When seeking a child care placement, many parents choose family child care providers. Based in a private home, a family child care program can offer more flexible hours and a warm, personal setting that a center might lack. However, it’s important to make certain that any location where your child spends her day meets crucial health and safety standards. Here are some things for parents to ask and look for when selecting a family child care provider.
It’s a new year and time to take stock of things, get organized and prepare for the year ahead. Here are some ways you can get the new year off to a great start for you and your baby.
For very young children, art and early writing skills are the same. Usually children are able to grasp a crayon or pencil and move it around on paper when they're 6 - 7 months old. Writing helps them improve hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and fine tune finger muscles. Early writing also helps children learn cause and effect, develop self-confidence, and can boost future reading skills.
Sure, your toddler is not going to perform complex calculations, but math concepts can be taught from a young age. Studies show that a child’s math skills at the start of kindergarten are among the strongest indicators of future academic success. What can we do as parents to promote early math understanding?
The years zero to three are crucial years for every child, but for children who are showing signs of developmental delays, addressing them early is essential. Early intervention helps keep these children on a path to making the most of the fundamental abilities and skills developed during the early years of life.
Steve Adubato goes on-location to The Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to sit down with Aly Richards, CEO, Let’s Grow Kids, to discuss their mission to ensure affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by 2025. They also discuss the impact of child care on the healthy development of all children.
Steve Adubato goes on-location to The Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to talk to Kay Hendon, Senior Program Officer, The Nicholson Foundation, about affordability and accessibility of high quality child care, as well as the importance of developing more childcare facilities across New Jersey.
Steve Adubato goes on-location to The Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to sit down with Dr. Francois Clemmons, singer and actor from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, to discuss Dr. Clemmons’ groundbreaking role as Officer Clemmons on the show, the impact of Mister Rogers Neighborhood on generations of children, and the lessons Fred Rogers taught Dr. Clemmons about the importance of love.
Steve Adubato goes on-location to The Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to talk to Dr. Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Fellow at Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. Steve and Dr. Li discuss the lasting legacy of Fred Rogers, the impact of simple, everyday acts of love and the state of children’s television and media today.
Participation in arts-based activities during early childhood has proven benefits in social-emotional development and academics later in life. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. And the process of making arts can improve fine motor skills, spatial understanding, and of course, creativity.
Steve Adubato goes on-location to the Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to talk to Mark Sustic, Executive Director, Young Tradition Vermont & Turrell Fund Trustee, about the impact of screen-time on the development of young children and how technology and media should be experienced in an interactive way with an adult.
Steve Adubato sits down with Michael Lamacchia MD, Chairman of Pediatrics at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, and Ilise Zimmerman, President & CEO of Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern NJ, to discuss how adverse childhood experiences (ACES) make an impact on health and why it is important for medical professionals to go further in assessing and nurturing children.
Few parenting experiences are more stressful than a baby who won’t stop crying. Before children are able to talk, crying is a way for them to communicate their needs and wants. Start with the basics. Is your baby hungry or tired? Does she need to be changed or moved to a different position? Try rocking your baby, wearing her, or picking her up.
Even as toddlers, friends play a special role in children’s lives. Making friends begins with learning how to play. Children need practice in order to learn to share, take turns, resolve conflict, and feel the joy of friendship.
Choosing a preschool can be daunting and difficult. Ask around for recommendations from trusted sources. Search for programs that meet your family needs in terms of schedule and budget.
Steve Adubato goes One-on-One with Stephanie Sitnick Ph.D., Assistant Psychology Professor, Department of Psychology and Counseling, Caldwell University, to talk about the debate over screen time for young children and teenagers. Sitnick also provides tips for parents looking to manage their children's screen time.
Children’s early experiences affect the development of their brains and their health. Mental health for babies and toddlers is linked to the quality of children’s early relationships and how their social and emotional development is affected.
A lot of very important decisions are made based on the results of the US Census, conducted every 10 years. Programs that benefit children and families, such as subsidized child care, early intervention services, and children's health insurance, all depend on accurate census returns.
Becoming a parent is a big change that will have an enormous effect on the rest of your life, so expecting that a few adjustments may be necessary is wise planning.
Building a strong foundation of self-esteem in your child is important. When children have a good sense of self-esteem they feel worthy of success and happiness, are confident in their abilities, and can cope with the basic challenges of life.
One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that children’s play and learning are two different things. In fact, children learn much from the process of play that will help them later in both academics and life.
Steve Adubato talks with Aly Richards, CEO, and Rick Davis, President of The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, about the Permanent Fund’s advocacy model for increasing awareness of the importance of quality, affordable childcare and how improvement of childcare access can positively impact business, the economy and healthcare.
Steve Adubato goes on-location to the "Overcoming Childhood Adversity and Trauma: A Healthier Future for NJ Kids" event to talk to Arturo Brito, Executive Director, The Nicholson Foundation, about the partnership with the Turrell Fund and The Burke Foundation and how together their goal is to raise awareness of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Steve Adubato goes on-location to the "Overcoming Childhood Adversity and Trauma: A Healthier Future for NJ Kids" event to speak with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Founder & CEO, Center for Youth Wellness, about the importance of pediatricians to screen for ACEs in a primary care setting in order to prevent more problems later in life.
