Category Archives: Early Childhood

4 Compassion Projects for Preschool

By Molly Breen If you’ve ever had a classroom pet, then you know how transformational they can be for some children. That child who is incredibly impulsive and physically rough with friends is suddenly docile and tender with a little … Continue reading

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Tips for Safe (and Warm) Outdoor Winter Play in Preschool

By Molly Breen Depending on where your preschool program is located, winter may not equal wintery weather. But in Minnesota, where I run a preschool, we get to experience pretty profound seasonal change—both in the landscape and in the temperature. … Continue reading

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What Is Going On in Preschool Right Now?

By Molly Breen According to recent census data, less than half of US children ages three to four attended preschool in 2020. Is this surprising? Perhaps not. During the COVID-19 pandemic’s early days in this country, early care and education … Continue reading

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Modeling Compassion in Early Childhood Education

By Molly Breen When we teachers first decided to work in early care and education, our prevailing thought was likely, “I love being with children,” and perhaps, “I’m good with kids.” Once we began our early years of teaching, we … Continue reading

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Creating an Inclusive and Welcoming Preschool Classroom

By Molly Breen Depending upon your setting’s process for enrolling new students, you may have a window of insight into the lives of the children who will soon walk through your doors or you may begin the year with very … Continue reading

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