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Carr, Victoria; Johnson, Lawrence J.; Corkwell, Connie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
One of the most important aspects of any early childhood setting is the quality of its leadership. Leaders set the tone and are critical to the development of a nurturing environment that supports families and staff, who then encourage children to flourish. A principle-centered leadership approach is an effective model for early childhood…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Effectiveness
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Ramgopal, Poonam S.; Dieterle, Kevin P.; Aviles, Jill; McCreedy, Barbara; Davis, Caroline F. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2009
The field of early care and education continues to change, and strong leadership is needed to ensure that it is moving in the right direction to benefit young children and their families. Early childhood programs face pressure at national, state, and local levels to meet performance standards, increase accountability, ensure efficiency, and offer…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Leadership, Professional Development, Leadership Effectiveness
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Park, Boyoung – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
What are the characteristics of programs that have the greatest likelihood of success in promoting the development of very young children at risk? This brief review of research offers insights for policy makers and early childhood educators alike. The United States is fortunate to have well-designed early educational intervention programs that may…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, At Risk Persons, Early Intervention
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Stegelin, Dolores A. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
Obesity rates for children, adolescents, and adults continue to escalate in the United States and globally. Educators, health specialists, psychologists, and sociologists are studying the complex problems related to early obesity. Like other health problems, prevention and early detection are the most effective strategies. The causes and…
Descriptors: Obesity, Intervention, Physical Activities, Health Promotion
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Melber, Leah M. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
National standards spell out the importance of high-quality science experiences for all students, even the youngest learners. One of the most effective ways for young children to learn about science is through first-hand experiences with authentic objects and real specimens. While there are a number of hands-on elements that can be easily added to…
Descriptors: Young Children, Museums, Natural Sciences, Science Curriculum
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McFarland, Laura – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
Assessment involves observing and documenting children's development, their learning experiences and relationships, and how they interact with the world around them. The purpose of assessment is to gather meaningful information about children in order to make informed decisions to benefit their education and development. Using a combination of…
Descriptors: Young Children, Child Development, Measures (Individuals), Descriptive Writing
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Cukierkorn, Jesse R.; Karnes, Frances A.; Manning, Sandra J.; Houston, Heather; Besnoy, Kevin – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
The word "gifted," when used to describe children's intellectual abilities, evokes varied opinions in teachers, caregivers, and families of young children. Some attitudes are positive, others negative, while still others are built upon misconceptions about individuals who are gifted. Giftedness occurs in people from infancy through adulthood.…
Descriptors: Gifted, Preschool Children, Misconceptions, Identification
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Hughes, Michelle – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
Responsible for calling meetings? Dread the thought of attending another meeting that misses the mark and wastes everyone's time? This article offers tips to improve the effectiveness of meetings by planning their structure. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Meetings, Planning, Organization, Time Management
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Moffett, Kimberly R.; Swafford, Melinda; Richey, Linda Hall – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
Early childhood programs are becoming increasingly inclusive. What strategies can teachers use to address challenging behaviors? This article demonstrates how DAP and PBS can be blended so teachers can help children learn more positive behaviors.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Role, Young Children
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Mercurio, Mia Lynn; McNamee, Abigail – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
What should families and teachers look for when they choose picture books to help young children overcome their fears of imaginary monsters, dark places, thunderstorms, and dogs? This article provides criteria for assessing picture books and suggests ways to read them in ways that support children's development. (Contains 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Fear, Reading Material Selection
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Desjean-Perrotta, Blanche – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
Many early childhood educators are faced with ever-increasing pressure by families, administrators, and policymakers to replace components of their programs deemed to be a waste of time, such as naptime or playtime, with what are considered to be more academic activities. A large body of literature supports the inclusion of play in an early…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Sleep, Correlation
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Perkins, Kaarin D.; Mackey, Bonnie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
Approximately 2 million people die each year in the United States. If each individual death affects only five other people, there are close to 10 million people grieving a new death each year in this country. Children who have lost a loved one through death can be in very difficult situations. While they are attempting to cope with the shock and…
Descriptors: Grief, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Teaching Methods
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Nissen, Hannah; Hawkins, Carol J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
Systematic and ongoing assessment of children's skills and progress is at the heart of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood classrooms. Careful assessment enables teachers to know the children with whom they work. Effective early childhood practice focuses on the needs of the whole child, so child assessment must similarly focus…
Descriptors: Young Children, Social Development, Skill Development, Interpersonal Competence
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Lowery, Ruth McKoy; Sabis-Burns, Donna; Anderson-Brown, Shawn – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2008
This article discusses how Book buddy reading activities can help to develop interpersonal relationships between younger and older students, increase all children's reading levels and abilities, and foster their positive self-esteem and confidence. Teachers, families, and other caregivers often seek techniques to improve children's reading…
Descriptors: Reading, Learning Activities, Kindergarten, Grade 5
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Riley, Jeanetta G.; Boyce, Janet S. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2007
Bullying and harassment are increasing problems in educational settings around the world. In some countries, such as Norway, England, and Canada, the concern about bullying is so great that national governments have required schools to initiate anti-bullying policies. How can teachers and families reduce bullying in early childhood programs,…
Descriptors: Bullying, Early Childhood Education, After School Programs, Young Children
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