extra celebrations. Don’t let these fun celebrations be full of excess sugar, fat and calories. Make it a goal to limit these at your celebrations.

There are a lot of tips and ideas for how to create a healthy and fun celebration so people won’t even realize the candy and high calorie goodies are missing from the party. I really like the resource Read more »

Career Crossings: 11/14/2014


career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from Our Savior Early Learning Center (Rosemount). Read more »

Mondays with ME: Screen Time and Children (11/10/14)



Guernsey,Lisa_book2“As parents we get lots of different messages about the place of video and TV in our children’s lives. While ads claim some videos will make kids smarter, many experts say no media is good media for babies and toddlers. Yet the reality is that most parents resort at least occasionally to plopping their child in front of the TV, if only to buy some time to get dinner in the oven. This guest, authorLisa Guernsey, joins Marti & Erin for a realistic discussion of the effects of media on children, guidelines for deciding what you will permit and practical tips for turning occasional media viewing into a positive learning experience for your young child.” -MomEnough TUNE IN HERE

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Career Crossings: 11/7/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from Discovery Club (Saint Paul, MN), a Family (Rosemount), and Leaps & Bounds (Rosemount). Read more »

Introduction to MN Background Study, NETStudy 2.0

MN Dept of Human Services LogoChanges are coming to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the background study system. Change can bring about many questions, especially when it involves new legislation. I recently had the opportunity to meet with personnel from the Office of the Inspector General. We’re hoping to clarify some of those questions in this post. It’s important to note that the information in this post has been approved by the Office of the Inspector General.

Currently, background studies are run by name and date of birth. Starting in 2015, they will be run using fingerprinting technology. Let’s back up a bit… Read more »