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Support Child Care Consultants - Give Local York

Tomorrow is Give Local York – York County’s first-ever 24-hour giving day! Child Care Consultants, Inc. is proud to be a participating nonprofit for this historical event.

Please consider making a contribution Child Care Consultants, Inc. TOMORROW! Your gift is an investment in high quality early education, which boasts an Return on Investment of $7:$1. 95% of a child’s brain develops before the age of four, which means the level of quality of the early learning opportunities he or she receives is critical! Your gift matters.

Visit our Give Local York donation page to learn more about what your dollars can do, and we invite you to impact the life of a child today.
Join us for a fun filled day, tomorrow May 4th!!
Click Here for the May Edition of PA Early Ed News
Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11

Teachers play an important role in shaping the lives of Pennsylvania's youngest learners. They work with families, children and partners to ensure that each child has opportunities to learn and grow. Help celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week , May 7-11 by sharing the impact a teacher has made in the life of you or your child.

Are you a parent or family member whose child loves their teacher? Share with PA's Promise for Children:
·    Your child's favorite teacher's name and early learning program or school
·    Why he or she is your child's favorite teacher-why is this teacher special?
·    A picture of your child and their favorite teacher!

Email your story to Mary . Send your story by May 5 to be highlighted on PA's Promise for Children website and  Facebook page  during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11! Although Teacher's Appreciation Week runs May 7-11, stories will continue to be published on the PA's Promise for Children website as they're received.

Look for special messages on Facebook throughout the week!
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday, May 10, 2018 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day . This annual event raises awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and its impact on healthy development.

Early childhood mental health is a child’s growing capacity to experience, regulate, and express emotions. For children from birth to 5 years of age, early childhood mental health is the same as social and emotional development.

Both the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) continue to support the cross-sector work being done in infant and early childhood mental health in Pennsylvania.

The Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Consultation Program in PA is a child-specific consultative model that addresses the social-emotional development of young children within their early care and education program.

So far, this year, the ECMH consultants have served:
·    424 children have been or are being supported by ECMH
·    3300+ children have been impacted by ECMH supporting their classrooms
·    800+ teachers have been supported through ECMH
·    314 facilities in 42 counties have been served

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health (PA-AIMH), with funding support from the Pennsylvania Project LAUNCH Partnership and support from OCDEL, has begun implementing the Competency Guidelines for Endorsement in Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health® . The Endorsement, originally developed by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) is to identify best practice competencies across disciplines and practice settings, offering multiple career pathways for professional development in the infant, early childhood and family field. More information on these competencies can be found on .

To help raise awareness, Pennsylvania Project LAUNCH is participating in an infant and early childhood mental health table for Pennsylvania’s Mental Health Awareness Fair on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Strawberry Square at 320 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
The Building Blocks of Reading

Building the foundation for strong reading skills starts at birth. Understanding the opportunity on which you can build important literacy skills is an important first step.

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Summer Slide

Summer Slide is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. This happens when children don’t practice reading during the summer.
Summer programs can play a huge role in preventing summer slide, or even helping children improve their academic skills. Here are some ideas school age summer programs can use to prevent summer slide:

1.        Build up your school age library with interesting and accessible books . Make sure that the books in your library are appealing to children and cover a wide range of fiction and nonfiction interests. Also make sure your library has books at a variety of reading levels. If you have struggling or reluctant readers, err on the side of having lots of easy reading, so that children will feel successful and begin to enjoy it.
2.        Use technology . Many books can be downloaded and listened to.
3.        Read aloud every day . Reading aloud isn’t just for little kids. Even older children (and adults) enjoy a good story. Read-alouds can be once and done, or chapter books over several days. Try to find books that fit into the themes you have chosen.
4.        Incorporate library visits into your program. Most libraries have special summer reading programs and activities that your program can participate in. You can also support your children in their participation in summer reading clubs through your local library.
5.        Set aside time for children to read independently every day. Begin your afternoon quiet time with 15-30 minutes of independent reading.
6.        Model positive reading habits. Quiet reading time shouldn’t be a break for staff. Staff can demonstrate the value of reading by reading their own books, or monitor reading and provide support for children who have difficulty settling down.

EITA Mobile

Take a moment to download this FREE app that EITA (Early Intervention Technical Assistance) has put together in conjunction with the Tuscarora IU. One section helps an ECE teacher with ideas on how to integrate topic activities into all areas of the classroom. Another section covers how to nurture Social Emotional Development in children birth to three, and also discusses how to talk with families about challenging behaviors. There are many, great concrete strategies that can be implemented easily. This is a brand new app and they will be adding and updating the resources frequently.
Early Learning: Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day!

Tip Sheets for Families, Caregivers and Early Learning Educators

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Visual Routines as a Challenging Behaviour Strategy

Structure and consistency is critically important for young children to thrive in learning environments. Sequence and patterns in a recognizable and familiar order are important for young children. Episode #89:...

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Join us for a STARS Networking Meeting!    

Director Networking & Shared Services
May 23rd from 12-2 at Lancaster Farm and Home Center

Certification and Program Quality Assessment Networking
May 23rd from 1-3 at CAECTI

Inclusion, Suspension, Expulsion Policies
May 24th from 1-3 at Capital City Mall

ERS Discussions with the Assessors
May 30th from 10-12 at Lewisburg Children's Center
June 1st from 10-12 at Fun Academy
Community Meetings & Events

Save the Dates
September 8, 2018: Save the Date: Deepening the Awareness of Trauma: The Effect of Expulsion and Suspension upon Children in Early Childhood , Philadelphia
Professional Development Updates 
Register on the  PD Registry
Family Child Care Indoor Environment - e-learning

In Family Child Care Indoor Environment, caregivers are provided with the knowledge and strategies to design a safe, functional home environment that supports developmentally appropriate practice and responsive caregiving. Participants will learn ...

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Thank you for all you do for children, families, and your community by being part of the STARS program!
Mid-State Regional Key/Child Care Consultants
(717) 854-2273 or (800) 864-4925