1 04, 2020

And, just like that, SEO and Websites for Families webinar is rescheduled!

As soon as I pressed "publish" on my previous post about COVID-19 breaking the Internet and related service providers, we learned our  webinar service provider is experiencing a failure that means we have to reschedule ECE Program Websites Matter to Families NOW & Always: SEO & Content for Parents, by Jenny Munn & Fran Simon,

1 04, 2020

The COVID-19 Domino Effect (for webinars) & What We Are Doing About It

The Internet is groaning, creaking, and sometimes grinding to a halt because it seems EVERYONE is trying to work on line right now. Even people who ordinarily don't spend a lot of time online for their work (like early childhood educators and administrators) are trying to work from home.  In fact, Pew Research Center reports

19 03, 2020

Turning our attention to children’s mental health during COVID-19

Here's another important resource for all adults who care for children from Child Trends. Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic

18 03, 2020

The free COVID-19 early childhood webinar is full but will be recorded!

Last week we hastily put together a webinar on the implications of COVID-19  (Coronavirus for early childhood programs with the help of early childhood heroes from Child Care Aware of America and child care legend, Tom Copeland.  One week later, and the registration now tops 7,000. Our system only allows 3,000 attendees, so we decided

10 03, 2020

Updated links: Coronavirus Resources

In our post yesterday, I shared resources from the CDC specifically for child care centers and schools about preparing for COVID-19. Today I have even more resources to share: NEW- ADDED 3/19/2020: Healthy at Home: A Toolkit for Supporting Families Impacted by COVID-19 from Teaching Strategies   Harvard Medical School’s guide on how to talk to

9 03, 2020

Stay calm, prepare, & mitigate: COVID-19 in early childhood programs

If you are an early childhood program administrator or teacher, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is on the top of your mind. Of course you are thinking about what to do about potential closures, revenue loss, and all of the associated nightmarish details. Take a deep, cleansing breath and blow out slowly. Hopefully that helped. Stop what you

12 12, 2019

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

3 12, 2019

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

19 08, 2019

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

19 07, 2019

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

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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