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Frequently when attending a baby shower, I will include a gift to the parents.  It is a book written by Rosemary Wells titled Read To Your Bunny. Why give such a gift to parents?  The answer is based on numerous research projects that indicate the single most effective...
As the Chapter Child Care Contact for the Oklahoma Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, I recently participated in a meeting in Chicago along with Dr. Marny Dunlap and representatives from 20 chapters from across the nation to be part of the Building Bridges Among Health & Early Childhood...
  We know that what we say to children affects their self-esteem.  Certainly all of us want our children to know that we love them and accept them for who they are.  But can we go overboard?  Or, is there a problem with praising children too much?  Alfie Kohn, a well-known...
Oklahoma is a leader in recognizing the value of education for child care professionals. Education is a key indicator of quality child care in our state. The early childhood years are important in children’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.   ...
The stockings that were hung by the chimney with care have all been tucked away for another year.  The decorated trees, glistening lights, and mountains of sweets that greeted us during the season are all gone.  We are left with a bare corner where the tree stood, a few stubby candles,...
Our children deserve quality, well-coordinated health care. This is a critical step in providing equal opportunity for a healthy and successful future. Medical experts and child advocates across the country agree that connecting children to a medical home lays the foundation for care that is...
Most parents know their child needs plenty of quality sleep but find it hard to accomplish. It seems our culture today puts little value in the importance of sleep in a healthy life. But more and more research shows that sleep does matter, especially for our children.  In Nurture Shock: New...
  “You are your child’s first and most important teacher.” This is something we in early childhood education say over and over – because it’s true. And as a parent, I’m sure you’ve realized how your child, from the earliest age, looks at you for guidance, reassurance, and fun. As a fellow...
By Amber England, Director, Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition Schools have long been viewed as the heart and soul of communities across Oklahoma, serving as gathering places for little league practices, cheerleader tryouts, Boy Scout and Girl Scout meetings and civic get-togethers. They've supplied...
There are three child product recalls you should know about. You can click on the source story below the title and see more pictures.    Trend Lab Recalls Children's Upholstered Chairs Due to Laceration and Choking Hazards http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13010.html  ...
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