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

Loose Parts Play

November 11, 2020

"Loose parts pave the way for critical thinking. It allows the children to have their own ideas, to make things the way they decide, and to figure out for themselves how to make their idea work."

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How Does Learning Happen?

November 2, 2020

Good question! Important too—how can we support learning if we’re not exactly sure how it happens?  When does it happen?—what underlying conditions need to be met for successful learning to take place?

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Attachment: Nurturing the Connection

September 22, 2020

“If we who are responsible for children can give a sense of belonging, a sense of significance; if we can hold onto the heart and make it safe, if we can give them a sense of being known…this creates the womb for maturation.” ~Gordon Neufeld

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Risky Play–Essential for Healthy Child Development

July 15, 2020

Risky play is exactly that—play that involves risk—usually the risk of physical injury. It is exciting and exhilarating and thrilling and, well, risky. It does, however, provide children with much needed opportunities to challenge themselves physically, emotionally, and mentally. Risky play allows children to test the limits of their abilities, develop an awareness of risk, and feel in control of their actions.

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The Value of Play

July 2, 2020

Through play, children are able to express their ideas, explore who they are, test out emerging theories, engage their creativity, and practice essential skills. In a time when children are trying to understand the pandemic and its implications relative to their lives—processing what they see and hear in their community, at child care, and at home—it is important to take a minute to acknowledge and...

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Sensory Bottles and Bags—Ideal for Individual Sensory Exploration

June 25, 2020

Preparing to embrace and move forward with a new sense of “normal” provides a perfect opportunity to reflect upon and be creative when selecting toys and other items for play.  While the more traditional type of sensory play (small open bins of material with groups of children exploring together) is currently being discouraged, individual sensory exploration can and should be included as an option for...

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Art & Early Learning Opportunities for Young Children

March 3, 2020

Understanding the learning opportunities and many benefits of both process and product art.

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Professional Development for Home Child Care Providers

February 19, 2020

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." Maya Angelou

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Building a Relationship with Your Caregiver

February 12, 2020

Choosing a home child care environment allows your child to grow and learn within the comfort and structure of a family setting. Just as with any family, connection and relationship between the members of your home child care family is essential. A strong foundation of trust, open communication, mutual respect, and kindness between you and your home child care provider will allow your child to...

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