Articles from Child Care Magazines

Administration and Management

Organizational and business management for quality programming and services

12 Reasons People Love to Work for You
by Roger Neugebauer, Exchange, November/December 2015

Continuity of Care: Putting Children First
by Heather Carter, Texas Child Care Quarterly, Spring 2020

Guidelines for Fine Tuning Your Salary Schedule
by Roger Neugebauer, Child Care Information Exchange, May 1994

Is Your Salary Schedule Up to Speed?
by Roger Neugebauer, Child Care Information Exchange, March 1994

The Teacher-Floater: Let’s Define Best Practices
by Elizabeth Morgan Russell, Texas Child Care, Summer 2016

Transformational Coaching: Move Beyond Goals and Action Plans to Foster Continuous Quality Improvement
by Constant Hine and Robin Levy, Exchange, November/December 2019 

Child Development

Child growth and development, valuing each child as an individual with unique biology, interests, needs, potential, and relationships

Caring Relationships: The Heart of Early Brain Development
by J. Ronald Lally and Peter Mangione, Young Children, May 2017

The Challenge of Boys in Early Childhood Education
by Francis Wardle, Community Playthings, August 9, 2016

Class Meetings: A Place for Social-Emotional Growth
by Victoria Tucker, Texas Child Care Quarterly, Winter 2019

Embracing Rough and Tumble Play
by Mike Huber, Community Playthings, September 20, 2016

Fostering Critical Thinking in Young Children
by Hannah Mills Mechler, Texas Child Care Quarterly, Fall 2016

Granting Children Their Emotions
by Ilse Elisabeth Plattner, Child Care Information Exchange, July/August 2003

Imagine That… The Power of Pretend Play in Executive Function Development 
by Rachel Robertson, Exchange, May/June 2018

Mom's Beef Stew: Five Ingredients of Intelligence
by John Medina, Exchange, January/February 2018

When Young Children Explore Anatomy: Dilemma or Development?
by Karen Petty, Texas Child Care, Winter 2001    

Diversity

The unique nature of every individual and family including, but not limited to, culture, national origin, language, family structure, disability, religious beliefs, economic status, and child-rearing practices

12 Great Quotes on Culturally Responsive Teaching
The Inclusion Lab, Brookes Publishing, April 6, 2021

Addressing the African American Achievement Gap: Three Leading Educators Issue a Call to Action
by Barbara T. Bowman, James P. Comer, and David J. Johns, Young Children, May 2018

Black Boys Matter: Cultivating Their Identity, Agency, and Voice
by Brian L. Wright, Teaching Young Children, February/March 2019

Black Boys Matter: Strategies for a Culturally Responsive Classroom
by Brian L. Wright, Teaching Young Children, April/May 2019

Courtesy of the Heart
by J. Ronald Lally, WestEd, The Program for Infant/Toddler Care

Helping Latino Families Transition to Child Care
by John Garcia and Shann Hwa Hwang, Texas Child Care, Summer 2015

Holidays and Anti-Bias Education: Being Thoughtful and Creative
by Julie Bisson and Louise Derman-Sparks, Exchange, September/October 2016

A Meditation on Peacemaking
by Elizabeth Jones, Exchange, November/December 2017

Our Children, Our Workforce: Why We Must Talk About Race and Racism in Early Childhood Education
by Kelly Matthews and Ijumaa Jordan, Exchange. September/October 2019

Re-examining Our Views of Black Boys
by Iheoma U. Iruka, Exchange, March/April 2017

Tate and the Pink Coat: Exploring Gender and Enacting Anti-Bias Principles
by Janice Kroeger, Abigail E. Recker, and Alexandra C. Gunn, Young Children, March 2019

Understanding Anti-Bias Education: Bringing the Four Core Goals to Every Facet of Your Curriculum
by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards, Young Children, November 2019

Welcoming Dual Language Learners
Teaching Young Children, August/September 2016

We’re All the Same—and Different: Learning about Similarities and Differences in People
Texas Child Care Quarterly, Summer 2019

What Parents Have to Teach Us About Their Dual Language Children
by Sara Michael-Luna, Young Children, November 2015

The Word Gap: The Early Years Make the Difference
by ​Laura J. Colker, Teaching Young Children, February/March 2014

Family and Community Relationships

Partnerships and collaboration between families and agencies/organizations to meet child and family needs

10X: Using Technology to Engage Families
by ​Ana Blagojevic, Teaching Young Children, August/September 2016

A Kiss, a Hug, and a Reassuring Goodbye: Transitions
by Louise Parks, Texas Child Care Quarterly, Winter 2019

Digital Age Family Engagement: The Role of Media Mentors
by Chip Donohue, Exchange, March/April 2017

Helping Military Children Make Better Adjustments: A Working Partnership between Parents and Teachers
by Shann Hwa Hwang and Lena Jackson-Lynch, Texas Child Care, Spring 2015

Partnering with Families to Support Children’s Early Science Learning
by Cindy Hoisington, Exchange, July/August 2018

