Resources

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources:

Diverse Children’s Books Recommendations
A list of children’s books in multiple categories of diversity including different races, religions, family status, gender identity and more.

Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators to help supplement their curriculum and inform their practice around anti-bias and social justice work.

Universal Design for Learning
Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.

Equity Toolkit for Administrators
This toolkit from the Colorado Department of Education is designed to create personal awareness and an understanding of the complexities and actions related to Equity, Cultural Competence and Cultural Proficiency

ACES and Trauma-Informed Care links
To provide trauma-informed care to children, youth, and families involved with child welfare, professionals must understand the impact of trauma on child development and learn how to effectively minimize its effects without causing additional trauma.

Behavior Guidance Resources:

Janet Lansbury Elevating Child Care
Website includes blog posts and podcasts from Janet Lansbury, RIE expert around all things birth to preschool age.

Understanding Challenging Behavior in Young Children
Resources around challenging behavior in young children from Eastern Connecticut State University.

Child Mind Institute Resources for Educators
The Child Mind Institute is committed to helping educators identify and respond effectively to children with signs of a mental health or learning disorder.

Classroom Management Resources:

ECLKC Learning Environment Tips
Learning environments are nurturing spaces that support the development of all young children. They include classrooms, play spaces, areas for caregiving routines, and outdoor areas. Learning environments are well-organized and managed settings. They offer developmentally appropriate schedules, lesson plans, and indoor and outdoor chances for choice, play, exploration, and experimentation. Learning environments include age-appropriate equipment, materials, and supplies. They integrate home cultures and are flexible to support the changing ages, interests, and characteristics of a group of children over time. In home-based programs, the learning environment includes the home, community, and group socialization spaces.

ECLKC Classroom Transitions Tips
Learn ways to help children use positive behaviors during classroom transitions. This link includes videos and printable resources for planning transitions.

Planning Transitions to Prevent Challenging Behavior from the journal Young Children
When teachers have evaluated transitions, put strategies in place to help children transition more easily, and implemented individualized plans for those who need them, transitions can be fun and successful times for children and
teachers alike.

Technology Resources:
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media rates movies, TV shows, books, and more so parents can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their kids. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based ratings and reviews.

STEM Resources:

ECLKC Math: Number Recognition and Subitizing
In this suite, learn about number recognition and subitizing. Find out why this key math competency is the foundation of math learning later in a child’s life. Discover how this math competency relates to the Framework for Effective Practice. Explore strategies that adults can use to encourage and foster number recognition and subitizing skills for children birth to age 5.

Early Language/Literacy Resources:

Fifty Top Literacy Statistics
Fifty statistics about early literacy and how to best serve children’s early literacy and language needs.

Interactions/Teaching Practices Resources:

ECLKC Higher Order Thinking/Interactions
Resources for teachers on intentional, effective interactions that help children learn and promote higher order thinking skills.

PREK Class Cheat Sheet
This downloadable resource summarizes the CLASS tool for Pre-K, organizing the different types of interactions into easy to read and understand categories.

Toddler CLASS cheat sheet
This downloadable resource summarizes the CLASS tool for Toddlers, organizing the different types of interactions into easy to read and understand categories.

Early Learning Websites:
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

Setting Goals

What are SMART goals?
SMART goal setting brings structure and trackability into your goals and objectives. In stead of vague resolutions, SMART goal setting creates verifiable trajectories towards a certain objective, with clear milestones and an estimation of the goal’s attainabililty. Every goal or objective, from intermediary step to overarching objective, can be made S.M.A.R.T. and as such, brought closer to reality.

SMART goals template
Printable worksheet for setting SMART goals.

The Power of Habit TED Talk
In this ingenious talk, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Charles Duhigg seamlessly combines informational facts from research, anecdotes from real events, and personal experience with insightful observations to explain why human behaviors are compelled by habit.

Learning Environment

Classroom Area Brainstorming Instructional Support
Worksheets that help teachers think about the kind of skills children are using in each learning center and plan for meaningful interactions that help promote problem-solving, planning and executive function skills.

Self-Care and Mindfulness

The ProQOL Measure
When you help people you have direct contact with their lives. As you may have found, your compassion for those you help can affect you in positive and negative ways. Below are some questions about your experiences, both positive and negative, as a helper. Consider each of the following questions about you and your current work situation. Select the number that honestly reflects how frequently you experienced these things in the last 30 days.

Self Care Plan 
This template helps you plan for meaningful, deep self-care that can help you combat compassion fatigue and secondary trauma encountered in your career.