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In 2008, there were 22 winning products representing Administrative/Professional Development, Arts & Crafts, Assessment Tools, CDs, Children's Books, Furniture, Infant/Toddler Products, Play Equipment, Teacher Resources, and Toys/Games. Items were evaluated based on the following criteria: appropriateness for use in a child care setting, safety, durability, age appropriateness, effectiveness for intended use and value.

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Inclusive Literacy Lessons• Gryphon House
This wonderful resource book contains a collection of 100 literacy lessons, designed to introduce children ages 3-6 to a variety of literacy concepts and build important literacy skills. Each of these simple, fun lessons offers adaptations for children with special needs. Each two-page lesson also features a learning objective, a literacy activity, extension activities, a daily reflection and vocabulary.

Sensory Integration • Gryphon House
Sensory Integration is a resource guide that helps preschool teachers identify children who have difficulties with sensory processing, and it offers simple, easy-to-use solutions to support the sensory needs of young children in the classroom. Easy-to-implement solutions include adaptations and activities for children with different types of Sensory Processing Disorder. This book also has a bonus chapter with instructions for creating low-cost items to help children with sensory issues.

Colorations® Magic Finger Glue • Discount School Supply
This amazing, no-mess glue is perfect for the youngest children to use with paper, foam and other lightweight materials. Watch the glue on the children’s hands disappear when they rub their hands together – no more sticky fingers!

POCET™ Infant and Toddler • Discount School Supply
This is an exciting addition to the widely acclaimed POCET™ program (Preschool Observation Checklist and Evaluation Tool). POCET™ Infant and Toddler contains two complete and separate easy-to-use, timesaving programs: one for infants ages birth-18 months, one for toddlers ages 18-36 months. This comprehensive observation program provides educators tools to support development across eight domains of learning and to tailor interactions, routines, materials and activities to each child's individual needs.

Smart Start: Birth and Beyond • Abridge Club Entertainment
Starting babies and young tots off with soothing songs and age appropriate activities helps them learn to move their limbs, get in tune with their senses, learn how their body works and bond with a parent, sibling or caregiver. Smart Start: Birth and Beyond helps build the adult-infant connection as babies respond to a soothing voice, soft caresses, gentle rocking, a shaking rattle, tickling belly blows, soft claps, songs about their care, and simple adult-assisted activities. The songs soothe and reassure, awaken early humor, boost early language skills, encourage gentle care, and give young ones a smart start.

Brain Boogie Boosters • The Learning Station® and Dr. Becky Bailey
Dr. Becky Bailey and The Learning Station® unite to create interactive, fun, brain-boosting movement songs and activities that foster optimal brain integration. Take a musical break, cross your midline, touch your heart, inspire your soul, integrate your brain and boost learning with this new CD. Healthy music for a child's heart, body and mind! Also included with the CD is an inserted booklet containing lyrics, movements and additional brain-boosting activities.

BriteKids™ Rectangular Activity Table • Best-Rite®
The unique, scalloped design of this table not only allows little ones to sit closer to the table, but it also takes the guess work out of deciding how many chairs will fit around each side. It features matching T-molded edges and non-marring table leg boots with adjustable height and it is available in four colors.

BriteKids™ Chairs • Best-Rite®
These chairs were designed with both the child and the teacher in mind. They have a solid, metal frame construction from the bottom, not the sides, a reinforced back brace for added stability, non-marring leg boots to keep floors scratch free and are available in four colors.

Child's Armchair, Blue • Community Playthings®
Preschoolers will love this armchair because it's just their size! Removable cushions are covered with Crypton, the new washable super fabric with a waterproof backing. Soft and durable foam conforms to Cal 117 on flame retardance, and the hardwood frame means durability you can count on for years to come.

Child's Sofa, Blue • Community Playthings®
Give your children a touch of home with this European-style sofa – the perfect size for preschoolers! Like the matching chair, removable cushions are covered with Crypton, a washable fabric with waterproof backing. This sofa offers a soft, inviting, generous space for quiet security and rest during a busy day. Adults will be surprised how comfortable it is, too. Whether for your reading corner or in dramatic play, this sofa is a soft touch for any classroom.

