February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

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National Children’s Dental Health observances began with a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio and a one-week event in Akron, Ohio during February 1941. Since then, the concept has grown from a two-city event into a nationwide program. The American Dental Association held the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. The single day observance became a weeklong event in 1955. And in 1981, the program was extended to a month-long celebration known today as National Children’s Dental Health Month. NCDHM messages reach millions of people in communities across the country and at numerous armed service bases. Local observances often include poster, coloring and essay contests, health fairs, free dental screenings, museum exhibits, classroom presentations and dental office tours. Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life. By participating in the annual celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, members of the dental team, parents, teachers and others can help keep children’s smiles beautiful now and for years to come.

This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan “Sugar Wars” is displayed on this Poster. The Smileys, McGrinns and K9 are in a spaceship, the USS SweetSwatter. It is equipped with toothbrush swatters, fighting against the Sweet Tooth Invaders for good oral health.

Dental Activity Book 2016 (American Dental Association)

Understanding and Addressing the Early Childhood Origins of “Mean” Behavior and Bullying: Resources for Practitioners

This brief first provides a summary of the developmental trajectory to bullying behavior and theories about social and environmental contributors to bullying. The remainder summarizes promising strategies and evidence-based intervention models designed to prevent bullying by addressing factors that contribute to the development of “mean” behavior and aggression in early childhood.

Read Full Report: http://www.childtrends.org/?publications=understanding-and-addressing-the-early-childhood-origins-of-mean-behavior-and-bullying-resources-for-practitioners

Think Tank Calls for States, Not Feds, to Take the Lead on Early Education

State governments, based on regional needs and abilities, should be the primary force behind expanding early care and education programs for young children, according to a Nov. 3 report by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative-leaning public policy think tank.

“It makes sense that governors are paying attention to early childhood. States, not the federal government, bear the brunt of down-the-line social and economic costs incurred when children’s earliest foundations are not well laid,” writes report author Katharine B. Stevens.

Read Full Article: www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Renewing-childhoods-promise.pdf

Teachers Use Social-Emotional Programs to Manage Classes

Lessons help build students’ empathy: One morning early this fall, 1st graders in Nydia Mendez’s class at Public School 24 in Brooklyn were working on identifying feelings.

“It’s your birthday. Make a face and show me how you feel,” Ms. Mendez said to students, who instantly became all smiles and flapping arms. “You lost your favorite pencil.” Their puppy-dog eyes hit the ground. “Your body’s showing me that you’re disappointed,” she said to one boy.

Read Full Article: www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/10/16/08social.h33.html?tkn=LNOFKhpt1HudB5c63B9B9rWJZ%2B%2BCDF156kou&cmp=ENL-CM-NEWS2

 

How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert

Nancy Carlsson-Paige is an early childhood development expert who has been at the forefront of the debate on how best to educate — and not educate — the youngest students. She is a professor emerita of education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Ma., where she taught teachers for more than 30 years and was a founder of the university’s Center for Peaceable Schools. She is also a founding member of a nonprofit called Defending the Early Years, which commissions research about early childhood education and advocates for sane policies for young children. Read Full Article: www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/11/24/how-twisted-early-childhood-education-has-become-from-a-child-development-expert/?postshare=3581448646724179&tid=ss_mail

New Jersey Kindergarten Implementation Guidelines

New Jersey’s Kindergarten Implementation Guidelines were conceived as an essential step in building continuity from preschool to grade three and in response to school districts’ many questions about developmentally appropriate kindergarten practices in the twenty first century. The Kindergarten Implementation Guidelines reflect the work of early childhood professionals across the state to bring current research and best practices together in one usable document for school administrators, teachers, teacher educators, and families.  Read Full Implementation Guide: http://www.nj.gov/education/ece/guide/KindergartenGuidelines.pdf

Student Scores in Reading and Math Drop

After years of tumultuous change in the country’s K-12 education landscape, student performance in math and reading has dropped.

Average math scores for students in grades four and eight and the average reading score for eighth -graders declined from 2013 to 2015, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card. The average reading score for students in grade four was unchanged over the two-year period. Read More:  www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/10/28/student-scores-in-reading-and-math-drop.

Child Care Aware Booklet

Dear Parents and Families:

Finding and choosing quality child care can be challenging. That’s why there’s Great Start to Quality – Michigan’s quality rating and improvement system for child care and preschool programs.

Great Start to Quality rates the quality of child care and preschool programs between one and five stars using a consistent set of program quality indicators that are based on Michigan’s Early Childhood Standards of Quality that have been approved by the State Board of Education. You can view and compare program ratings at your convenience by visiting GreatStartToQuality.org.

In addition to reviewing program ratings on our easy-to-use website, we encourage you to use the information contained in this document, developed by Child Care Aware®, to learn more about what to look for when searching for child care and preschool to support your child’s healthy development. You will also find a helpful checklist that can be taken with you when visiting programs and providers as part of your search for care.

Need help searching for child care and preschool? Contact your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center by calling 1-877-614-7328.

Click here to get a digital copy of the booklet.