Preschool Program Materials (GAINS and CIRCLE grants)

SESA had the CIRCLE Program Grant for a time, then the GAINS program grant, which ended May 2016. The library materials related to these grants are still are still in the SESA Library, and are available for loan.

These materials are listed in alphabetical order by title.

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Addressing challenging behaviors in early childhood settings : a teacher's guide Dawn M. Denno, Victoria Carr and Susan Hart Bell.
Paul H. Brookes Pub., 2010.
Description: To prevent and resolve common behavior problems in young children, early childhood teachers need a full understanding of what's behind the behaviors and strategies that really work. This complete professional development package gives pre- and in-service educators the practical help they've been waiting for. Taking a "big picture" approach to this critical topic, this book-and-CD set illuminates the diverse influences on challenging behavior--including temperament, preferences, home life, and peer relationships--and arms teachers with the tools they need to create powerful solutions.


Anti-bias education for young children and ourselves Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards.
National Association for the Education of Young Children, c2010.
Description: Provides practical guidance to confront and eliminate barriers of prejudice, misinformation and bias about specific aspects of personal and social identity thus helping staff and children respect each other, themselves and all people.


Art : basic for young children Lila Lasky and Rose Mukerji.
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2008, c1980.
Contents: Preface -- 1. Young children need art -- 2. Graphic activity of young children: development and creativity / Joseph H. Di Leo, MD -- 3. Fostering creativity -- 4. The art program -- 5. Creative art enhances learning -- 6. Reaching out to other expressive arts -- Appendices -- Index.


Basics of developmentally appropriate practice : an introduction for teachers of children 3 to 6 Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp.
National Association for the Education of Young Children, c2006.



Building bridges between families & teachers [videorecording (DVD)].
Harvest Resources, c2003.
Description: Discusses creating partnerships with families of the child care center's children by making classrooms inviting for families and offering ways to connect beyond the usual meetings.


Building structures with young children : [kit (DVD)] Ingrid Chalufour and Karen Worth.
Redleaf Press, c2003
Description: This video guides children's explorations to help deepen their understanding of the physical science present in buiding block structures. It is a visual training companion to both the curriculum and the trainer's guide. This full color video contains real life vignettes of the complete curriculum in action in the classroom and is perfect for staff training and development. The trainers guide and activities books were published in 2004, by the Education Development Center, Inc.


By the ages : behavior & development of children pre-birth through eight K. Eileen Allen, Lynn R. Marotz.
Delmar Thomson Learning, c2000.
Contents: Preface -- Introduction -- Acknowledgments -- About the authors -- 1. Principal concepts in child development -- 2. Growth and development -- 3. Prenatal development -- 4. The infant -- 5. The toddler -- 6. The preschooler -- 7. The primary school child -- 8. When to seek help -- 9. Where to seek help -- Appendix 1. Summary of reflexes -- Appendix 2. Developmental checklists -- Appendix 3. Child health history -- 4. Assessment instruments -- 5. Annotated bibliography and references -- Index.


Caring spaces, learning places : children's environments that work Jim Greenman.
Exchange Press, c2005
Contents: Foreword / by Lella Gandini -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Part 1. 1. Why do I feel this way? -- 2. The lives of children -- 3. Programs for children (and families) -- 4. Some characteristics of space -- 5. Dimensions of children's setting. Part 2. 6. Infants and toddlers in groups -- 7. The building and site -- 8. Interiors: walls, windows, doors and lighting -- 9. Caring -- 10. Storage and display -- 11. Room arrangement -- 12. Indoor learning environments -- 13. Outdoor learning environments -- 14. Making places/changing spaces -- References -- Resources


Children of 2020 : creating a better tomorrow Valora Washington and JD Andrews, editors..
Council for Professional Recognition : National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2010.
Description: ... explores the potential and opportunities over the next ten years and invites readers to advance the early care and education field through “smart improvisation.” National leaders present up-to-date analyses of progress and challenges in 22 topic areas.


