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The Myth of the “Healthy” Preemie
By Phyllis Dennery, MD
Congratulations! You may have just welcomed a beautiful, bouncing baby into your family. If you are the parent of a preterm infant, then you and your family were most likely surprised by the momentous occasion of your child’s birth happening earlier than planned. But, if your bundle of joy has left the hospital and settled in at home, you may believe that prematurity no longer needs to be a consideration in your baby’s development. In reality, even if your baby was born only a few weeks ahead of schedule and looks just like a full-term infant, you should understand that specialized care is still required due to your little one’s early arrival.
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Volunteers in the Classroom
By Marie E. Cecchini, MS
As educators know and research verifies, a critical factor in a child’s educational success is parent involvement. A positive home-school connection not only benefits the child; it also benefits the teacher.
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Inviting Family into the Classroom
By Kathreen Francis
While the primary training of a childcare professional appropriately focuses on the safety and education of young children, often too little attention is paid to the role of parents and family members—both as active participants and as part of the daily curriculum—in the early childhood classroom. After all, often the very reason that children are being cared for outside the home is because parents are at work (and therefore busy) or desire an outside social and learning experience for their children. However, it is critical to remember that parents are the “experts” on their own children and their presence, personally and through daily play and projects, should be viewed as a critical part of a child’s success. It is very important that families take a central role, and this can be encouraged by the attitude of the childcare professional and the curriculum used in the classroom.
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