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Early childhood

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November Focus: Early Childhood Development and Learning

Because healthy development in the early years pays off throughout one’s life, WestEd strives to ensure families and early childhood professionals have the skills and resources necessary to give young children a safe, healthy, emotionally secure, and intellectually rich start.

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Toddler and teacher

Sharing Deep Understanding of Child Development to Support Better Outcomes

Group learning. Individual and group support. A deep dive into child development. One program offers child care practitioners these benefits and more to improve practice and outcomes for children.

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First Graders

Scaffolding Young Children’s Story Writing

Words of advice before trying the Teaching Learning Cycle to support children’s engagement with complex stories and their story writing: planning is key, start with one new strategy, and have fun.

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Top Summer Reads

July Focus: Summer Reads Guaranteed to Inform and Inspire

Check out these resources to learn about supporting English learner students, implementing restorative-justice practices, and more.

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Trauma informed learning environments

Five Tips for Creating Trauma-Informed Learning Environments

Trauma can decrease students’ ability to pay attention, regulate emotion and behavior, or develop positive relationships with adults and peers. Learn five important steps to making schools supportive and safe zones for learning.

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For Many Struggling in the Opioid Crisis, School & Early Childcare Programs Provide Safe Spaces: Q&A with WestEd’s Sarah Nadiv

Support for childcare providers and educators ensures that they, in turn, are able to help children who exhibit the effects of trauma.

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Reconsidering the role of play in early childhood

The Role of Play in Early Childhood: Towards Social Justice and Equity

Highlighting powerful and provocative studies from around the world, a new book, co-edited by WestEd’s Julie Nicholson, illuminates social justice and equity issues related to play.

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BABES

Behavioral Assessment of Baby’s Emotional & Social Style Toolkit

This new resource assists early childhood professionals to identify and to help families address areas in which their infants and toddlers may be exhibiting challenging behavior. Learn more and purchase your copy.

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Navajo Radio

How Navajo Families Are Developing Children's Math Skills at Home

Learn about the Early Mathematics Training Network's hands-on workshop with the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona.

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Toddler

Learning from the Field: Trauma-Informed Practices Q&A (Part Two)

How can educators and early care providers best attend to children affected by trauma? In part two of our Q&A, WestEd’s Natalie Walrond shares more key takeaways from experts.

Early childhoodFamily engagementHealth & safetyTrauma-Informed Practice (TIP)