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AETN Early Education

AETN offers Early Education resources to Pre-K to 4 educators, students, parents and families.

Early education prepares children for success in school and life. AETN focuses on the value of early childhood education including parental involvement and school readiness geared to PreK-4. AETN offers families, educators and students the tools and resources necessary to enhance the learning environment and impact early learners so that they grow and succeed.

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Early Education Highlights

ScrathJr Cat

It's never to early to learn, and PBS KIDS "ScratchJr" is a great new app that helps kids learn computer coding by creating their own interactive stories and games! Learn more about how children ages 5-7 can learn the building blocks of computer programming by snapping together graphical programming blocks to make their favorite PBS KIDS characters come to life after the jump.



Educator Resources

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Play together, grow together. Sesame Street toolkits provide opportunities to build closeness and confidence, make learning fun, and keep your child's world safe and secure.

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Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters

"Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters"

Did you know that every day 69 million children spend part of the day separated from their parents, yet 21 states and Washington, D.C., don’t require schools and childcare providers to have basic emergency plans? ( Disaster Report). Dr. Lori Peek with the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis for Colorado State University, presents "Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters."

Dr. Peek's presentation is part of the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative a partnership between the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Save the Children, funded by a grant fromGSK. Washington County in Arkansas, one of the pilot communities, has united key players, such as Northwest Arkansas Child Care Aware, the Washington County Department of Emergency Management, and many local non-profits, government agencies and childcare providers, to discuss child-focused emergency planning and community resilience.

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Guiding Children Successfully

Episode 1: Effective Motivation for Children - Parental Involvement

In this AETN course, Family Life Specialist Dr. Wally Goddard discusses three ways to successfully motivate children. Goddard describes what motivation is, the problems with certain types of motivation, and how to effectively motivate children. Watch Now

Episode 2: Helping Children Use Their Gifts - Parental Involvement

In this AETN course, Family Life Specialist Dr. Wally Goddard shares with educators how high-self esteem has become more detrimental than helpful to children. Instead, he believes we should help children use their gifts. In this episode, Goddard explains three ways he believes we can achieve this. First, teachers must focus on a child's strengths because every person has a gift. Second, it is necessary to teach children that no one has every gift. Third, we all need to use our gift to help others through some kind of service. Ultimately, by using our gift to help others, our gifts will help make the world a better place and individuals' self-esteem will be raised. Watch Now

Episode 3: Parents and Teachers Working Together - Parental Involvement

This AETN course instructs teachers and parents how to work as partners to assist children. Three main points for parent and teacher cooperation are discussed and illustrated by host and Family Life Specialist, Dr. Wally Goddard. Strategies for teachers and for parents, that can help children succeed in school, are described. Negotiation skills and handling hostilities are also among the topics discussed. Watch Now