The coach's guide to the creative curriculum for preschool : a step-by-step resource for individualizing professional development Cate Heroman ... [et al.].
Teaching Strategies, c2008.
Contents: Part 1: The practice of coaching. Foreword -- Introduction -- Getting started -- 1. The coach's role -- 2.The coaching process -- 3. Individualizing coaching -- Part 2: Coaching teacher-child interactions. Getting started -- 4. Building relationships -- 5. Guiding behavior -- 6. Guiding learning -- Part 3. Coaching teachers as they manage the day. Getting started -- 7. Routines and transitions -- 8. Large-group time -- 9. Small-group time -- 10. Choice time -- Part 4. Coaching teachers about what children learn. Getting started -- 11. Literacy -- 12. Mathematics -- 13. Science and social studies -- 14. The arts -- 15. Technology -- Part 5. Coaching teachers to integrate content through studies. 16. Studies -- Part 6. Coaching teachers about assessment. 17. Assessment. -- Part 7. Coaching teachers to partner with families. 18. Families -- Part 8. Coaching teachers for improvement on CLASS dimensions in The Creative Curriculum classroom. 19. CLASS dimentions -- Appendix. Planning for professional development -- Helping teachers at the beginning of the year -- The overall physical environment -- Setting up a classroom for 20 preschool children -- Getting to know our room : week 1 -- Getting to know our room : week 2 -- Discussion starters -- Observation feedback form.


The creative curriculum for preschool [kit] : developmental continuum assessment toolkit for ages 3-5 Diane Trister Dodge, Laura J. Colker, Cate Heroman.
Teaching Strategies, c2001.
Description: Integrated assessment system to help preschool teachers tailor the curriculum to the expected developmental stage of the students.


The creative curriculum for preschool Diane Trister Dodge, Laura J. Colker, Cate Heroman. 4th ed.
Teaching Strategies, c2002.
Contents: How children develop and learn -- The learning environment -- What children learn -- The teacher's role -- The family's role -- Blocks --- Dramatic play -- Toys and games -- Art -- Library -- Discovery -- Sand and water -- Music and movement -- Cooking -- computers -- Outdoors -- Appendix.


The creative curriculum for preschool in action [videorecording (DVD)] content advisors Diane Trister Dodge, Toni Bickart, and Cate Heroman ; written and directed by Judy Jablon and Charlotte Stetson ; produced by Shaun Johnsen.
Teaching Strategies, Inc., 2007.
Description: This new DVD provides an in-depth examination of The Creative Curriculumª for Preschool and shows how teachers use The Creative Curriculum to guide their thinking and decision making about teaching and learning. After a brief introduction from Diane Trister Dodge, eight 10- to 20-minute segments delve into the learning environment, a day in the life of The Creative Curriculum preschool classroom, intentional teaching in prekindergarten, planning for literacy, planning for mathematics, integrating learning through studies, using The Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum for Ages 3-5 to observe and assess children's learning, and building partnerships with families. Filmed in a variety of Head Start and child care settings, each segment is ideal for use at parent workshops and for ongoing teacher study groups.---Teaching Strategies Website.


Critical issues in early childhood professional development edited by Martha Zaslow and Ivelisse Martinez-Beck.
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2006.


Curiosity corner : a comprehensive preschool program : a student-achievement solution for preschool : program overview with sample lessons and scope and sequence [produced by: director, Nancy A. Madden ... [et al.] ]
Success for All Foundation, c2008
Contents: Introduction to curiosity corner -- Program components -- Theme schedule -- Program goals and objectives -- Promoting language & literacy -- Cooperative learning -- Sample lesson -- Assessments -- Training & support -- Scope and sequence -- Language focus -- Correlation to National Reading Panel, National Research Council, and Head Start Child Outcomes Framework.


The developing brain : birth to age eight Marilee Sprenger
Corwin Press, c2008.
Description: Synthesizing information from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and child development, The Developing Brain offers brain-compatible teaching practices that are linked to NAEYC principles for working with young children. Best-selling author Marilee Sprenger covers the basic structure, vocabulary, and current research on the brain from an early childhood educator's point of view and provides an abundance of illustrations and descriptions. --from publisher description.


Developmentally appropriate practice [videorecording (DVD)] produced by RISE Learning Solutions in collaboration with NAEYC.
Distributed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, c2006.
Description: The basic concepts of developmentally appropriate practice are not difficult or arcane, but they can be understood wrongly or incompletely--often are! This video introduces the foundational ideas of the early childhood field, and articulates and illustrates the core concepts in simple, memorable ways, including classroom examples and other techniques. The video is versatile enough to be shown as part of any beginner-level discussion of DAP.


