CARE Fellowship for College Students

Latest News from MnAEYC

sheltering armsWe’re excited to tell you that we’ve been awarded a grant from the Sheltering Arms Foundation to provide students pursuing a degree in the early childhood field with an exciting new professional development opportunity.

mnaeyc logoThe students will learn how they can be effective advocates for themselves and the profession as a whole when engaging and educating policymakers at all levels of government. The program is offered at no cost to all participants.

The online application will be available on our website on August 4!!

Bam!Radio: Overcoming Burnout

Why Overwhelmed Is the New Normal and What to Do About It
(Rae Pica with Brigid Schulte, Nancy Blair, Melanie Link Taylor, Jessica Lahey)


Look around and you’ll likely see that most people you know are struggling to keep up with all of the demands on their lives. Being overwhelmed has become the new normal. How can we restore some balance to our lives? TUNE IN HERE

Career Crossings: 7/18/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from The Club House. Read more »

Adventures in Eating Recipe #16 (Colorful Fruit Salad)

July Recipe

Adventures in Eating: Healthy Eating and Reading (Fruit)

FruitWe’re continuing our healthy eating and reading series with this month focusing on fruits. Because fruits are juicy and sweet, fruits are often a favorite food among young children. Fruits are good for children because they contain vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that are good for growing bodies.

Most 2-3 year olds should eat 1 cup of fruit each day and most 4-8 year olds should eat 1 to 1 ½ cups of fruit each day. Fruits can be fresh, frozen, dried, canned or juice. Because juice is a concentrated source of calories and does not contain fiber, children should limit juice to 4-6 ounces (½ to ¾ cup). Visit Choose MyPlate for more information on the fruit food group.

There are many children’s books about apples; let’s look at some books on other fruits:

handas surpriseHanda’s Surprise by Eileen Brown is about a girl from Kenya,  Handa, who puts seven delicious fruits in a basket, balances it on her head, and starts out for her friend’s village. She plans to surprise her friend and wonders which fruit she will like best. But along the way, without Handa knowing it, animals quietly take the fruit piece by piece from her basket. This book introduces children to less common fruits such as guava, passion fruit, mango and avocado.  Enhance this story by having children make a fruit salad using the fruits from the book. Look for more lesson plan ideas for this book from the Kansas Extension Book in a Bag series.

Fruit Flies PicnicFruit Flies’ Picnic by Kathleen Stefancin is about five sweet (and cute) fruit flies who are having a picnic. Each fly brings a fruit of a different color to the picnic and tells why that color fruit is important for the body. The flies then list other fruits of each color. This book is a great way to combine learning colors with fruit. For older children, the focus can be placed on the benefits of eating fruits of different colors. You can download coloring sheets from the book’s website.

Because fruits are so colorful, there are a lot of non-fiction children’s books on fruit. Check your local library to see what books are available. Reading books with real photos of fruits provides the opportunity to talk to children about the color and shapes of fruit, where fruit is grown and what fruits the children like to eat.

Happy reading and happy fruit eating!


Mary SchroederMary Schroeder works for the University of Minnesota Extension which helps
to connect community needs with University of Minnesota resources.  Specifically
the Health and Nutrition programs and resources focus on disease & obesity
prevention, healthy school environments, and continuing education for community
professionals.  You can link to the Extension Health and Nutrition website at:

Mary Schroeder, MPH, RD, LD
Extension Educator
Health and Nutrition
University of Minnesota Extension
Email:  hedin007@umn.edu
Website:  www.extension.umn.edu
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/UMNExtSimplyGoodEating

Mondays with ME: Everyday STEM (7/13/14)




STEM skills guest Yvonne Ng“In today’s world, STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math skills) are hugely important to academic success and career prospects. Yet, as parents, many of us are at a loss as to how to support our children in building those crucial skills, especially if we think we lack them ourselves. But this Mom Enough guest,Yvonne Ng, brings a fresh and encouraging perspective on STEM skills. An engineer, educator and mom, she helps us see STEM in the world around us and ignite our children’s curiosity, discovery, experimentation and problem-solving from the earliest years of life.” -MomEnough TUNE IN HERE

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Bam!Radio: Unspoken Issues Males in E.C. Face

BAM logopicPedophilia, Suspicion, The Man Tax: Many of the biggest  challenges men in early childhood education face are taboo topics that are rarely openly discussed. This segment brings together four male early childhood educators in a heart to heart conversation about these unspoken challenges and how to deal with them.

(Ginsberg, Mason, Nelson,  Boyden)


Mondays with ME: Allergies (7/7/14)



Davidson,Joshua_hs“In recent years, food allergies have become a greater concern worldwide, affecting both children and adults, especially in developed countries like the U.S. What are possible causes of this notable increase? How do you know if you have a food allergy? Do kids sometimes outgrow an allergy or is treatment always needed? How is treatment of food allergies the same as or different from treatment for environmental allergies like hay fever? Dr. Joshua Davidson, a Los Angeles allergist and immunologist, brings the latest information parents need about allergies in children and adults.” -MomEnough TUNE IN HERE


Fall Early Childhood Courses!

Are you interested in a career in early childhood? There is a wide variety of career opportunities for working in the field of Early Childhood & Youth Development and these professions are projected to increase.

ECYD club logoEarly Childhood & Youth Development professionals work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children/youth, and special-needs children in homes, schools, and community centers. Other career options include child advocacy and social service. Child Life Assistants may work in clinical and non-clinical settings with young children or youth who have special health needs.

Perhaps our program is the right fit for you. We’d love to welcome you into our ECYD family! Delivery: Daytime, Evening and Online Classes | Start: Fall or Spring Semester, Full- or Part-Time 

Take a look at our student testimonials to hear what others have to say about our program. If you’re concerned about cost (which many students are), you can see the estimated program cost up front.

Wondering which early childhood courses are being offered this fall semester and when? Click HERE to find out.

Ready to get started? Click HERE to begin your educational journey with us at DCTC! Please contact Sharon or myself to learn more about what our program has to offer.

Dawn Braa                                              Sharon Bergen
651.423.8315                                            651.423.8398
dawn.braa@dctc.edu                                 sharon.bergen@dctc.edu

Happy 4th Of July