Author: Heidi Walton

Information and inspiration for early care and education professionals.

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Keeping Children Active and Safe in Summer Weather

As an early childhood educator, you recognize the importance of outdoor physical play on children’s development. At the same time, Arizona’s summer sun can make outdoor play uncomfortable and at times, unsafe. So, how can you provide the active, physical[...]
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It’s Time to Eat: Tips for Mealtime Mastery

As an early childhood educator, you know that meal and snack times offer a rich opportunity for learning. At the same time, you want to make sure the best health practices are being followed and a clean environment is maintained.[...]
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Engaging Families in Your Quality Improvement Process

Quality improvement involves reflecting on your practice, developing plans for improvement, taking action toward your goals and making adaptations along the way. Whether you are a business owner, program director, classroom teacher or caregiver, how you involve families in your[...]
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Making the most of your informal assessment feedback

The Quality First Assessment team provides informal assessment to offer objective feedback using the updated, third editions of the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) tools. This opportunity is available to licensed child care providers, including family child care and center-based programs[...]
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