Gather current early learning and care practices, creative ideas, and general inspiration from CCPRN and its members.

Nurturing a Gender Inclusive Environment

March 17, 2021

It's never too early (or too late!) to talk about gender and to promote the healthy development of gender identity and expression.  Children begin to develop a sense of their overall identity at around age 2 and need to be able to express themselves freely through their play, clothing, hair, friend, and toy choices without judgment or expectation—without having to fit in either a "girl"...

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Felt Board Fun

March 9, 2021

Felt board resources are a great way to “re-invent” familiar songs or stories and to introduce new material or concepts.  They provide a visual component which helps to keep children interested and engaged and often extends the learning and play.

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Capable & Competent

February 24, 2021

When we believe that children are capable and competent and we express this belief (with words and actions) in a way that affirms their skills and abilities, we are more likely to see their behaviour and learning as developmentally appropriate.  When we see their behaviour as appropriate and acceptable, we are more likely to want to support and further their learning and development.  This creates...

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The Magic of Storytelling

January 7, 2021

Oral stories are powerful things—they can teach, entertain, evoke emotion, elicit memories, develop imagination, provoke deeper thinking, and prompt reflection.   Most importantly though, they bring us together and keep us connected.  Stories transcend time and space, have the power to evolve, and are free to give and receive.

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To Be Known and Cared For

December 1, 2020

When I was little, I heard this once—and it resonated so deeply, this notion—this way of being in the world. This idea that everyone is worthy of and deserves to be known and cared for.

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Create and Craft Christmas–Art Ideas and Inspiration

November 27, 2020

When we really challenge ourselves to shift our mindset and include art as a part of our children’s daily experience, we open the door for them to explore, express, innovate, create, craft, discover, wonder, imagine, question, problem-solve, enjoy, and so much more.  We build confidence, pride, and self-esteem. We instill and nurture a sense of agency, mastery, accountability, self-efficacy, and ownership.

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Hello Winter!

November 23, 2020

Well, it’s no surprise, we knew it would happen sooner or later – winter is well on its way. There’s a chill in the air, frost on the car, and snow on the lawn. It’s that time of year – time for snowsuits and hats and mitts and boots. Whether you are helping to dress one or more children, it can be exhausting. Here are...

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What about Art? A post for parents

November 20, 2020

You may have noticed that your child is coming home with little or no finished art.  Not to worry! The fact that they haven’t brought home a beautifully cut and glued paper craft does not mean that they aren’t being creative or that your home child care provider is not introducing them to art. 

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Holiday Resource Kit Reveal

November 18, 2020

This year has been like no other—a rollercoaster ride of emotions—and we know that the holidays will be just as challenging.  Our goal at CCPRN is to help you spread a little cheer and happiness.

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Baby Doll Circle Time™

November 11, 2020

Baby Doll Circle Time™ provides the opportunity for young children to experience being the nurturer by interacting with their baby dolls (or teddy bear) in the same ways that we as caring adults might interact with them. It also provides a wonderful opportunity for young children to develop, experience, and practice compassion towards others by building connection.

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