Karen Ames Memorial Scholarship (ECYD Students)

This wonderful scholarship opportunity is for students enrolled in the Early Childhood & Youth Development program at DCTC.

Scholarship Application Instructions

Due Date:  May 9, 2014


To be eligible, the student must be currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours in the Early Childhood & Youth Development program.  She/he must demonstrate a financial need. Two students will be awarded $2500 each for spring semester of the 2014 academic year.


Unless otherwise noted, the following criteria apply:

  1. A student currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours in the Early Childhood/Youth Development program.
  2. Demonstrate a financial need.


Fill out the one page Application form and attach a copy of your unofficial transcripts and your typed personal statement (see application).  Return all materials to Barb Seleski in Room #2-130 on or before May 9th.

Career Crossings: 4/17/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from Children of Tomorrow (Chanhassen) and a local family (Maplewood).

COT logoChildren of Tomorrow Learning Center is currently seeking qualified, energetic, loving individuals to join their team of professionals. They are now hiring for the following positions at the Chanhassen location:

  •         Lead Preschool Teacher
  •         Assistant Pre-K Teacher
  •         Assistant Toddler Teacher
  •         Part Time Aide

Join their team of skilled, caring, enthusiastic staff; dedicated to providing an exceptional childcare experience for children ages six weeks to nine years of age.  Work for a company that values and appreciates their employees hard work!

If you are creative, patient, fun and have a genuine LOVE of children and the education process, you belong at Children of Tomorrow.  Equally important, you must be an outstanding communicator, able to establish and maintain a positive rapport with parents.  Applicants are required to meet MN Rule 3 guidelines.  Previous childcare experience is necessary. Applications are available at www.childrenoftomorrow.com or contact Melissa Semira, Center Director at 952-448-7829.

Part-time NANNY – We are the parents of a fun-loving 3 year old boy (4 in July) with language and social delays (high-functioning autism).  We are looking for someone to work with him in our Maplewood home on Fridays from 12p-4pm starting in May.  Some prearranged weeks we would want you to stay until 8pm with him and his 2 older brothers (7 & 5) so mom and dad can have some time away.

The ideal candidate will be willing to establish a relationship with our son while gaining his parents’ trust.  We are looking for someone with energy and spontaneity, willing to engage him in play as much as possible.  We have a fenced back yard for outdoor play as weather permits.  He is a sweet, loving boy but needs patience and understanding as he works through his challenges. Please contact us for further information at cdickson@umich.edu

Disclaimer- Although we post the listings on our blog, we do not vouch for the integrity or quality of programs. It is suggested that applicants research the facility, their philosophy, etc. before accepting a position.

Career Crossings: 4/11/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from PICA and the Visitation School.

Parents In Community Action Head Start is hiring for the following positions- Advocate, Driver. Click on the individual links for more information. Apply online at www.picaheadstart.org or in person at PICA Headstart 700 Humboldt Ave N. MPLS, MN 55411. All education applicants need transcripts and copies of degrees.

visitation logoVisitation School is currently seeking an infant teacher, infant assistant teacher, and toddler assistant teacher. Visitation School is an independent Catholic day school serving co-ed children 6
weeks through Grade 6, and all girls in Grades 7 through 12. The Visitation Child Care Center is a licensed, NAEYC accredited year round program. The Child Care Center serves approximately 45 children a day.

The qualified candidate should:
Be willing to embrace the Visitation School mission.
Be available Monday through Friday (shift times will vary and can be somewhat flexible).
For a Teacher position an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education or a related field is required.
For a Teacher Aide position some training in the field of child development is preferred. For both positions a minimum of 2 years experience is ideal.
Familiarity with Minnesota Department of Human Services Program Rule 3.
Familiarity with National Association for the Education of Young Children standards and guidelines.
Familiarity with Developmentally Appropriate Activities.
Familiarity of classroom and playground equipment and related safety practices.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Training preferred.
CPR and First Aid Certification preferred.

Anne Cherrier
2455 Visitation Drive
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Disclaimer- Although we post the listings on our blog, we do not vouch for the integrity or quality of programs. It is suggested that applicants research the facility, their philosophy, etc. before accepting a position.

Week of the Young Child


What is the Week of the Young Child?

“The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.” -naeyc.org

Join in the fun! Visit the website at www.naeyc.org/WOYC for a variety of ideas, activities, and resources you can plan in your own community.

Follow NAEYC via Twitter using #WOYC, Facebook, and Pinterest to show how you celebrate!

Mondays with ME: Beyond The Classroom (4/7/14)

MomEnough_logo_notagHow Travel Can Inspire and Enhance Children’s Learning

Oster,Gary_hsMany of us probably can remember a trip, small or large, that opened our eyes to something we’d never thought about before. Whether a school trip to a nearby nature center or a family trip to distant places, travel can ignite our curiosity and allow us to see through new eyes. Now a new study shows that travel experiences when we are young may be associated with long-term educational outcomes, career choices and even income. This Mom Enough guest, Gary Oster from the U.S. Travel Association, discusses findings from this study conducted by the Wagner Group. And he joins Marti & Erin in reminiscing about transformative travel experiences in their own childhoods. TUNE IN HERE.



Career Crossings: 4/4/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from Children of Tomorrow (Chanhassen). Read more »

Join A MN Author’s Book Launch!

Mike-HuberYou’re invited to this MN Author’s Book Launch on April 19th at the downtown library in Minneapolis from  10:30-11:30.  He will be reading a few of his books and there will also be some giveaways. If you can’t make it on the 19th, he will also be reading at Moon Palace books on Minnehaha Ave and 33rd Street in Minneapolis (behind Peace Coffee) on May 17th at 1:00.

Book Launch

Mike Huber
has dedicated his life to serving children, families, and the field of early childhood. He has been an early childhood teacher since 1992 and currently teaches at Seward Child Care Center in Minneapolis. Mike has also worked as a trainer and consultant for the Minnesota Department of Education, the Child Care Resource and Referral Network, and the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC). Mike served on MnAEYC’s board from 2007 to 2011, presents at local and national early childhood conferences, and has written for Teaching Young Children and a number of stories, songs, and puppet shows for children. He is the winner of the 2012 Kate Davidson Tanner Award from MnAEYC, the Scholastic Early Childhood Professional Award Honorable Mention in 2006, and Teacher Leadership from Hamline University’s Master of Arts Education Program in 2006. Mike holds a master’s degree in education from Hamline University. Visit Mike’s blog.

ECYD Program Newsletter: April 2014

AprilThis weather has been something else this year, hasn’t it? We can finally see the grass. Hopefully the temp will continue to rise and the sun will begin make a regular appearance. (Please!)

April is always a pretty busy month and the end of the semester is just around the corner. Please be sure to read April’s newsletter as there are many important dates/deadlines included.

Mondays with ME: Returning to the Workplace (3/31/14)

MomEnough_logo_notagInsights and Practical Tips for Moms & Dads

Quist,Beth_hs2The decision to return to the workplace, no matter what your child’s age, requires careful planning and attention to the emotions this change can arouse for parents and children. And if you’re a prospective parent looking ahead to parental leave, it’s not a minute too soon to think about how to prepare for this transition, both at work and at home. Beth Quist, Director of Lifetrack’s Employee and Family Education Services, has spent her career helping families integrate parenting and employment successfully. She brings a wealth of practical guidance and encouragement to this discussion with Marti & Erin. TUNE IN HERE.

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Career Crossings: 3/28/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from Little Minds Learning Center and The Club House. Read more »