ATTENTION ALL PRESCHOOL and CHILDCARE PROVIDERS,
If you don't know NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children), check it out. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.
That means in plain terms that they have a lot of resources for you. There are free professional development guides, online articles to read (there's currently a great article on real-life writing in the classroom -- did you know that there are developmental stages of writing?), information about accreditation of programs and support for continuing education for teachers, and much, much more. Most of all, it gives preschool educators a place to practice their professionalism and share their knowledge while continually learning themselves.
This year I am privileged to be traveling to Washington DC (next week) for their annual conference, representing my company, TLA, Inc, by presenting on Engaging Families in Their Child's Emergent Literacy with a Goal of School Readiness (2:00-3:30PM on Thursday, Nov 20). My new books for preschool/K teachers and for parents of preschool children is being released soon and I'm hoping to be able to share them at this conference (if I find a vendor and we can get the books to them in time. My publisher is working on that but if you are a bookseller exhibiting at NAEYC's conference, give me a shout out!) Regardless, if you are attending NAEYC, join me!
Maybe you can't make the trip to Washington?
Here are a few great websites to help you on your way as an early childhood educator:
Educationworld.com's Early Childhood Web Resources
PBS Raising Readers
Which resources do you have to grow your professional approach to teaching preschool children? I'd love to hear about them and I'm sure others would too!