by Vicki Lehman, Professional Development Specialist Life can be stressful! The life of an early childhood teacher can be even more stressful. We are in a profession of caregivers, so it is easy to forget to take care of ourselves. I know how hard and stressful your job can be – I was a preschool teacher
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In the next post in our new Last Day Q&A series, Stephanie Ries shares answers to our version of “20 Questions”. Stephanie is our newest Paths to QUALITY™ coach and started with Child Care Answers last month. What three traits define you? Passionate, Creative, Honest What is your personal philosophy? Always be open to learn. It’s okay
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by Cheryl Tyler, Outreach Coordinator Congratulations to Bartholomew County on becoming one of the newest On My Way Pre-K counties added to the program!  Governor Holcomb announced the addition of Bartholomew along with 14 other counties last month. HARD WORK PAYS OFF The Bartholomew County Early Learning Coalition worked for years in hopes that pre-K would be
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This post begins our new Last Day Q&A series, where we will pose questions to a member of our staff on the last day of each month. We hope by learning a bit more about us, you’ll see the core of who we are, which is truly the core of our organization.  This month, our new
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by Vanessa Vance, Early Learning Adult Instructor BABY’S SIDE OF THE STORY “Ooh! Look at that pretty stuff over there! I should check it out!” thinks Baby, making his way across the living room floor. Mom is busy making dinner in the next room. ‘Silence is golden’ some say. In this case, silence can be
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by Jenny Mathis, School Age Specialist In the blink of an eye, the school year is over and another summer is before you.  The majority of us out there are working parents, and we often have a hard balance to achieve in the summer: keeping kids safe, enriching their learning, and seeing that they have an
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by Shannon Ford, Professional Development Coordinator I am one of the millions of Americans diagnosed with a mental health condition. In fact, one in five of us are!1 Mental health problems are actually more common than heart disease, lung disease, and cancer combined.2   Anxiety disorder is something that causes me to worry a bit too
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by Marla Segal, Pre-K Project Manager Recently, pre-K has been a hot topic in the State of Indiana. Studies have shown that pre-K can have long term benefits for your child’s development1. It helps prepare them for kindergarten, and it helps their social-emotional growth. It can be overwhelming to find the right pre-K program for your child.
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by Kristin Kahl, Knowledge Manager Next week is a fantastic opportunity for families.  It’s both Screen-Free Week and Children’s Book Week! You read that right. I said fantastic opportunity, not scary-potential-for-disaster-when-my-kids-don’t-have-something-to-entertain-them-every-second. I get it. As a working parent of 6- and 8-year-old boys, sometimes this mama just needs a minute of peace. Most of the time,
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by Joy McCall, Enhanced Family Child Care Coach Where do I begin to tell you about my Early Childhood Education journey without aging myself? We all know that women and talking about age is not the way to start any conversation… THE EARLY CHILDHOOD JOURNEY BEGINS My journey in the field of Early Childhood Education started
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