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Erin Hamel – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2024
Early childhood (EC) environments that are safe and engaging can positively influence developmental outcomes in children. Indeed, the benefits of a high-quality environment for young children are numerous (Kostelnik et al., 2019). The EC classroom is also the primary workplace of EC teachers and much like the children they serve, they can also…
Descriptors: Work Environment, Early Childhood Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Well Being
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William Harper-Hooper IV; Amy J. Samuels; Gregory L. Samuels – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2024
This article presents a framework that considers how relationships, representation, and respect can be prioritized, presented, and nurtured in early learning environments to support and foster equity and inclusion. This simultaneously supports an enhanced sense of belonging and creates an environment where students feel valued and respected. As an…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Equal Education, Student Diversity, Interpersonal Relationship
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Jasmin A. King; Ksenia S. Zhbanova; Jeffrey L. Leffler – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2024
Early childhood educators have a tremendous opportunity to foster inclusivity, respect, and a sense of belonging in young children and their families (Abacioglu et al., 2020). They can impact children's early experiences by creating caring and inclusive learning environments in schools and homes (Vidal-Hall et al., 2020). Facilitating diverse…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Role, Student Diversity
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Wilson-Ratliff, Amy; Parker, Bethany – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Because many children face adverse experiences in their early years, it is crucial to understand how their resilience is tied to their families, communities, and larger institutions. In this article, the authors advocate for a view of resilience that views individuals as embedded in multiple systems that can either strengthen or diminish…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Communities of Practice, Barriers, Disadvantaged
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Crist, Mary; Purper, Cammy – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
In her work with bereaved children at the Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston, Fox (1988) identified four universal tasks that grieving children must complete in order to achieve a grief outcome that is good: "understanding," "grieving," "commemorating," and "going on." In light of the need to support…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Coping, Educational Resources
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Green, Katherine; Towson, Jacqueline; Jacovetti, Brenna – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Early childhood educators teach children with a variety of ability levels. Children ages birth to five who exhibit characteristics of a developmental delay, disability, or a health condition that may affect typical development and learning may receive early intervention (EI) services as detailed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, At Risk Students, Partnerships in Education, Agency Cooperation
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Carmen Sherry Brown – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Young children learn best through hands-on, authentic experiences that motivates, stimulates and supports their growth in all areas of development. This includes the skills necessary to enhance their literacy and language acquisition, physical and cognitive development in addition to their social-emotional development and approaches to learning.…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Ellen McKenzie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Around the world, on every continent, and in every country, children play. Though culturally contextualized, play is a global common childhood experience. There are cultural variations in children's play activities, and though play looks and sounds different across the world, there are also commonalities. Though scholars find it difficult to…
Descriptors: Play, Learning Activities, Teaching Methods, Young Children
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Lisa Colvin; Anna Fox; Melissa Roberts Becker; Erin M. Pearce; Lauren Reasor – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
A goal of university undergraduate early childhood teacher preparation programs is to create meaningful experiences that allow teacher candidates to learn theory and evidence-based best practices they will carry into their classrooms as professional educators. They should have direct interactions with young learners to apply coursework to the real…
Descriptors: Art Education, STEM Education, Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Michelle Grantham-Caston; Jeannete Bankston – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
The early years of a child's life are a crucial time for brain development and stress can play a critical role in compromising its development (Zadina, 2014; Zull, 2011). Fink (2019) explains physical and mental stress as being characterized by heightened excitability and arousal, perceived adverse situation, and lack of control. This normal,…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Coping, Early Childhood Education, Child Development
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Swart, Katie; Houser, Katie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Academics is not the sole component of school readiness; rather, it is a compilation of children's physical, social--emotional, language, and cognitive development (National Association for the Education of Young Children [NAEYC], 2009; National Education Goal Panels, 1997). The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC,…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, Academic Achievement, Parent Attitudes
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Gaspar, Catherine Rogers – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
Parenting a child with a disability can be stressful, and research has shown that burdens related to that care may overload parents and have negative effects on their quality of life. Thus, it is important to support families beginning early in their parenting experience and provide them with a strong foundation of tools and information. This…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Young Children, Disabilities, Preschool Education
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Loughlin, Kristen; Bell, Michael J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2023
During a five-week research study, a kindergarten class of 14 five- and six-year-old children learned to sing and play soprano ukuleles. The study had a dual purpose: to teach the children foundational music skills, and to teach them to read lyrics at the emergent reader level. Csikszentmihalyi (2009) cites one of the pitfalls of traditional music…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Music Education, Music Activities
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Thompson, Josh; Pearce, Nicole – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Early childhood is a time of great creativity. Building creativity into the learning environment should be natural, organic, as observant teachers follow the child. This article provide tools for building creativity through play across the creative arts including dramatic play, movement and dance, music, and visual arts. Additionally, play and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, Creativity, Educational Environment
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Moore, Lin; Zweig, Elaine – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Children with special needs may have less access to play due to the nature of their developmental delay or disability or their lack of experience with typically developing peers. Many preschools and kindergartens have reduced play in their daily schedules and elementary schools have reduced or eliminated recess (Jarrett et al., 2015; Zigler &…
Descriptors: Play, Students with Disabilities, Student Needs, Teacher Role
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