Solution Series Library

Little Kids, Happy Learners

Challenges & Solutions

Our Solution Series Libraries are developed around a specific parenting challenge. Each Series includes a collection of hand-picked, easily digestible (15 min+/-) videos which unlock a key piece of the parenting puzzle.  Read our summary of this Series below then click on each lesson to access the class description, video, handouts, and information about our Expert(s).

Parents of young children strongly influence their child’s future school success through play and other kinds of social interaction. Play helps children to develop curiosity about the world, take initiative, develop problem solving skills, as well as apply focused attention and persistence to tasks. Your interest, questions and comments help build your child’s capacities for future success as a student. In the library Little Kids, Happy Learners parents will gain the following important skills:

  • Applying strategies that make the most of everyday conversations and activities to promote your child’s learning
  • Recognize how to decide what type of early education you want your child to participate in
  • Helping your child  make transitions into early care settings like meeting a new caregiver or starting preschool or kindergarten
Toddlers & Preschoolers
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Recorded Class

Parents of Toddlers and Preschoolers: Frazzled About Choices? (IPG)

September 10, 2020 12:00 pm EDT/EST

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class exclusively for IPG.  Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Lesson below.

  • Does it feel like it’s time for your child to be in a classroom?
  • Did your child enjoy online learning but you want to do something more?
  • Are you torn between the benefits of social stimulation and creative teachers and fear of the pandemic?

The start of a new school year brings up more questions for parents of young children. For many years, small groups of parents have joined forces to provide the benefits of early care and education classrooms. Early childhood cooperatives have sprung up out of parents with shared values banning together to share teaching and care responsibilities. Other options also exist from high cost nannies to shared cost, microschools, to loving, lower cost family day care homes, to learning from home with resources from public schools.

But how to proceed when there are so many possibilities? This class will help you assess and plan for your young child’s care and education experiences.

You will be able to:

  • Identify your education values for your children
  • Analyze the unique needs of your child and family
  • Identify well-understood models for educating young children outside of classrooms
  • Recognize the financial cost vs time benefits for parents of each approach
  • Apply first steps in finding resources to get something off the ground
Toddlers & Preschoolers
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Recorded Class

Get ready for childcare/preschool: Ensure a positive transition

August 2, 2021 12:00 am EDT/EST


Cora Megan,MA

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class. Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

The time has come for your precious “baby” to start day care or preschool, and you may be feeling a range of emotions. There are steps that you can take to help your family make a smooth, positive transition into this next chapter of your life. After you take this class, you will be able to:   

  • Acknowledge and cope with any emotions you are having  
  • Take concrete steps as you prepare the big day 
  • Establish positive routines for home and school 
Toddlers & Preschoolers
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