Shine: a child and youth development podcast
We are experts in child and youth development and the impacts that has on families and communities. Together, we explore all things in the world of childcare and education, starting with diving into the virtual world during a pandemic.
Summertime: Importance of Play + Time in Nature
The importance of play, especially as we head into the summer months, is more important than ever. We’re slowly transitioning into this new normal as we grow closer to post-pandemic. For this particular episode, as things re-open and it’s physically possible to be together again, we’re focusing on the importance of play in nature. Kids will be returning to summer and day camps. We’re joined by Site Supervisor of South Lake Tahoe Catalyst Kids, Alexis Hughes, and Program Coach, Sarah Richie who will share their passion and experiences with us as well as valuable resources that can be found below.
- Learn about the benefits of playing in nature.
- What is Play-Based Learning?
- How do you enhance play in the classroom environment?
- How do you maintain child engagement in purposeful play?
- Why is it important to make playtime a priority?
- Additional Resources
Supporting Dual Language Learners
April is National Multilingual Learner Advocacy month! We will be highlighting resources for families, teachers, and providers to support our state’s Dual Language Learners (DLLs). Nearly half of California households represent multilingual families and we recognize the increased significance of supporting our multilingual communities here at Catalyst.
Joining us today are our Dual Language Learning experts Lizelle Wulff, Karla Delgado, & Jennifer Escamilla. They previously joined us for an interview over on our connection hub last year where we initially learned about the DLL program. You can find it over on our website www.catalystkids.org.
Learn more about our DLL program: https://www.catalystkids.org/dual-language-learning-program-a-statewide-cdc-success/
Speak Your Language – Family Resources
(A concise handout for families that are in MANY different languages.)
Early Edge California – Bills We Support
(This page has information about AB 1363, which we briefly talked about during the podcast)
Colorin Colorado – Family Resources
(Bilingual site for parents of multilingual learners)
How to look for quality childcare
Today we’re going to get advice on How to look for quality childcare, a topic that is on a lot of parents’ minds right now.
As we know, the childcare sector has been devastated by the pandemic, with thousands of licensed childcare centers in California either permanently or temporarily closed during 2020.
Now we’re seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, and many families who had their kids at home with them over the last year are back to looking for quality childcare for their children. There are many factors to consider, from curriculum and programming to health and safety, communication styles, location, and so much more. I’m so glad that we were able to speak with two experts on the matter for this episode: Alison Michel-Hall, Senior Director of Education for Catalyst Family, and Heather Slimp, Program quality manager for Catalyst Kids. Please enjoy and be sure to get in touch with us to let us know your thoughts on the episode and any follow-up questions you might have! You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Choosing Quality Childcare on Childcare.gov (five steps to choosing care, selecting a program and visiting, Child care Quality Rating QRIS, and more….)
· Choosing Quality Childcare on Childcareaware.org (several resources to guide you in your center visit, choosing a program if your child has special needs and a list for infant/toddler as well as school-age)
· What to Look For in a Program on NAEYC (also organized by specific age groups)
Friends, fresh air and free-play: The Importance of Summer Camp in the Wake of a Pandemic
The pandemic has provided challenges on a scale that none of us have seen in our lifetimes. It’s been up to us as adults to help our youth navigate this with compassion and grace in the moment while also fueling their optimism with opportunities to reconnect with meaningful people and places in their lives — like summer camp.
Sometimes it takes the smallest of assurances, like playing outside, tossing a ball, riding bikes, taking a hike, having a snack together while the leaves rustle in the breeze that can do the best talking and offer the best reassurance.
Summer Camp is important not just for kids who need to get back to nature, but for parents who have pulled double and triple duty as unexpected homeschooling teachers this past year. Parents will need to refill their cups, and healthy time apart from our kids can help us refuel this coming summer as we get ready for the Fall 2021 school year.
In this episode, we interview two Catalyst employees who are intimately familiar with the magic and benefits of summer camp.
- Ronnie Hanks, Senior Manager for Catalyst Camps
- Kassie Vargas, Assistant Site Supervisor for Catalyst Kids and former Catalyst Camp Manager
Doing Less to bring More Peace to your Family in 2021 with Mary Van Geffen
We all want our home to be a sanctuary from the stress and demands of the world – a place where our child’s play is encouraged and social/emotional development is protected. Yet, often, we find ourselves white-knuckling it through the drama of unexplainable meltdowns and wildly inappropriate behavior that make parenting So Not Fun.
Join Simplicity Parenting Counselor® Mary Van Geffen to learn how choosing Simplicity in 4 key areas can give your child the space they need to tantrum less and come back to calm:
· The Environment
· Rhythm & Predictable Transitions
· Your Schedule
Listen to the episode for ideas of small doable changes you can make to support your child’s mental health and make parenting a whole lot easier.
Shine Podcast Introduction
Welcome to Shine, a child, and youth development podcast. As we push into the New Year, we’ll share helpful parenting resources and advice, interview experts, and dive into relevant issues such as how to find quality childcare, the importance of play, virtual learning, and more.
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