Steve Adubato goes on-location to the "Overcoming Childhood Adversity and Trauma: A Healthier Future for NJ Kids" event to speak with James Burke, President & Chairman, Burke Foundation, about his organization’s mission to improve the health and well-being of at-risk children and the importance of the partnership with the Nicholson Foundation and the Turrell Fund.
Steve Adubato goes on-location to the "Overcoming Childhood Adversity and Trauma: A Healthier Future for NJ Kids" event to talk to Christine Norbut Beyer, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children & Families, about the short and long-term effects of children exposed to neglect and abuse and how her department deals with children in these situations.
The parent-child relationship is a bond that lasts a lifetime, but other family have important roles to play too--aunts, uncles, cousins, and especially grandparents. The relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren is second in emotional importance only to the relationship between parent and child.
Dr. Arturo Brito, Executive Director of The Nicholson Foundation, explains the importance of making sure children have positive experiences from birth to three, the negative impact toxic stressors can have on a child, and how the state is working to improve the black infant mortality rate in New Jersey.
Expect your child to have mixed emotions when a new baby is on the way--it’s a big life change. Here are some ways you can make the new arrival go more smoothly.
When it comes to potty training, much depends on the individual child. Don't push your child to train before he is ready--it may work against you by creating a frustrating situation. Look for these cues and signs that potty training can begin.
Research shows that infants’ relationships with their parents influence their healthy development. What are some ways you can nurture their natural progress?
It’s a natural part of your child’s development process to be difficult at times. s parents, we have to demonstrate positive ways they can channel that control instead. Here are some tips.
Toddlers don't often know how to share well, but it’s not from a lack of parenting. Young children don't have social skills, like empathy, to share successfully.
Music is enjoyable for babies, but it also provides health benefits as well. Music can help your baby identify language rhythms and learn new words.
Steve Adubato talks with Kaitlin Mulcahy, Associate Director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University, about the importance of educating child care professionals in New Jersey in order to improve childcare as a whole. She also talks about how crucial it is for parents to think about their child’s development even before they are born.
Reading to your child helps develop early literacy skills, and it’s never too early to start. Here are some tips to make reading part of your daily routine.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has issued recommendations for the amount of sleep needed for children to maintain optimal health.
Steve Adubato is joined by several, key New Jersey policy-makers on State of Affairs. Senate President Steve Sweeney; Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver; NJ Department of Human Services Commissioner Chair, Carole Johnson; and Senate Committee Education Chair, Senator Teresa Ruiz offer their thoughts on the role the state should play in caring for New Jersey’s youngest population.
Steve Adubato goes one-on-one with Jennifer Santana, President of Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators and Early Head Start Manager for Center for Family Resources, to discuss the availability and affordability of quality childcare in New Jersey, the importance of continuity of care for infants and the challenges childcare workers face in the state.
In Part 3 of a special three-part series featuring Right From the Start NJ, Steve Adubato, along with leaders in the fields of education, government, and business look at the advocacy efforts on the state and national level to ensure parents have access to affordable and quality childcare and time with their children at the most critical developmental times - from birth to three years old.
In Part 2 of a special three-part series featuring Right From the Start NJ, Steve Adubato, along with leaders in the fields of education, government, and business look at the need for quality child care within New Jersey and the role teachers, caregivers and parents play in their child's development from birth to three years old.
Do you have a child younger than three years old? This video will share ways you can help support your baby’s developing brain.
When babies begin eating solid food, new patterns develop that are key to future nutrition and overall health.
Learning language starts at birth when your baby begins to hear voices and soon understands the spoken word.
Look for a facility that is licensed, and which other parents can recommend. Then ask about their policies for discipline, feeding, and toilet training.
Cutting-edge policy ideas on how to improve early childhood education and close persistent educational achievement gaps in New Jersey were discussed at the Cradle To Kindergarten book signing and roundtable discussion on January 29, 2018.
Matthew Melmed, Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE sits down with Steve Adubato on Caucus: New Jersey to explain why birth to three is a critical time for a child’s brain development, especially the first two years. Melmed also shares the importance of relationships between a child and parent/caregiver.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued updated guidelines on sleep environments for babies to reduce cases of SIDS and promote safety and well-being.
The Right From the Start NJ Campaign was recently featured on Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato. Birth to three years old is a critical time during brain development. This panel examines what exactly happens to a child’s brain during this time, what quality early education looks like, and reviews the rate of disparity of child care costs and the need for increased financial support from the state.
How can we promote the social and emotional wellness of babies and toddlers? Even our very first experiences as babies and toddlers can have a lifelong impact on our social and emotional health. How the adults in our lives treat us and care for us demonstrates how we are valued, and provides the backbone of our self esteem.
What do the experts say about screen time for young children? The American Academy of Pediatrics has new guidelines that may surprise you. For children under 18 months old, they recommend no screen time at all. For children between 18 months and two years, limited and supervised time in front of devices for less than
The Family Medical & Leave Act currently allows parents up to 12 weeks leave from their jobs in cases such as pregnancy.