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Sand Sanitation and Safety

Adding sand play to your educational program enhances childhood development in the following ways: Physically. Sand play improves fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination Cognitively. Sand play increases vocabulary, lets children explore changes in property between wet...

Importance of Early Brain Development

Finally, the knowledge that pediatricians and childcare providers have known for years is being given credibility. The Carnegie Institute released a study on Early Brain Development, the First Three Years. The National Institute of...

Facts Versus Myths: Herbs and Vitamins

Everywhere we look, there seem to be advertisements for quick-fix solutions to every imaginable problem. Herbal remedies advertise weight loss and instant relief from long-term health problems. Vitamins purport to provide all the energy...

Enhancing Self-Esteem

Self-esteem, self-image–how does a child see herself? Does she feel good about herself? Does she act responsibly? Does she value her worth? To recognize the importance of feeling good about yourself, look at the...

Flu Season

Late fall and early winter is prime “flu season” and with this season, young children and adults often become ill with the flu. Flu, short for influenza, is an acute viral infection. This time...

What Is Chickenpox?

Once chickenpox appears in a childcare setting, parents begin counting down the days as they watch for tell-tale spots, only to begin counting again as each new case appears. Chickenpox is a highly contagious...

Fever Facts

What is fever? Fever is a body temperature that is higher than normal. Since the average body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, fever is typically used to describe a body temperature above 100 degrees....

An Educational Journey

With careful planning, children can benefit from field trips because they broaden their world and provide hands-on experiences valuable for learning. Health, safety, and educational issues are important considerations for a successful field trip....

Infant Developmental Milestones

The first year of an infant’s life is filled with many developmental changes. A baby experiences tremendous physical, mental, language, and social development that is very exciting. Knowledge of proper growth and development can...

Daily Exercise & Fitness Activities

The television, radio, magazines and newspapers are full of talk about fitness, physical activity, and exercise. But sometimes it gets confusing. What is the difference between “exercise” and “physical activity?” What does it mean...