Helping Children Make Sense of Scary News

Are you concerned about what your child is thinking about the recent events in Charleston, South Carolina?  Children can feel stress and concern for their well-being.  The American Psychological Association says that “Intense or prolonged exposure to the event, including geographic proximity” and “television exposure following the event, even if the child was not directly affected” … Continue reading Helping Children Make Sense of Scary News

Disability Day at the Georgia Capitol

Disability Day at the Capitol was a great success!  Over 2,000 citizens with and without disabilities gathered in a community rally to make their voices heard and to promote access, opportunity and meaningful community living for all Georgians, including young children with disabilities and their families.

Children’s Day at the Capitol 2014

Ayanna Hawkins, Vice President for Program and Professional Development, represented GAYC at Children’s Day at the Capitol on Thursday, January 23. The event, sponsored by Voices for Georgia’s Children, was a chance for organizations with an interest in public policy for children to make connections with each other and share ideas. Thanks, Ayanna!

Why early childhood program directors should join GAYC

Are you the director or administrator of an early childhood program? Being a GAYC member has benefits specific to directors. Check out the GAYC membership brochure for directors to learn more. Feel free to download and share the brochure with others.

10 Trends in Afterschool: 2014

As we welcome a new year, I want to take a moment to share ten trends I see on the horizon for the afterschool field. 1. Afterschool programs will bring together creative learning endeavors as part of the “maker” movement. 2. There will be more opportunities for STEM instructional training for the afterschool workforce. 3. … Continue reading 10 Trends in Afterschool: 2014

Strong Start for America’s Children

Don’t miss your last chance to sign our Open Letter to Congress showing your support for the Strong Start Legislation. Only 800 more are needed for us to reach 6,000 signatures! This letter will be presented to Legislators on Monday, December 23 – so please act now! To access the: Strong Start for America's Children … Continue reading Strong Start for America’s Children

Effects of economic insecurity on children

According to a new report from the Urban Institute,  the rate of child poverty increased from 18% in 2007 to 22% in 2010. The report, written by Lisa Dubay and Elena Zarabozo, documents how many children in the U.S. are living in economically insecure families, how economic insecurity changed between 2007 and 2010, and which children were … Continue reading Effects of economic insecurity on children

The Affordable Care Act: Resources for Early Childhood Programs

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, approximately 20 percent of Georgians are uninsured. To assist the Early Care and Education field with this critical issue, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children & Families has a new Affordable Care Act and Early Learning webpage to help child care providers navigate the Affordable … Continue reading The Affordable Care Act: Resources for Early Childhood Programs

Consider attending the “Children Under Stress: Understanding the Language of Behavior” Webinar on September 17

Handling children's behavior can be one of the biggest challenges for early childhood teachers. Troubling changes in children's behavior are often the only way teachers discover that they are experiencing stress. The Children Under Stress: Understanding the Language of Behavior webinar will explore the behaviors of young children, not as "misbehavior" but as ways of expressing stress. This … Continue reading Consider attending the “Children Under Stress: Understanding the Language of Behavior” Webinar on September 17

Book authors answer your questions about DAP in Kindergarten July 15 – 19

Are you wondering what Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) looks like in Kindergarten? Do you have specific questions about how to meet core educational standards for kindergarten while also ensuring that your program is developmentally appropriate? Eva Phillips and Amy Scrinzi, authors of the NAEYC book Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teacher of … Continue reading Book authors answer your questions about DAP in Kindergarten July 15 – 19