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Finding the  Balance:
5 Ways Technology May Adversely Alter Child Development
Rae Pica with Cris Rowan, OT, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT, Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D. and Fran Simon

 

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The ubiquity, application and use of technology in early childhood continue to expand. How is technology impacting child development? How much is too much? Who is best suited to define the proper balance for children? Our guests offer research, expert assessment and advice.

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Getting it Right:
Should You Have a Bachelors Degree to Work With Young Children? Maybe, Maybe Not
Rae Pica with  Dr. Valora Washington, Marcy Whitebook, Ph.D., & Sarah Garland

 

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Most would agree that educating young children requires some specialized knowledge. Today we ask, is a child development credential enough or should a bachelors degree be required for all those who work with educating young children?

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Appropriate Practice:
Should You Be Assigning Homework in Preschool?
Rae Pica with  Etta Kralovec, Dr. Ann Barbour, Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed.

pic There is quite a bit of confusion about homework in preschool. Many believe in the value of homework at the preschool level, others are sure homework in preschool is a misguided idea. Today we try to shed some light and get some clarity on whether homework in preschool is developmentally appropriate or beneficial.
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Raising the Bar:
Ratings Scales for Child Care and  Family Care Programs. Good, Bad or Just Ugly?
Rae Pica with Thelma Harms, Marilyn Corliss, Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed.

pic There is a drive underway to rate child care centers and family care providers. The aim is to provide parents with objective tools to identify the best providers and avoid substandard providers. But some argue that a ratings programs will increase costs on lower-end providers and eventually drive them out of business. Shouldn't that be the point? Well, apparently the issue is not quite that simple.
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Raising the Bar:
Moving Toward Child Development  Requirements for Teachers
Rae Pica with Dr. James G. Cibulka, Dr. James Comer & Laura Bornfreund 

pic Traditionally, the preparation of teachers who want to work with children birth to age 5 has focused on the development of young children. But elementary teacher prep has focused on teaching methods and content areas instead. But this maybe changing soon.
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