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Buying Early Childhood Books and Resources from Amazon? Here’s the bad news

By Fran Simon, M.Ed. The biggest consumer season of the year is on now! It's the perfect time to learn what happens to innovation when you buy Early Childhood books and resources from Amazon. It's not pretty. I know, you want to save money It's true that you can sometimes find lower prices on early

On #GivingTuesday, here are some of our favorite early childhood charities

After Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday. It seems like the giving should be before the consuming, but nonetheless, today's the day we can make the most of our charitable donations because many great charities have matching gifts on Giving Tuesday. Before you become consumed with the holiday season, please take a

Ever have trouble logging in to our webinars? Here’s help!

From time to time, we receive emails from confused webinar-goers who have trouble logging in to our webinars. First, please know we are sorry for any inconvenience you might have experienced. While webinars should be easy and trouble-free, there's a lot of technology involved in the execution of webinars. Here's some information that might help

Apps for Early Childhood Educators: Intention the heart of the product AND the users

By Fran Simon, M.Ed. When it comes to family communication and documentation in early childhood programs, I believe it is quality, not quantity that makes a difference. Educators' deep reflections about their students' learning, their interactions with the world and people around them, rather than constant updates about routines are often much more impactful for

Urgent: Help families at the border with basic necessities

Every morning, when I open my email box, I read Exchange EveryDay, a publication of Child Care Information Exchange and Exchange Press. I learn something interesting or important every morning. Today I learned about how Bright Horizons Family Foundation Bright Spaces supports a Bright Space at the Humanitarian Respite Center (HRC) in McAllen, Texas. This

How Pedagogical Documentation Chronicles Children’s Developmental Journeys

6/24/2019 In a piece published today in The Conversation, researcher Mary Elizabeth Picher describes how pedagogical documentation connects children's development to home and classroom learning. Picher's research has centered around "how and why documentation itself is a critical component of early childhood learning and development and a cornerstone of Ontario’s play-based kindergarten program." She also

New consultants on our unique Directory of Early Childhood Experts:

If you haven't yet discovered our sister site,, you are missing another free resource that can help you sustain your organization. Early Childhood Consultants Directory is the only nationwide database of consultants who provide services to programs, associations, and vendors in the industry. It's free to search and instantly connect with experts who can

Getting Certificates on Early Childhood Investigations: It should be simple!

Actually, obtaining certificates from Early Childhood Investigations Webinars and videos is simple. It seems complex because there are three options! If you've ever logged into our webinars or watched our recorded webinars, you know that in the beginning know I blather on for exactly 8 minutes about all the housekeeping items related to participating in the

Answers: Marketing Basics for Consultants Who Serve the Early Education Industry

Click here to watch the recording Marketing Basics for Consultants Hey, colleagues! As you may or may not know, on July 14, 2017, I  (Fran Simon, that's me) hosted a webinar for consultants: Marketing Basics for Consultants Serving Early Education. As you can see and hear in the recording of the webinar, many

How can we be leaders for children? By Guest Blogger, Judy Jablon

How can we be leaders for children? by Judy Jablon Author, Consultant, Founder of Leading for Children I'm convinced that the greatest gift we, as educators, can give young children is to empower them to take charge of their own lives and to help them become curious, thinking, competent people. To create the next generation