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NSTA Adopts Position on Early Childhood Science Education

February 6, 2014

A position statement adopted by NSTA affirms the importance of learning science and engineering practices in the early years to foster children's curiosity and enjoyment in exploring the world around them and to lay the foundation for science learning throughout their entire lives. Read More

Earn a Certificate in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education

February 6, 2014

Starting this summer, Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) Department of Education will offer a certificate in nature preschool/forest kindergarten professional development. Read More

Support Childplay Institute's Crowdfunding Campaign

January 17, 2014

You can help deserving educators attend the Children Learning with Nature Training Institute. Read More

Support the Strong Start for America's Children Proposal

January 10, 2014

A significant proposal is being discussed in Congress that would give children a stronger start, and our states and communities more prosperity. Read More

Recycled Holiday Craft Ideas from our Pinterest Board

December 12, 2013

Crafts are a great way to reuse everyday materials, and they keep crafting costs low while also reducing waste. Here are five of our favorites from our Pinterest board. Read More

New Toy Tops the TOADY Award for Worst Toy of the Year

December 10, 2013

Just one day after the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood announced the winner of its worst-toy-of-the-year competition--the iPotty--a new, even more questionable toy for babies has come on the market. Read More

Vote for the Worst Toy of the Year

December 6, 2013

See the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood's nominees for the year's worst toy, and cast your vote in support of healthy, happy childhoods. Read More

Making Mud Kitchens

November 22, 2013

British early childhood nature education expert Jan White argues that mud kitchens are low-cost, easy, and fun spaces for children to play and develop. Read More

What Young Learners Really Need to Learn

November 5, 2013

A growing number of education experts argue that the best way to prepare for future academic learning is not with early academic learning. Listen to a podcast in which experts advocate for more play-based learning that lets children explore, create, and develop a love of learning. Read More

Critical Investments Should Target the First Eight Years of Life, Report Finds

November 4, 2013

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT® policy report finds that only 36 percent of third graders are on track in cognitive development. The report presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life. Read More

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