Lil' Premier™ Portable Sink - Ozark River™
This preschool-sized portable sink places hand washing at just the right height for little hands. It is specifically designed to help classrooms and learning grounds meet licensing and health requirements for hand washing. This sturdy, self-contained sink features hot and cold running water and is shipped ready to unpack, add water and plug in – no assembly or special plumbing required!

Tip-Me-Not™ 36” Healthy Kids Storage Unit • Wood Designs™
This tip-resistant bookshelf is designed for maximum safety and environmental friendliness. With Green Guard® certified finish and formaldehyde-free birch plywood, this unit features generous space for storing books, games, puzzles and more. The safety-conscious design transfers the center of gravity towards the back and includes added counter-balancing weights on the bottom, increasing the stability.

Sport Coupe™ • Radio Flyer®
This timeless design, shiny red car features an innovative “stow-away” child footrest, realistic car features, electronic lights and sound dashboard, spinning steering wheel with honking horn, a removable gas cap and a sturdy telescoping push handle with an "up" position for adult use and a "down" position for children. Free-spinning front wheels allow for easy use inside and outside and encourages toddler mobility. With a door that opens and closes, (and can be reattached easily) this classic coupe is ready to roll out the fun.

First Responder™ Infant Evacuation System – Foundations®
This stable, well-built crib is equipped with Glo Brite™ icons that can be seen in high smoke or low light for rapid identification. Signs are visible on all sides and are printed in English, Spanish and French. Easy-grip handles in the headboard, footboard and corner posts makes it easy for caregivers to transport. This system comes complete with an evacuation frame and protocol wall sign.

Visual Daily Schedule • Discount School Supply
An exceptional tool for helping children during daily transitions in the school environment, the Visual Daily Schedule comes in seven separate sections allowing for two activity cards and labels in each. This expandable format allows for display of up to 14 different activities. Teachers can increase impact by adding photos of their own classroom, and the 10 blank cards included allow for personalization, with three moveable arrows help to highlight the activities at hand.

First Snow in the Woods • Carl R. Sams II Photography, Inc.
Readers are taken on a beautiful photographic journey deep into the autumn woods as the animals of the forest get ready for the year’s first winter storm in First Snow in the Woods. Will the animals be ready for the cold, hard winter to come?

Truck Stuck • Charlesbridge Publishing
A truck gets stuck under a bridge, creating a traffic jam. Balloons and lemonade abound as a community comes together to fix the problem. Finally, one smart kid figures out how to get the truck un-stuck in this charming children’s book, Truck Stuck.

Counting Pop-Up Puppets • Discount School Supply
Surprise! Pop-up Puppets surprise and delight children as they teachers use them to teach numbers 1-5, ordering, matching, one-to-one correspondence and numerical recognition. Whimsical characters magically "pop out" of their homes to help make counting extra fun.

My First Fractions • Discount School Supply
This versatile set introduces the concepts of wholes, halves, thirds and quarters through puzzle play. Colorful, solid wood pieces are an excellent hands-on introduction to basic fractions and all 120 fraction shapes fit perfectly into the three shape trays. The set also comes in a sturdy natural wood box for durable storage between uses.

Dado™ Squares - Fat Brain® Toy Co.
This toy inspires complex thought through its simple design. Whether you favor art or science as you explore architectural principles such as proportion, balance structure and color, Dado Squares stimulate and entertain the mind. Create any number of colorful, three-dimensional structures and explore visual spatial development and problem solving with this collection of 35 durable plastic pieces that interlock with ease. It's educational, made in the USA and fun!

Dolls Family Set • LEGO® Education
Ideal for encouraging children to engage in role-play and exploring the feelings of others, this set includes multicultural male and female dolls and provides an opportunity to create many different home environments. Using the dolls, children become more aware of their identities as they copy real-life patterns. Dolls measure six inches high and are compatible with LEGO® DUPLO® bricks. The set also includes kitchen and bedroom furniture, along with many unique extras and new brick colors.

Tech Machines Set • LEGO® Education
With this fun and engaging set, children enhance their problem-solving skills while improving communication skills. By using the popular play theme of travel, students learn about machines, the tools used to work on machines, and their functions. The Tech Machines Set comes with screwdrivers, integrated screws that click into place, reels, hooks, scoops, and propellers. An activity pack is also included that features story starters, problem-solving tasks, and full-color illustrations that help kids take their first steps into the world of science and technology.