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Friday January 19, 2018:
Monday January 22, 2018 

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FLIP IT! is a strategy that offers a simple, kind, strength-based, commonsense and effective four-step process to address children's day-to-day challenging behavior. The four steps are embodied in the FLIP IT! mnemonic which stands for Feelings, Limits, Inquiries, and Prompts. FLIP IT! is nothing new, but transforms best practice strategy that is easy to remember, applicable in a variety of challenging situations, and portable.

Plus: It's backed by research!
The Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs at Miami University recently published an evaluation of the FLIP IT! strategy. The study found that child protective factors increased and parent-child relationships improved steadily across a six-month period after parents learned this simple and effective strategy for transforming challenging behavior. 

You can also learn all about the study during our one-hour webinar:
Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 2:00-3:00pm EST - REGISTER

Learn to FLIP IT! at your own pace by choosing the FLIP IT! Online Course. The entire length of the course is approximately five hours, including interaction, reflection, application of skills learned, and a final assessment. It can be taken module by module, not just all in one sitting. Empower yourself and your colleagues by signing up today! You can also learn more about this course here .
Art in Early Childhood

I have found that one of the areas that many teachers and directors struggle with, is the concept of art in the classroom and what it truly looks like. The attached article would be great to use at a staff meeting to review and discuss.
Remember also that the PA Position Statements give us guidance and direction about what materials we can use. All materials must be labeled as age appropriate for the children that will be using them. While this may seem to take many items that we typically use “off the table”, it also reminds us that we need to be very serious about using materials that are safe for our children.
Creating a Caring Culture

Creating a culture of caring is often the goal of after school programs, and helping children develop social skills is an area where afterschool programs can make a major impact. However nurturing skills such as decision making, problem solving, leadership self-awareness, empathy, perseverance and teamwork require more than establishing program rules and procedures. To craft a true climate of caring requires intentional planning and providing children multiple opportunities to practice skills in planned and real life contexts. 
Here is a link that provides a great introduction to activities that your program staff can implement right away to get started supporting children’s social and emotional growth and creating a positive climate in your program.
Many of these strategies are from the classroom, however most are also appropriate for the after school setting. They are a great introduction for staff hoping to support children in learning to interact in appropriate and positive ways.
Week of the Young Child

The Early Childhood community looks forward to Week of the Young Child celebrations each year! This year, we will celebrate WOYC April 16-20 . The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

Here are some ways your program can celebrate this week:
  • Music Monday
  • Tasty Tuesday
  • Work Together Wednesday
  • Artsy Thursday
  • Family Friday

Child Care Providers : be on the lookout for more information on the ways we will celebrate YOU this month!

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

NAEYC supports the Early Childhood Education field in the following ways:
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Early Childhood Accreditation
  • Higher Education Accreditation
  • Resources
  • Public Policy
  • Events

Visit NAEYC.org for resources and information on membership.
PennAEYC is excited to help you make an
investment in yourself in 2018!

Join NAEYC  before January 31, and receive a discount code to purchase either The Intentional Teacher or Rituals and Traditions at 50% off!

If you have questions or need additional information please
Ahh… Ahhh… Achoo!

You guessed it, cold and flu season is upon us. Arm your staff with all the necessary tools to stop the spread of germs! Stock up on tissues, hand sanitizer and cleaner for the classrooms and most importantly, remind everyone to wash their hands! The handwashing poster on SharedSourcePA is a helpful ‘how to’ reminder of proper handwashing technique. NOW AVAILABLE in Spanish!  View Posters Here .
CDC Launches Milestone Tracker App

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to announce the launch of CDC’s Milestone Tracker—a free app for tracking every child’s development in a fun and easy way. This app adds to the popular suite of free, family-friendly materials available through CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.

The new app offers:
  • Interactive milestone checklists for children ages 2 months through 5 years, illustrated with photos and videos
  • Tips and activities to help children learn and grow
  • Information on when to act early and talk with a doctor about developmental delays
  • A personalized milestone summary that can be easily shared with the doctor and other care provider
  • Reminders for appointments and developmental screening
Join us for a STARS Networking Meeting!

STARS & Certification Networking
February 12th at 10:30 - Location TBD in Tioga County

STARS Support
January 23rd at 1 at Panera in Harrisburg
January 31st at 9:30 at  United Way of York
Other Community Meetings & Events

Clinton County LICC Meeting
January 24th at 9:30 at  Infant Development Center

Centre County LICC Meeting
February 7th at 9 at CIU in State College

Tioga ECE Coalition Meeting
February 14th at 1 at BLaST IU in Canton
Professional Development Updates    
Register on the  PD Registry 

PBIS Professional Development Day
March 5th at Penn State University

Capital Area Chapter of PennAEYC Conference
March 10th at Messiah College

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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    info@childcareconsultants.org