3 early learning resources
Did you know you should be working to educate your children long before kindergarten? There is an abundance of research showing the importance of early childhood education (ECE), but you don’t need to pay for your little one to go to toddler classes to reap the benefits of ECE – you can teach your child new skills everyday at home, the park, in the car or wherever you may be.
3 ECE resources for parents
ZERO to THREE
ZERO to THREE offers parents information, interactive tools, parent handouts, charts, Tip Sheets, FAQ’s, articles and PowerPoint slideshows all designed to help them in supporting and nurturing the health and development of babies and toddlers.
Our favorite feature: We love that ZERO to THREE addresses health and behavior as an important factor in learning. The website offers information on things like how to improve sleep, because they know a well-rested child is healthier and more capable of learning.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYA) is a huge organization, but they have a website dedicated to parents. This website will keep you up-to-date on all the latest research on ECE and it also offers articles and learning tools on topics from building fine motor skills to divorced parenting support.
Our favorite feature: We love that NAEYA goes beyond the basics. In addition to teaching your kids about math, reading, science, etc., NAEYA discusses how things like music can affect learning.
Center for Early Learning Literacy
Center for Early Learning Literacy (CELL) has resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays and those at-risk for poor outcomes. CELL is great for families on the go because they offer so many printable exercises, checklists and other learning materials.
Our favorite feature: We love that CELL offers many of their materials in Spanish. The main reason they provide Spanish materials is because they serve children who are at-risk for poor outcomes –aka those who don’t speak English. Another reason is to help English-speaking children get a head start on becoming bilingual.
These are just three of hundreds of great ECE websites – send us a tweet with your favorite!
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