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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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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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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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Leifield, Lisa – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2022
Young children are disproportionately impacted by trauma (Barnett & Hambien, n.d.) and are more vulnerable to the impact of trauma (Bartlett et al., 2017). Trauma in the early years' impacts brain development (Bartlett, et al., 2017; Sciaffara et al., 2018), which has both immediate (Bartlett & Smith, 2017) as well as long-term…
Descriptors: Young Children, Resilience (Psychology), Trauma, Infants
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Gonulates, Funda; Gilbert, Jaesook – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2021
Mathematics is abstract for young children. One way to help children develop better understanding of core early mathematical concepts is by providing concrete learning experiences, thereby making mathematics more accessible to them. Additionally, children will choose to spend more time on subjects or activities they enjoy, which in turn leads to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Mathematics Activities
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Farris, Shari; Purper, Cammy – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2021
One of the most impactful and transformative practices early childhood teachers can engage in is the practice of inquiry. Inquiry requires educators to be both fully present and fully engaged in professional practice while adopting the mindset that the cycle of inquiry is never complete. In inquiry-based learning, the learner is at the center of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Early Childhood Education, Inquiry, Young Children
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Shamsi, Mushira – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2020
In the heart of every early childhood professional lies the deep desire to reach, touch and inspire all children in the classroom so that they may bloom and grow to their maximum heights. Children who feel shy, perhaps because of the quiet cocoon they may live in, often get overlooked and may thus not reach the promise of their potential.…
Descriptors: Shyness, Student Needs, Student Characteristics, Student Adjustment
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