Kelce Eckhardt is the WYECPLC West Central Regional Facilitator, but first and foremost, she is a mom. Grabbing, sorting, building, and pretending, Kelce shares her reflections as she watches her son grow and learn through play.
“Children still need a childhood with dirt, mud, puddles, trees, sticks, and tadpoles.” Brooke Hampton Spring has finally arrived, and our communities are coming together to enjoy outdoor spaces. Julie Eastes reflects on a recent encounter with a family playfully enjoying a weekend of bike riding in one of Wyoming’s state parks.
Tom “Teacher Tom” Hobson is a preschool teacher, blogger, speaker, artist, author of Teacher Tom’s First Book. Currently, he works to help make high-quality, play-based preschool education a possibility for children everywhere. He shares wisdom from historical heroes in early childhood and observations from a kindergarten classroom as he advocates for a deeper understanding of the importance of play. Teacher Tom wrote this blog post for educators and families in Wyoming. He will be a keynote speaker at the Wyoming Week of the Young Child Virtual Conference on April 16-17.
Bonnie Hamilton, is currently a stay-at-home mom of an almost three-year-old, living in Lander, WY. In this post, Bonnie reflects on her first thousand days as a mom.
Julia Eastes offers great ideas for exploring the wonders of winter with young children.
Wyoming's inspirational and practical new vision of early childhood quality offers the way forward in providing every child in Wyoming the quality learning experiences they deserve.
WY ECPLC Facilitator Tyler Gonzales shares how a recent experience with her son challenged her to be brave and respond to his question rather than setting it aside. Her experience, and her new approach in response, is the result of her efforts to grow as an anti-bias early childhood educator and parent.
Julie Eastes pauses to celebrate the joy of a toddler learning to walk, and reminds us of the obligation we have as adults to providing responsive, affectionate, consistent care, as the foundation to support their exploration and learning.
Voices from the Village is a new podcast from the WY ECPLC. Listen to your Wyoming early childhood colleagues discuss ideas shared by well-known authors and presenters from around the country.
Professional Learning Facilitator Kara Cossel shares an example of the positive impact early childhood educators can have when supporting children and families during a challenging transition.