Take Advantage of the California Earned Income Tax Credit

We are in the middle of tax season with the deadline of Monday, April 18th fast approaching! There are two important tax credits that all California working families should be aware of: the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and the Young Child Tax Credit. These credits, in addition to the federal (EITC), can actually […]

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

About The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) The interactions between a teacher and a child are vital to a child’s learning and development. Research and developmental theory indicates that these interactions in early childhood classrooms, along with the overall learning environment, is foundational to learning. The quality of teacher-child interactions is assessed using the Classroom […]

Hit Restart Anytime of the Day

There is nothing like a fresh start, a blank page, or the first month in a whole new year. It doesn’t have to take a major moment to feel that fresh-start energy, you can create it even in the midst of schedules and routine with simple new activities and stories the whole family can take […]

Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) Training

About The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) The Ages and Stages Questionnaire, third addition (ASQ-3) is a screening tool that has been used by child care providers and parents for over 20 years to determine how children are developing, their strengths, and areas where they may need additional support. The questionnaire looks at specific areas […]

Relief Opportunities

Just for YOU! Extended Breath Welcome to December! Last month we talked about mindfully breathing and checking in with yourself for 3 to 4 minutes. This month we’re taking it to 5 whole minutes with a new extended breath activity and we can’t think of a better time for it than right now. The extended […]

Hello, December

Activities to Do Together One benefit of living in Southern California is the weather. We don’t experience the freezing cold or snowstorms that other parts of the country do which means we can play outside almost all year round. However, if you want to bring a sense of winter wonderland into your home, we have […]

Just for YOU! Taking a Breath

The holiday season has officially arrived! This can be a stressful time for a variety of reasons and this year brings new challenges that may add to that stress. Our Just for YOU monthly moment offers a new stress management tool through the practice of mindfulness. Remember, mindfulness is the concentrated effort to check in […]

Practicing Thankfulness This Season

And, just like that, the holiday season is here! With Thanksgiving just about a week away, we’ve lined up a few crafts and festive activities to embrace this special time of year. Try your hand -literally- at an autumn handprint tree, work together with your family to make and fill up a thankful jar, and […]

What is the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP 2015)?

What is the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP 2015)? Developed by the California Department of Education Early Learning and Care Division and Special Education Division, the Desired Results Developmental Profile or DRDP (2015) is an informative assessment instrument used in early environments to gage children’s development and potential need for early intervention. The DRDP is […]

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What is Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (SEFEL)

What is  Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (SEFEL)? The Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, or SEFEL, Pyramid Model is a Behavioral Support System/Intervention or PBIS. The purpose of the SEFEL is to empower early educators with the necessary tools to support social emotional competence in children ages birth through age 5. This professional […]

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