Reflections on the NAEYC Professional Learning Institute

Reflections on the NAEYC Professional Learning Institute

This June, I had the opportunity to attend the NAEYC’s Professional Learning Institute in Cleveland, Ohio
Why Cowboy State Kids and Teachers Still Need Anti-Bias Learning Opportunities

Why Cowboy State Kids and Teachers Still Need Anti-Bias Learning Opportunities

It is often argued that “There isn’t any diversity in Wyoming.” for several reasons. Aside from the fact that each family has its own unique culture, our state is full of diverse communities. Even still, Wyoming can be a difficult place to feel the need for anti-bias education…or can it?
It’s Finally Springish!

It’s Finally Springish!

The signs of the season are all around us! It has officially been spring in Wyoming since March.
Media and Technology in Early Childhood

Media and Technology in Early Childhood

The influence of technology and media in our daily lives is not going away anytime soon. Hand a two-year old a cell phone or a tablet and chances are, they are going to know how to use it, maybe even better than you. In 2013, it was reported that children younger than two spent an average of one ( 1) hour a day on screen media. Children between the ages of 2 and 8 spent two (2) hours a day on average consuming screen media. It has been suggested that in the last nine( 9) years those average numbers have increased significantly, especially following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic
Supporting Our Youngest

Supporting Our Youngest

From the moment a child is brought into the world, social interactions influence their development. Learning social cues, communication, verbal and nonverbal skills, play, sharing, and attachment all are formed in different ways by socializing with others.
A New Day for Early Learning in Wyoming

A New Day for Early Learning in Wyoming

A sunrise welcomes the day and invites us to start again. Each day is a chance for a new beginning. When everything comes together, it can be breathtaking. The new Wyoming Early Learning Standards are also the chance for a new start.
Classroom Tides

Classroom Tides

How many times in the classroom are you fighting the current of your students’ learning interests? Forcing yourself forward into the goals and expectations you have set only to feel like you’ve made no progress? What would happen if we collaborated with children and their interests instead? Dancing forward with our goals and sideways with theirs. What would our classroom look like?
It’s the Week of the Young Child!

It’s the Week of the Young Child!

The Week of the Young Child® is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association, with nearly 60,000 members and a network of 52 Affiliates
New Statewide Programming Now Available for Teachers and Families in Infant and Early Childhood Facilities Across Wyoming

New Statewide Programming Now Available for Teachers and Families in Infant and Early Childhood Facilities Across Wyoming

Young children have mental health needs, which means there is a need to support the people who care for those children. Early childhood professionals, educators, and staff are often the ones who are the first to notice mental health struggles for families and their children. There is a need to support the mental health of these children, which means there needs to be support for the professionals and the parents who work within the early childhood services provided in Wyoming.
Relationships First!

Relationships First!

Early childhood educators and caregivers know the importance of strong, trusting relationships for children’s learning and development. What are some of the ways you are intentional about nurturing relationships with children and families? Read about how the partnership between a teacher and a family supported the transition to school for one Wyoming preschool student.
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