Diagnosis and remediation of learning and behavior problems in children using the Burks' behavior rating scales : a handbook Harold F. Burks.
Western Psychological Services, c1985.
Description: A guide for clinicians using the Burks Behavior Rate Scales (BBRS), for clarifying the understanding of symptoms, for investigating possible causal factors, and to created innovative intervention techniques best suited to help children learn accepted behavior patterns.


Diversity in early care and education : honoring differences Janet Gonzalez-Mena. 5th ed.
McGraw-Hill, c2008.


The early childhood coaching handbook Dathan D. Rush and M'Lisa L. Shelden.
Paul H. Brookes, c2011.
Description: "Evidence based and highly effective, coaching helps early childhood practitioners support other professionals and families as they enchance existing knowledge, develop new skills, and promote healthy development of young children. This hands-on guide shows professionals how to conduct skillful coaching in any setting--home, school, or community."--Back cover.


Early learning environments that work Rebecca Isbell and Betty Exelby ; [illustrations, Garry Exelby ; photographs, Mike Talley, Susan Lachmann, and Su Lorencen].
Gryphon House, c2001.
Contents: ch. 1. The power of the environment and its impact on children -- ch. 2. Contemporary childcare spaces -- ch. 3. The teacher's new role : designer -- ch. 4. Principles of meaningful environments -- ch. 5. Aspects of quality environments for children -- ch. 6. Assessing what you have -- ch. 7. Making a plan that works for you -- ch. 8. The designer's toolbox -- ch. 9. Enriching the environment -- ch. 10. Extending your understanding.


Engagement of every child in the preschool classroom R.A. McWilliam and Amy M. Casey.
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2008.
Contents: About the authors -- Introduction -- Section 1. Introduction to engagement -- Section II. Classwide strategies for improving engagement -- Section III. Strategies for improving engagement in individual children -- Section IV. Planning for and monitoring engagement in the classroom -- Section V. Conclusion -- References -- Appendix A. The engagement construct / R.A. McWilliam -- Appendix B. Photocopiable forms -- Index.


Enthusiastic and engaged learners : approaches to learning in the early childhood classroom Marilou Hyson ; foreword by Sue Bredekamp.
National Association for the Education of Young Children, c2008.
Contents: Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Pt. 1. Setting the state for action: four questions to consider. 1. What are positive approaches to learning? -- 2. Why do positive approaches to learning matter? -- 3. How do children develop positive approaches to learning? -- 4. What undermines children's positive approaches to learning? -- Pt. 2. Transforming risks into opportunities: evidence-based tools to support positive approaches to learning. 5. Tools to build closer relationships with all children -- 6. Tools to find and use more effective curriculum -- 7. Tools to teach in ways that promote positive approaches to learning -- 8. Tools to assess children's approaches to learning -- 9. Tools that tap the power of families -- 10. Tools to create change -- Appendix A. Examples of developmental changes in children's approaches to learning -- Appendix B. Action planning form -- References -- Index -- About the author.


From parents to partners : building a family-centered early childhood program Janis Keyser.
NAEYC, 2006.


Getting it RIGHT for young children from diverse backgrounds : applying research to improve practice Linda M. Espinosa.
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2010.
Description: The urgent message of this book is fueled by a convergence of multiple influences: the demographic shifts rippling through rural and urban communities, creating new populations of children and families that require new approaches and strategies the compelling research unveiled during the last two decades that proves scientific evidence of both the need to intervene early and the guidance on how to design effective programs for diverse families and learners; and the ethical obligation to address significant discrepancies in opportunity to learn.


Hand-in-hand [videorecording (DVD)] : supporting children with play problems producers, Linda Freedman, Rae Latham, Christina King.
Educational Productions, c1992, 2009.
This series is designed to increase the awareness that children have play problems and to enhance adults' ability to assist those children.


The health & wellness program : a parenting curriculum for families at risk Alexander J. Tymchuk.
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2006.


