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 »

2015 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards

Dear Child Care Professional,

This is an open call for applications for the 2015 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards. The application may be downloaded at http://bit.ly/TLLCCF or go to www.tllccf.org/grants.

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation hosts the annual Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards. The awards program is open to all child care teachers. Read more »

Infants Remembered in Silence

1Today we had a guest speaker in our Health, Safety, and Nutrition class. Diana Sundwall from Infants Remembered in Silence (Faribault, MN) came to discuss her organization and the services that they provide to local families.

IRIS is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to offering support, education and resources to parents, families, friends and professionals on the death of a child in early pregnancy Read more »

Building Resilience: Avoid Burnout

My colleague recently shared an article with me from ExchangeEveryDay that is such an important topic. Working with families and children is a service profession and generally child care providers are others-centered. Therefore, it is critical that they rest and replenish regularly themselves. It reminds me of the old adage that you can’t give what you don’t have. We need to be balanced emotionally, healthy and well-rested physically, etc. in order to care for children and provide them with a fun and stimulating environment. This article talks about building and nurturing resilience. Wondering how to achieve that? Click HERE to find out!exchange logo

ECYD Club Fun (October)

Last week our ECYD Club hosted a party for ECYD program students. It was a blast! There were many fun activities to enjoy at the party . . . cookie decorating (& eating), spider toss, ring the hat, candy guessing jar, spider tic tac toe, costume contests, & socializing. Lots of fun was had by all! A BIG THANKS to the ECYD Club Leadership Team and Sharon for your time and energy! Look to our program newsletter for details about upcoming events where you can get involved and join in the fun. Read more »

Mondays with ME: Technology and Parenting Teens (11/3/14)



parenting teens book by Joani Geltman“The explosion of new technologies over the last 20 years has opened a whole new world to children and teens, posing both opportunities and challenges for kids and parents alike. The adolescent years probably always have presented issues that make parents uncomfortable. But technology has raised the stakes in parenting teens with threats like online bullying, sexting and texting while driving – just to name a few. Drawing on her experience as a longtime social worker and student advisor, Joani Geltman offers guidance on all this and Read more »

ECYD Program Newsletter: November 2014


Now the autumn days are gone 
Frost is sparkling on the lawn, 
Windows winking cheerful lights 
Warm the cold November nights.

You’ll want to read the NOVEMBER ECYD PROGRAM NEWSLETTER to stay in the know. This month’s newsletter covers topics such as: Students in the News (Pumpkin Contest-ECYD Club), Spring Registration, Practicum I and II, Winter Weather, Working Together in the Lab, and MNAEYC-MNSACA Early Childhood Conference.

Career Crossings: 10/31/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from River Hills Early Childhood Center (Burnsville, MN).download Read more »

Early Childhood Ideas and Resources

facebookfacebook crayons headerWe’re on Facebook! If you enjoy early childhood ideas and resources at your fingertips, you’ll like our Facebook page.  Check us out today and ‘Like’ our page! We post current early childhood research, events and happenings, as well as curriculum and environment ideas. There’s some humor added in once in a while too! We hope that our page inspires you while also providing bits of professional development and connecting you to early childhood resources.

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Play Counts: Scoopy Doop

Open-ended, child-initiated play is crucial for young children. That being said, teachers can (and should) ask thought-provoking questions and make slight suggestions to scaffold the child’s thought process during play to extend the learning. Check out THIS LINK for an example of this. Notice how the teacher allows the children to problem-solve a solution. Being bored or not knowing how at first is not a bad thing!

Career Crossings: 10/24/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from Sandcastle Child Care (St. Paul). Read more »

Spring Early Childhood Courses @ DCTC

CURRENT STUDENTS: We’re offering many early childhood courses this spring that may be of interest to you. Spring semester officially begins on Jan. 12th, but registration is currently open. In others words, if you’re looking to obtain a seat in class, now is the time to register – before classes fill! You can find the entire list of offerings and schedules HERE.

NEW STUDENTS: Are you considering our Early Childhood program? Wonderful! You’ll want to begin HERE and also contact an early childhood advisor (see below) for registration guidance and access to your program plan. As a tip for spring semester, begin with any developmental courses you may need (English/Math) depending on your Accuplacer assessment results. Otherwise, take your ENGL requirement and other Gen. Eds. You’ll want to take 1100, 1210, and 1220 FALL SEMESTER. Doing it in this sequence will get you on the best track for completion.

REQUIRED Early Childhood (ECYD) Courses 
1100 Intro to Early Childhood Careers
1210 Child Growth & Development
1220 Health, Safety, & Nutrition
1230 Guiding Children’s Behaviors
1240 Learning Environments & Curriculum
1325 Observation and Assessment
1340 Curriculum Planning
1510 Practicum I
2320 Children w/ Differing Abilities
2510 Practicum II
2570 Working w/ Diverse Families & Children
2600 Organizational Leadership
2900 Field Experience

ELECTIVE Early Childhood (ECYD) Courses 
2500 Shadow Study
2580 Creative Development Experiences
*Courses that are in the Required list but are not included in your program as required could also be used as Technical Electives.

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WINNER! Free Book Giveaway


Three winners were selected at random for the FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY.

The lucky WINNERS are Lorinda B., Michelle G., and Amy B.!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you to all who entered and to GOFFIN STRATEGY GROUP for the wonderful donations!

Child Life Course @ DCTC Spring 2015

Are you in need of one child life class, taught by a CCLS, that meets the 6 requirements put forth by the CLC? We offer such a class at Dakota County Technical College! I have included the steps for what you will need to do to register for our spring semester online child life course- ECYD 2900 Introduction to the Child Life Profession: History and Practice (3cr). This course meets the 6 required components required by the Child Life Council and is taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist. Read more »

Adventures in Eating Recipe #18 (Apple Waldorf Salad)

Apple Waldorf Salad

Adventures in Eating: Role Modeling

When my daughter was three, she created a lettuce, cheese, and ketchup salad. She was so excited to have me try it. Needless to say, I was not very excited to do so!  My daughter was not very adventurous when it came to trying new foods and I knew this was the perfect teachable moment.  Rather than saying, “No, it looks awful”, I said, “I’ve never tried a lettuce, cheese, and ketchup salad. It’s good to try new foods! Let’s give it a try.”

I had taken this opportunity to role model tasting new foods. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or someone who is around young children, it is important for you to remember children are watching what you eat and how active you are. Here are a few tips on how to be a model healthy food choices and physical activity:

role modelBe a Good Food Role Model – Try new foods yourself. Describe its taste, texture, and smell. Offer one new food at a time. Serve something your child likes along with the new food. Offer new foods at the beginning of a meal when your child is very hungry. Avoid Read more »

Career Crossings: 10/10/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from Bright Horizons and Way to Grow. Read more »

Safe Sleep

safe sleepIn my Health, Safety, and Nutrition class, we’re in the safety unit which involves not only indoor and outdoor environments, but also safe sleep environments. Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. Find out what you can do to reduce your baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Learn more HERE.