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After-School Explorations: Fun, Ready-to-Use Activities for Kids Ages 5-12. Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling, $33.95

This great resource is packed cover to cover with inviting, kid-friendly games, arts and crafts, science projects, environmental lessons and more. An ideal resource for every after-school or out-of-school venue.


Being with Babies: Understanding and Responding to Infants in Your Care. Beverly Kovach & Denise Da Ros-Voseles, $35.95

Being with babies teaches new and experienced caregivers how to handle everyday challenges while learning about the developmental stages of babies. This hands-on resource is perfect for caregivers of children 6 weeks to 18 months old.


The Big, Messy Art Book. Mary Ann Kohl, $17.50

Bring the joy of creativity, the delight of imagination, and the thrill of an art adventure to young children. THE BIG MESSY ART BOOK opens the door for children to experience art on a grander, more expressive scale. Paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece from a swing, or try painting a hanging ball while it moves! Children will dive into these big experiences in creativity and remember them with enthusiasm and pride. Their minds and spirits are ready for the challenge. With THE BIG MESSY ART BOOK, you are giving them the opportunity to go beyond the ordinary and into the amazing!

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Business Administration Scale (BAS) for Family Child Care. Teri Talan & Paula Jorde Bloom, $22.95

The BAS for Family Child Care is the first valid and reliable tool for measuring and improving the overall quality of business and professional practices in family child care settings. It is applicable for multiple uses, including program self-improvement, technical assistance and monitoring, training, research and evaluation, and public awareness. The BAS is designed to complement the widely used Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale-Revised (FCCERS-R). When used together, they provide a comprehensive picture of the quality of the family child care learning environment and the business practices that support the program.


Don't Get So Upset! Help Young Children Manage Their Feelings by Understanding Your Own a Guide for Caregivers. Tamar Jacobson, $25.50

DON'T GET SO UPSET helps childcare providers understand their own uncomfortable feelings, making it easier to help children do the same.


The Early Sprouts Cookbook. Karrie Kalich, Lynn Arnold & Carole Russell, $34.95

These delicious recipes incorporate fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and other nutrient-rich ingredients into preschoolers meals perfect for a child-friendly environment.

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Family Child Care Basics: Advice, Activities and Information to Create a Professional Program. Jennifer Karnopp, $14.95

From creating a healthy, safe environment for children to developing daily plans, Family Child Care Basics is a great companion guide to starting and operating a quality child care program in your home.


Family Child Care Curriculum: Teaching through Quality Care. Sharon Woodward, $46.95

Enrich your program and support children’s early learning with best practices and activities designed specifically for family child care professionals. Family Child Care Curriculum contains a wealth of creative and inclusive learning experiences that meet age-appropriate developmental objectives. Activities are organized both by age and developmental domain. Additional resources help you to develop a well-rounded program, including safety information and daily schedules.


Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale, Revised Edition. Thelma Harms, Debbie Cryer & Richard Clifford, $33.95

Featuring a new spiral binding, the FCCERS-R is a thorough revision of the widely used program quality assessment instrument, The Family Day Care Rating Scale. Designed for use in family child care programs, it is suitable for programs serving children from infancy through school-age. Following extensive input from users of the original scale, the authors have made many improvements and innovations that will make this program resource even more effective and easy to use.

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Family Child Care Homes: Creative Spaces for Children to Learn. Linda Armstrong, $58.50

Create a warm and inviting place where children feel at home. Discover the many ways your home can provide comfortable places where children love to learn and love to be. Filled with low-cost ideas, this book demonstrates many innovative and practical possibilities for your home's indoor and outdoor spaces.


Good Going! Successful Potty Training for Children in Child Care. Gretchen Kinnell, $14.95

Child care providers are faced with potty training large numbers of children — not an easy task! Designed as a comprehensive approach to training in child care settings, Good Going address the issues involved at home and at school. Along with a healthy perspective on developing consistent policies for potty training as well as guidelines for developing productive partnerships with parents, this book includes sample parent-communication tools and detailed resources lists.


Medical Emergencies in Early Childhood and School-Age Settings, Revised Edition. Redleaf Press, $24.95 (ages birth to 8)

Prevention is the first and best form of treatment, but injury or illness can still happen. Medical Emergencies in Early Childhood Settings is an easy-to-use and accurate tool to help professionals in early childhood settings quickly address these serious situations. This Redleaf Quick Guide is an up-to-date medical resource where you will find:

  • Advice on when you should call for paramedics
  • Concise and easy-to-access lists of what to do and what not to do when faced with a child's injury or illness
  • Standard precautions to reduce the spread of infection and germs
  • Prevention tips to use in your child care environment
  • Information on preparing for emergencies, including recommendations for training and assembling an appropriate first aid kit
  • Resources for further reading on medical topics
  • Designed to quickly find what you need and spiral bound to stay open in an emergency situation
  • Reviewed by medical experts for accuracy and ease of use

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Preschool Art. Mary Ann Kohl, $28.95

Over 200 activities teach children to explore and understand their world through open-ended art experiences that emphasize the process of art, not the product. Activities are included for painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and construction.


