Early Care and Learning Programs for America’s Children: What’s Good on a Local Level is Good for the Nation

The longterm gains of early childhood programs for children 0-5 years of age have been proven again and again.  American economists, such as James Heckman at the University of Chicago, remind us frequently that the greatest return on investment with regard to children happens in the years before a child begins school.  It’s a greater […]


Take Action! Be a BIG VOICE for Little Kids

I received the below email yesterday from Patricia Cole at the Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families Policy group.  Please consider helping get all babies and toddlers ready for school and life! “This week your Senators will vote on S. 1086, to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). […]

Toddler Emotions: Fickle Love

In true toddler fashion, 3-1/2-year old Sam explains in the video how he feels “love” towards me when I don’t yell at him, I buy him toys, and I take him to the “fun park” (a huge park that is not close to our home). When I don’t do what he wants, he claims that […]

Catching Up With France on Day Care

Catching Up With France on Day Care The following excerpt is taken from Pamela Druckerman’s NY Times article published on August 31, 2013.  Druckerman is a journalist and the author of “Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.”  She begins her article writing about her decision to place her infant in the French […]

Toddler Actions: The Plan

For 3-year old Sam, life is frequently about his ideas and putting them into action. In an appropriate manner for his age, he initiates an idea in his head, plans it out, asks others to get ready to watch him put his plan into action, and executes his plan. He often asserts himself when someone […]

The Biting Solution: The Expert’s Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Early Childhood Educators

Although I have not read this book myself (No time for reading these crazy summer days!), I heard about the book from the discussion group on the ZERO TO THREE Policy Network’s LinkedIn page. The author, Lisa Poelle, M.A., teaches at City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies and consults to parents, teachers, […]

Infant-Toddler Talking: It’s Hard to Say “Bubble Guppies”

The phrase “Bubble Guppies” is difficult for any infant or toddler to produce since it has so many syllables (i.e., 4) and because it contains so many similarly produced sounds (i.e., b, p, g). My 3-1/2 year old Sam struggled five times this morning to produce it correctly. For three of the first five times […]

Encouraging Precise Vocabulary in Infants and Toddlers

The above video speaks to the importance of modeling precise vocabulary use to an infant or toddler. Since Sam is only 42-months, one would not expect him to use exactly correct, or precise, vocabulary use of objects around him. He has much to learn! However, it is important to build vocabulary daily (as we know […]

Infant-Toddler School Readiness News: U.S. Senate Committee Approves SIgnificant Investments in Early Education and Care

Infant-Toddler School Readiness News: U.S. Senate Committee Approves SIgnificant Investments in Early Education and Care In Alyssa Haywoode’s blog post on Monday for eye on early education, a blog of Strategies for Children, Inc., she tells readers that “the Senate Committee on Appropriations took a stand for the nation’s youngest children by approving a fiscal year […]

Toddler Actions: Ride the Bus

In the video, 42-month old Sam uses the play structures at a park to imagine the sequence of events needed to ride a bus. Although he has never been on a school bus and has only taken a city bus twice in his life, Sam has learned enough about taking a bus through his pretend […]