Language for Validating Feelings

Language for Validating Feelings

Careful listening helps kids feel heard. Language that communicates careful listening when kids have strong emotions is similar to paraphrasing, but in a way that signals...

What is the Preschool Development Grant?

What is the Preschool Development Grant?

In 2019, Wyoming was awarded a Preschool Development Grant. With the funds, through a network of early childhood partners, the state is strategically building on existing...

Tips For Helping Kids Build Relationships

Tips For Helping Kids Build Relationships

Relationship-building is the process of establishing emotional connections with others that are based on trust and intimacy. Through relationships, kids discover who they...

Meaningful Learning Experiences

Meaningful Learning Experiences

Learning new things is easier for kids when the new part connects to something they already know a little bit about. When kids can connect their own experiences and...

Facilitating Learning Experiences

Facilitating Learning Experiences

Learning experiences build on existing knowledge (something familiar) and invite children to extend their thinking in a way that balances safety and risk (curiosity). ...

Reciprocal Relationships

Reciprocal Relationships

In a reciprocal relationship, each person is equally respected and valued. The relationship is balanced so that both people feel seen and heard. When you engage in a...

Learning at Home

Learning at Home

Emotional and physical environments matter because they affect how we feel, how we relate to others, and our ability to focus on tasks. High-quality environments are free...

Early Childhood Care and Education Settings

Early Childhood Care and Education Settings

Families have many options for where their children learn and grow when they are not at home. It's important to get to know the differences and similarities between the...

Accessible Environments for Little Learners

Accessible Environments for Little Learners

Learning happens when kids feel welcome and comfortable in their environment, and when they have easy access to all the tools they need. Accessible environments are designed...

Grant Writing Tips

Grant Writing Tips

Grant writing tips for early childhood professionals from our partners at WY Kids First!You can download this resource HERE.

8 Great Things to Know about Child Development

8 Great Things to Know about Child Development

In recent years, researchers have learned a lot more about how early experiences shape children. Here are 8 great things to know and remember when it comes to early child...

Serve & Return

Serve & Return

“Serve and return” is about the everyday, back and forth interactions you have with your kids. It’s the practice of noticing and responding to their cues with eye contact,...

How to Model Mindfulness

How to Model Mindfulness

From our earliest moments and at each developmental stage, mindfulness can be a useful tool for decreasing anxiety and promoting happiness. It's helpful for children,...

4 Ways to Teach Children Empathy

4 Ways to Teach Children Empathy

Empathy is at the heart of good relationships of many kinds, and it begins with valuing other perspectives and other people. Parents can cultivate empathy in their children...

When is it Safe to Go Outside?

When is it Safe to Go Outside?

It's always important to protect your children from the sun, and in the summer it's equally important to be mindful of the heat. 80 degrees Fahrenheit or below is considered...

Strong Bonds Yield Strong Learners

The question for all of us is how we can give all babies and toddlers the best start on a life-long journey of learning? The first day of learning — when a child begins...

Tips on Playing with Babies and Toddlers

Try these tips the next time you play with your child and watch how even the simplest interactions encourage them to learn and explore the world around them. Playtime is...

Help Your Child Become a Great Problem Solver

Preschoolers who can solve their own problems feel confident and enjoy learning. They are willing to make mistakes and learn from them and keep trying until they succeed....

Explore the Great Outdoors with Your Child

Children are natural explorers. Set some basic boundaries, and let the child discover. The learning will come. Children use all of their senses to explore. They look and...

Tips for Spending Quality Time With Your Child

Let’s face it—life is busy! Between work and life responsibilities, the days pass us by in the blink of an eye. Many parents worry that they don’t spend enough time with...