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The Science of Motivation and Its Implications

What’s the best way to motivate children? The motivation to learn about the world around us begins in infancy. This motivation can either be encouraged or suppressed by the experiences adults provide for children. Psychological research points to a set of promising approaches that parents and practitioners can use to promote positive motivation and learning during development.

The Center on the Developing Child offers several resources on the science of motivation that parents, schools, and policy makers will find both interesting and useful. You may want to start with Five Facts About Motivation That Are Often Misunderstood, then move on to How to Motivate Children: Science-Based Approaches for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers. There’s even an interactive graphic that will show you the brain regions involved in motivation and how they work together.

Access these (and additional) resources here.

Supporting Your Child’s Literacy Development | Tutorial

The National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL) has developed an online tutorial for families who want to learn more about supporting their child’s literacy development at home. The tutorial provides evidence-based strategies, tips, and activities to help children develop literacy skills from preschool through adolescence, all in an interactive online experience that includes short video clips illustrating the suggestions given, so that parents can see how strategies look and sound in action. There’s also a transcript of the module, and an audio recording in MP4 format.

Want to know more? Connect with the module and its materials here.

Comprehensive Center Network Website and Information Portal

(2018, July) | Useful to: All education stakeholders searching for information about activities and publications of the Comprehensive Center network. Newly launched! The Department of Education has launched a new website for the Comprehensive Center Network (CC Network). The site compiles more than 700 resources developed by 23 regional and content-focused centers, and more than […]

Measuring What Matters | Medición de lo importante

(2018, July) | Useful to Parent Centers and early childhood programs tracking family progress toward expected outcomes. Using data to track family and program progress is an essential part of strengthening parent, family, and community engagement (PFCE). Tthis three-part webinar series from the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) describes how programs […]

Child Outcomes Summary Process Module | Collecting and Using Data to Improve Programs

Useful to Parent Centers in learning about or informing families about the Child Outcomes Summary process used by early intervention and early childhood special education staff. This online learning module from ECTA Center and DaSy provides key information about the child outcomes summary (COS) process and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. […]

Parent Participation in Early Intervention

Updated, December 2017 Families, most particularly parents, are vital participants in early intervention. Your contributions are invaluable: at the individual level where you are intimately involved in determining the services that your own child will receive; and at an organizational level determining policies and scope for EI programs. The resources below have been identified because […]

Supporting Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma | Webinar 1

(2017, September 14) | Useful to Parent Centers, professionals, and families in understanding and responding to childhood trauma. A national survey of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) indicate that nearly half of all children in the United States have experienced one or more serious traumatic events by the time they are 18 (National Survey of Children’s […]

Transition to Preschool

Current as of October 2017 Kids grow fast, don’t they? And early intervention is designed for children from birth up to age three. At that point, services under EI end. If the child will need continued support once he or she moves on to preschool, it’s very important to plan ahead so that the transition […]

Not Just Soft Skills: How Young Children’s Learning and Health Benefit from Strong Social-Emotional Development

(2017, May) | Useful to: Parents and caregivers seeking to better understand and manage their children’s behavior, and foster a loving and responsive relationship with them. Available in English and Spanish.   The Too Small to Fall Initiative has released a white paper, Not Just “Soft Skills”: How Young Children’s Learning & Health Benefit from Strong Social-Emotional […]

Resources Especially for Child Care Providers and Preschools

Resources updated, June 2017 It’s a wonderful thing, to care for children, help them grow and change and learn, and keep them safe on their way. For those of you who help families and children every day by providing child care to the young ones or working in preschools, the rest of us say a profound […]

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