Helping troubled children and youth : continuing evidence for the Re-Ed approach Robert P. Cantrell, Mary Lynn Cantrell, editors..
American Re-Education Association, 2007.
Description: This book is the second describing Re-ED's ecological approach for work with children and youth often labeled with emotional disturbance, behavior disorders, or mental illness. Based on educational, psychological, and ecological principles, Re-ED seeks to help children in natural settings by strengthening support systems, reducing system discord, and teaching children to use normal sources of affection, instruction, and discipline. The principles and practices of re-education, developed initially under mental heatlh auspices, proved applicable to public school, social service, and correctional settings with troubled and troubling children in their first two decades of life. Re-ED program costs compare faborably to those of traditional treatment. Studies summarized here present evidence of past and continuing effectiveness of the Re-ED approach.


Help! for teachers of young children : 88 tips to develop children's social skills and create positive teacher-family relationships Gwen Snyder Kaltman.
Corwin Press, 20096
Description: This entertaining and informative resource offers tips on teaching communication and cooperation skills, instilling a positive self-concept in children, and creating effective team relationships with families.


How to handle hard-to-handle preschoolers : a guide for early childhood educators Maryln Appelbaum.
Corwin Press, 2009.
Description: This user-friendly resource provides early childhood educators with a comprehensive overview of the most common kinds of behavioral disorders and learning disabilities in children ages 2 to 5, with guidelines for meeting students' needs within an inclusive environment


The inclusive learning center book : for preschool children with special needs Christy Isbell and Rebecca Isbell ; illustrations by Stacy Larsen and Kathy Dobbs ; photographs by Michael O. Talley.
Gryphon House, c2005.
Description: "A resource book for preschool teachers, containing information for creating an inclusive learning center classroom and adaptable activities for children with varying special needs"--Provided by publisher.


The intentional teacher : choosing the best strategies for young children's learning Ann S. Epstein.
National Association for the Education of Young Children, c2007.
Contents: Introducing intentional teaching -- Best practices for intentional teaching -- Language and literacy -- Mathematics and scientific inquiry -- Social skills and understandings -- Physical movement -- The visual arts -- Reflections on intentional teaching.


The Inuit thought of it : amazing Arctic innovations Alootook Ipellie with David MacDonald.
Annick Press, c2007.
Contents: The Inuit, my people -- Timeline -- Map -- Dog sleds -- Kayak -- Shelter -- Clothing -- Arctic fun -- Hunting -- Food -- Medicine and healing -- Inuit today.
Description: Examines the traditional technology developed by the Inuit, including such well known inventions as the kayak, the dog sled, the parka, and the igloo, as well as lesser known garments, activities, processes, and implements.


Me, you, us : social-emotional learning in preschool Ann S. Epstein ; foreword by Lilian G. Katz.
HighScope Press ; National Association for the Education of Young Children, c2009.
Contents: The Inuit, my people -- Timeline -- Map -- Dog sleds -- Kayak -- Shelter -- Clothing -- Arctic fun -- Hunting -- Food -- Medicine and healing -- Inuit today.
Description: Following introductory chapters on child development and positive adult-child interactiosn, this book covers 13 topics of social-emotional learning and provides strategies teachers can use to promote children's growth in those areas -- from cover.


More than painting : exploring the wonders of art in preschool and kindergarten Sally Moomaw and Brenda Hieronymus.
Redleaf Press ; Distributed by Gryphon House, c1999.
Description: Chapters include how to talk with children about their art, how to recognize the stages in a child's artistic development and how to discuss ideas with peers to provide even more possibilities in art curriculum -- from cover.


One child, two languages : a guide for early childhood educators of children learning English as a second language Patton O. Tabors. 2nd ed.
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2008.


The one-minute temper tantrum solution : strategies for responding to children's challenging behaviors Ronald Mah.
Corwin Press, c2008.
Description: "In clear and understandable language, this resource explains what happens within a child when throwing a tantrum (verbal and/or physical) or exhibiting other disruptive behaviors, and offers teachers specific guidance and directions to meet the challenge. The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution helps teachers assess their beliefs about, and reactions to, children's aggressive behaviors to increase awareness of their own expectations and assumptions."--Publisher description.