Preschool Health and Safety Matters. Edited by Jody Martin, $17.50

Early childhood educators are responsible for the health and safety of the children they care for. From preventing harm from known safety risks to promoting children's medical, nutritional, oral, and mental health, educators and program directors act as children's daily protection and support. This easy-to-use manual provides educators with the information they need to ensure that the children in their care are safe, while they learn the best practices to stay healthy for life. With suggestions, ideas, activities, and ways to involve families at home, PRESCHOOL HEALTH AND SAFETY MATTERS covers topics such as hygiene, injury prevention, mental health, diversity, nutrition, and safety.


Redleaf Family Child Care Curriculum: Teaching Through Quality Care, 2nd Edition. Sharon Woodward, $60.95 (ages 0-5)

Redleaf's popular and affordable Family Child Care Curriculum just got better! New material allows providers to more closely align the entire curriculum to a broader range of early learning standards. An easy to use curriculum that provides activities in each domain that are designed for family child care programs with mixed-age children. Age-appropriate outcomes, daily schedules, and letters to families round out the curriculum. Combine the curriculum with the Redleaf Family Child Care Curriculum Developmental Assessment for a complete curriculum and assessment package. 


Simple Steps: Developmental Activities for Infants, Toddlers and Two-Year-Olds.  Karen Miller, $28.95

Open the door to teaching infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds successfully with these 300 activities linked to the latest development in child development. Observe what your children are already doing, then give them varied opportunities to develop at their own pace. SIMPLE STEPS outlines a typical development sequence in ten domains: social/emotional, fine motor, gross motor, language, cognitive, sensory, nature, music and movement, creativity, and dramatic play. Chapters on appropriate curriculum development and creating a positive learning environment are also included. The activities offer children the opportunity to practice new skills in a developmentally appropriate way.

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So This Is Normal Too? Teachers and Parents Working Out Developmental Issues in Young Children. D. Hewitt, $34.95

This book focuses on how teachers can observe and identify children who need more specific support and provides effective and practical solutions to guide children as they learn new skills and improve behaviors.


Start and Run a Home Daycare, 4th Edition. Catherine Pruissen, $22.95

Everything you need to build a rewarding family childcare business, including a CD-ROM with caregiver/parent agreement forms, safety checklists and more.


Understanding Infant Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $22.95

Understanding Toddler Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $22.95

Understanding Preschooler Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $22.95

Learn how to support children's physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development with this series of three practical handbooks, adapted from The Young Child, a textbook used in academic programs nationwide. The Understanding Child Development Series provides a comprehensive overview of the most relevant theories and research on child development. Each book focuses on a specific age group and explains:

  • the impact and long-term effects of biology and environment on early brain development
  • how children learn
  • important theories of child development
  • how early life experiences lay the ground work for evolving language and thinking
  • the effects of nurturing care on emotional development and stability in later life
  • milestones and windows of opportunity for children's development

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Complete Booklist

After-School Explorations: Fun, Ready-to-Use Activities for Kids Ages 5-12. Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling, $36.50

Being with Babies: Understanding and Responding to Infants in Your Care. Beverly Kovach & Denise Da Ros-Voseles, $35.95

The Big, Messy Art Book. Mary Ann Kohl, $20.00

Business Administration Scale (BAS) for Family Child Care. Teri Talan & Paula Jorde Bloom, $33.95

Don't Get So Upset! Help Young Children Manage Their Feelings by Understanding Your Own a Guide for Caregivers. Tamar Jacobson, $25.95

The Early Sprouts Cookbook. Karrie Kalich, Lynn Arnold & Carole Russell, $35.95

Family Child Care Basics: Advice, Activities and Information to Create a Professional Program. Jennifer Karnopp, $17.50

Family Child Care Curriculum: Teaching through Quality Care. Sharon Woodward, $46.95

Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale, Revised Edition. Thelma Harms, Debbie Cryer & Richard Clifford, $33.95

Family Child Care Homes: Creative Spaces for Children to Learn. Linda Armstrong, $71.50

Good Going! Successful Potty Training for Children in Child Care. Gretchen Kinnell, $18.95

Infant and Toddler Experiences. Fran Hast & Ann Hollyfield, $42.95

Medical Emergencies in Early Childhood and School-Age Settings, Revised Edition. Redleaf Press, $19.95 (ages birth to 8)

More Infant and Toddler Experiences. Fran Hast & Ann Hollyfield, $42.95

Preschool Art. Mary Ann Kohl, $33.50

Preschool Health and Safety Matters. Edited by Jody Martin, $19.95

Redleaf Family Child Care Curriculum: Teaching Through Quality Care, 2nd Edition. Sharon Woodward, $60.95 (ages 0-5)

Simple Steps: Developmental Activities for Infants, Toddlers and Two-Year-Olds. Karen Miller, $29.95

So This Is Normal Too? Teachers and Parents Working Out Developmental Issues in Young Children. D. Hewitt, $34.95

Start and Run a Home Daycare, 4th Edition. Catherine Pruissen, $22.95

Understanding Infant Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $30.95

Understanding Preschooler Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $30.95

Understanding Toddler Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $30.95

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For related resources please see our booklists on Early Childhood Education

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