September 2019

  • Parents in California who are choosing nannies or babysitters to care for their children can call TrustLine to see if they have cleared a criminal background check. Visit their website to learn more.
  • The California Department of Education, KQED, and the California School Library Association formed a partnership to provide instructional resources on media literacy for all teachers in California. Learn more here.
  • Laura McKenna explores why parents of children with special needs search for resources online to support their child, and why it is important to complete thorough research in her article posted by KQED Mind/Shift.
  • When a child comes home feeling frustrated or upset, adults can guide them in managing their emotions, finding solutions, and feeling hopeful. Read more here.
  • The Child Mind Institute suggests ideas for how to make the morning routine for families less stressful in this article posted by PBS.
  • A series of studies was conducted to evaluate how racism can influence the health of children. They discovered that racism can impact both the physical and mental health of children. To read more, click here.
  • In her article for NPR, Susie Neilson writes about how parents can support children in achieving a healthy weight without causing them to feel ashamed.
  • Emily Kaplan shares her interview with Erika Christakis, the author of The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups, on the Edutopia website.

August 2019

  • The Orange County Department of Education offers advice for how to speak with children about national tragedies and help them cope with trauma in this article. You can find additional information in our blog.
  • Use this printable checklist from PBS to help your child feel prepared for school.
  • Common Sense Media offers a list of technology resources designed to help teachers plan, track learning, communicate with parents, and more.
  • Eric Rasmussen, Ph.D., shares ideas with parents for how to help children balance the use of technology with their other activities. Visit the PBS for Parents website to read more.
  • Pronouncing a child’s name correctly helps them feel welcome, valued, and included. Gail Cornwall of KQED Mind/Shift offers these tips to educators for pronouncing and remembering students’ names correctly.
  • In an effort to outreach to vulnerable students, California now requires that student identification cards for grades seven and higher have the phone numbers for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line printed on the back of their cards. Click here to learn more.
  • A new maternal health care app called “Mahmee” has been developed to help support mothers with infant babies. The app offers information and support for post-partum depression and other complications that can occur as a result of child birth by connecting them to resources. To learn more, click here.
  • Child Trends has created a short video of tips for encouraging children to try new foods. View the video in English or Spanish here.
  • Follow the progress of proposed legislation that would affect early education and families on the EdSource website.
  • This KQED Mind/Shift article explores myths and facts about sleep training, and concludes that deciding whether or not to train an infant to follow a sleep routine is a decision parents can make based upon what is best for their family. Read more about the research here.
  • Teachers and parents can help high school students expand their understanding of math by reading books about mathematicians and math concepts. Click here to read more.
  • Discover ways to introduce your child to understanding and using informational text, such as nutrition labels and world maps, by reading this article from PBS.
  • Lisa Damour writes about how dogs and other pets can ease the stress of teenagers in her article for the New York Times.
  • Marissa King of Edutopia shares six books teachers can read for professional development this summer.
  • Learn about how expressing gratitude can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health.
  • Discover six tips for keeping your child safe online from the Orange County Department of Education.

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