Organic crafts : 75 Earth-friendly art activities Kimberly Monaghan.
Chicago Review Press, c2007.
Description: Learn with fun-filled craft activities about reusing, reducing, and recycling. Ages 6-9.


Parent-friendly early learning : tips and strategies for working well with families Julie Powers.
Redleaf, c2005.
Contents: Introduction -- Developing relationships with parents -- Policies that work for families and staff -- Finding common values between home and school -- Child development issues.


Pathways to competence : encouraging healthy social and emotional development in young children by Sarah Landy. 2nd ed.
Paul H. Brookes Pub., c2009.
Contents: Understanding early development and temperament -- Helping children develop body control and a positive body image -- Developing a secure attachment -- Encouraging play and imagination -- Encouraging language and communication -- Laying a foundation for positive self-esteem -- Disciplining to encourage self-regulation, morality, and a sense of conscience -- Encouraging emotion regulation -- Encouraging attention, concentration, planning, and problem-solving -- Encouraging social competence, empathy, and caring behavior.


Picture science : using digital photography to teach young children Carla Neumann-Hinds.
Redleaf Press, c2007.
Contents: Photography for collecting and analyzing data. Use photography to document change over time. Use photography to illustrate cause and effect. Use photography to identify parts of a whole. Use photography to classify. Create effective field trips -- Photography for demonstrating conclusions. Use photo series and data banks to demonstrate conclusions. Use charts to demonstrate conclusions. Use field guides to demonstrate conclusions -- Photography for making the process of inquiry visible. Use photography to promote metacognition. Use photography for group reflection. Use photography for individual reflection -- Photography for creating documentation. Create books. Create presentations. Use photography for assessment.
Description: "[Y]our guide to making digital photography an important part of your early childhood program beyond just documenting class projects."--Cover.


Positive solutions for families the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning.
The Center ; Vanderbilt University, [2008?]
Description: ... evidence-based, user-friendly parent training series of six sessions to help professionals working with parents promote positive and effective parenting behaviors, which will in turn promote children's social and emotional development and address the challenging behavior and mental health needs of children in child care and Head Start programs.


The power of observation Judy R. Jablon, Amy Laura Dombro, Margo L. Dichtelmiller ; foreword by Diane Trister Dodge. 2nd ed.
Teaching Strategies : National Association for the Education of Young Children, c2007.
Contents: Introduction. A personal look at observation. Beyond a set of skills : observing as an attitude of openness. What lies ahead -- Using observation to build relationships. Getting to know each child. Respecting and appreciating children. Connecting with children. Fostering children's competence and success -- You as observer. What you bring to observing. Striving for objectivity -- Guidelines for effective observation. Observe over time. Watch children in varied situations. Keep track of what you observe. Observe in and out of the action -- Becoming a skilled observer. What do I want to find out? When and where should I observe? How do I record what I observe? How do I organize the information I collect? -- Using what you learn. Revisiting the practice of observation. Making your program responsive to children. Responding to individuals and the group -- Getting started : observing every day. Tips for getting started. Reflect on the rewards of observing. Make observing part of your daily routine. Closing thoughts.


Practical strategies for teaching social emotional skills [videorecording (DVD)] produced by Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior in partnership with the Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning ... [et al.].
Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, c2007.
Description: Highlights strategies that teachers and families can use with preschool children to develop social emotional skills, such as making friends, problem solving, asking an adult for help, talking about feelings, and managing emotions.


Practice in building bridges : companion resource to Diversity in early care and education, 5th ed. Intisar Shareef and Janet Gonzalez-Mena.
National Association for the Education of Young Children, c2008.
Contents: About this book -- Introduction to building bridges -- Perceiving and responding to differences -- Communicating across cultures -- Working with diversity issues -- A framework for understanding differences -- Attachment and separation -- Dffering perspectives on learning through play -- Socialization, guidance, and discipline.


Program administrator's guide to early childhood special education : leadership, development, & supervision edited by Janeen McCracken Taylor, James R. McGowan, Toni Linder.
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2009.


Promoting social emotional competence [videorecording (DVD)]. Rev. 5/06.
Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, 2005.
Description: "This film is designed to provide a foundation for understanding the teaching pyramid as a framework for promoting young children's social and emotional development and preventing and addressing challenging behavior."--Container.

