Early Child Care and Education

Representation Matters

Representation Matters

By Dominique Harris, BS, QMHP-C (Qualified Mental Health Professional), Trauma & Resiliency Specialist at ChildSavers. Representation matters when it comes to early childhood experiences. Relatable and culturally diverse environments are critical in early development for young children. Jump to: Here are some strategies to help represent all children in your classroom and provide positive experiences …

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How to help children of all anger manage their anger

How to Help Children Manage Anger: The Ultimate Guide (All Ages)

There’s a quote by an unknown author that says, “Children are not giving you a hard time. They are having a hard time.” Anger is a complex emotion for everyone, especially children and teens in varying stages of brain development. In this post, we’ll explore ways to help children of all ages manage their anger …

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Teaching children empathy and how to help children practice empathy

Teaching Young Children Empathy: 3 Simple Steps

Teaching young children empathy and modeling empathic behaviors around infants, toddlers, and young children is crucial during early development. ChildSavers Child Development Services Program Specialist, Koni Garofalo, explains 3 simple steps to fostering empathy in young kids. Jump to: What is empathy? Why is it important for kids to practice empathy? Step #1: Building relationships …

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ChildSavers provides a checklist of what to look like in a day care or child care provider

Top 5 Things to Look for in Daycare and Child Care

Choosing child care for your child is one of the most important decisions families can make. Sometimes parents and guardians are left choosing between two or more deal breakers… Can we afford child care? Is this early care program setting my child up for successful, lifelong learning? Can they accommodate my child’s specific needs? Luckily, there’s …

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ChildSavers offers free and fee-based training hours for child care providers in Virginia

Earn Your Training Hours for Child Care: 5 Online Resources

ChildSavers offers free and low-cost training for child care providers in need of professional development training hours, technical assistance, and coaching. We’re here to help you provide the best care possible as you earn your training hours for child care. Jump to: Child Care Aware Virginia Quality Virginia Infant and Toddler Specialist Network CDA Additional …

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Best sensory exercises for children in child care with autism

4 of the Best Sensory Activities for Children with Autism in Child Care

April is Autism Awareness month and we are excited to share some ways to incorporate inclusive play into your daily routine as a child care provider or guardian. Sensory activities benefit all children but can be especially useful for children with Autism. People with Autism can be hyper-sensitive or hypo-sensitive to stimuli in their environment. …

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Three children - an introvert, extrovert, and ambivert, playing together outside.

How to Nurture Your Child As An Introvert or Extrovert

The words “introvert” and “extrovert” are used frequently and often misunderstood to imply that someone is shy or outgoing. The true essence behind introverted versus extroverted children refers to their personality preference – specifically, the way the child spends and recharges their energy. Keep in mind that children are constantly learning to understand themselves and …

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Baby Safety at Home: 3 Things You Cannot Overlook

When we think of baby safety at home, we think of covering outlets, mounting furniture, avoiding sharp objects, and putting small choking hazards out of reach. While these are all vital pieces to a safe environment for our youngest learners, we also need to be thinking of the “not-so-obvious” dangers, continuous baby-proofing as infants grow …

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The Ultimate List of Coronavirus Resources for Families in Richmond, VA

We know there’s a lot of information swirling around about the coronavirus (COVID-19). It can be scary for adults and children alike. How do we talk with our kids about the coronavirus? How can we help them process what’s going on? How do we keep them occupied in this time of uncertainty? Our team of mental …

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