Think Small is hosting an event to help child care directors welcome their newest staff members.During this two-hour, interactive session, participants will explore new employee orientation processes and systems that contribute to program quality. Additionally, participants will examine models for employee orientation and create a plan to incorporate research-based best practices for new employee orientation in their own program. Continue reading Come on In, the Water is Fine! Welcoming New Child Care Staff with a Purpose
A new group of early education experts released recommendations for how Minnesota can best improve the early care and education landscape across our state, a key area of focus to help close our worst in the nation achievement gaps. A group of early childhood stakeholders, the Minnesota PreK-3 Design Team, met with West Central Initiative and The McKnight Foundation to create a voluntary, statewide, mixed-delivery preschool approach in Minnesota. Continue reading Minnesota PreK-3 Design Team Releases Statewide Recommendations
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed today Think Small Day in Minnesota in honor of our 45th Anniversary. Now that’s something to celebrate!
It all started with a bus. As more women entered the workforce, families needed quality child care for their families. We started by creating a mobile toy lending library that visited family child care homes. While children enjoyed supervised play on the bus, providers participated in training sessions aimed at improving the quality of care.
Join families, child care providers, and child care centers to discuss what you think about parent engagement. Tell us what changes you’d make, or what you want to remain the same. There will be food provided as well as activities for the children.
The event is free of charge, and will be held Oct. 14 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Think Small West (2021 E Hennepin Ave. LL20).
Register today by calling 651-641-6667
The first Minnesota’s Future Policy Hour of the season focused on legislation passed this spring. The presenters provided updates on implementation of projects.
Think Small, Adults’ & Children’s Alliance, and the Cargill Foundation have partnered to provide free training for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) participants.
Think Small is celebrating its 45th Anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 13 with a community open house. The event will be hosted in our new office space in the lower level of the Minneapolis Location. Continue reading Celebrate Think Small’s 45th Anniversary at Open House
By: Marie Huey
Early Education Spotlight is an ongoing series that showcases great work happening in child care and preschool settings across Minnesota. From innovative early learning programs to parent perspectives on what works, check out the Early Education Spotlight for unique examples of Minnesota’s early learning successes.
Young children carry ceramic vessels filled with water across the carefully organized room. Five-year-olds help younger children serve their food at lunch time. A group of kids play on an empty patch of grass without any props, imagining one of them is driving an ice cream truck, while the others line up to buy treats. These are just a few of the scenarios that play out regularly at Asanka Lintotage’s Family Child Care at her home in Richfield, Minnesota. The program is called Achcha’s Daycare, meaning “Grandma” in Sinhalese, which is a language spoken in her home country, Sri Lanka. Asanka chose the name because she strives to be a nurturing presence with the children in her care while also setting healthy limits and supporting their growth and education.
The Legislative Task Force on Access to Affordable Child Care discussed licensing
requirements and enforcement at their meeting on September 21st. State and county officials provided insight into their roles and observations, and child care providers shared their frustrations with and recommendations for licensing.
Think Small’s 23rd Annual Family Child Care Business Seminar is coming up! It will be held November 5th at the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis. Use this opportunity to review 2016 tax forms and plan ahead for the coming tax season in this useful seminar led by family child care trainer and author, Tom Copeland, JD.
Earn six in-service hours (no partial credit given) and learn key record-keeping tips, new mileage and food reimbursement rates, new IRA (myRA), new $2,500 depreciation rule, common tax mistakes and more.