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Promoting social emotional competence [videorecording (DVD)] : training modules 3rd ed., Rev. 5/06.
Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, 2006.
Description: Facilitator's guide -- Module 1. Promoting children's success: building relationships and creating supportive environments -- Module 2. Social emotional teaching strategies -- Module 3a. Individualized intensive interventions: determining the meaning of challenging behavior -- Module 3b. Individualized intensive interventions: developing a behavior support plan -- Module 4. Leadership strategies for supporting children's social and emotional development and addressing challenging behavior.


Ramps & pathways : a constructivist approach to physics with young children Rheta DeVries and Christina Sales.
National Association for the Education of Young Children, [2011]
Description: Provides an introduction to constructivist physics with classroom examples illustrating how children construct knowledge. Shows how to promote children's scientific reasoning by engaging them in active experimentation.


Reaching standards and beyond in kindergarten : nurturing children's sense of wonder and joy in learning Gera Jacobs, Kathy Crowley.
Corwin ; NAEYC, c2010.
Description: ...shows teachers how to help young children reach standards in literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts through creative play activities that ignite their enthusiasm to learn. The authors also offer suggestions for promoting healthy physical and social-emotional development. This resource: presents authentic assessments for measuring student progress toward standards ; offers tips for working with English language learners and children with special needs ; discusses how to develop relationships with caregivers and strengthen home-school connections. Includes sample templates, calendars, book lists, and more.


River of life Debbie S. Miller ; illustrated by Jon Van Zyle.
Clarion Books, c2000.
Description: Describes a river in Alaska and the life that it supports, emphasizing how the living things around it are connected and dependent upon it for their survival..


Sandbox scientist : real science activities for little kids Michael E. Ross ; illustrated by Mary Anne Lloyd.
Chicago Review Press, c1995.
Description: A guide for adults in setting up activities for children ages two to eight to discover scientific facts about water, matter, air, light, etc., using familiar materials.


School readiness and social-emotional development : perspectives on cultural diversity Barbara Bowman and Evelyn K. Moore, editors.
National Black Child Development Institute, 2006.
Contents: NBCDI Social-Emotional Development Project / Evelyn K. Moore -- School readiness and social-emotional development / Barbara Bowman -- Teacher-child relationships, social-emotional development, and school achievement / Aisha Ray, Barbara Bowman, and Jeanine O'Nan Brownell -- Leveraging diversity to benefit children's social-emotional development and school readiness / Carol Brunson Day -- Social, cultural, and linguistic features of school readiness in young Latino children / Linda M. Espinosa -- Resilience : preparing children for school / Barbara Bowman -- Research methods and issues for the study of African American children and school achievement / Dolores G. Norton -- ABLE : a system for mental health screening and care for preschool children / Oscar A. Barbarin -- Social and emotional development in the zero-to-three child : a systems change approach / Melinda Green.


Simple transitions for infants and toddlers Karen Miller ; illustrations, Marie Ferrante Doyle ; photographs, Mary Duru.
Gryphon House, c2005.
Contents: Introduction -- 1. General principles and techniques -- 2 Center transitions -- 3. Daily transitions with infants -- 4. Daily transitions with toddlers -- Appendix -- Index.


Skilled dialogue : strategies for responding to cultural diversity in early childhood Isaura Barrera and Robert M. Corso with Dianne Macpherson.
P.H. Brookes Pub., c2003
Description: Provides a field-tested model for respectful, reciprocal, and responsive interaction honoring cultural beliefs and values. Includes detailed vignettes, reproducible forms, tips on using translators, and guidelines for distinguishing and differentiating between behaviors from other cultures.


Social & emotional health in early childhood : building bridges between services & systems edited by Deborah F. Perry, Roxane F. Kaufmann, and Jane Knitze ; [foreword by Jack P. Shonkoff].
Paul H. Brookes, c2007.


Social competence of young children : risk, disability, & intervention edited by William H. Brown, Samuel L. Odom, and Scott R. McConnell.
Paul H. Brookes Pub., c2008.


State of Alaska early learning guidelines : a resource for parents and early educators developed by both the Department of Education and Early Development, Division of Teaching and Learning Support, Office of Special Education, Head Start Collaboration Office and the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Assistance, Child Care Program Office.
Alaska Dept. of Education and Early Development : Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services, 2007.

