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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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


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 CurriculumÂȘ 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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

3rd ed

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Updated October 2016