When the Bough Breaks: The Effects of Homelessness on Young Children
by Marci McCoy-Roth and others, Child Trends: Early Childhood Highlights, February 2012

Family Systems and Dynamics

Complex and diverse family relationships, dynamics, and systems

10 Tips to Crash-Proof Families in Cash-Strapped Times
by Roslyn Duffy, Child Care Information Exchange, January/February 2009

Father-Child Interactions: Effects of Financial Stress and Couple Conflict
by Shann Hwa Hwang and others, Texas Child Care, Spring 2014

Fathers in Picture Books: Role Models Matter
Texas Child Care Quarterly, Spring 2019

On Second Thought.… Why Some Families Don’t Seem Involved
by Kimberlee Spencer, Texas Child Care, Summer 2014

Today’s Families: Who Are We and Why Does It Matter?
by Lisa King and Kirsten Haugen, Exchange, January/February 2013

Guidance and Nurturing

Supportive strategies for encouraging social/emotional development and addressing challenging behaviors; the influence of temperament and emotional regulation capacity on children’s behavior

Achieving True Inclusion
by Erika Smith, Exchange, January/February 2021

All Feelings Are Welcome: Supporting Children's Resiliency in Stressful Times
Exchange, May/June 2016

Back to Basics: Child Guidance: Getting Inside the Child’s World
Texas Child Care, Fall 2015

Back to Basics: Child Guidance: School-Agers
Texas Child Care, Summer 2015

Culturally Appropriate Positive Guidance with Young Children
by Zeynep Isik-Ercan, Young Children, March 2017

Culturally Responsive Strategies to Support Young Children with Challenging Behavior
by Charis Lauren Price and Elizabeth A. Steed, Young Children, November 2016

Eight Questions All Teachers Ask about Guidance
by Louise Parks, Texas Child Care, Spring 2016

Focusing on Families: A Two-Generation Model for Reducing Parents’ Stress and Boosting Preschoolers’ Self-Regulation and Attention
by Eric Pakulak and others, Young Children, May 2017

Guiding Toddlers - Questions and Answers about Autonomy and Self-Control
Texas Child Care, Summer 2009

Helping Children Deal with Stress: Relaxation Techniques That Work for Everyone
by Louise Parks, Texas Child Care Quarterly, Summer 2020

Using High-Quality Behavior Guidance Policies to Support Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Learning Environments and Interrupt Implicit Bias: Practice
by Sarah Garrity and Sascha Longstreth, Exchange, March/April 2020

Using High-Quality Behavior Guidance Policies to Support Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Learning Environments and Interrupt Implicit Bias: Research
by Sarah Garrity and Sascha Longstreth, Exchange, March/April 2020  

Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Supports that promote children’s health, safety, nutrition, physical activity, and adaptations for special needs in partnership with families

Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body
InBrief, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

Free Lunch: Managing Special Diets for Children with Food Allergies and Sensitivities
by Heather Pond Lacey, Texas Child Care, Summer 2016

Making More Room for Physical Activity in Home-Based Child Care
by Nanci Weinberger, Texas Child Care, Fall 2013

Outdoor Play: Supervision Promotes Safety and Health
by Elizabeth Morgan Russell, Texas Child Care, Spring 2016

Talking with Children about Germs
by Louise Parks, Texas Child Care Quarterly, Spring 2020

When Teaching the Whole Child, Remember Physical Fitness
by Rae Pica, Exchange, July/August 2018

Learning Experiences, Strategies, and Curriculum

Learning environments, experiences, and adaptive strategies that support families and meet each child’s needs, capabilities, and interests

20 Ways to Encourage Children's Resourcefulness and Creativity
by Karen Stephens, Child Care Information Exchange, May/June 2007

Always Busy: Little Learnings for Idle Moments
Texas Child Care, Fall 2014

The Best Toys – and Teaching Materials – Are (Almost) Free
Texas Child Care, Summer 2008 

Building Numeracy: Understanding Numbers and How They Work
by Louise Parks, Texas Child Care Quarterly, Spring 2020

The Case of Brain Science and Guided Play: A Developing Story
by Brenna Hassinger-Das and others, Young Children, May 2017

Creating a Caring Community of Learners
Texas Child Care, Fall 2016

Creating Coding Stories and Games
by Deanna Pecaski McLennan, Teaching Young Children, February/March 2017

DAP with Apps and Other Tech Tools: Making Choices That Make Sense for Preschool
by Jennifer Garrette Lisy, Kathleen A. Paciga, and Mary Quest, Teaching Young Children, April/May 2020

Developmentally Appropriate STEM: It's STREAM! (Science, Technology, Relationships, Engineering, Arts, and Math)
by Dan Gartrell, Exchange, May/June 2016

The Gift of Fiction: Using Technology to Support Empathy 
by Alex Cruickshank, Sam Hall, and Ellen Hall, Exchange, July/August 2017

Imaginative Play During Childhood: Required for Reaching Full Potential
by Karen Stephens, Exchange, March/April 2009

Learning Centers: Best Use of Space in Preschool Classrooms
Texas Child Care Quarterly, Summer 2020

Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children
by Lisa Daly & Miriam Beloglovsky, Community Playthings, June 2, 2015

Loose Parts 2: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers
by Lisa Daly & Miriam Beloglovsky, Community Playthings, October 31, 2017

The Project Approach and STEM: A Powerful Combination
by Sylvia Chard, Community Playthings, February 23, 2016

The Soundscape of Early Childhood
by Carol Garboden Murray, Exchange, September/October 2018

Supporting Play - and Learning - Throughout Early Childhood
by Louise Parks, Texas Child Care Quarterly, Summer 2020

Teaching Children to Create a Better World 
by Rachel Robertson, Exchange, January/February 2018

What All Children Need
by Jim Greenman

Observation, Screening, and Assessment

Appropriate tools and methods for understanding child interactions, knowledge, and skills, as a means to support the child’s development and make appropriate referrals for further evaluation

Comprehensive Early Childhood Screening and Assessment Systems: Thinking Outside the Box
by Gaye Tylka and Mary Louise Peters, WASCD Highlighter, Fall 2015

Identifying Young Children with Disabilities
by Francis Wardle, Exchange, November/December 2018

Loving’s Not Enough: Planning for Meaningful Learning and Authentic Assessment
Texas Child Care, Fall 2011

The Process of Documentation: Supporting a Strong Image of Children, Families, Educators and the Community
by Alison Maher, Exchange, January/February 2020

Seeing Children’s Lively Minds at Work
by Deb Curtis, Child Care Information Exchange, March/April 2009

So Much More than “Nothing”: Translating Play-Based Learning for Our Families
by Holly Delgado, Exchange, January/February 2020

Planning, Reflection, and Evaluation

Examining one’s own thoughts, attitudes, feelings, actions, strengths, and challenges, and applying increased knowledge, skills, and dispositions when providing high-quality programs and services

Applications of Positive Psychology Toward Leadership in Early Childhood Education
by Brooke Skidmore, Exchange, January/February 2020

Building Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: The Role of the Leader
by Louise Derman-Sparks, Debbie LeeKeenan, and John Nimmo, Young Children, May 2015

Getting and Keeping Your Groove: Building Resilience in Adults
by Rachel Robertson and Helen Zarba, Exchange, September/October 2014

Modeling Mindfulness by Practicing Presence 
by Lisa J. Lucas, Exchange, March/April 2018

Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions in Teacher-Family Relationships
by Maryam Daha, Exchange, March/April 2016

Strategies for Preventing Teacher Burnout in Early Education
by Ellen M. Drolette, Exchange, March/April 2020

Ten Topics ECE Teachers Can and Should Study Today
by Leslie Coleman, Exchange, November/December 2019

Think Before You (Inter)act: What It Means to Be an Intentional Teacher
by Ann S. Epstein, Child Care Information Exchange, January/February 2009

Tools for the Strategic Leader: Reflection, Reframing, and Systems Thinking
by Billie Young, Exchange, September/October 2016

The Value of Having a Thicker Skin in a (Sometimes) Thin-skinned Profession
by Sean Durham and Holly Elissa Bruno, Exchange, September/October 2016

Wonder: Where is the Beauty?
by Tina Reeble, Exchange, March/April 2019

Professionalism

Working with children and families in a professional, reflective manner; participating as a collaborative partner with other professionals; utilizing strategies to evaluate program outcomes

Building Our Capacity for Curiosity, Compassion and Courage
by Jamie Bonczyk and Hannah Riddle de Rojas, Exchange, January/February 2019

Calling All Leaders: Guiding Professional Relationships through National Expectations
by Bridget A. Walsh, Hyun-Joo Jeon, and Jencie Davies, Texas Child Care, Winter 2014

Creating a Personalized Learning Network for Professional Development and Growth
by Sharon Thompson Hirschy, Exchange, May/June 2016

Looking at the Quality of Early Childhood Programs – What Does It Feel Like to Be a Child in This Environment?
by Lilian G. Katz, Exchange, March/April 1992

Networking and Learning in a Virtual World
by Stacy Benge, Exchange, January/February 2020

Special Needs, Disabilities, and Inclusive Practices

Values, policies, and practices that support the right of every child and family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society

12 Key Practices for High-Quality Early Childhood Inclusion
The Inclusion Lab, Brookes Publishing, February 20, 2018

Back to Basics: Inclusive Classrooms
Texas Child Care, Winter 2015

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms
by Katie Statman-Weil, Young Children, May 2015

The Five Most Important Concepts in Special Education: IDEA Basics for the Child Care Center
by Amanda Schwartz, Exchange, July/August 2019

It Is Not Just About the Kids: Systematic Approaches for Engaging Families of Children with Disabilities
by Amanda Schwartz, Exchange, September/October 2019

The Key to Successful Inclusion in Child Care: Collaboration with Special Education and Related Services Staff
by Amanda Schwartz, Exchange, November/December 2019

Trauma-Informed Teaching and Design Strategies
by Ileen Schwartz-Henderson, Exchange, September/October 2016