This item was harvested from the Dept. of Education and Early Development web site: in July 2008 for the Alaska State Publications Program; remote access available via StaticURL.


The stop & think social skills program PreK-1 [kit] Howard M. Knoff. Rev. ed.
Sopris West, c2001.
Description: Designated a "model program" by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this program addresses four developmental levels and helps students learn interpersonal, survival, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills. Preschool-grade 1.


Stop and think [videorecording (VHS)] : a social skills training program for parents.
Sopris West, 1998.
Description: This video uses real-life situations to illustrate the Stop & Think process. Appropriate for parents. Grades pre-K to 8


The stop and think social skills program Teacher's manual for PreK-1 Howard M. Knoff.
Sopris West, c2001.


Successful kindergarten transition : your guide to connecting children, families & schools Robert C. Pianta, Marcia Kraft-Sayre.
P.H. Brookes, c2003.


Teachable transitions : 190 activities to move from morning circle to the end of the day Rae Pica ; [illustrations, Kathy Dobbs].
Gryphon House, c2003.

Description: Turn everyday transitions into valuable learning experiences! As children pretend to trudge their way through knee-deep marshmallow fluff, or zoom around like a vacuum cleaner, even cleaning up the classroom becomes an enjoyable experience. Thanks to transitions that are both fun and educational, the minutes between planned activities become moments that children actually look forward to. With Teachable Transitions, each and every preschooler will be engaged and interested all day long! Filled with movement activities, games, fingerplays, chants, and songs, Teachable Transitions offers a variety of ways for your preschoolers to move through their day. Organized by categories such as "Arrival," "Outside," "Snacks & Lunch," and "Cleanup," each transition will hold the children's attention as they go from one activity to the next. The "Ready, Set, Go," format turns ordinary, everyday transitions into stress-free learning moments.


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Toddlers and pre-schoolers : love and logic parenting for early childhood : 6 months to 5 years Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline.
Love and Logic Press, Â1997.

Description: Audio book. "Parents are often overwhelmed when their adorable little baby suddenly becomes a demanding - not to mention out-of-control - toddler. At this stage, no matter how loud you say "no," it seems the word doesn't hold any meaning whatsoever. Now Jim and Foster show you how to use their unique love and logic approach to effectively work with your toddler's problem behavior."--Container.


Transition magician : strategies for guiding young children in early childhood programs Nola Larson, Mary Henthorne, Barbara Plum.
Redleaf Press ; Distributed by Gryphon House, c1994.

Description: Gives creative ideas and suggestions to turn difficult situations and borings transition times into magical moments for children in the classroom.


The transition to kindergarten edited by Robert C. Pianta and Martha J. Cox.
P.H. Brookes Pub., c1999.


Up down & all around [videorecording (DVD)] : movement fun for everyone written, developed and created by Stacey Pepper Schwartz ; produced and directed by Stacey Pepper Schwarts, Deb Mendoca Cote ; musical performer, Steve Blunt.
Leaping Legs, c2008.
Description: An exercise and movement program designed for people of all abilities; helps develop body awareness and confidence. Focuses on the three components of a healthy exercise program: strength, stretch and endurance. Uses games and activities that are fun and that encourage adult-child interactions. Ages 2 and up.


