Early Education Newsletter
June 2018

From Biting to Hugging: The Social Development of Infants and Toddlers
June 7, 2018

Presented by Donna S. Wittmer, Ph.D., Consultant and Author, Emerita,
University of Colorado Denver, Early Childhood Education
Sponsored by Gryphon House

The development of social competence is one of the most important outcomes for children’s satisfaction with relationships, sense of well-being, and learning success. With guiding adults, infants and toddlers learn that adult/child and peer relationships are worthwhile, feel that they are good at “doing” relationships, and develop the skills necessary for social competence.

Click here to learn more and register

Pre-K in the Park

Vigo County Level 3 and Level 4 PTQ programs are invited to participate in a new community event, 
Pre-K in the Park.  Families with 3-4 year old children will be invited to attend to learn about high quality Pre-K opportunities in the community, the On My Way Pre-K program and other community resources. 

Details here
United Way of the Wabash Valley
Professional Development Grant

The United Way Professional Development Grant Program supports attendance at continuing education programs for child care providers/early education professionals that work with children ages 0-6.  Success By Six Professional Development Grants may be used for conferences, trainings, or workshops that focus on early education, child development or child care.  Funds may not be applied to conferences or trainings that have already occurred.
Eligible counties: Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion or Vigo.
Follow the link to the left to learn more and download the application.

The State of Indiana receives funds to support families in obtaining child care early education for their children from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. Every three years, a new state plan must be submitted. If you would like to read or provide written comments to submit with the plan, go to this link: www.in.gov/fssa/2552.htm .
All comments must be received by June 7, 2018

Thank you in advance for your interest and feedback.

Level 2

Greene County
White River Valley Elementary Little Paws Preschool

Clay County
CRADLES of Clay County, Brazil

Level 3

Vigo County
Deming Elementary Preschool
DeVaney Elementary Preschool
Farrington Grove Elementary Preschool
Franklin Elementary Preschool
Little Racers Early Learning Center at
Riley Elementary
Meadows Elementary Preschool
Terre Town Elementary Preschool
Vikes and Tykes Early Learning Center at
West Vigo High School

West Vigo Elementary Preschool

Level 4

Vigo County
Kinder Kare Academy 1

Our Proud Heritage
Circle Time, Free Play, and Field Trips:
Legacies of Pioneers in Early Childhood Education

Circle time, free play, and field trips are just three of the practices with long histories that are still used in classrooms today. Knowledge of their original intent invokes appreciation for the pioneers of early childhood education. More importantly, understanding the foundation of these practices helps today’s educators be more intentional as they plan educational environments and activities for young children.

Read the full article here.

Keep Food Safe During Summer Picnics  

Although mosquitoes and flies can be annoying pests at picnics, the "bugs" you can't see, such as harmful bacteria, are a bigger problem.  Bacteria love the warm, humid days of summer and multiply faster than at any other time of the year.  The number of people who get sick from something they ate increases during the sizzling summer months. 
Click here for tips to beat bacteria at your summer picnic.

For more information on summer food safety, visit the NDSU Extension Service Website: www.ag.ndsu.edu/food

True Grit: 12 Ways to Raise a Competent, Resilient Child
Parents are often told that frustration is good for kids, since when they grow up the world will be full of frustrations. That's a bit like saying that it's a cold, cruel world so your child should learn to sleep without blankets. 
What we really want is to raise kids who have the resilience to find or make blankets (and to create a warmer world where everyone can find blankets!) So how do we foster that resilience?

Click here to continue reading and learn how to foster resilience.

Looking forward to next month...