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Block play helps build STEM skills

Not just a theory: Block play builds STEM skills in early childhood

  • play

Did you know that young Albert Einstein spent a lot of time playing with blocks?

high quality early learning programs boost kids social emotional development and later academic achievement

High-quality early childhood programs provide long-lasting benefits for kids

  • early learning

A recent study shows that quality child care and preschool programs boost kids’ social-emotional skills and academic achievement.

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek gives a prescription for play

  • parenting

Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek gets the attention of early educators when she asks:  “What happened to play?” in her 2018 Summit presentation

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Grandparents Day offers opportunity to recognize those grandparents raising grandchildren

  • grandparents

The relationship between a child and a grandparent is a special bond, a relationship that is celebrated nationally on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This…

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Curiosity is key to later school success

  • social-emotional development

Encouraging curiosity in the early years can help your child do better in school.

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Using technology to advance toddler and preschooler learning

  • early learning

By managing screen time and choosing developmentally appropriate technology, adults can actually extend a young child’s learning.

Mister Rogers and child. Photo credit Jim Judkis

Mister Rogers movie is a reminder of what young children need

  • child development

“One word, ‘connection,’ captures what is happening inside and what is needed from the outside for a young child’s brain.” Read our…

mom reads picture book to daughter

When reading to toddlers, books with pictures are ‘just right’

  • early learning

New research shows that reading a story book with pictures sparks more brain activity in kids than watching a cartoon or reading a book without pictures.

Q&A with Dawn Wilkinson

Q&A with AZAEYC Executive Director Dawn Wilkinson

  • early learning

​Find out about NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™, an annual celebration to raise awareness of the importance of quality early learning.​​

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