Using skilled dialogue to transform challenging interactions : honoring identity, voice, & connection Isaura Barrera and Lucinda Kramer.
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2009
Description: Because behavior is rooted in culture, responding to the challenges posed by diverse behavior in early childhood settings depends on a deep understanding of the experiences, values, perceptions, and beliefs that shape it. This is the book that shows professionals how to interpret behavior in the context of culture—and use their knowledge to improve even the most challenging interactions. Applying Isaura Barrera's popular Skilled Dialogue approach to challenging interactions of all types—be they between adults and children or only between adults—this positive and practical guide works because it transforms the behavior of everyone: young children with special needs, early childhood professionals, and families. With this fresh, creative approach to addressing behavior challenges, early education professionals will discover how to apply the three critical qualities of Skilled Dialogue: respect for differences, reciprocity that honors diverse perspectives, and responsiveness to a person's true identity and needs ; nurture young children's confidence and sense of self while building effective behavioral supports ; become better communicators and collaborators with colleagues and families ; make the most of the gifts and strengths inherent in differences rather than perceiving them as roadblocks or weaknesses ; build mutually beneficial relationships rather than seeking control over others ; dismantle the stereotypes that can harm relationships and encourage negative judgments ; move beyond rigid "either-or" thinking and welcome multiple ways of reaching a desired outcome, Extended case examples and specific classroom strategies give readers models for their own interactions, vignettes with discussion questions help readers practice what they learn, and tools such as self-assessments and case analysis exercises make it easy to implement Skilled Dialogue in any early childhood setting. The book also includes a handy Skilled Dialogue Quick Sheet that users can keep at their fingertips for a fast, reader-friendly refresher on implementing the model.


Wanna play : friendship skills for preschool and elementary grades Ruth Ross and Beth Roberts-Pacchione.
Corwin Press, 2007.
Description: Youngsters at risk or with developmental delays or disabilities may experience considerable difficulty in learning how to make friends. This practical teacher resource presents the Wanna Play Program, a curriculum devoted specifically to helping PreK-3 students develop the social skills they need to interact appropriately with individuals and groups. This teacher-friendly handbook provides over 60 lesson plans involving more than 300 games and activities. With dozens of reproducibles, it offers many instructional options for teachers.


Workshop handbook, Creative curriculum for preschool [materials developed by Candy Jones and Cate Heroman].
Teaching Strategies, c2006
Note: Appears to accompany: A trainer's guide to The creative curriculum for preschool. Volume. 1, Getting started; and: A trainer's guide to The creative curriculum for preschool. Volume 2, Literacy.


Writing in preschool : learning to orchestrate meaning and marks Judith A. Schickedanz, Renee M. Casbergue.
International Reading Association, c2004.
Contents: Where young children start in learning to write -- From scribble to script -- Letter strings to real words -- From short messages to longer and more coherent messages -- Time, space, materials, and a helping hand -- Home-school connections and ideas for assessment.


You can't come to my birthday party! : conflict resolution with young children Betsy Evans
High/Scope Press, Ã2002
Description: ... includes more than 50 actual stories of conflict experiences from preschools, nursery schools, Head Start centers, elementary schools, and homes. Through these real stories and the accompanying photos of conflicts in progress, readers can “see and hear” children resolving disputes successfully, guided by adults using the six-step process. Using this book as a guide, teachers and parents will have the strategies in hand to make the most of these valuable learning opportunities, whether the children in their care are toddlers, preschoolers, or school-aged children.


The young child and mathematics Juanita V. Copley. 2nd ed.
National Association for the Education of Young Children ; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, c2010.
Description: Reflects recent developments in math education using vignettes from classrooms, activity ideas, and strategies for teaching young children about math processes and concepts. Incorporates standards and guidelines from NCTM and NAEYC.


Young children's behavior : practical approaches for caregivers and teachers Louise Porter. 3rd ed.
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2008.
Contents: Contrasting ideas about discipline -- Evidence about disciplinary practices -- A child-centred educational program -- Meeting children's basic needs -- Meeting children's need to belong -- Meeting children's need for autonomy -- Meeting children's need for self-esteem -- Origins of inconsiderate behaviour -- Communicating to solve problems -- Everyday responses to disruptions -- Teaching children emotional self-control -- Finding solutions to chronic difficulties -- Disruptions during routines -- Guiding prosocial behaviour -- Disruptions associated with atypical development -- Nurturing staff -- Collaborating with parents -- Formulating a discipline policy.


Young investigators : the project approach in the early years Judy Harris Helm, Lilian G. Katz. 2nd ed.
Teachers College Press ; National Association for the Education of Young Children, c2011.
Contents: Projects and young children -- Getting started -- Developing the project -- Investigation -- Concluding the project -- The camera project : preschoolers engaged and learning -- The fire hydrant project : adapting the approach for toddlers -- Issues in guiding projects with young children.
Description: This book has been updated and expanded to help teachers use the project approach. The book introduces the approach and provides step-by-step guidance for conducting meaningful projects.

Updated January 2017