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Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens are Blooming at New Hampshire Conference

March 5, 2014

In Bloom: Promising Practices in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education, the third annual Nature Preschool/Forest Kindergarten Conference, will be held May 16-17 at Antioch University New England (AUNE). Read More

Obesity Rates in Young Children Drop Dramatically

February 26, 2014

The latest CDC obesity data, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, show a significant decline in obesity among children aged 2 to 5 years. Read More

Add Your Voice to the Conversation in Ottawa

February 25, 2014

NAAEE is now accepting proposals for its 2014 Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, and encourages submissions related to early childhood education. Read More

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