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Bouncy ball craft

Make your own bouncy ball

Children love to watch as the ball they threw bounces around the room. Bouncy balls are a fun way to exhaust some energy and this DIY craft from The 36th Avenue allows kids to make their very own ball using simple household ingredients. **A note on using borax, be careful your child doesn’t ingest this […]

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Inspiring joyful learning with Developmentally Appropriate Practice

In crafting early learning practices for young children, attention to moments that inspire joyful learning are critical to maximizing the experience and helping children reach their full potential. This is the focus of an updated Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) guide published by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). What is DAP? […]

Child care providers invited to focus group.

Providers compensated for participating in focus group

QSSB child care providers are invited to share their thoughts during an upcoming focus group. Participants will be compensated $100 for their time. If you’re a provider who cares for children age 0-5, we want to hear your ideas about how to reach child care providers just like you. Focus group participants will contribute feedback and […]

Children in the classroom

Teaching Children About Diversity and Inclusion

In a world of people from diverse backgrounds, it’s important to teach children from an early age about respecting and uplifting different cultures. Figuring out where and how to start that conversation may be challenging. In this article, we will offer four tips for building cultural awareness and teaching your child about diversity and inclusion. […]

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Early Childhood Education Competencies

The California Early Childhood Education (ECE) Competencies provide a solid structure to grow the professional development of our state’s early childhood workforce. What is the purpose of the ECE Competencies? The ECE Competencies were established for the following primary purposes: Provide a coherent structure and content to foster the professional development of California’s early childhood […]

Cool activities for the hot summer months

The summer months are the perfect time to reacquaint or even introduce children to the great outdoors. Nature offers an ideal setting for kids to learn and have fun. Try incorporating the natural world into your play activities through these easy, affordable ideas: Fairy Houses Encourage kids to use their imaginations by creating fairy houses […]

Community Care Licensing

Community Care Licensing In child care settings, care can be offered by both license-exempt and licensed individuals. License-exempt providers are those who care for a child or children from one other family, friend, or neighbor. In this situation, the care-giver is legally exempt from California’s licensing requirements. Licensed providers are those that care for more […]

Summer is here, celebrate safely!

Pool season is officially here! With summer now in full swing and water activities starting up, it is a good time to refresh our knowledge of hot weather safety tips for the whole family. And while we’re talking summer fun, why not dive into a few easy crafts, like bubble snake blowers, to fill the […]

Conscious Discipline

About Conscious Discipline Conscious Discipline is a trauma-informed and evidence-based practice and set of skills that can be utilized by teachers, administrators, mental health professionals, and parents. The focus of which is to move beyond traditional discipline structures to one which places safety and belonging at the core so that children are more freely able […]

QSSB Child Care Provider Forum

The Quality Start San Bernardino County (QSSB) Child Care Provider Forum took place on Monday, May 17th at 6:30 in the evening. The 90 attendees were early educators- representing state and private centers and family child cares alike- community advocates, QSSB professional development staff, and early education experts. Dr. Ronald Powell presented on the impact […]

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