"Loose Parts" Materials Offers Inspiration!
In 1971, Simon Nicholson wrote an article in a Landscape Architecture journal called How NOT to Cheat Children – The Theory of Loose Parts. Over the decades which have ensued, Nicholson’s paper has had a profound impact on many childcare professionals, particularly playworkers, early years practitioners and outdoor and environmental educators. Loose parts play develops skills across the whole curriculum. It is child-led, and helps children strengthen their independence and se
FORUM: Transitional Kindergarten
Marin First 5 is inviting you to join the FORUM: Transitional Kindergarten Friday, April 1st starting at 10 am to 3 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Rafael Lunch is included OPENING REMARKS by Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Bruce Fuller from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education. BREAKOUT SESSIONS by region to discuss workforce issues, funding, logistics, quality programs and equity concerns. KEYNOTE ADDRESS: State Superintendent
Nutrition for Infants and Toddlers
There are lots of questions that come up, on what to feed infants when they are ready to transition to more solid foods. Children's developmental readiness is what child care providers and parents experience by children's actions and behaviors. Their interest in foods, their ability to hold their neck up without support, and the use of their tongue are just some of the indicators of a child's readiness and feeding skills. In addition to a child's readiness for more solid food
Funding Opportunity for Licensed Child Care Facilities!
Funding Opportunity for Licensed Child Care Facilities! Last month, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Child Care and Development Division (CCDD) opened their Application to the Minor Renovation and Repairs Grant that aims to preserve, enhance or expand existing child care spaces. Center-based and Home-based child care providers in California who were licensed ON OR BEFORE August 1, 2021 can apply for grants to cover the costs of minor renovations and repairs
Resource and Referral Newsletter is here
Hello all, Check out our new Newsletters introducing Jeannine LeBlanc our Resource and Referral Manager